I think the best course of action for the A10 is for members to decide whether they are committed to high major basketball, or are they better suited for a lower profile league. Why would Dayton, or why should Dayton (or VCU, URI etc) agree to give up NCAA money to fund buy games for schools that aren’t willing, or can’t do it on their own?I don't think it's that WE'VE SLID. The reality is that each team's strength in terms of national perception (RPI/NET/Selection Committee) is dependent on the OOC math.
The consolidation of power conferences makes their math better, and by staying about the same, we look worse.
The ONLY thing we can do to combat this successfully is to do everything in our power to have the bottom half of the league win OOC. Everyone has to rack up as many OOC wins as possible by any means necessary. The top half of the league needs to rack up as many wins as possible AND "get some scalps" (as you guys like to say) along the way.
I think the A-10's best course of action would be to change our NCAA money distribution and create a scheduling fund pool for MBB, where the league says "here's the money to buy nine home wins against cupcakes. Everyone needs to be 9-3 or better OOC."