Matthew Aguilar: Mid-major basketball...

Matthew Aguilar: Mid-major basketball teams are closing gap

There are 6 comments on the El Paso Times story from Mar 21, 2010, titled Matthew Aguilar: Mid-major basketball teams are closing gap. In it, El Paso Times reports that:

With one bold stroke, Northern Iowa's Ali Farokhmanesh may have ushered in a new era for the NCAA tournament.

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Mr Hate

Arlington, TX

#1 Mar 22, 2010
Mid-Major Basketball teams as you and others define the largest TV Market's "reclusive teams" have always been around and just as good. No need to close any damn gap. Matthew Aguilar, the only gap that needs closing is the one between your big ears. Have a nice day.
Bill

Vista, CA

#2 Mar 22, 2010
Great article. The Miners will be stronger next year because of this experience.
Give you the Bird

El Paso, TX

#3 Mar 22, 2010
Mr. Hate, I disagree. Mid-majors are not just as good as the BCS conference teams. When was the last time a mid-major has won the National Championship? Never. Memphis could have if they made their free throws two years ago but would you really consider them a "mid-major" team? I would not. They WERE an elite team playing in a mid-major conference.
Mr Bill

Olympia, WA

#4 Mar 22, 2010
The NCAA now wanting to again expand its national championship field is another example of the inroads Mid-Majors (Mr. Hate, some schools revel in the distinction) are making into the upper-level of college basketball. The television contract with the NCAA over broadcast rights is coming up for negotiation and it will certainly be expensive for the network that comes out on top. The only way to make it profitable will be to expand so the parties involved can take advantage of large populations surrounding the Big 6 basketball conferences. So instead of half of the Big-East conference teams, they will be able to invite all the BE teams, and the ACC, Big 10,Big 12, etc. The powers that be are only denying the inevitable.
A coach can only have 5 players at a time on the court. Kids nowadays are finding that the road to the national championship does not necessarily have to go thru the ACC, or the BE,or the others. Remember when UCLA was relevant?
Citizen

Austin, TX

#5 Mar 22, 2010
Give you the Bird wrote:
Mr. Hate, I disagree. Mid-majors are not just as good as the BCS conference teams. When was the last time a mid-major has won the National Championship? Never. Memphis could have if they made their free throws two years ago but would you really consider them a "mid-major" team? I would not. They WERE an elite team playing in a mid-major conference.
1966 !!!!!!!
Mr Hate

Arlington, TX

#6 Mar 22, 2010
I am happy with the format now of 65 teams. Too many big TV Market teams make the field though. How does anyone in the country know of the good mid-major teams if they get no media attention during the season? The selection committee for one are truly not atune to mid majors as they are the glamour schools come NCAA dance time. It is a farce. Money is what makes the tournament spin around. The dollar. I hope a team like Cornell takes all the marbles this year. I hate Cornell. Any of the teams selected this year into this tournament except the obvious Ark PB', Woffords, can play and compete in any Major Conference in the BCS. It is just not right. Hate it.

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