Noticing a lot of people talking on this website tonight about how Gonzaga not being in a big conference hurt them and let to them losing tonight.
What Power 5 conference in the Western United States is gong to admit a basketball school that, AFAIK, does not have a football team?
That to me is the biggest reason that Gonzaga isn’t in a bigger conference, as the WCC is probably the biggest primarily-basketball conference in that part of the country.
While we’re on the subject of Jesuit school conference realignments, I can’t help be reminded of a conversation I had with my uncle around the time that the new Big East formed.
At the time, I was a sophomore at Fordham, and my uncle suggested that Fordham might join the Big East. When I laughed off the idea, he responded by saying, “Wouldn’t you rather be in the Big East?”
To this I replied that the Big East probably wouldn’t want a school was, and quite frankly still is, a doormat in the Atlantic 10z
I tell that story because there is a Jesuit school conference realignment that I view as VERY likely: Loyola-Chicago moving to the Big East in the next decade given their recent success in March Madness the last few years.

(@RemindMe_OfThis 10 years from now)
Unlike Gonzaga, Loyola-Chicago has a natural basketball conference in the Big East—and it’s worth noting that nine of the eleven Big East schools are Catholic schools giving them a good cultural fit.
Granted, the Big East already has DePaul in Chicago, but that creates a local conference rivalry between the two schools.

FWIW, I also can’t quite recall the last time I saw DePaul in March Madness.

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