I am assuming that you didn’t like UD’s chances of an invite because of market / proximity to Xavier. Why would you consider St. Bonaventure as the best choice for BE expansion? I never believed that UD would be invited so I’m just curious about your thought processTwo weeks ago, I would have said the Big East’s most likely expansion candidates were:
1. Gonzaga (extremely far-fetched but on their dream list if they could logistically make it happen
2. Saint Louis, 3. Dayton, 4. Duquesne, 5. St. Bonaventure, 6. Richmond, 7. Belmont
And the Big East’s best choices for expansion would be:
1. St. Bonaventure, 2. Saint Louis, 3. Richmond, 4. Duquesne, 5. Belmont, 6. Dayton (Gonzaga, UConn, VCU, Wichita State = Not at all).
However, by adding UConn, that changes the list DRASTICALLY. Most likely now would be:
1. Wichita State, 2. VCU, 3. Saint Louis
Of course, their best possible additions remain "not schools that successful in basketball"
If the A10 loses members and needs to expand I hope that 1) the league makes a decision based on who is leaving, and 2) maybe throw a bone to some of the western members. For example, if UMASS, LaSalle and say VCU leave, this league needs to keep SLU and Dayton happy, so look to add Loyola, Northern Kentucky or a Belmont. Don’t scoff at Northern Kentucky. They are winning the Horizon, have better facilities than most of the A10, hire good coaches and sit in a huge market just south of Cincinnati. Nashville is a great city, and together with Chicago make great destination games for UD and SLU fans.
Northeastern, Stony Brook, Iona, Siena, Wofford and to a lesser extent CoC don’t move the needle and I suspect would cause a shit hemorrhage with the Faithful.