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Thursday, March 15, 2007

More Evidence for a Mid-Major split

Following up on the posts of the last couple days, today's First round NCAA action provides further evidence of the benefits to split NCAA basketball into divisions I and I-AA.

Seven of the 15 teams from the conferences I would split off into I-AA (Southern, Ohio Valley, MEAC, SWAC, SLC, NEC, Patriot, America East, Big South, Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, MAAC, MCC, Sunbelt, and Ivy) were action today, and they went 0-7, losing by an average of 20 points. All seven lost by double digits, and only Davidson, a valient 82-70 loser to Maryland, was in the game at any point in the last ten minutes.

On the other hand, the other Mid-Major conferences that I would leave in I-A (Atlantic 10, Mountain West, WAC, Horizon, MAC, West Coast, Big West, Missouri Valley, Conference USA, Colonial) went 3-5 on the day, including VCU's exciting win over Duke. The point I'm making is that it is pretty easy to draw the line separating the proposed divisions.

And this tournament would be better if we had Kansas State, Drexel, Akron, Syracuse, Florida State, West Virginia, and Bradley in the tourney than today's 7 stiffs (with due apologies to Davidson!).

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