Starting in 2014, Idaho will be joining the Big Sky, giving the conference 12 teams for basketball. This led to a couple of obvious questions, which the Big Sky answered in a press release last week:
1) Will they continue the double round robin scheduling?
The answer here is no. Currently, with 11 teams, everyone plays each other twice, leaving everyone with 20 conference games. If they continued this, it would give everyone 22 conference games. However, the conference announced that each team would play 18 conference games. While this could cause some inequality in scheduling, I think that is optimal to playing almost all conference games and minimal non-conference games, which would be the case if they played 22 Big Sky games each. It’s not always easy for teams to schedule good non-conference games, but at least this way there is a chance.
2) Will the conference be split into two divisions?
Once again, the answer is no. From commissioner Fullerton:
“However, our administrators felt like 18 games with no divisions will be a better format for basketball, where it becoming increasingly more difficult to schedule home Division I non-conference games. Playing in one division for basketball allows for a more equitable schedule than an 18-game schedule with two divisions. Our schedule will likely be modeled after the Pac-12’s current model’’
What are your thoughts on the announcements?
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