I promise this will be quick. Just a thought, its time to vent:
It's so amazing the way things work in college athletics. In football, the BCS is the problem, and the power 6 conferences reap the benefits over and over. In basketball, its not an entity, but a conference. For the life of me I cannot understand why us little guys get no respect, while the big guys bask in the glory.
This year there have been so many perfect examples of how the playing field in college basketball is leveling out, and no longer are these big conferences as powerful as they get credit for. Just in the last week alone, Syracuse barely survived Iona at home 83-77, Illinois-Chicago beat no. 14 Illinois, Charlotte beat no. 7 Tennesse (who also lost to Oakland 3 days prior), no. 12 Villanova beat LaSalle by 3...this list goes on and on.
Despite the truth of things, the Big East now has 5 teams in the top 10 in the country, and 7 overall in the top 25. Last year was no different. The top 25 was completely littered with Big East teams, and EIGHT OF THEM MADE IT TO THE NCAA TOURNAMENT! EIGHT OF THEM! The worst part about that, only one of those teams made it to the elite 8 and beyond. No one else made it past the sweet 16, and half of them didn't make it out of the first round. You would expect a little better from such an "outstanding" conference.
Its because of this that thoughts of expansion for the NCAA tournament are even needed, and also because of this that every single year there are mid-majors fighting with other mid-majors for a bid to the tourney. Last year UTEP had reeled off 16 wins in a row before finally losing in the conference championship game. They were one of the last teams in the tourney as a 12 seed. Only one of those 8 Big East teams were seeded lower than 6 (Louisville was a 9).
Obviously, its still early in the season, but it seems like we're on our way to much of the same. Likely another year where the Big East gets 8 or 9 teams in. My main problem right now, is the fact that a team like UCF, who is undefeated at 10-0 with wins over South Florida, then no. 16 Florida, and Miami has to fight its way into cracking the top 25. A loss will undoubtedly drop them far down the ladder, while others get in and stay in simply because of their conference affiliations. It just completely "grinds my gears" (for those of you Family Guy fans out there). Anyway, I could go on forever about this, but I better wrap it up. It's left a sour taste in my mouth for a while now, so I'll let you all chew on it.