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With UCONN being left in the Big East in basketball will they continue to be a powerhouse? I would say the biggest teams in CBB are Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, and UConn but not for long.
Well, it depends largely on coaching.
The BE could still be a very good basketball conference, but it is absolutely going to be overshadowed by the ACC.
And it is going to be watered down now. And Villanova is also in serious trouble. Wright has to be on the hot seat.
But if the Gonzagas and Butler of the world can do what they do, so can UConn. They just need to keep the coaching at a high level.
You mean to say that SMU and Boise St. are bot bb. powerhouses?
Gonzaga. Xavier. Georgetown.
College basketball (thankfully so) is not so uptight and hyped up on themselves that they need to belong to some exclusive fraternity to be important.
So....it depends on coaching. UConn wasn't much of a player before Calhoun. We shall see after.
The BE will now be overshadowed by both the ACC and B10. I think the BE will revert back to an A10 type of solid BB conference that puts 2-3 teams in the tourney every year but none of them will ever win a championship. Maybe once every 10 years a team will make a Gonzaga/Butler-type run and make a final 4 though. In football, they will be MAC-level or possibly UConn might bag it and form a 1aa conference with Nova/GTown/Richmond/etc. I think UConn is very similar to Nova/GTown.
I think it is yet to be seen if the B10 will overshadow the BE. You have two of the most retched major hoops programs in the East in their footprint, and then Maryland. That's it. People in the East don't grow up dreaming of playing for Ohio State or Indiana.
The pecking order for recruits in the northeast/midatlantic will be, IMO: ACC, Big East (particularly if they get raid more A10 teams as you said), and then the B10...maybe.
I think the BE can still be a major player in hoops just because of all the talent in their backyard.
If Ollie can pull the caliber of player that the old crazy man did they should be fine. I personally was never too impressed w/ Calhoun's coaching. I was impressed w/ his athletes.
It doesn't have to do with that at all. It has to do with having a 68 place national tournament with MANY at large slots. Too many. Basketball is a tag along in this process because it's post season access, is what economists would call, elastic. Hey no problem, just give me 28 good games. Any games.
As for the "uptight and hyped on themselves", I know some basketball programs that fit the bill, some surprisingly so.
I live up this way and follow the program somewhat. I also know one of the boosters that brought Calhoun from Northeastern. Trust me they'll be more than fine. It's a program that recruits itself. They're shooting flares into the night sky over Storrs right now over conference affiliation for football. That's the primary concern at the moment.
I think they will continue to have a good basketball program but not like it used to be. Like I said earlier I always thought of UConn in a level close to Duke, Kentucky, and North Carolina. I see them being a tourney team but not a good shot in the tourney as they had previously.
Yeah, I think what the point is, is that Duke, UK, UNC, Kansas, and possibly 3 or 4 others are blue bloods. They go through cycles but they will always be what they are. There's a similar finite number for football.
Uconn is on the next level even with Calhoun. A good analogy in football would be Penn State. They're not ND, Alabama, OSU, etc. They were nobodies before Paterno arrived. What's going to happen next?
I'd leave Uconn on the same level with Syracuse. Second level, not a blue blood but long time achievers with modern national championships. If their recruiting tails off, then they might drop to the next level with Pitt, and other up and commers.
This post was edited by hauser791 19 months ago
No one is safe from being irrelevant .. not even Kentucky. It just seems that way. It's the same for conference realignment .. and football powers. In ten years we'll look back and say "i never saw this coming."
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