Originally Posted by Bo's Pelini
If UNC joins that will be one hell of a basketball conference
The big rumor is UNC and Duke. It doesn't seem to fit with the single team in each state strategy, but it would fit with the "we have achieved football supremacy, let's do the same with basketball" mindset that I've heard Slive may have.
There really isn't anything stopping it from happening. The Big East dominated college basketball for several years, and the ACC had a long run an the best conference prior to that, but neither truly "owned" the sport the way the SEC owns football.
With those two conferences out of the way, adding two of the top four basketball programs in the country to a conference that already has the number one program and some really strong complimentary teams would be an embarrassment of riches.
If that happens, it would be interesting to see if that would basically force fans in the south to start paying attention to the sport. The worst nightmare for the rest of the country would be having SEC schools start investing resources into basketball.