Yeah sure. 2020 was the year Marquette won the Nationalal championship wasn’t it? I’m a bit skeptical about your 7 tourney teams. You really think teams with fewer than 20 wins AND losing conference records AND who ended the season on 3 game losing streaks were making the tournament?You need to stop demonstrating to everyone that you only followed college basketball for a couple peak years of the Big East. 2011 was an amazing year for the conference, no doubt! But year in and year out, the average year now is as good as any average year before once you account for 10 (now 11) schools instead of 16. In fact, the SOS for teams in the BE now is overall almost 2 points HIGHER now than before. I'm guessing this has to do with the round robin.
You clearly haven't been paying attention to the fact that the Big East just a couple years ago set/matched the record for highest percentage of a conference to go to the tournament. You also missed when we have two #1 seeds. And you missed the year that EVERY team in the big east received AP votes at some point during the year. Yes, even DEPAUL got votes but ended up still bombing in conf b/c the conference was that amazing.
You're so hung up on 2011's amazing season to realize that 19-20 was statistically even BETTER! But since many people like you who are oblivious to CBB outside of the tournament didn't get to see it due to COVID, it must not have happened right? Let me help you.
But even bigger than this discussion is the fact that you have no idea how the NET and Quad wins comes into play. They don't look at records vs other supposed tournament teams anymore, they look at record against the quads. BE is as strong or stronger than any other league out there right now other than B10 (which is a whole different issue...).
- 3 or 4 teams were likely going to be top 4 seed (30-40% vs 2011's 25%)
- 7 teams were likely to make the tournament (70% vs 2011's 68.75%)
- 4 teams ended the season ranked in AP (40% vs 2011's 43.75%)
- EVERY team received AP votes during the season (100% vs 2011's -I believe- 62.5%)
If you don't want to continue to come across looking like you have no idea what you're talking about, give watching the present day BE a few years.
Villanova has carried this league on its back since it was formed. We will see if UConn can help out, though I’m personally skeptical that we have the “fire in the belly” any more. 3 teams have gotten past the first weekend. Villanova, and Creighton and Xavier 1 time each. The rest are filler teams. They can usually pack light. Getting back to the original point, you could schedule garbage non- league games when you were in a league where multiple teams regularly were among the best in the country. From 2003-2013 the original Big East had teams in the final four 8 times with 4 titles spread among 3 different teams. It had multiple Final Four teams twice. Those facts are indicative of the strength and depth of the league. The current league is Villanova and a bunch of Washington Generals for them to beat up on. ( FWIW the Generals have 3 wins in their 72 year history, too so Villanova doesn’t always win. Just most of the time.)