Re: Xavier Basketball
No I'll agree VMI has not been a traditional power. And if you want to swap URI for them I probably won't argue. But I disagree that the geography of the A-10 helps Xavier. Xavier's not an east coast school. The original A-10 was all east coast schools before adding SLU, Dayton, and Xavier. I think it would benefit XU to be in the middle of a conference rather than the west coast of a conference.
You're right that Fordham is an elite academic university, but they play in a gym that Moeller High School would be embarrassed to call home.
UMass has basically repudiated the things that made them successful as a basketball school.
St. Joes, GW, URI, UMass are all reasonably good schools and have had occasional success, but I don't think they're necessarily better than Butler or Dayton on a year in year out basis. In the old MCC, it was Xavier, Evansville than everyone else. Now its Xavier, Dayton and one other school, and then everyone else.
What I fail to see is how being in the A-10 benefits XU at this point.
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