I'd like for them to scour the ranks of the A-10, MAC, Conf USA and MWC...somewhat similar conferences w/ teams that are competent enough...also they're teams that have the same difficulty the Valley teams have w/ scheduling.
So no particular teams...just conferences to try and get 1 for 1's w/...a Wyoming vs ISU would suit me the best being that I'm an alum from there.
Saint Louis U. There is good interest in the MoVal in STL - lots of regret over their choice of the A10. With Majerus coaching and a new on-campus arena being constructed BBall interest is high. State played Saint Louis throughout the 80's and 90's and they play SIU and MSU yearly. The SIU rivalry has really heated up in recent years.
Is a natural and I have brought it up several times.
The A10, except for the rare midwestern members, is composed of schools from large, metropolitan regions along the East Coast, true to its name. Major media markets and good recruiting grounds. A long history of successful teams but also some less than successful programs. Just a few years ago St. Joe's was ranked #1. Xavier's program is incredibly successful. GW has had strong seasons recently.
It is a nice complement to the MVC's midwestern base.
Each would benefit from a high profile series bringing it publicity across a large geographic area in which it gets little publicity today. This could only help to raise the profile of each league where it needs it.
In my mind, schools schedule teams to expand their athletic recruiting base and their academic recruiting base. ISU needs to determine where they want to pull in students and student athletes from and then schedule opponents in those areas. If that's Cincinnati or Columbus, schedule Xavier or an Ohio University. If ISU wants to recruit in Chicago, schedule Illinois-Chicago.
One thing that could throw a curveball into MVC-A10 challenge is that under new Conference Rules, "Top Tier Teams" (as determined by the COnference) cannot schedule teams with an RPI lower than a certain rating. It's an attempt by the A-10 to stop teams from purchasing games against lesser opponents and bringing down the conference SOS. I have no idea how many teams, if any, that would prevent teams like Xavier, GW, and other "Top Tier" A-10 teams from playing. When I get home, I'll look for the article that explains how that works, if there is interest.