We’ve talked for years about how college basketball needed to do something schedule-wise to shake things up. Our ideas centered around a pre-season or tournament holiday though.
The pre-season tournament would sort of get a group of Sweet Sixteen-level teams and let them duke it out to kick things off. Then a holiday tournament could do the same basic thing again, but to prep everyone for conference play.
Brian Thornton proposes to make an alliance of non-power conferences and have teams schedule games in February. The teams would be paired up by a formula and then everyone would get one home and one away game.
It’s a great idea. It gives quality teams a chance to get quality wins to impress the committee, it will draw immense attention to the non-power leagues, will give people something actual to talk about beside tournament theorizing and should make a ton of TV money for the conferences with less clout.
Apparently he has several conferences interested already.
We really hope this happens. It would be a great thing for the sport.