Thursday, October 23, 2014

If They Bracketed It: Week 9, 2014

If They Bracketed It is an exercise in imagination, the outcome of what would happen if I ran college football - a 16 team playoff.  In short, the field consists of the all 10 conference champions, plus six at-large births, with the first two rounds played at the higher seed and the final four all being held at a single site.  If you want to read the long version, click here.  Teams are seeded based on performance to date, not a prognostication of how teams will finish the season.

Notes for this week's bracket:

  • Mississippi State occupies the top slot, but barely.
  • Florida State - who I would still bet on to win this hypothetical tournament - moves up to #2 after beating Notre Dame.
  • Baylor and Oklahoma both drop out of the rankings after losses last weekend.  They're replaced by two Big 12 teams with solid wins.  Kansas State (over OU) and TCU (over Oklahoma State).
  • At the bottom, I choose Georgia and TCU as my last two at-large teams over Baylor, Arizona and Ohio State.  Though toughest decision came down to Baylor vs. TCU, as Baylor owns the head-to-head with TCU.  However, wins over both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State give TCU a better total body of work.  Baylor likely moves back in with a win over Oklahoma themselves in two weeks

Friday, October 17, 2014

If They Bracketed It: Week 8, 2014

If They Bracketed It is an exercise in imagination, the outcome of what would happen if I ran college football - a 16 team playoff.  In short, the field consists of the all 10 conference champions, plus six at-large births, with the first two rounds played at the higher seed and the final four all being held at a single site.  If you want to read the long version, click here.  Teams are seeded based on performance to date, not a prognostication of how teams will finish the season.

Welcome to the first actual edition of "If They Bracketed It".  I'll make this a short but sweet weekly column in which we rank the 16 team based on the process explained here.  
News and notes:
  • If the season ended today, Mississippi state's win over Auburn and Ole Miss' over Alabama are enough to capture the top two slots.  
  • I wouldn't bet against Florida State and a Heisman Trophy winning quarterback against anyone in the field, but the defense hasn't been nearly as dominant as last year and the running game needs to be more consistent.  Just too many questions at this point for me to see them surviving a weekend of vetting by the selection committee.
  • For at-larges, Oklahoma and Georgia earned the final two bids over the Big 12 threesome of Kansas State, Oklahoma State and TCU. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

If They Bracketed It: College Football - An Overview

Everyone has it ready to go.  The moment you're asked "If you were in charge of college football, what's the one thing you'd change?", you're off and running.  Maybe you'd nix the extra point, allow payers to get paid, or actually encourage elaborate TD celebrations so that you can get your fix of the Icky Shuffle on a Saturday afternoon.  Whatever it is, you've got it set in stone and everyone who thinks it's a stupid idea can shove it.  

Well, here's mine: If I were in charge of college football, we'd run the post-season just like every other NCAA sport - a 16 team tournament where each conference champion gets in.  Here's how I'd do it.

The Format: 16 Playoff with the first two rounds played at the higher seed's home stadium.  The semifinals and championship game would both take place at a singular neutral site - meaning both the semifinals and finals would be at the same stadium.

Who gets in: The 10 Conference Champions and 6 best at-large teams (regardless of conference affiliation).  I know what you're thinking, "No way the MAC Champion deserves the right to be in the field over a Top 15 team, Mike.  You're crazy man".  While I agree with the latter, there's a lot of reasons why you open the field up to include everyone.
  1. You know how fun College Basketball's podunk small conference tournaments are, where schools of 3,300 kids have almost their entire student body rush the court because "OMG WE'RE GOING DANCING!!"? How much fun would it be to have those moments in college football? With this format, just like every other college sport, every team begins the year in control of their destiny, with a true path to a national championship. From Alabama to Army, every team can truly win the title by going undefeated. Whether your strapping in for practice in Norman, OK or Mt. Pleasant, MI, you begin every season with your destiny in your own hands.  Does a title chase get more genuine than that?
  2. Including teams like the MAC, Sun Belt and WAC Champs give a pseudo reward to the top 3-4 seeds.  Most of the time, they should be able to run the score up enough the first half that they'll be able to sit starters in the second, leaving them with a more well-rested team in week two.
  3. Finish off the regular season with a Conference Championship Weekend where all 10 conferences crown their automatic bid to the playoff. Talk about must-watch TV! Two days (Friday/Saturday) full of rushing the field from Toledo to Santa Clara as teams punch their ticket to the gridiron dance? What more could a football fan want?
*We'll deal with the more below, but this will also include a provision in which Independents can earn an auto-bid.

When: In order to accommodate a four round playoff, the regular season for all conferences with a championship game would end the weekend before Thanksgiving.  Conference Championship weekend would take place the Friday and Saturday following Thanksgiving, an epic conclusion to the college football regular season.

The playoff would begin the first weekend in December (currently Conference Championship Saturday), followed by the Round of 16 the following weekend.  The Semifinals would take place January 1st with the National Championship Game a week later.

But what about the bowls?  They're just fine.  Teams who make the college football playoff but fall short of the Football Final Four would be delegated among the six current CFP bowls (Rose, Sugar, Orange, Fiesta, Cotton, Peach).  Teams would be assigned to bowl games after they are eliminated from the playoff - meaning four bowls would be filled out after the first weekend, with the remaining two games being filled out by teams eliminated in week two.

Again, the four semi-finalists would all advance to a separate neutral site, to be bid out like the Super Bowl, where they would play both the Final Four and National Championship Game.  After all, doesn't it make sense that more fans would travel to one city for a week than have to take two separate trips?  Plus, think of the revenue generated by having four fan bases in town for a week?  The bids for the title game would be sky high!  And that's what we're worried about with this question anyway right - the money? 

Yeah, what about the $?  This will be the least of our worries.  The college football playoff will be an absolute cash cow.  College Basketball is a love of my life but is widely considered a dwindling niche sport in the regular season yet CBS/Turner pay $771 Million a year to televise March Madness.  ESPN already pays $608M/year to televise the College Football playoff, and that's just 3 games!  15 games over four weekends and it's not hard to imagine the college football playoff warranting $1B/year.  Spread among the schools, that's about $8.3M each.  Final Four/Championship Sites would pay through the nose to get four fan-bases in town for over a week.  

Schools also would get the opportunity to include the two potential playoff games in season ticket packages, regardless of if they happen or not.  If they happen it's a huge payday for the school.  If not, they can offer to hold the funds as a deposit on the following year's tickets so they don't have to go through the refund process.  It's like a hidden PCL income for schools.

The Selection Committee: Like today, a College Football Playoff Selection Committee will select the field, though I'd change up the method of selecting who makes up the committee.  Instead of mysteriously hand picking a cast of "experts" who would seemingly make for the worst sit-com ever, I'd put an actual method in place for establishing the committee and ensuring turnover.
  1. The committee would be made of 12 total members:
    • 4 media members elected by the Associated Press with an emphasis should be to electing "national" reporters.
    • 4 Athletic Directors as chosen by the American Football Coaches Association. No conference can have more than 1 active members and at least one of the four must be from a non-power 5 conference.
    • 4 members of the College Football Hall of Fame (coaches or players) as chosen by the Hall of Fame members themselves.
  2. Everyone is elected to a 2-year term with each group having two seats rotate every year. Once you serve a term you must wait four years before being eligible for re-election. This will keep things fresh and make sure no good ol' boy networks are established.
Selection Process: 
The process would pretty much mirror the basketball committee's process:

  1. Each member submits an initial ballot of the top 16 teams that deserve at-large bids (regardless of if they win automatic bids).
    • If an Independent team appears in the top 10 on 10 of the 12 ballots, that team will be automatically placed into the field.  This is because Independent teams are not eligible for auto-bids, and it's safe to assume Notre Dame will throw a fit for this to be included when this system is negotiated.
    • For all other teams, any team that is ranked in the top 6 on 10 of 12 ballots is automatically placed into the field.
    • All other teams that appear on at least four of the 12 ballots will be considered "under consideration".
  2. The committee members will debate the "under consideration" list and vote in the following order:
    • Members should list the top four teams left under considerations, in no particular order. 
    • The four teams receiving the most votes will make up the next at-large ballot.
    • Members will rank these four teams in order.  The top ranked team on a ballot receives one point, the fourth best team receives four votes.
    • When there are at least three at-large bids remaining, the two teams with the least points are locked into the field, while remaining two are retained for the ballot.
    • When there are one or two at-large bids remaining, the one team with with the least points will be locked into the field, while remaining three are retained for the next ballot.
    • So long as there are more at-large bids remaining, members will continue nominating either the two (if two teams carried over) or one (if only one team carried over) best team from the under consideration list that should be included on the ballot.
    • This process will continue until the 16 team field has been selected.
Seeding of teams will only take place after selection has completed.  
  1. Members begin by nominating the four best teams in no particular order.  
  2. The four teams who receive the most votes will be placed on the next ballot.
  3. Teams will then be ranked 1-4 (same scoring as above).  The top two teams with the least amount of points will be locked into the #1 and #2 seeds.  The two remaining teams will be carried over to the next round.
  4. Members will again nominate their top four remaining teams, with the top two added to the ballot with the remaining teams from the previous voting round.
  5. Steps 3-4 are repeated until all 16 teams are seeds, with round 8 only consisting of the two remaining seeds.
  1. Teams will be placed into a straight 16 team bracket (1-16, 2-15, 3-14, 4-13, 5-12, 6-11, 7-10, 8-9) with no regions.
  2. Teams may be moved one line from their true seed in order to avoid either a conference opponent or other regular season rematch in the first round, or to when swapping teams keep a team from having to travel cross-country. 
  3. The first two rounds will be played at the higher seed's stadium.  In the event the higher seeded team cannot host, the lower seeded team should host.  In the event neither team can host, a neutral site should be arranged.
Wow, that was in depth, but this is never gonna happen, right?  Not unless the NCAA comes to their senses and finally gives me control of things, but I haven't gotten the hint that they're ready to do that quite yet.  As long as the power five conferences are running things, they'll make sure to stack things with smaller fields and keep the smaller schools out of it.  Win the MAC and you're headed to Mobile for the Bowl!  What kid doesn't grow up dreaming about that.  No more illusions of a "true" national champion.  120 teams enter with a path to the trophy, only one walks away.  There's only one way there, and my system does just that.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

2014 BracketBlog Season Preview: Coaching Changes

Collins was the presumed coach-in-waiting by many
at Duke.  Instead, his first head job will be in Evanston.
Chris Collins, Northwestern:  There's no doubt that Northwestern basketball is one of the toughest jobs in the country.  The facilities are barren, the fan-base is nearly non-existent and recruiting is no easy ask when players must meet the high academic standards of an elite university.  So, who could be better suited than Collins, who's personally landed several top recruits at a similarly academically challenging school?  Collins has spent years training for this opportunity in Durham under the best coach in college basketball history, and his name carries weight around Chicago AAU leagues.  This should be a great stepping stone for Collins, who gives Northwestern fans hope that their first NCAA Tournament birth in school history isn't too far away after all.

Bobby Hurley, Buffalo:  Let's be real, bringing in anything remotely considered a recognizable name is a big win for the Bulls, and Hurley certainly fits that criteria.  Winning at UB won't come easy, but in the MAC stealing just one decent recruit could be enough to earn a tournament bid and catapult himself on to the next big job.

Matthew Graves, South Alabama: With Brad Steven's departure from Butler to the NBA and the Bulldogs dubbing Brandon Miller as head coach, it was time for Graves to pave his own course.  Looking back, it's amazing that Graves didn't get scooped up sooner, especially after Butler's back-to-back title runs.  The Jaguars have had success as of late in the Sun Belt, and can certainly compete for a tournament spot.  Good pick-up.

Danny Kaspar, Texas State: Over the last 13 seasons, Kaspar built Stephen. F. Austin from conference doormat to perennial championship contender.  With the Bobcats headed for the Sun Belt, it was time to make a splash.  They did just that landing one of the nation's best small college coaches.

Andy Enfield, USC: It's easy to label this as another knee-jerk, flavor of the week move.  But those that know the man behind FGCU's incredible "Dunk City" tournament run stand behind his knowledge and ability to sustain this much further than last March's magical ride. His NBA ties and history of successfully training professional talent will help him recruit to SoCal, injecting life back into a program that's slipped into mediocrity.

Alford's departure from New Mexico took a major
hit in his image that only winning will repair.
Steve Alford, UCLA: If you're a Bruins fan, it's hard to get overly excited for your third choice.  Brad Stevens or Shaka Smart would have both been program-reviving hires, while plenty of questions surround Alford.  Alford's never had much success to speak of in March, and his only stint at a major-college program was an underwhelming one at Iowa where he went 61-67 in B1G play.  There's no doubt his bait-and-switch departure from New Mexico will be used against in the recruiting circles as well.  He's not a terrible hire, but it just seems like an underwhelming choice for an elite program like UCLA.

Richard Patino, Minnesota: Three questions have to be asked with the coaching change in Minneapolis this off-season.  Is this that much of an upgrade over Tubby Smith?  Other than his last name, what of Patino's résumé instills confidence that he's the best coach for the job?  Lastly, how much of Minnesota's struggles the last decade are on coaching, and how much can be attributed to outdated and underfunded facilities?  Raised floors and 90+ year old barns just aren't going to recruit themselves like they did 50 years ago.  Patino might be worth the gamble, but until the Gophers invest in the program, temper your expectations.

Tubby Smith, Texas Tech: What a poor run of luck for Tubby, from one desolate program to another.  If Bobby Knight couldn't win in Lubbock, who can?

Craig Neal, New Mexico: Neal's job is to keep things rolling for the Lobos after Steve Alford's bitter departure.  It will be a job easier said than done.

Eddie Jordan, Rutgers: With the hand they were dealt, Jordan was about the best the Scarlet Knights could hope for.  Still, a winning season just doesn't seem to be in the immediate future for Rutgers.

James Whitford, Ball State: Whitford breaks free from Sean Miller's umbrella and takes his first head-coaching job closer to his roots.  His Midwest ties will help him compete for mid-tier talent in the MAC.

Dan Majerle, Grand Canyon: With a move to Division I, the Antelopes needed to bring a name in to help recruiting.  They got just that with Thunder Dan.  It'll be a rough ride as they transition to life in Division I, but a light schedule should help.

Mike Brennan, American
Dedrique Taylor, Cal State Fullerton
Reggie Theus, Cal State Northridge
Kevin McGeehan, Campbell
Ray Giacoletti, Drake
Greg Herenda, Fairleigh Dickinson
Joe Dooley, Florida Gulf Coast
Anthony Evans, Florida International
Niko Medved, Furman
Mark Byington, Georgia Southern
Joe Mihalich, Hofstra
Wayne Brent, Jackson State
Jayson Gee, Longwood
G.G. Smith, Loyola-Maryland
Jeff Bower, Marist
Kareem Richardson, Missouri-Kansas City
Chris Casey, Niagara
Robert Jones, Norfolk State
Nick McDevitt, North Carolina - Asheville
Jeff Jones, Old Dominion
Ron Verlin, Pacific
Jim Crews, Saint Louis
Dave Wojcik, San Jose State
Jimmy Patsos, Siena
Murray Garvin, South Carolina State
Brad Underwood, Stephen F. Austin
Dan Hipsher, Texas Pan-American
Phil Cunningham, Troy

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Predictions Sure to Go Wrong: 2013 All-American Teams

First Team
G - Marcus Smart (So.), Oklahoma State: Smart seemed to continue to round-out his game as last season progressed, helping the Cowboys win 11 of their final 13 regular season games.  The sophomore surprised many by choosing to come back to school and is now everyone's 50/50 pick (along with Wiggins) for preseason NPOY.
G - Gary Harris (So.), Michigan State:  The most lethal scorer on Tom Izzo's team is a big reason the Spartans are preseason favorites by most to win the B1G.  An underrated scorer, Harris battled injuries for much of his Freshman season and still put up double figures in all but four B1G games, including 22 at Indiana.  His 23 point performance against Memphis that propelled the Spartans to the Sweet 16 a season ago is a taste of what a healthy Harris is capable of.  Healed up, look for the sophomore to have a breakout season in 2013-14.
G/F - Andrew Wiggins (Fr.), Kansas:  Wiggins is the most anticipated freshman to hit the hardwood since the inception of the NBA's one-and-done rule.  Picking the Jayhawks over Florida State, North Carolina and an already loaded Kentucky freshman class, Wiggins' highlight tape (below) shows off his impressive versatility that will help him carry the Jayhawks toward another Big 12 title.

F - Doug McDermott (Sr.), Creighton: Possibly the best walk-on of all time, 2013-14 will be McDermott's third All-American campaign at mid-major Creighton.  The slate will be a bit tougher however, as the Bluejays make the move from the Missouri Valley to the new Big East.  The coach's son should have Creighton in the mix for a conference title in the league's inaugural season in it's current form.
F/C - Julius Randle (Fr.), Kentucky:  After establishing himself as the go-to coach for premier point guard, John Calipari is now helping Kentucky stake claim to being Big Man U.  Randle follows Anthony David and Nerlens Noel to be the third straight top-rated big-man in the country to call Lexington home (if only for 8 months) - and may be the best of the bunch.  The 6'9'' Randle is a heavy load when in the paint and still has fleet enough feet that Calipari may try to pull him out for perimeter mismatches as well.

Second Team
G - Jahii Carson (So.), Arizona State: Instant electricity.  Carson went for 20+ in eleven Pac-12 games last season, including 34 in their overtime win over Stanford.
G - Aaron Craft (Sr.), Ohio State: The definition of blue collar, Craft is the prototypical legendary in your hometown/hated everywhere else type player.  He's hard nosed, skilled and absolutely cold blooded. Offensively he can catch fire at any moment and he'll throw opposing offense out of sequence on almost every possession.
G/F - Russ Smith (Sr.), Louisville: If Rick Patino's dynasty dreams are to come true, it will come on the back of Smith, the best player on last season's best team in the country.  Smith has steadily improved over each of his first three seasons at Louisville.  Any improvement over his outstanding season last year and Smith will warrant first team consideration.
F - Jabari Parker (Fr.), Duke:  The nation's #2 high school prospect will step into the Blue Devil's lineup on day one poised to be a key threat in the Blue Devils offense.  Parker is a key reason why Duke is still favored by many to win a vastly improved post-expansion ACC.
F/C - Mitch McGary (So.), Michigan: While many regard McGary as the breakout start of the 2013 NCAA Tournament, Michigan fans saw he the once #2 rated high-school prospect living up to the hype.  McGary steadily improved as be became more familiar with John Beilein's system and is expected to make even further strides as he becomes a focal point in the Wolverine's offense.

Third Team
G - Andrew Harrison, (Fr.), Kentucky:  Remember when I said Calipari had already made himself the go-to coach for elite point guards?  Meet this year's edition.  Along with twin brother Aaron, the Wildcats are in vastly improved hands at the point guard position this season.
G - Rodney Hood (So.), Duke:  Hood was named to the SEC All-Freshman team while at Mississippi State, and now steps into the Duke lineup ready to make an instant impact.  After sitting out last season, if Hood can keep up his 36.3% mark from beyond the arc, the 6'8" forward will be a tough match-up for many ACC foes.
G/F - Glenn Robinson III (So.), Michigan: With NPOY Trey Burke and fellow swing man (and NBA kin) Tim Hardaway Jr. both gone to the NBA, GRIII is poised to show that his supreme athletic abilities can translate into steady offensive production.  After hitting the Freshman wall midway through the B1G season his freshman year, Robinson has come back with even more hops and looks to be in great shape heading into his sophomore year.
F - Aaron Gordon (Fr.), Arizona: This may be low for Blake Griffin 2.0.  If Sean Miller can figure out how to utilize Gordon's skill-set, he'll top Sportscenter's Top Ten and the Pac-12 standings all-season long.
F/C - Adrien Payne (Sr.), Michigan State: Payne is the prototypical Tom Izzo big man; Take the largest, meanest man you can find, teach him to outwork everyone and refine his ability to do basketball things.  If Payne can improve on his consistency in the "basketball things" department, he'll finally live up to his billing and help lead the Spartans to a potential B1G crown.

Monday, November 4, 2013

2014 Bracketblog College Hoops Season Preview: Surviving Conference Armegeddon

It has been four years since B1G Commissioner Jim Delany announced to the college basketball world that his powerful group was looking to add more teams to their ranks.  Having tasted the initial successful of a conference-themed television network, Delany and his B1G brethren were thirsty for more.  The dominoes fell quickly, with the SEC, Big 12, then Pac 10 (now 12) all scrambling to survive the crumbling landscape surrounding them.  Four years later, we enter the 2013-14 college basketball season, and barely anything looks the same.

Boggle, once a childhood favorite
game, now an accurate depiction
of College Baketball's new
conference alignment.
Have you ever played Boggle?  It's a word game in which small cubes adorned with letters are violently scrambled inside a container while the players hope and pray the end result is coherent enough that they can make heads of tails of at least some of it.   Most of the time you'll just end up with a scrambled mess, but you'll occasionally land enough of a word to convince your friends you knew what you were doing the entire time.  Keep that feeling in mind.  If you haven't yet looked at the conference alignment or searched conference standings in 2013-14, you're sure to experience it again.  Seemingly every conference experienced some sort of shake up, and while some make sense, others look completely out of sorts.

What to Know
The "A" in ACC stands now for Amazing.  Or, at least it could.  Already thought to be one of the toughest conferences in the nation, ACC Commissioner John Swofford made his league the clear class of college hoops.  Already with Duke and North Carolina now includes Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame with defending national champion Louisville on the way next season.   When the Cardinals join next season, the ACC will have five of the top twelve winningest programs in college basketball history, including two of the top four.  Comparisons between ACC Hoops and college football's SEC West are clearly unfair; the ACC is much, much better.

Meet The New Big East.  Suffice to say it's far from the same as the old Big East.  Georgetown, DePaul, Providence, St. John's, Seton Hall and Villanova are the conference's only holdovers, but it won't be short of stiff competition.  Xavier has jumped ship for a shot to play with the big boys, while Butler also comes in from the A10 - after only a one-year stint.

...and the Old Big East now known as The American  - which sounds more like a bad Mel Gibson movie than a basketball conference.  This "new" conference is made of up the Big East's non-bolting football playing schools - namely UConn, Cincinnati, Louisville and Rutgers.  With Louisville and Rutgers set for a one year cameo before leaving for the ACC and B1G respectively, they also raided C-USA by taking Houston, SMU, UCF and Memphis as well as Temple from the A-10.  Memphis' seemingly eventual elevation from a mid-tier league like C-USA certainly raises the bar for a program that is used to cruising through it's conference season.  Now, they'll need to fight just to make the top three.

Conference USA did their own scrambling as well, raiding the A10, Sun Belt and WAC for the likes of Middle Tennessee, FIU and North Texas, among others.   The WAC survived, if you want to call it that.  Boasting the likes of UMKC, Utah Valley and Pacific doesn't lift them far above the likes of the Southland (now featuring New Orleans University) and Sun Belt (Welcome, Georgia State!).    Last - and in this case, least - are the four newcomers to Division 1: the Grand Canyon Antelopes  (WAC, told you), Incarnate Word Cardinals, Albelive Christian Wildcats and UMass Lowell River Hawks all make their D-I debuts.  If you told me only one of those schools actually existed, I would believe you without hesitation.  I fully expect the University of Phoenix to join up soon.

And that's just a taste.  So, study up, or else risk spending half the season just trying to make sense of up and down.  Here (courtesy of Wikipedia), is the complete list of college basketball teams jumping from one league to another in 2012-13:
SchoolFormer ConferenceNew Conference
Abilene Christian WildcatsLone Star (D-II)Southland
Boston University TerriersAmerica EastPatriot League
Butler BulldogsAtlantic 10New Big East
Charleston CougarsSoConCAA
Charlotte 49ersAtlantic 10C-USA
Chicago State CougarsGreat WestWAC
Cincinnati BearcatsOriginal Big EastThe American
Connecticut HuskiesOriginal Big EastThe American
Creighton BluejaysMVCNew Big East
CSU Bakersfield RoadrunnersDivision I independentWAC
Denver PioneersWACThe Summit
DePaul Blue DemonsOriginal Big EastNew Big East
FIU PanthersSun BeltC-USA
Florida Atlantic OwlsSun BeltC-USA
George Mason PatriotsCAAAtlantic 10
Georgetown HoyasOriginal Big EastNew Big East
Georgia State PanthersCAASun Belt
Grand Canyon AntelopesPacWest (D-II)WAC
Houston CougarsC-USAThe American
Houston Baptist HuskiesGreat WestSouthland
Incarnate Word CardinalsLone Star (D-II)Southland
Louisiana Tech BulldogsWACC-USA
Louisville CardinalsOriginal Big EastThe American
Loyola (MD) GreyhoundsMAACPatriot League
Loyola Chicago RamblersHorizon LeagueMVC
Marquette Golden EaglesOriginal Big EastNew Big East
Memphis TigersC-USAThe American
Middle Tennessee Blue RaidersSun BeltC-USA
Monmouth HawksNECMAAC
New Orleans PrivateersDivision I independentSouthland
NJIT HighlandersGreat WestDivision I independent
North Texas Mean GreenSun BeltC-USA
Notre Dame Fighting IrishOriginal Big EastACC
Oakland Golden GrizzliesThe SummitHorizon
Old Dominion MonarchsCAAC-USA
Pacific TigersBig WestWCC
Pittsburgh PanthersOriginal Big EastACC
Providence FriarsOriginal Big EastNew Big East
Quinnipiac BobcatsNECMAAC
Rutgers Scarlet KnightsOriginal Big EastThe American
St. John's Red StormOriginal Big EastNew Big East
San Jose State SpartansWACMW
Seton Hall PiratesOriginal Big EastNew Big East
SMU MustangsC-USAThe American
South Florida BullsOriginal Big EastThe American
Syracuse OrangeOriginal Big EastACC
Temple OwlsAtlantic 10The American
Texas State BobcatsWACSun Belt
UCF KnightsC-USAThe American
UMass Lowell River HawksNE-10 (D-II)America East
UMKC KangaroosThe SummitWAC
UT Arlington MavericksWACSun Belt
Utah State AggiesWACMW
Utah Valley WolverinesGreat WestWAC
UTPA BroncsGreat WestWAC
UTSA RoadrunnersWACC-USA
Villanova WildcatsOriginal Big EastNew Big East
Xavier MusketeersAtlantic 10New Big East