Washington Post on Mid-majors Scheduling

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Just passing along an article that was in the Washington Post the other day.

For mid-major NCAA basketball teams, scheduling is a major issue
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/13/AR2010061303909.html

The period between the end of the Final Four and the start of July's recruiting period is a critical and often maddening season for head coaches, assistants and athletic department officials hoping to finalize men's basketball schedules at competitive mid-major programs.

While they aim to find strong opponents to bolster their strength of schedule, getting a respectable team -- much less one from a power conference -- to come to their arena is usually a futile endeavor. And all that could be riding on finding the right opponents is a potential at-large NCAA tournament berth next season and maybe even job security for the head coach.
 
Those of you who think it's as easy as picking up the phone and scheduling a team like UVA, VA Tech or UNC should definitely read the article. It's not so simple.
 
DCDuck said:
Those of you who think it's as easy as picking up the phone and scheduling a team like UVA, VA Tech or UNC should definitely read the article. It's not so simple.


I agree, but why can't we play other mids that have the same scheduling issues? Instead of resorting to playing UNCG and VMI?
 
Mercury said:
I agree, but why can't we play other mids that have the same scheduling issues? Instead of resorting to playing UNCG and VMI?

The "Mid Major" label is a tough one to shake. The truth is that a loss to a "Mid Major" sounds worse to boosters and fans than a loss to a Big East team or an ACC team (unless it's a team like DePaul or Iowa, some team that is just flat out awful). That applies even to other "Mid Majors".

Rhode Island fans were lamenting their loss to us last season as "a loss to a CAA team". GW fans were questioning why they let a CAA team beat them on their home court. It's just a tough thing that we have to live with for the time being.
 
DCDuck said:
GW fans were questioning why they let a CAA team beat them on their home court.

Ooooo I know I know (waving my hand frantically in the air)! It's b/c we're a much better team! :)
 
YouveBeenRammed said:
DCDuck said:
GW fans were questioning why they let a CAA team beat them on their home court.

Ooooo I know I know (waving my hand frantically in the air)! It's b/c we're a much better team! :)

We have a winner!
 
Wait the GW game was on their home court? Jeez there was awfully a lot of Black and Gold there. :)
 
RRR said:
Wait the GW game was on their home court? Jeez there was awfully a lot of Black and Gold there. :)

LOL no sh!t. We had to have out numbered their fans easily; if not it was definitely close.
 
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