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WOW How the mighty has fallen. Three years ago the Big East was considered the premier b-ball conference with 8-10 teams being said to be going to the big dance but now the "Smaller East" may go by the wayside or be just a shadow of its former self. We are now going to see 2 conferences that will dominate the NCAA b-ball world, at least for a while. The Big Ten and the ACC will be "the Leagues" when it comes to b-ball conferences and with that being said they may not yet be through morphing into what has been called the 1st two "Super Conferences". The next things to be decided in the next several years is what conferences will morph into the remaining 2 'Super Conferences" which has been predicted to form the (4) Super Conferences that will split from the NCAA to form an entity of its own. If and when that happens college b-ball will never be the same whether thats good or bad will be up for individual speculation.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by sleepydog 16 months ago
I wouldn't be so quick to label the ACC as a Super Conference as football is the straw that is stirring that drink. I expect a couple or more of the ACC teams to be picked off by the actual Super Conferences before all is said and done.
Absolutely. For much of the nation, college basketball has become a 4 week sport that starts in March. Football money is driving this train, and (IMO) in less than 5 years the ACC will be devoid of several teams. I think the SEC will most certainly snatch up 2 more (probably VT & NC St), the Big Ten will take 2 (UNC/UVA) and maybe even the Big XII will follow through on the rumors earlier this year of taking Clemson & FSU. Take those teams away and the ACC will become....the Big East *LOL* UaVel is like someone who keeps moving into what they think is a better neighborhood only to find out there are plans for a new landfill or sewage treatment plant to be built next to it.
I guess I should have been more specific in that I was speaking of the b-ball side of things.Cal talked of a "4 Super Conferences" awhile back and I assumed he was speaking about b-ball. Im not convinced that the ACC will disolve as quickly as some might think. Theres more $ on the f-ball side of things but there would be pretty large TV contracts for these SCs but I think that concept is still at least a bit away from fruition.
This post was edited by sleepydog 16 months ago
Can't see SEC settling for 2nd rate status schools in their own state like VT & NCS. While FSU is 2nd to FL, it's much bigger status in a much bigger state than the other two. Yea, I know the FL blackball of FSU, but money talks & things change. Agree B10 likely to get VA & NC, but still think TX might be in that mix. If not, SEC gets two of TX/OK/FSU. B12 looks weaker & weaker.
I lived in Virginia for most of my life, and right now live about 5 miles from the border. In no shape, form or fashion does Tech take a back seat to UVA. This is about television footprint. Tech will deliver Virginia, and while the SEC would prefer UNC-Chapel Hill, I doubt they have the stomach for it if they have a Big Ten offer, which I think will be likely.
Personally, I think the Big 12 will eventually be the conference out of the "Big 4" loop, so to speak, instead of the ACC.. I could see the Pac 12, SEC, B10 and ACC all swooping in there adding 2-3 of those teams,to there conferences and each of the Big 4 super conferences end with 16 to 18 teams.. I could see it end up something like this:
Texas, Boise St,, Baylor & BYU to the Pac 12
Kansas, N.Dame, K.State, Iowa St to the B10
Tx Tech, Oklahoma, Okl St, Va Tech to the SEC
WVa, TCU, Cinci, UConn, SFlorida to the ACC
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