The way it is now, we don't play the right "sample" of viable schools for a selection committee to give us any postseason chance unless we win the regular season or conference tournament. Some people want Marlin replaced because he doesn't go dancing enough to the NCAAs. It probably discourages recruiting. But I don't think any coach will be capable of giving us enough NCAA or NIT games (and actually win some) unless scheduling strategy changes. I'm thinking the AD and/or consultants with contacts can help craft a bracket busting schedule. I think coaches as a group are an impediment to upgrading a school's status in basketball. Too many want to schedule wins so they can get another job at a school who is already at the next level. Basketball interest is held down because schools don't upgrade over decades except for 1-2 periods of a couple of great years inbetween. These short hiatus periods don't last long enough to permanently take the program to the next level.
LR last year had a few P5 wins, high RPI and would have been NIT bound had they not won the tourney. (That team won in the NCAAs btw).
We could have beaten Minn and Georgia this year, finished top 3 in the league and still, guaranteed we'd have had no chance as an at large. It's just the life of a G5 MBB program in 2017. The only way to change it is to win big for several seasons in a row, land high profile recruits and win in the NCAAs.
Poor choice, MelRock. I would be thrilled to death with the ooc schedule Illinois state played this year. 7 games against top 200, 1 non d 1, 4 in 201-300
It is very noble of Dan Muller to point out the problem. That said, when old Dan move to a P5 program, he will understand such games have serious consequences if lost. Hence, he will convert to job security and not schedule the games he desires today.
Speaking of "cowards" leave your ____ing name whomever red dotted me over this. Oh wait, it's coward.
Illinois State went 17 and 1 in the Missouri Valley Conference. They did not receive an at large bid due to not winning the conference tournament. The MVC is one of the top mid major leagues in the country. If that does not tell you the difficulty mid majors have today in attracting at large bids, I don't know what will. Scheduling changes won't change that.
Wichita State at 30-4 and gets a 10 seed.......
The NCAA baseball and softball committees have done things in the past to diversify their sports. I haven't always agreed with it but they have done it. Basketball seems to go in the opposite direction.
The linked article does a good job of pointing out another problem mid majors have-being able to improve your schedule without having to play so many non conference games on the road. Committee likes to point out that some mid level P5 teams get in because of a victory over a ranked opponent. Vanderbilt got in with 15 wins this year due to beating Florida. Well if you are not in the SEC, you have no opportunity to beat Florida and definitely not on your home court. The point Cali made about adjusting your schedule so as to be able to garner at large bids is flawed as shown by that example. In today's world, your conference tournament is the most important part of the season for a mid-major regardless if people want to accept it as a fact or not. That is unfortunate as any team can have a bad shooting game which will knock you out. No one is moving to not have the tournament either due to reasons pointed out in another thread. Even the Ivy League has a tournament now. Of course the regular season is important for seeding and a guaranteed NIT opportunity if you win the league. Hopefully the move to use more tools than RPI will help the problem in future years. We will see beginning next season if it helps address the issue.
As to the rest of your questions, They played no one better than Minnesota, but they DID play 3 top 100 teams to our 2, and 4 more 101-200, to our 2, only one non D-1 and even the bad teams they played were better than McNeese.
As to what it got them, how about an average home attendance of 5,200/game compared to our 3,800/game? [By the way, LTU averaged 3,855 blue tarps].
I want a successful program that plays a meaningful schedule and garners some measure of respect from both its own fans and from others who are less biased. I want a program that is always in the conversation about who is going to win whatever conference we are in; and which is considered as a dangerous matchup in the NCAA or NIT when we make it. We used to have that.
You are perfectly welcome to both expect less and to accept less.