Let's be honest here. You said if the league gets stronger....well, when the A10 had a 5 bid league I went to Brooklyn. It was a big crowd but not packed. Throughout that tournament there were lots of empty seats.
Oh and we have totally bought in to the narrative of a BAD A10 this year. It is not good when you compare to past years but we need better PR. I watched the CAA games last night and they were fun games between four 20 win teams. Charleston has 30 wins I believe. Charleston also plays in the #21 strongest conference (CAA) by RPI to VCU's #11 conference that they won by 3 games (to CoC's sharing the title w Hofstra). BTW, as much as the rest of the conference likes self loathing the A10 was just a tick below the American in RPI.
At no point during the CAA games last night did I think "wow, that arena is empty". At the same time, at no point did I think "wow, they really filled in that place." It was good basketball and the arena looked fine.
CoC is now at 30 wins and if they do not win tonight most think they won't get an at-large. They tried to schedule well, but it did not work out for them. They mentioned it last night, several teams, including two from our conference, were on their schedule, but those teams underperformed this season. Would be interesting to see what a projected SOS at the start of the season looks like vs. where it falls at the end of the season.