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RE: What is the South's equivalent to the Big East?
The South's basketball first, nonfootball schools are all scattered across a few leagues. If you were to try to put them all together I think your top tier is:

VCU
UNC Wilmington
UNC Greensboro
Davidson
Charleston
Belmont

To fill out the rest of the league you could either use some Big South schools, the Florida ASUN schools, or stretch it out to include schools like UALR and UTA.
02-26-2017 10:08 PM
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RE: What is the South's equivalent to the Big East?
(02-26-2017 10:08 PM)Fighting Muskie Wrote:  The South's basketball first, nonfootball schools are all scattered across a few leagues. If you were to try to put them all together I think your top tier is:

VCU
UNC Wilmington
UNC Greensboro
Davidson
Charleston
Belmont

To fill out the rest of the league you could either use some Big South schools, the Florida ASUN schools, or stretch it out to include schools like UALR and UTA.

Winthrop, Murry St & UNC - Ashville would be three good additions
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02-26-2017 11:51 PM
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RE: What is the South's equivalent to the Big East?
Actually that would be Murray St, and some other good ones would be ETSU (they do love their football, but their basketball is very top-notch!!), Chattanooga, Lipscomb, FGCU, Mercer, Samford, (not sure on Stetson, but they would be good for baseball), Elon, NC Central, Norfolk State, UT-Martin--I'm not saying that the South has a collection of Catholic or even private schools not Catholic that would be like the BE, but rather a mixture of public & private schools having the mentality of the BE: basketball first. I guess that would make it the A-10 of the South, oh well.
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02-27-2017 01:02 AM
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RE: What is the South's equivalent to the Big East?
To go back to the OP, you have to look at why the Big East was formed. Independence ruled the day in the Northeast, and access to the basketball tournament would have been limited if the Big East wasn't formed. All the schools were in a loose confederation (the ECAC) but otherwise ran as independents -- in the South, schools allied themselves in conferences at a much earlier time. Jake Crouthamel (Syracuse AD) led the efforts to get like minded schools together along basketball lines. He wrote a good history of the Big East here: http://cuse.com/sports/2001/8/8/history.aspx It has a Syracuse slant (for obvious reasons) but it was his and Dave Gavitt's vision that built the Big East to what it became in the 80s.

The Eastern 8 formed for pretty much the same reason -- just different schools (PSU, Pittsburgh, Villanova, Rutgers, et. al.) -- and later became the Atlantic 10.
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