"In our sundown perambulations of late, through the outer parts of Brooklyn, we have observed several parties of youngsters playing 'base', a certain game of ball. Let us go forth awhile, and get better air in our lungs. Let us leave our close rooms, the game of ball is glorious"
I am, as most of you know, a UC fan first and foremost...that won't change.
I attended the X game last night. It was my first X game ever, and my first visit to the Cintas Center.
They're a fun team to watch, and I love their facility!
That was an awful game. Charlotte was so bad that even Xavier didn't seem to care.
Charlotte is bad...but Xavier does everything right....I enjoyed that.
The Dayton game was the one we wanted to go to...but, as always, it's sold out.
Was it a boring slog? Yep. Charlotte looked jaded and disinterested, X had them in tatters by halftime and the rest was sloppy. But I'll take that over some of the hair-raising home escapes UD and St. Joseph's have had this year.
Still don't understand Daugherty's insistence that X has "outgrown" the A-10 and needs to leave. Especially since he has failed on numerous occasions to explain where they are supposed to go. But frankly I think most of the media in this town, like Matt, are UC fans and have little more than a working knowledge of XU basketball.
They allow Duke in the ACC without a football program, so why not Xavier!
I'd actually propose a new league form with the following schools.
It might be hard to grab teams out of the Big East, but the other schools would jump at the chance. For the most part they are similar missions to XU, and would elevate XU's competition and RPI instantly.
VMI?!? Bradley?!? Umm, no.
Bradley would probably be at the bottom of the league, but I'd give them better odds on improving to mediocre than I would Fordham.
VMI is definately an up and coming program(there Kentucky fans I said it.) Again, they'd certainly have trouble initially but if they were in a league with stronger teams, I think they'd be a good bet to continue their upward arc.
You really think Xavier would prefer to be in a league with VMI and Bradley than one with Rhode Island, St. Joe's and UMass (all of whom have been to the Elite Eight or beyond in the past 13 years)?
All of whom are currently headed down, and have almost no dedication or direction currently to challenge Xavier.
There are certain A-10 teams that have legitimate aspirations, but the mediocre bottom half of the league isn't even mediocre.
I can guarantee you they'd rather be in a league right now with Bradley and VMI than with Duquesne, St. Bonaventure, and Fordham.
I doubt it. Certainly not VMI.
I'm curious, what specifically about VMI would be worse than the Bonnies or Fordham?
While a one year rpi ranking is certainly not the complete picture, this is the RPI of the teams' I'd have in my conference.
St. Louis 173
Average league RPI: 94.3
Average RPI of A-10: 131.3
The A-10's RPI is currently being helped by GW at 207, St.Bonaventure at 198,and Fordham at 298.
Now admittedly, leagues are not only made for basketball, but as a basketball I don't think there's much of an argument that the new Easternish conference would be better for Xavier than the A-10.
There're 14 teams in the A10...so it's another lying league
They should call it "Xavier's league" or "Xavier and the other guys"
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