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Division I
I really think that NCAA Division I in basketball is too big. I have no problem with having Davids who occasionally will kill Goliath, but we are to the point that David is three feet tall and Goliath is 20 feet tall. Right now Sagarin says that UConn would beat IUPUI by 40 points every time they play (which basically means that they can beat them by however much they desire).

The problem is that so many of the bottom third of Division I finance much of their entire athletic programs by being beaten up by the Goliaths, and changing the model would cause a substantial financial adjustment to have to be made.

In the last few years I have watched a good bit of NAIA, Division 3 and Division 2 basketball, and it is just as entertaining as Division 1. The main noticeable difference is the absence of talented bigs - that and the fact that the kids are playing for the love of the game, or for an education, and not for the money. (Isn't that a unique concept!)
12-21-2022 09:20 AM
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(12-21-2022 09:20 AM)MICHAELSPAPPY Wrote:  I really think that NCAA Division I in basketball is too big. I have no problem with having Davids who occasionally will kill Goliath, but we are to the point that David is three feet tall and Goliath is 20 feet tall. Right now Sagarin says that UConn would beat IUPUI by 40 points every time they play (which basically means that they can beat them by however much they desire).

The problem is that so many of the bottom third of Division I finance much of their entire athletic programs by being beaten up by the Goliaths, and changing the model would cause a substantial financial adjustment to have to be made.

In the last few years I have watched a good bit of NAIA, Division 3 and Division 2 basketball, and it is just as entertaining as Division 1. The main noticeable difference is the absence of talented bigs - that and the fact that the kids are playing for the love of the game, or for an education, and not for the money. (Isn't that a unique concept!)

No doubt low majors, like us, have little in common with the UK's, KU's, and UNC's of this world. We go to these places to be "beaten up" and get our paycheck. Still schools like us occasionally beat the "big boys" in the NCAA tournament which is what makes it so fun for folks like you and me. If the little guy, is eliminated from the NCAA tournament I would have little or no interest in it. I always enjoy the first round, or two, much more than the later rounds. Seems like the powers that be are smart enough to know this, about the tournament, but they will do whatever they think will bring in the most money.
12-21-2022 10:09 AM
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RE: Division I
(12-21-2022 10:09 AM)mjs Wrote:  
(12-21-2022 09:20 AM)MICHAELSPAPPY Wrote:  I really think that NCAA Division I in basketball is too big. I have no problem with having Davids who occasionally will kill Goliath, but we are to the point that David is three feet tall and Goliath is 20 feet tall. Right now Sagarin says that UConn would beat IUPUI by 40 points every time they play (which basically means that they can beat them by however much they desire).

The problem is that so many of the bottom third of Division I finance much of their entire athletic programs by being beaten up by the Goliaths, and changing the model would cause a substantial financial adjustment to have to be made.

In the last few years I have watched a good bit of NAIA, Division 3 and Division 2 basketball, and it is just as entertaining as Division 1. The main noticeable difference is the absence of talented bigs - that and the fact that the kids are playing for the love of the game, or for an education, and not for the money. (Isn't that a unique concept!)

No doubt low majors, like us, have little in common with the UK's, KU's, and UNC's of this world. We go to these places to be "beaten up" and get our paycheck. Still schools like us occasionally beat the "big boys" in the NCAA tournament which is what makes it so fun for folks like you and me. If the little guy, is eliminated from the NCAA tournament I would have little or no interest in it. I always enjoy the first round, or two, much more than the later rounds. Seems like the powers that be are smart enough to know this, about the tournament, but they will do whatever they think will bring in the most money.

I agree with you that what makes the NCAA Tournament the greatest yearly sporting event is the David vs. Goliath Cinderella stories that happen every year. I don’t think even the NCAA is dumb enough to monkey with that Golden Goose. But, I do believe there will be some things coming down the pike in the next few years that will weed out the weakest financial programs in Division I by upping the ante on what it takes to become, OR REMAIN, a Division I program.
12-21-2022 11:38 PM
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