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Everything posted by Compton

  1. Planning on attending the George Mason game, maybe Richmond as well.
  2. Is that really the case? Sure, the A10 has SLU and Dayton and the Big East has Creighton, but I think conferences prefer a geographic identity (even when there are a few outliers) to being completely scattered to the wind like The American, C-USA, or the new Big XII.
  3. This is encouraging. The American is a football conference. The day will come when more schools find competing in FBS football unjustifiably expensive (as UAB did, but without the crazy Alabama boosters). Whether recruiting schools potentially looking to deemphasize basketball (Temple, as Rothsetin proposed, SMU, Tulsa, Memphis, or WKU) or the cream of more lowly basketball (and FCS) conferences (Loyola, Belmont), the A10 seems well positioned to become the #7 basketball conference. Obviously a lot of things would need to fall into place for that to happen, but the path is there.
  4. The UCF Knights were (self-proclaimed) national champions in football in 2017.
  5. @HoosierPal posted above that UC, UCF and Houston are 3 of the top 4 non-P5 schools in athletics revenues, and Memphis wasn't in the top 7. So, despite their success on the field and court, not getting a Big XII invite may have just been a matter of money (despite whatever the Memphis hoops coaching staff is being paid).
  6. That'd be welcome surprise if Williams comes in at 7.0 ppg. I think Tay Weaver's 4.5 ppg are probably a good comp.
  7. Surprised we haven't heard a little more about our buy-games or the schedule in general by now.
  8. I suppose Slovenia is a lower-rated league, but Novo Mesto seems like a great place to land. And Slovenian basketball is getting some extra attention these days thanks to Luka Doncic.
  9. Alternatively: It appears he's found exactly what he is looking for - more high level college basketball in the Greater Louisiana vicinity. Good for him.
  10. I'm not interested in experiencing what the conference realignment spin-cycle feels like once we have a few football first C-USA programs move in. I might be open to adding Army basketball. Not because they're good, but just because they lend a certain national awareness and have their own unimpeachable kind of prestige.
  11. Every summer is important for the whole roster whether it's Javonte adding size/strength, Yuri getting healthy, Nesbitt and Okoro adjusting to a new team, TJ continuing to develop his shooting. There's plenty of ceiling for GJ, who was a Freshman last year.
  12. Posting these @Pistol posts for easier reference: Pairings for the upcoming season have been announced by Rothstein: Home: Dayton, La Salle, UMass, Richmond, St. Bonaventure, Fordham, GW, St. Joe's, VCU. Away: Dayton, La Salle, UMass, Richmond, St. Bonaventure, Davidson, Duquesne, George Mason, Rhode Island. Non-conference schedule, updated: 11/20 vs. Mercer 11/23 vs. Illinois State in Cancun 11/24 vs. Buffalo/SFA in Cancun 11/30 at Boise State 12/18 vs. Auburn 12/22 vs. Drake in Las Vegas TBA vs. Belmont TBA vs. UAB TBA vs. Boston College TBA @ Memphis
  13. Agreed. Anything to avoid a long quarantine like last year. It'd be nice to get in more than 10 regular season games.
  14. These days there seems to be more imploding than exploding going on.
  15. ^They're definitely up there with the likes of Ohio State, Michigan, LSU, Duke, UNC, Kansas, Kentucky, Penn State, USC, Alabama, UCLA, Indiana, Notre Dame and other 800 lb gorilla "name" brands in college sports.
  16. The SEC might be making more than 2X the Big 12 come 2026. Anyone know what the A10 payouts are?
  17. Likely a mix of considerations: hoops success, media market, geography, financial strength, private school, presence in a recruiting hotbed, etc, etc.
  18. This should be merged with the other thread. Also, can't help but wonder if in a Big East expansion scenario Richmond has a leg up over VCU, being private and having a lot more resources on a per-student bases.
  19. I didn't mean that the PAC 12 would somehow drop down and out of the so called P5, just that there would be four bigger major conferences east of Colorado. To some extent the PAC 12 can sidestep the scramble/shuffle of the Big Ten, Big XII and SEC. If they expand they've got Nevada, New Mexico, Boise State, Colorado State, BYU, San Diego St., etc.... to choose from. They'll certainly still be in the so-called P5 or P6 (for basketball). But like the Big East they may feel pressure for further expansion.
  20. I could see this round of realignment basically resulting a bigger non-Pac 12 P4. SEC + Texas & Oklahoma = 16 teams Big Ten + KU & Iowa St. = 16 teams ACC + WVU = 15 football, 16 basketball (w/ND) American + remaining Big XII = 16 football (w/Navy), 16 basketball (w/Wichita St.) Between having 11 members and a new norm of bigger conferences, I could see this indirectly encouraging the Big East to expand.
  21. Damn. Sorry to see JBJ go. But sounds like he'll have a strong crew to play with out there. Could be fun: The newcomers are: freshman forward Myles Mendes (6'6, 225) from Minneapolis, Minn. coming from Troy University; sophomore post Jimmy Bell (6'10, 270) from Saginaw, Mich. coming from St. Louis University; freshman guard Bol Akot (6'2) from Manchester, N.H. coming from Quinnipiac University; and sophomore wing Jo Jo Toppin (6'6) from Brooklyn, N.Y. is coming from Georgia State University.
  22. That's a great line-up. The substandard Cancun tourney is starting to look like a non-factor. It'd be nice to see the return of SIU-C to get that tradition back on track.
  23. Great news! Can't wait! Welcome Kellen!
  24. Whoa. Good memory. It definitely was. And I think it only became clear that it would be streaming there the day of or something. Kind of like how that random Tulane game in Arizona got picked up at the last second.
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