Scoop: The ‘Catholic 7’ schools that last week officially broke away from the Big East are looking to either get to 10 or 12 teams in total, and the likely favorites are Xavier, Butler, Creighton, Dayton and Saint Louis, per SI’s Pete Thamel.
Significance: The new league is obviously looking for great basketball schools – but it’s also looking at 12 schools rather than 10. The reason? TV revenue. The more games, the better.
Story: According to Thamel:
“The teams that will definitely be added to the mix are Xavier and Butler. Creighton and Dayton are the next two on the list, and should be considered near definite. (Dayton’s biggest issue would be opposition from Xavier.)
That makes 11. From there, Saint Louis is a favorite for spot No. 12.”
So no VCU, St. Joe’s, or Gonzaga – at least not yet. Why? Thamel cites that VCU is “neither private nor religious”. Villanova won’t want to compete for the Philadelphia market with St. Joe’s. The main issue for Gonzaga is its location in Spokane, Washington – it would be tough to add a school that far away from all other schools in a conference. With these additions, Creighton (Nebraska) would become the school that’s furthest west on the map.
So while there isn’t anything official to report, it looks like the future league is starting to take shape.
If this is last year of the A-10 after the Catholic 7 eventually takes Butler, Xavier and Saint Louis, it’s going to be a heck of a year
— Chuck Cooperstein (@coopmavs) December 22, 2012
More NCAA realignment. Boise St back to the MWC. Gonzaga stays in WCC as Catholic 7 go Midwest. tinyurl.com/bv9nfes
— David James (@DavidDJJames) December 22, 2012
— Phil H. (@sixtyk) December 22, 2012