Monday, March 16, 2009

Both Division I AICUO members qualify for NCAA men’s basketball tournament

There are just two AICUO members who participate in NCAA Division I athletics, and both – the University of Dayton and Xavier University – earned spots in the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament that starts this weekend. They were two of the four at-large participants nationally who were neither conference champions nor members of football Bowl Championship Series conferences.

Compared to Ohio State — whose first-round site, the University of Dayton arena, must have been chosen by the governor himself — Ohio’s two independents faced disparate treatment from the NCAA. Dayton must travel 700 miles to Minneapolis for its first-round game against West Virginia, while Xavier, seeded five spots higher than the Buckeyes, plays its East regional game against Portland State (Ore.) at Boise, Idaho – more than 1,900 miles from home.

- Bob Burke