Originally Posted by Reds4Life
The loss of Huggins didin't help, and the fact UC moved into the Big East doesn't help either. Big East is a power conference and they look down upon schools playing "lower" conference teams.
That's not entirely correct. The BE has a very unified and effective scheduling philosophy, and I can assure you it has nothing to do with avoiding scheduling 'lower' conference teams. In fact, many members of the BE play abysmal out-of-conference schedules. The key is you play 'lower' conference teams that a) you are going to beat, and b) will run up a good winning percentage to help the team and conference RPI. The BE has been masterful from the beginning at "playing the RPI game" and ensuring that even the mediocre teams in the conference provide value.
Xavier, incidentally, has been one of those mid-major teams for the vast majority of the last 20 years. They have consistently made either NCAA or NIT play, and have had, what, two losing seasons in the past quarter century?
With the exception of the last two seasons, no big school that schedules Xavier is going to take an RPI hit. Assuming they win. Which is perhaps UC's biggest problem here.