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NCAA Div II: Five 64-Team Leagues

Should the NCAA have divisions? Should every school from 400 students up to 40,000 just play each other? Most would agree we need divisions, and the only logical way to divide them is through enrollment numbers.

My NCAA plan is as follows: 1) Div I would take the largest 320, with over 9,194 students each; 2) Div II would have the following 320, with enrollments between 3,107 and 9,194; 3) Div. III would use the next 320, ranging from 1,000 to 3,107; and 4) Div IV would be created for the remaining 112 teams, with less than 1,000 to 1,500, depending on the geographic region.

Divisions I, II, and III would each be further divided into five leagues of 64 teams each. The new Div II leagues would be known as the: 1) Western-64; 2) Northern-64; 3) Southern-64; 4) Eastern States-64; and 5) North Atlantic-64.

As in Div I, the five 64-member leagues would be particularly useful in determining post-season invitations to a Div II March Madness tourney, as each area would have exactly 64 squads, and could hold three pre-March tournaments in Nov., Dec., and Jan.

The newly reconstructed division would start with 128 teams currently in Div II. They would then accept 90 squads, with enrollments of only 3,107 to 9,194, now in Div I, and would complete the picture with 102 Div III colleges, each with at least 3,107 students.

Why do we currently have 90 schools in Div I that have only 3,107 to 9,194 students? The following are just some examples of those that don’t belong in Div I. There are many more.

Enrollment, school, state, current conference)
3,100–Houston Baptist, Texas (Gt-W)
3,200–U of Portland, Oregon (WCC)
3,224–Charleston Southern, SC (BS-I)
3,417–Oral Roberts, Tulsa, Oklahoma (Sum)
3,603–High Point, North Carolina (BS-I)

It’s time all divisions were realigned, using enrollment as the sole criterion. No other method would be fair or reasonable.

(Note: For Div I, see: at homepage (Categories: NCAA Conferences): NCAA Needs 5 Leagues of 64 Teams Each, (3-1-12); “NCAA: New Div I “Pacific-64” (3-2-12); NCAA: New Div I “Southwest-64” (3-3-12); “NCAA: New Div I “Great Lakes-64” (3-4-12); NCAA: New Div I “Southeast-64” (3-5-12); NCAA: New Div I “Northeast-64” (3-6-12).



NCAA: New Div I “Northeast-64”

Appendix E for article: “NCAA Needs 5 Leagues of 64 Teams Each,” posted on March 1, 2012 at The new Div. I “Northeast-64” would have six sub-conferences:

(Enrollment, Name, City, Current Conference)

BIG EAST COLLEGIANS (10 big private schools)
23,000–Northeastern–Boston, Massachusetts (Col)
20,407–Syracuse, New York (ACC)
14,900–St. John’s–Queens, New York (Big E)
14,600–Fordham—Bronx, New York (Atl.-10)
13,000–Hofstra–Hempstead, New York (Col)
24,000–Long Island–Brooklyn, New York (NE)
9,745–Seton Hall–South Orange, NJ (Big-E)
12,100–Farleigh Dickinson-Teaneck, NJ (NE)
10,482–Villanova–Philadelphia, PA (Big-E)
17,000–Drexel—Philadelphia, PA (Col)

BIG EAST SCHOLARS (10 big private schools)
20,699–Harvard—Cambridge, Massachusetts (Ivy)
11,666–Yale–New Haven, Connecticut (Ivy)
20,633–Cornell–Ithaca, New York (Ivy)
22,920–Columbia–New York City (Ivy)
20,643–Pennsylvania–Philadelphia (Ivy)
14,600–Boston College, Massachusetts (ACC)
31,000–Boston University, Massachusetts (Am-E)
10,200–MIT–Cambridge, Mass. (New/EFC-III)
42,189–New York University, NYC (UAA-III)
10,875–Carnegie Mellon—Pittsburgh, PA (UAA-III)
(Ivy schools also play Princeton, Dartmouth, Brown)

ACC–NORTHEAST (11 public schools/11 states)
11,000–Maine–Orono (Am-E)
11,054–Vermont–Burlington (Am-E)
14,219–New Hampshire—Durham (Am-E)
26,000–Massachusetts–Amherst (Atl-10)
15,984–Rhode Island–Kingston (Atl-10)
20,000–Connecticut–Hartford (Big-E)
18,202–Albany, New York (Am-E)
28,993–Rutgers–New Brunswick, NJ (Big-E)
35,000–Temple-Philadelphia, PA (Atl.-10)
19,499–Delaware–Newark (Col)
37,600–Maryland–College Park (ACC)

NORTHEAST COLONISTS (10 teams/5 states)
10,900–Southern Maine–Gorham (LE-III)
13,400–Massachusetts–Boston (LE-III)
15,000–Massachusetts–Lowell (NE-10-II)
10,400–Bridgewater State, Mass. (MASAC-III)
16,000–Suffolk, Boston, Mass. (GrNE-III)
16,000–Johnson & Wales–Rhode Island (GrNE-III)
12,000–Central Connecticut State-New Britain (NE)
12,000–S. Connecticut St.–New Haven (NE-10-II)
11,224–SUNY Buffalo, New York (SUNY-III)
14,224–Rochester Tech- New York (Lib-III)

NORTHEAST AMERICANS (12 teams/5 states)
28,000–New York at Buffalo (Mid-Am)
14,898–Binghamton, New York (Am-E)
24.598–Stony Brook, New York (Am-E)
16,600–Montclair State, New Jersey (NJAC-III)
10,900–Paterson State–New Jersey (NJAC-III)
15,000–Kean, Union, New Jersey (NJAC-III)
10,500–Rutgers-Newark, New Jersey (NJ-III)
14,000–West Chester State, Pennsylvania (PASt-II)
14,000–Indiana State of Pennsylvania (PASt.-II)
10-600–Kutztown State, Pennsylvania (PASt.-II)
12,668–Maryland–Baltimore (Am-E)
11,500–Wilmington–Delaware (CAtl.-II)

NORTHEAST IMMIGRANTS (11 teams/1 state)
17,000–Queens–Flushing, New York (ECC-II)
10,565–Mercy–Dobbs Ferry, New York (ECC-II)
12,700–NY Tech–Old Westbury (ECC-II)
15,000–Baruch–Manhattan, New York (CUNY-III)
15,000–Brooklyn, New York (CUNY-III)
11,000–Staten Island, New York (CUNY-III)
21,000–Hunter, New York (CUNY-III)
12,000–NYC Tech–Brooklyn (CUNY-III)
13,000–City Coll.–Manhattan, NY (CUNY-III)
14,000–John Jay-Manhattan, NY (CUNY-III)
10,615–Lehman, New York City (CUNY-III)


NCAA: New Div I “Southeast-64”

Appendix D for article: “NCAA Needs 5 Leagues of 64 Teams Each,” posted on March 1, 2012 at The new Div I “Southeast-64” would have six sub-conferences:

(Enrollment, Name, City, Current Conference)

SEC–CAPTAINS (10 state schools/10 states)
29,300–North Carolina–Chapel Hill (ACC)
28,000–South Carolina–Columbia (SEC)
35,040–Georgia–Athens (SEC)
51,000–Florida–Gainesville (SEC)
31,000–Alabama–Tuscaloosa (SEC)
15,800–Mississippi–Oxford (SEC)
27,000–Tennessee–Knoxville (SEC)
26,841–Kentucky–Lexington (SEC)
20,895–Virginia–Charlottesville (ACC)
29,000–West Virginia–Morgantown (Big-E)

SEC–COMMANDERS (10 mostly private/9 states)
14,200–Duke, Durham, North Carolina (ACC)
*6,830–Wake Forest, Raleigh, North Carolina (ACC)
11,772–Charleston, South Carolina (So)
15,600–Miami, Florida (ACC)
12,316—Emory–Atlanta, Georgia (UAA-III)
18,669–Auburn, Alabama (SEC)
11,000–Tulane–New Orleans, Louisiana (USA)
12,000–Vanderbilt–Nashville, Tennessee (SEC)
15,000–Louisville, Kentucky (Big-E)
16,437–Georgetown–Wash. DC (Big-E)
(*small school grandfathered into new league)
(Louisville and Auburn are older public universities)

ACC–SOUTHEAST (10 teams/5 coastal states)
30,379–Virginia Tech–Blacksburg (ACC)
33,800–North Carolina State–Raleigh (ACC)
13,462–Clemson, South Carolina (ACC)
20,400–Georgia Tech–Atlanta (ACC)
40,875–Florida State–Tallahassee (ACC)
36,316–South Florida–Tampa (Big-E)
32,000–Virginia Commonwealth, Richmond (Col)
30,000–Georgia State–Atlanta (Col)
25,156–North Carolina–Charlotte (Atl.-10)
50,485–Central Florida–Orlando (USA)

SOUTHEAST–COLONIAL (11 teams/4 states)
21,000–Towson State—Baltimore, Maryland (Col)
25,000–George Washington, Wash. DC (Atl.-10)
9,940–American–Wash. DC (Patriot)
10,500–Howard–Wash. DC (Mid-E)
15,000–Marshall–Huntington, West Virginia (USA)
31,262–George Mason–Arlington, Virginia (Col)
24,000–Old Dominion–Norfolk, Virginia (Col)
18,668–James Madison, Harrisonburg, Virginia (Col)
12,068–North Carolina–Wilmington (Col)
17,614–North Carolina A &T–Greensboro (Mid-E)
40,709–Florida International–Miami (Sun-B)

SOUTHEAST–HEARTLAND (11 teams/5 states)
27,246–Eastern Carolina—Greenville, NC (USA)
10,471–Campbell—Buies Creek, North Carolina (Big-S)
46,312–Liberty–Lynchburg, Virginia (Big-S)
10,926–Appalachian State–Boone, NC (So)
9,429–Western Carolina, Cullowhee, NC (So)
19,909–Georgia Southern–Statesboro (So)
10,500–Tennessee–Chattanooga (So)
15,000–Eastern Tennessee–Johnson City (A-Sun)
18,000–Alabama–Birmingham (USA)
9,504–Jacksonville State, Alabama (O-V)
22,912–Florida Atlantic–Boca Raton (Sun-B)

SOUTHEAST–SUNSHINE (12 teams/3 states)
15,029–South Alabama—Mobile (Sun-B)
11,740–Kennesaw State, Georgia (A-Sun)
12,898–Valdosta State, Georgia (Gulf-S-II)
11,200–Western Georgia–Carrollton (Gulf-S-II)
16,526–Northern Florida–Jacksonville (A-Sun)
10,500–Florida Gulf Coast–Ft. Myers (A-Sun)
12,074–Florida A & M–Tallahassee (Mid-E)
12,021–Western Florida–Pensacola (Gulf-S-II)
10,500–U of Tampa, Florida (SunSt-II)
15,120–St. Leo U, Tampa, Florida (SunSt-II)
33,135–Nova Southeast–Davie, Florida (SunSt-II)
9,300–Barry, Miami Shores, Florida (SunSt-II)


NCAA: New Div I “Great Lakes-64”

Appendix C for article: “NCAA Needs 5 Leagues of 64 Teams Each,” posted on March 1, 2012 at The new Div. I “Great Lakes-64” would have six sub-conferences:

(Enrollment, Name, City, Current Conference)

BIG 10–GREAT LAKE NAVIGATORS (10 teams/10 states)
41,000–Michigan–Ann Arbor (Big-10)
30,800–Iowa–Iowa City (Big-10)
42,000–Indiana–Bloomington (Big-10)
42,000–Wisconsin–Madison (Big-10)
41,900–Illinois–Urbana (Big-10)
52,000–Minnesota–Minneapolis (Big-10)
24,000–Nebraska–Lincoln (Big-10)
42,421–U of Cincinnati, Ohio (Big-E)
28,823–U of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Big-E)
14,100–North Dakota–Grand Forks (B-Sky)

BIG 10–GREAT LAKE EXPLORERS (10 teams/10 states)
41,000–Michigan State–East Lansing (Big-10)
29,000–Iowa State–Ames (Big-12)
39,000–Purdue–West Lafayette (Big-10)
30,000–Wisconsin–Milwaukee (Horizon)
25,000–Northern Illinois–DeKalb (Mid-A)
15,649–Minnesota State–Mankato (N-Sun)
14,000–Nebraska–Omaha (Summit)
56,000–Ohio State–Columbus (Big-10)
44,505–Penn State–Carlisle (Big-10)
10,100–South Dakota–Vermillion (Sum)

GREAT LAKE PIONEERS (12 private schools/7 states)
15,000–Northwestern–Evanston, Illinois (Big-10)
11,733–Notre Dame–South Bend, Indiana (Big-E)
11,599–Marquette–Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Big-E)
25,398–DePaul–Chicago, Illinois (Big–E)
15,000–Loyola–Chicago, Illinois (Horizon)
10,900–Dayton, Ohio (Atl.-10)
10,100–Duquesne–Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Atl.-10)
16,500–St. Louis University, Missouri (Atl.-10)
13,000–Washington U–St. Louis, Missouri (UAA-III)
14,788–University of Chicago, Illinois (UAA-III)
9,814–Case Western–Cleveland, Ohio (UAA-III)
10,800–St. Thomas–St. Paul, Minnesota (MNIAC-III)

GREAT LAKE–EIRE (11 public/2 states)
31,000–Wayne State–Detroit, Michigan (GL-II)
29,000–U of Akron, Ohio (Mid-A)
24,000–Kent State, Ohio (Mid-A)
22,043–Eastern Michigan–Ypsilanti Mid-A)
22,000–U of Toledo, Ohio (Mid-A)
20,619–Ohio University–Athens (Mid-A)
20,286–Miami of Ohio–Oxford (Mid-A)
18,000–Bowling Green State, Ohio (Mid-A)
17,000–Wright State–Dayton, Ohio (Horizon)
16,400–Cleveland State, Ohio (Horizon)
12,500–Youngstown State, Ohio (Horizon)

GREAT LAKE–HURON (10 public/3 states)
27,000–Indiana-Purdue-Indianapolis (Sum)
27,000–Illinois–Chicago (Horizon)
26,866–Central Michigan–Mt. Pleasant (Mid-A)
24,829–Western Michigan–Kalamazoo (Mid-A)
24,229–Grand Valley St.—Allendale, MI (GL-II)
20,000–Ball State–Muncie, Indiana (Mid-A)
17,624–Oakland State–Rochester, MI (Sum)
14,000–Indiana Purdue–Ft. Wayne (Sum)
13,000–Ferris State-Big Rapids, MI (GL-II)
10,400–Saginaw Valley State, MI (GL-II)

GREAT LAKE–SUPERIOR (11 public/7 states)
10,500–Minnesota–Duluth (N-Sun)
17,231–St. Cloud State, Minnesota (N-Sun)
14,769–North Dakota State–Fargo (Sum)
14,000–Northern Iowa–Cedar Falls (M-V)
13,600–Western Illinois–Macomb (M-V)
12,800–South Dakota State–Brookings (Sum)
12,753–Wisconsin–Oshkosh (Wis.-III)
11,140–Wisconsin–Eau Claire (Wis.-III)
10,962–Wisconsin–Whitewater (Wis.-III)
10,074–Wisconsin–La Crosse (Wis.-III)
9,417–Northern Michigan, Marquette (GtLI-II)


NCAA: New Div I “Southwest-64”

Appendix B for article: “NCAA Needs 5 Leagues of 64 Teams Each,” posted on March 1, 2012 at The new Div. I “Southwest-64” would have six sub-conferences:

(Enrollment, Name, City, Current Conference)

BIG–SW–TRAILBLAZERS (10 teams/10 states)
30,000–Kansas–Lawrence (Big-12)
29,000–Oklahoma–Norman (Big-12)
50,000–Texas–Austin (Big-12)
33,000–Missouri–Columbia (Big-12)
23,000–Arkansas–Fayetteville (SEC)
28,000–Louisiana St.–Baton Rouge (SEC)
19,879–Mississippi St.–Starkville (SEC)
21,428–U of Memphis-Tennessee (USA)
16,076–E. Kentucky–Richmond (O-V)
20,000–Illinois St.-Normal (M-Val)

BIG–SW–PATHFINDERS (10 teams/10 states)
23,000–Kansas St.–Manhattan (Big-12)
23,000–Oklahoma St.–Stillwater (Big-12)
50,082–Texas AM–Coll. Station (Big-12)
18,515–Missouri St.–Springfield (M-Val)
13,400–Arkansas St.–Jonesboro (Sun-B)
11,800–Louisiana Tech–Ruston (W-A)
17,000–S. Mississippi–Hattiesburg (USA)
24,037–Tenn. State-Murfreesboro (Sun-B)
18,507–W. Kentucky–Bowling G. (Sun-B)
19,000–S. Illinois–Carbondale (M-Val)

SOUTHWEST SUN BELT (10 teams/6 states)
15,000–Wichita State, Kansas (M-Val)
14,000–Missouri–Kansas City (Sum)
11,844–C. Oklahoma–Edmond (MAI-II)
12,033–Arkansas–Little Rock (Sun-B)
16,900–Louisiana–Lafayette (Sun-B)
36,452–North Texas–Denton (Sun-B)
32,000–Texas State–San Marcos (W-A)
31,000–Texas–San Antonio (W-A)
33,000–Texas–Arlington (W-A)
39,000–U of Houston, Texas (USA)

17,225–Sam Houston –Huntsville (S-LD)
12,900–S. Austin St.–Nacogdoches (S-LD)
14,300–Lamar -Beaumont, TX (S-LD)
9,600–Texas AM–Corpus Christi (S-LD)
24,924–Texas-Pan Am–Edinburg (G-W)
11,000–Texas Southern-Houston (SW-A)
10,300–Texas AM–Commerce (L-Star-II)
14,076–Texas Women’s U (Lone St-II)
18,864–Texas-Dallas–Rich (Am-SW-III)
17,300–Texas—Brownsville (Red-R-NAIA)

SOUTHWEST VALLEY (12 teams/3 states)
10,400–Tennessee St.–Nashville (O-V)
9,217–Tennessee Tech, Cookeville (O-V)
9,192–Austin Peay, Clarksville, TN (O-V)
9,509–Morehead St., Kentucky (O-V)
15,405–N. Kent.–Highland Hts. (GLV-II)
10,400–Murray St., Kentucky (O-V)
16,485–SE Louisiana-Hammond (S-LD)
10,100–NW Louisiana–Natchitoches (S-LD)
8,784–Mc Neese St., LA (S-LD)
9,004–Louisiana Monroe (Sun-B)
10,548–Southern AM-Baton Rouge (SW-A)
10,512–U of New Orleans, LA (Gulf-S-II)

SOUTHWEST PLAINS (12 teams/6 states)
10,540–S. Indiana–Vanderburgh (GLV-II)
11,100–Indiana St.–Terre Haute (M-V)
14,000–S. Illinois–Edwardsville (O-V)
11,600–E. Illinois–Charleston (O-V)
11,000–C. Missouri-Warrensburg (MAI-II)
17,351–Lindenwood, MO (MAI-II)
15,615–Missouri–St. Louis (GLV-II)
9,615–SE Missouri St., C. Girardeau (O-V)
10,000–Fort Hays St., Hays, KS (MAI-II)
9,769–NE Oklahoma, Tahlequah (MAI-II)
13,000–Central Arkansas-Conway (S-LD)
10,400–Ark. Tech–Russellville (G-Am-II)


NCAA: New Div I “Pacific-64”

Appendix A for article: “NCAA Needs 5 Leagues of 64 Teams Each,” posted on March 1, 2012 at The new Div. I “Pac-64” would have six sub-conferences:

(Enrollment, Name, City, Current Conference)

PAC-10 FLAGSHIPS (10 teams/10 states)
47,000–Washington–Seattle (Pac-12)
23,000–Oregon–Eugene (Pac-12)
35,000–California–Berkeley (Pac-12)
38,000–Arizona–Tucson (Pac-12)
30,000–Colorado–Boulder (Pac-12)
30,000–Utah–Salt Lake (Pac-12)
34,000–New Mexico-Albuquerque (Mt-W)
17,600–Nevada–Reno (W-A)
15,035–Montana–Missoula (B-Sky)
12,000–Idaho–Moscow (W-A)

PAC-10 FORTRESSES (10 teams/10 states)
26,087–Washington St.–Pullman (Pac-12)
23,000–Oregon St.–Corvallis (Pac-12)
39,000–UCLA–Los Angeles (Pac-12)
70,000–Arizona St.–Tempe (Pac-12)
24,800–Colorado St.–Ft. Collins (Mt-W)
25,228–Utah St.–Logan (W-A)
17,831–New Mexico St.–Las Cruces (W-A)
29,000–Nevada–Las Vegas (Mt-W)
14,542–Montana St.–Bozeman (B-Sky)
13,628–Idaho St.–Pocatello (B-Sky)

MISSION WEST (10 private schools/5 states)
19,000–Stanford–Santa Clara (Pac-12)
36,120–USC–Los Angeles (Pac-12)
10,600–Southern Methodist-Dallas (Big-E)
14,886–Baylor–Waco, Texas (Big-12)
9,142–Texas Christian–Ft. Worth (Big-12)
11,800–U of Denver (Sun-Belt)
29,919–Brigham Young–Provo (WCC)
8,722–U. of San Francisco (WCC)
8,972–Loyola-Los Angeles (WCC)
25,000–Grand Canyon–Phoenix (Pac-W-II)

MOUNTAIN WEST (10 teams/7 states)
21,290–Boise St., Idaho (W-A)
25,000–Fresno St., CA (W-A)
12,496–Wyoming–Laramie (Mt-West)
12,000–N. Colorado–Greely (B-Sky)
18,847–N. Arizona–Flagstaff (B-Sky)
23,813–Weber St.–Ogden, UT (B-Sky)
32,000–Texas Tech–Lubbock (Big-12)
17,860–Texas–El Paso (USA)
32,670–Utah Valley–Orem, UT (Gt. West)
24,000–Metropolitan St.–Denver (R-Mt-II)

MARINER WEST (10 teams/4 states)
13,042–West Wash.–Bellingham (GtNW-II)
10,145–Central Wash (GtNW-II)
10,700–Eastern Wash–Cheney (B-Sky)
24,000–Portland St.–Oregon (B-Sky)
32,000–San Jose St. (W-A)
27,000–Sacramento St. (B-W)
37,000–Long Beach St. (B-W)
36,449–Fullerton St. (B-W)
33,700–San Diego St. (B-W)
20,230–Calf–San Diego (Cal-II)

GOLDEN WEST (14 California teams/1 state)
Golden Bears (7 teams/1 state)
19,406–Cal Poly–San Louis Obispo (B-W)
20,669–Calf–Santa Barbara (B-W)
36,000–Cal State–Northridge (B-W)
27,396–Calf–Irvine (B-W)
20,120–Calf–Riverside (B-W)
31,190–Calf–Davis (B-W)
10,242–Cal–Santa Cruz (Ind.-III)
Golden Nuggets (7 teams/1 state)
24,000–San Francisco St. (Cal-II)
17,000–Cal. State–Chico (Cal-II)
13,000–Cal. State E. Bay–Hayward (Cal-II)
21,000–Cal State–Los Angeles (Cal-II)
20,080–Cal State Poly–Pomona (Cal-II)
12,000–Cal State–Dominquez Hills (Cal-II)
17,000–Cal State–San Bernardino (Cal-II)


NCAA Needs 5 Leagues of 64 Teams Each

With the end of another regular basketball season, and the kick-off of March Madness, it’s time to realign the NCAA structure, as Div. I has become home for several small colleges, who don’t belong there, and there are now so many overgrown universities in Div. II and III, the original purpose of divisions, which was to divide schools based on size, has been lost.

As a solution, the NCAA should strictly limit Div. I to the largest 320 colleges, and divide them into five 64-member leagues, built along geographic lines, for the convenience of traveling fans, players, and coaches. They would be known as the: 1) Pacific-64; 2) Southwest-64; 3) Great Lakes-64; 4) Southeast-64; and 5) Northeast-64. Each would take the largest 64 schools in their area.

The five leagues would be particularly useful in determining post-season bids to the March Madness tourney, as each would have exactly 64 teams, and would be able to hold three equally exciting pre-March tournaments in Nov., Dec., and Jan.

The large colleges, stated as a percentage of the 2,363 full-time 4-year campuses, would constitute the upper 14.5%. The cut off for Div. I would be roughly 9,095 students, depending more precisely on the needs of each region. In determining college size, every full-time graduate and undergraduate student would be counted.

The new 320-team Div. I should be created, since the big schools, including the 56 with more than 30,000, as well as the 74 with 20,000 to 30,000, are ginning up easy victories in lopsided non-conference games against very small Div. I colleges. This season for instance, Wisconsin-Madison (35,000) crushed tiny Wofford (1,439) 69-33; Colgate (2,837) 68-41; and Savannah St. (3,820) 66-33.

Other Big-10 schools also padded their schedules with easy wins. Ohio State blew away Valparaiso (2,917) 80-47; Indiana took care of Stetson (2,200) 84-50; and Illinois stepped on Quincy (1,269) 73-45. Some undersized colleges apparently like getting worked over. Following a whipping by Penn State 72-43, little Mt. St. Mary (2,373) was beaten up again by Minnesota 85-56, and after Wisconsin took Mississippi Valley (2,500) out to the woodshed, 79-45, Northwestern worked them over once more, 92-67.

There is usually no doubt as to outcome in games between little colleges of 1,500, and universities of more than 30,000. While tiny colleges certainly want Div. I exposure, and occasionally field truly exceptional teams, big school play should be limited to the largest 320, since they are the only ones who can consistently provide real competition, and insure victories are in fact earned. It’s time to stop the biggest schools from scheduling easy wins against runt-size opponents, who truly belong in Div II or III.

But the problem is not confined to Div. I, since there are 80 large colleges lurking around in Div. II and Div. III, where they have no place. While Div. II has 48 large schools, such as Wayne State, with its 30,909 students, Div. III also provides shelter for another 32 big schools, each claiming at least 9,000. These large universities have overgrown their welcomes, and it’s time they joined Div. I.

The State of Wisconsin is one of the worst offenders, as they permit four of their large campuses, including UW-Oshkosh (12,753), and UW-Eau Claire (11,140), to compete in Div. III post-season play, against schools one-tenth their size. Would you just say nothing if you saw high school bullies roughing up 8th grade boys?

As to academics, institutions like Northwestern (Big-10) and Stanford (Pac-12) have consistently shown smart people can walk and chew gum at the same time, and being intelligent is no excuse for not finding the appropriate playground. If Div. III schools don’t want to provide financial aid for athletes, they should carry that policy forward. What’s the harm? If they just don’t want to compete in Div. I, using the scholarly talent they have, they could always quit the coveted 320, and let the next in line fill in.

While several small schools would likely oppose a realignment based strictly on size, as they would want to stay in Div. I, or gain access to it, despite meager enrollments, if the NCAA makes exceptions, others will come knocking. A new Div. I, using just the 320 largest schools, should be adopted, and the NCAA should then stick to it, by drawing a clear line in the sand.

Over the next few weeks, during the build-up to the March Madness final, I will post the specific teams assigned to each of the five 64-member leagues, at: Realignments for Div. II and III will follow.