Originally Posted by bucksfan2
The problem I see this year with the Big East is that there really isn't a great team. They don't have a OSU, Kansas or even Texas type team. They have good teams that will beat up on each other and wear each other down as the season goes along. They are a conference with historically great teams that have great coaches but since the merger they seem to under-perform in the NCAA Tournament.
FWIW I see the same thing playing out again as last year. They will get a record number of teams in the tournament but I have a feeling they will struggle to place a final four team.
How is 2 Final Four teams and 2 more Great 8's and a sweet 16 in 2009 under
performing? You guys have really high standards for your conferences.
Sure, since 2008 the SEC has had 1 Sweet Sixteen and 2 Great 8s, but who's counting?
: I think the fallacy behind criticizing the BE's performance is that if other conferences got the same number of team's in, they might perform better.
On the other hand, I agree the the BE is brutal and that affects NCAA Tourney results. I think Pitt was a victim of winning the BE Tourney in 2008. You could see they had nothing left for the NCAA. Same might be said for Syracuse in 2009 even though they made the 16. They had an absolute battle to get to the BE finals.
I have also wondered if the BE isn't hampered in the NCAA by the fact that no one else plays their rough and tumble style. Maybe they get called for fouls they aren't used to getting called etc.?