I have been playing around with clustering to try and realign college basketball into something that makes a bit more sense than our current conference configurations. I’m not sure I’ve succeeded, but here’s my first attempt.
In the future I’m going to include some maps (so you can visually see how these conferences are situated geographically) and some deeper explanations about the conference constituents. But if you’re just interested in the results, here they are:
A couple of notes about a few local teams:
- I was surprised about where Iona ended up. (In cluster 18 with Saint Peter’s, NJIT, Howard and LIU Brooklyn among others.)
- Hofstra, Stony Brook and Monmouth are all in the cluster of mid-major programs that are starting to get too big for their conferences (cluster 17). Quinnipiac, on the other hand, gets moved into a conference with similarly academically minded schools.
- The Ivy League is basically the Ivy League (plus Rice). The league has quite a unique profile once you add in the academic profile of the schools.
- St. John’s is in cluster 14, which is basically a combination of parts of the Big East, American and Atlantic 10, with better geographic results.
- And Wichita State? The Shockers were added late to cluster (19) that includes mostly teams from the Mountain West.