So, you consider all 9 America East teams comparable to UVM? I don't. I'd count Albany and SBU as in the neighborhood. UMBC has had spotty success but it's hard to make an argument that they have been close to UVM in terms of success over the last decade or so. There are perennial favorites and bottom dwellers in every league, so it's a bit of a disconnect to say that all of the schools in our conference are swimming in the same pool, so to speak.In a conference of comparable schools with similar access to basketball player and coaching talent, UVM has been at the top for nearly 20 years. It's not a great conference basketballwise but it is where we are.
In my opinion, it remains better for the school and the players to win in the AE than lose somewhere else.
With that being said, I am not in any way shape or form suggesting that UVM should be in a different conference. I spoke out about this, years ago when it was last a discussion topic on this forum. UVM is much better off being a big fish in a small pond. Their path to the NCAA tournament is much easier than trying to win or get an at large bid in a higher level conference. You need only look at the past AE teams that left for other conferences, for confirmation of this.