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Is NBL1 on par with NCAA Div 1 Basketball ?

The college teams that have generally come down here in the Aussie pre season against NBL clubs seem to be up and down results wise. Where would they measure with NBL1 clubs and might be good idea getting a team down for friendlies as other state league associations have had games previously

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Earlier this year

Div 1 teams would absolutely crush a NBL1 team

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Earlier this year

Depends on the teams playing. I don't think NBL 1 sides would get crushed, I think it’d be competitive.

Your top 10 NCAA sides or so may win "comfortably" but remember it’s a bunch of young blokes vs a mix of veteran aged guys and some young ones.

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You have to remember there are 350 odd NCAA Division 1 teams and the standard between the top and bottom is vast. The very top tier D1 squads featuring future professional talent would push and sometimes beat NBL clubs, especially thanks to their athleticism. But that's only the top tier. Once you’re out of the top 20/30, the standard drops away considerably. The bottom tier NCAA teams would get demolished by NBL teams and would even struggle to compete with most NBL1 teams who in most cases are mature age, experienced players.

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Earlier this year

So many variables to this question. For most NBL 1 conferences there is a massive difference between the top 3-4 teams and the bottom 3-4 teams for example. I would say in the old SEABL a top SEABL team would compete with an average Mid Major but get smashed by a good high major.

NBL1 teams teams, other than the top 3 or 4, in SA, as they stand last year, would mostly be smashed by most levels of NCAA D1 teams.

Interesting question though, lots of variables to this. To give more context what are you asking for? Just general curiosity or is the a specific reason?

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Earlier this year

Div 1 teams would absolutely crush a NBL1 team

Sorry but have you watched Div1 teams in most conferences, both men and women.
First off the age average in NBL along with experience is greater than any college team.
In the stringer conferences, you really only have three teams that are actually any good, the NCAA tournament phases prove that, college kids that come over here to play in NBL1( SEABL) and WNBL struggle with the physicality at first

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Earlier this year

The top 30-40 teams in D1 would beat NBL1 teams. The rest would struggle.

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Earlier this year

D1 teams would crush most nbl teams.

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Billy Bob  
Earlier this year

Crush nbl teams???

Please explain

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Earlier this year

Lot Australian players come back from D1 colleges and can't make nbl1. There might be the odd college but not many that would compete.

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Earlier this year

Yeah top colleges - they'd blow NBL1 out of the water.

But actually some of those mid-major and low major teams are actually pretty ordinary - the mere status of being a D1 team carries their reputation a bit;

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Earlier this year

A lot of people especially Americans always overstate the standard of NCAA probably because it's a billion dollar organisation and they ram the games down people's throats. Amateur kids vs professional adults, keeping in mind the vast, vast majority of players in NCAA will never be good enough to play basketball professionally.

College teams come out here every off-season and play against NBL teams with no imports sitting their Top 8-9 rotation players virtually a team of development players and usually get beaten only occasionally do they win.

Sure those college teams might not be the absolute cream of the crop but send the best teams college has to offer out here put them up against full strength NBL teams and they would get flogged.

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Earlier this year

I'm sure you could find teams that would be competitive.
As has been mentioned the creme of the NCAA are showcasing the next crop of NBA draftees. They would be too talented for an NBL1 team, and would probably give some NBL teams a run for their money. But then again, even if you got those teams, the NBA-bound guys aren't going to risk their health playing games in Aus, s you may only get their 2nd-tier guys.

Problem is that there's not enough interest in NBL1 to begin with, and really only the diehards would turn out to watch College ballers.

Another idea for the NBL1 might be to play "Inter-State" games, with the best talent from each state on show.
(The WAFL and the SANFL play an interstate game, and it generates a bit of interest.)

For International BBL, I still think the best idea would be to invite "NBA Branded" teams, featuring their G-League affiliated players. They'd be good competition for NBL teams, and with NBA branding would generate a bit of interest.

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Earlier this year

"Crush nbl teams??? Please explain"
The elite Div1 teams would give many NBL teams a run for their money.

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Billy Bob  
Earlier this year

Run for money from elite is more on the mark

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Earlier this year

university of oklahoma(featuring trae young) beat a waratah league team by 50 odd few years ago

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Two months ago

Waratah League is not NBL1.

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Two months ago

It will be in 2021

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Two months ago

That Sutherland team was no good, though that same team beat the Kings by 15 the same week too, prob not the best measure, sure there have been other teams that have played college teams in exhibitions before? North Sydney lost by a few to a college few years back

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