Well, this is an interesting development. The Sun Belt Conference announced Wednesday that it would be fining its member school for scheduling weaker teams, starting for the 2015 basketball season.
In a report by College Basketball Talk, the Sun Belt will fine its schools $50,000 for scheduling more than two non-Division 1 teams next season. This will help eliminate teams from rolling over their non-conference opponents, but then being non-competitive when it comes to the conference schedule.
Now, this could make a huge difference, but will it? Georgia State can schedule Savannah State in place of Shorter College or some other Division 2 school, but I don’t think people would really notice the difference.
Newcomer Georgia Southern played Illinois, Central Florida, and Florida International this past season. All of those games looked really good on the Eagles when it comes to RPI. Georgia State played Iowa State, Colorado State, and Southern Miss. Again, all schools that will look good in the RPI. These two teams finished second and first in the Sun Belt last season and played in conference championship game.
Will the power conference take notice and follow suit to the Sun Belt? Will fans finally get less of Kentucky/Grand Canyon and more of Kentucky/Kansas? Only time will tell.
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