Well, maybe "New vs. Current" would be more accurate, but how many of you (show of hands here, folks) have mentally moved on from the MWC after their little scheduling tricks like I have? However you label it, a team that TCU will be playing on their conference schedule in the next two years will advance to the Elite 8 when San Diego State and UConn battle each other in the West Regional semifinals at 6:15 this evening.
Both leagues have two teams in the Sweet 16- San Diego State and BYU for the Mountain West, UConn and Marquette for the Big East. While the Big East has had to endure becoming a bit of a punchline after having 9 of 11 teams lose in the tournament's opening weekend, Jack Bogaczyk of the Charleston Daily Mail wonders if that bashing is really warranted.
After all, isn't getting 11 teams in the Dance still pretty darn impressive? Isn't having 9 teams flame out quickly in the tournament that matters better than having a couple of teams make a run in the NIT or whatever made-up tournament SMU is playing in?