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2016-17 Northeast Conference Post-Mortem

by - Published August 17, 2017 in Columns, Conference Notes

The Northeast Conference has a problem on its hands, and it’s a problem without any apparent solution. Or at least, without any apparent enviable solution.

The conference has players who are having too much success.

Okay, it’s not that simple, really. But in a time where more players are not only transferring, period, but transferring up – from a conference like the Northeast to schools in a bigger conference like the Power 5 or even one like the Atlantic 10 – the Northeast Conference stands out above others. No conference is being bit by this portion of the transfer bug as badly as the NEC is.

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2016-17 Big Ten Post-Mortem

by - Published August 8, 2017 in Columns, Conference Notes

There were major questions before the 2016-17 college basketball season about Purdue forward Caleb Swanigan, as well as just how much help he and his stellar frontcourt teammates would get from their backcourt.

Rest assured, there are questions no more.

Swanigan made as big of a leap as any player in the country on his way to consensus first team All-American honors and finishing just shy of national player of the year honors. Purdue’s backcourt also caught up to its frontcourt, playing far more than a supporting role, and the result was the Boilermakers’ first Big Ten regular season title since 2010, as well as its first NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearance since that year as well. … Continue Reading

2016-17 Southern Conference Post-Mortem

by - Published August 7, 2017 in Columns, Conference Notes

The Southern Conference has been around for seemingly forever. Longer than the ACC. Longer than the SEC. Shoot, the league basically served as the breeding ground for both of them.

It shouldn’t be a surprise, then, that a league that has withstood the loss of Alabama, Duke, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, etc., etc., could also move on just fine after losing one of its most prominent recent members. A conference doesn’t stick around for nearly 100 years without being able to roll with the changes, and while Davidson’s departure a couple years ago was thought to be a major blow to the SoCon’s basketball product, the truth is the league is stronger now than it’s been in years.

It can’t be said enough just what a job the Southern has done since its flagship basketball program left for the Atlantic 10 in 2014. The re-additions of East Tennessee State and longtime member VMI plus the add of Mercer from the Atlantic Sun were tremendous. Just as important have been the improvements of other members, keyed by smart coaching hires and some coaching stability in the league now as well. … Continue Reading

2016-17 SEC Post-Mortem

by - Published August 7, 2017 in Columns, Conference Notes

The SEC has been labeled a “football conference” for obvious reasons in recent years, and that has not been entirely a compliment to their success on the gridiron. In part, that has been a knock on basketball. Aside from Kentucky and usually Florida, what the conference has on the hardwood has been in some question in recent years. The basketball product has not been very good, especially compared to other high-major conferences. But if the NCAA Tournament and the postseason are any indication, the conference could be starting to turn the corner.

First, the SEC had a great postseason run. They played three teams in the Elite Eight – the only conference to do that – though only one went further. That one team was not Kentucky or Florida, but rather, South Carolina, a program that had never been that far and had little NCAA Tournament success to speak of in its entire history. Frank Martin, however, had other ideas from the outset when he took this job, and the magical run his team went on is the culmination of what he has done to this point.

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2016-17 Big Sky Post-Mortem

by - Published July 19, 2017 in Columns, Conference Notes

Experience is typically a good thing for a college basketball team. Rarely does it result in the type of leap, though, that North Dakota took in the Big Sky Conference this year.

The Fighting Hawks/formerly Fighting Sioux returned all five starters in 2016-17, though it came on a team that finished one game over .500 (17-16) the year before, tying for fifth in the Big Sky. While Hoopville had UND targeted as a team to watch coming into the season, it was still a lot to ask it to overcome traditional league powers like Weber State and Montana that led the way the year before, as well as stubborn Eastern Washington and Idaho programs regularly near the top of late.

North Dakota showed all the growth one could’ve asked for, though, winning 22 games plus Big Sky regular season and tournament titles. The latter added up to the first-ever Division I NCAA Tournament berth for the former Division II power that only became a full-fledged D-I member five years ago. … Continue Reading

2016-17 American Athletic Conference Post-Mortem

by - Published July 18, 2017 in Columns, Conference Notes

We are starting to get a sense of the American Athletic Conference now that we are four years in. Who carries the flag is starting to take shape, and who may be right there with them is as well. We’re also seeing that one program most surely thought would be in the former category hasn’t really done that, and another may be moving even further away from that.

And all of this happens as another program enters the conference and should be instantly competitive.

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2016-17 Atlantic Sun Post-Mortem

by - Published July 18, 2017 in Columns, Conference Notes

Florida Gulf Coast has been a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference for just 10 years, and eligible for its conference tournament for only six.

There’s no denying, though, that the Eagles are easily the league’s signature program right now. They played like it in the 2016-17 season, too, winning the A-Sun regular season and postseason championships, on the way to the school’s third NCAA Division I Tournament berth.

Florida Gulf Coast had a good showing out of conference, defeating the likes of Texas-Arlington and Louisiana Tech and just missing chances for signature wins at Baylor and Michigan State. The Eagles also led the Atlantic Sun from wire-to-wire and in the conference tournament posted three wins by double-digit margins for their second straight A-Sun tourney title. FGCU then went into the NCAA Tournament as a 14 seed and put a scare into Florida State, finally succumbing 86-80. … Continue Reading

2016-17 Summit League Post-Mortem

by - Published July 17, 2017 in Columns, Conference Notes

The Summit League in 2016-17 did not match what was in many ways a banner season the year before. There would be little arguing as much.

Coming off a superb year when the league finished 12th in conference RPI-after rising as high as No. 8 at one point-and put forth a champion that earned a 12 seed and would’ve had a case for at-large inclusion in the NCAA Tournament, the Summit was unable to match such lofty heights. The league dropped to 19th in the conference RPI, with a 12-game drop in its win percentage against Division I schools, and it also saw its tournament champion receive a 16 seed in the NCAA tourney.

Don’t be misled, though. The Summit is still a plenty solid conference, arguably the most improved in the country this decade (from 26th in conference RPI in 2010). And it still had plenty to recommend it this year. … Continue Reading

2016-17 Patriot League Post-Mortem

by - Published July 17, 2017 in Columns, Conference Notes

Bucknell continues to rule the Patriot League, with 2016-17 being the latest iteration. From the earliest days in the league, through several coaches, the Bison have been a consistent powerhouse. They have had plenty of challengers, and for a stretch in the prior decade, they got a real run for their money from Holy Cross. But they have emerged and outlasted everyone, and are now right on Holy Cross’ heels for the lead in league titles.

Holy Cross hasn’t been the same since Ralph Willard left his alma mater in 2009. They went through three coaches in about a year, and while the third of those, Milan Brown, had some success, it wasn’t enough for the administration. Bill Carmody led them on a miracle run through the league tournament in 2016, and they were better this year, but you get the point: the Crusaders haven’t been a serious challenger to be the league’s signature program since Willard’s tenure.
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2016-17 WAC Post-Mortem

by - Published July 5, 2017 in Columns, Conference Notes

If ever there’s a league that deserves to gloat a little bit, it’s the Western Athletic Conference.

It’s not an overstatement to say the WAC was left for dead by many a few years back, as one football member after another fled, leaving the league struggling to stay in business. To New Mexico State-the one holdover still playing Division I-A (FBS) football, it added schools like Missouri-Kansas City, Utah Valley, plus an NCAA Division I wannabe in Grand Canyon, a former NAIA power that had fallen on hard times, went to a for-profit model to regain its bearings and was an NCAA Division II member at the time it was invited.

Those additions were out of what even WAC leaders probably would privately acknowledge as desperation. And yet, they’ve worked out better than about anyone could have expected. … Continue Reading

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