FSSD Posted February 25, 2014 Share Posted February 25, 2014 I'm not sure how picking your site, some well below 5000 seats, a week in advance competes with selling tickets a year in advance for a 12,00 seat arena (in 2015), and a beatiful one at that. There might be an advantage for SDSU/USD, but don't have an issue with that. They will get the seed they earn during the regular season. Having an annual tournament site provides $ and stability. The B1G and MVC use thier championship sites to market the championship and make money, and Sioux Falls can do the same for the Summit. Fullerton said that the Big Sky my being looking at other options for hosting the conference tournament in the near future. But, this year it will be at the Dee Events Center 12,000 plus for seating and it is a great facility. Of the top four teams, UND, Montana and Weber St. all have more than adequate facilities to host the tournament. Seriously you are comparing MVC (St. Louis) and BIG (Chicago) to the Summit (Sioux Falls).. O' boy.. Looking at the history of the Summit and Big Sky has nothing to do with 2014 and the future. The Summit has trimmed its fat and have more under 150s and fewer >250s rpi that ever before. I think the core of Denver, Omaha, ORU, SDSU, NDSU, USD will keep the Summit in the top 1/2 of conferences strength wise. I think that you forgot about the Eastern Division of the Summit - WIU, Indy and Ft Wayne or have they left already. As for the RPI ranking, Fullerton is a member of the NCAA tournament selection committee. Last year he has said that he is taking the lessons learned from this experience to the schools to help build the conference's RPI. The RPI has been manipulated by conferences for years to give a conference a false front of success. The real test for a conference is when they 1) win a tournament game and 2) get mult bids. NOTE: The Big Sky just started receiving the minimum payout for the first time since 1998. So, they have not had recent success that they had in the 70's and early 80's. But, it is not like the Big Sky has not been a successful basketball conference (Idaho, Weber St, Idaho St. and Montana have all had Sweet 16 teams). Of course all of this could have changed if Lillard had not been injured and left early for Weber St. They would have been a very dangerous mid major team last year with Lillard (FYI to Bison fans he was NBA rookie of the year last year). Fullerton has stated that he is placing more of an emphasis on Basketball. So, we shall see how successful he is in the near future. In addition, I believe that PSU and Sac St both have new facilities in the planning stages. So that would leave UNC as the last team with subpar basketball facilities in the Big Sky. 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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