Acepurple71 wrote:Looking at a Gonzaga which injection a bunch of money into their programs allowed them to get a good manager and better players. They did well in the tourney and subsequently they started making it higher and higher each year in the tourney. Which by the way brings in a butt load of money.
Only if you go deep, or go often.
If UE were, hypothetically, to win Arch Madness this year, then lose first round game, not one more net dollar would show up on the Athletics Department's ledgers - it would just reduce the subsidy from the general fund to Athletics by about $25,000 a year for six years. Or the administration could choose to keep the subsidy at the same level and hire 1 more full-time employee at $10 an hour. Whoopty-doo.
I don't think being a one-and-done in the NCAA is all that valuable from a promotional point of view, either. Sure, millions of people will see your name on their brackets and select #3 Xavier to win without really thinking about it. And hundreds of thousands will watch an Evansville-Xavier game on TruTV Thursday afternoon. But all that is a drop in the bucket to reaching a Sweet 16 or beyond, as these schools like Gonzaga and Butler have accomplished to bring in all that money.
That's not to say it isn't worth trying. I am saying that a goal of making the NCAA tournament once every 20 years is not a high enough goal if you want to replicate Gonzaga.
Well, PA I certainly agree with your post, especially the last sentence. Now, the question arises, does anyone think that 20 years is enough time for Marty to us to the NCAA Tournament? I don't think 50 years would be enough time. Is it possible for anyone to get us to the NCAA Tournament in any amount of time? Well, we won't know the answer to that question unless we try. This is a really nice medium sized Midwestern City, with a pretty campus, that you can get a more personalized education that you can get at a P5 institution, with a great place to play, except for it's location, and a state of the art practice facility. It shouldn't be that hard to get MVC caliber athletes to come here. If we can get a coach like the ones hired at Bradley, and Drake, and then still can't get it done, then I think we should rethink were we are in the D-1 landscape, and do what is best for the University, and the City of Evansville.
I watched the Ind. St.-Drake game last night because I thought it would a very entertaining game to see. Boy, was it. Reed Timmer scored 39 points for Drake, but it was one of the most entertaining games I have seen this year. It was up, and down the floor on almost every possession, with the shot clock hardly ever getting below 10 seconds, with both teams taking the first open shot they could. Wish I could see an Aces game like that, but the chances of that are slim, and none. I know that the Aces have been really hurt this year by injuries, but Marty's style of basketball has made it really hard to watch anymore, and I thought that after watching Aces basketball for more than 60 years, I would never say that I would just as soon watch something else.