QUOTE(Carol @ Mar 12 2012, 06:29 PM)
..... I know I should bit my tongue but if OU really does well, maybe MAC will get more respect.
GO ZIPS beat NW!
I'd like to believe that might be true. However, I think that the entire college basketball world is ingrained from years of experience to expect the MAC to only produce one semi-worthy team per season.
I believe that if OU makes a run in the NCAA tournament, the reaction will be that OU is an exceptional team in spite of its conference, and that the MAC and other teams in the MAC would gain no more respect than previously.
I really believe the only way the MAC gains enough respect to even be mentioned as a 2-bid conference for the NCAA tournament is for more than 1 MAC team to have really strong seasons -- only a few losses and several wins over top-ranked teams by multiple MAC teams.