The outcomes are in, principally.
And it’s a combined verdict.
When Convention USA determined to undertake a two-game scheduling format with league members enjoying basketball video games on Friday and Saturday both at house or on the street, it was inventive considering.
It additionally was a brand new tackle the outdated theme of “necessity is the mom of invention.”
With the coronavirus pandemic raging, C-USA’s leaders confronted a twin-pronged mission assertion. They needed to discover a option to lower down journey prices AND preserve the basketball packages wholesome.
So, now that the tip of the common season is drawing close to, it’s time to evaluate the success and failure of the plan. The reality of the matter is, at occasions, it labored very nicely. But, different occasions it failed miserably.
Take the Marshall College males’s basketball season, for instance. The Thundering Herd had seven video games cancelled and two extra postponed. In league play, MU had a pair of two-game sequence cancelled and one other postponed.
That led to Marshall enjoying seven of its first eight C-USA video games on the street. Even now on the heels of Rice cancelling two video games vs. Marshall in Houston this weekend, the Herd has performed solely three of 10 leagues video games within the Cam Henderson Middle.
If a two-game sequence vs. North Texas happens subsequent weekend in The Cam, it’ll increase the ratio to 5 house and 7 on the street. And if — name it a giant if — MU is ready to play a pair of house video games in opposition to Charlotte throughout “make up week” in C-USA, it truly would even up the ratio at seven house and 7 away video games.
Phew, it certain is a tough street to parity.
However, maybe, the final word authority is the gamers. Let’s ask them how tough this back-to-back video games format truly was.
“It is extremely laborious,” mentioned Marshall guard Andrew Taylor. “I believe it comes right down to who can turn-around the quickest. And who could make the changes the quickest. I believe that’s one other alternative. You don’t actually get an opportunity to try this except you might be an NBA participant. You don’t must turn-around the identical workforce greater than as soon as, more often than not in faculty basketball.
“So, yeah, it’s whoever could make the quickest changes and Coach Dan (head coach Danny D’Antoni) does a terrific job with that. And all of the coaches throughout the board — Coach (Mark) Cline, Corny (Cornelius Jackson), (Scott) Rigot, all of them. They normally do a extremely good job of getting us ready.”
It exhibits in MU’s run of profitable six of its final seven video games, together with three in a row.
MU’s Jarrod West agrees with Taylor’s comparability.
“I can see that,” mentioned the senior level guard. “I can see that a little bit bit. Uh, the one distinction is we’re not ‘load managing’ as a result of they’ve obtained 72 video games. So, they’ve obtained numerous guys who take the second sport off or no matter.
“However I can see that a little bit bit as a result of the NBA performs numerous back-to-backs, like three video games in 4 nights and stuff like that. So, I can see the NBA really feel a little bit bit simply due to the back-to-back. I do know generally we’ll go evening sport and early sport. However it has a little bit NBA really feel to it, for certain.”
Within the short-term, it was in all probability the perfect Convention USA may do. But, the issue endured that when an opponent had a constructive COVID take a look at it value the C-USA faculty two video games, as a substitute of just one like within the Massive 12.
So, it wasn’t a viable resolution.
It was merely a stop-gap measure.