steviep123 wrote: Paleoguy wrote:
Well, their #2 in conference rpi, with 3 teams in the top 6 of the rpi, and had a national champion in very recent years. So, yeah, the non football schools held up well on the division 1 basketball landscape. The Big 12, also a 10 team league, is #1 in rpi. 10 team leagues have an advantage if they enter league play with good rpi's among at least half their teams. That advantage being hearing their names called on Selection Sunday. The NBE is still "new", so their survival and success is still a story. If one ever peruses the UConn board, a lot want to join the NBE, a lot expect it to fold in time. The NBE still has news value locally, especially since it is thriving in the new P5 landscape.
The A10 is ranked #10 in rpi. We can't expect Projo articles praising our league. We need to build very successful seasons to take the state by storm the way PC did in the late 50's, 60's, and 70's. That means going deep in the tourney, and not just once. PC still has the older generation outside South County. We need to capture the next generation overall, by building a program where success in the NCAA is expected, and runs that capture the attention of the state's hoop junkies.
The Projo didn't give 2 craps the years that the A10 had one of the top 5 RPIs in the country a few years ago....
The A10 has never had a top 5 RPI. 6th is the best we've done, which was in 2014 when we had 6 teams in the NCAA tournament. For comparison's sake the Big East was 4th that year.
What don't you people whining about the projo get? PC plays in a (deservedly) higher profile league, which brings nationally ranked teams to their home arena a half dozen times a year.
For 2 decades PC was a better team than us. Even the years we beat them, for the most part they were better than us.
The fact that the few of you can't get by this conspiracy theory is ludicrous.
OMG PC got top billing after beating the #5 team in the country? In the regular season we've NEVER beaten a top 5 team. OF COURSE THIS IS BIG NEWS.
You know why beating PC doesn't really matter as much as you want it to? THEY'RE NOT A GOOD TEAM THIS YEAR. They're barely hanging on top a top 75 ranking and they needed a huge upset to do that.
The problem with the few of you who just revere and obsess about everything PC is that you don't know ANYTHING about college basketball outside of this state and what happened from 1950-1988. You have no perspective. None.
NO ONE CARES ABOUT THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND.
We are not a college basketball hotbed. We don't produce NBA or 5 star D1 talent on the regular. We are not a major media market. The "flagship" program that you keep referring to of this state is a middle-of-the-pack performer in a fringe top 5 conference. That team has a decent but not elite history, but at least a final four birth on their record.
The state's "second" team, since you all need to keep playing up the little brother card, is a top-of-the-pack performer in a 6-10 ranked conference. It has a middling history at best and was irrelevant for the greater part of 2 decades until a few years back.
The lot of you being internet mad at the happenings on Fountain Street think that somehow, if the Journal ignores all of the contextual realities of the historic performances of both these programs in a national picture, somehow trumps up top 100 victories and big time showdowns between a 30th ranked team and a 150th ranked team, and does all of that instead of promoting a top 75 team playing top 25 teams on the regular, in a bigger arena, in a bigger population center, in a bigger conference that has actual national championship implications - that more people will show up to URI games?
You're just too thick to even get through to.
I'll keep trying though, because at least the people who peer in on this forum from outside of this fanbase will know that some of us have cable television and an internet connection that links up to sites outside of the 401 area code.