Great Midwest Conference
|Great Midwest Conference|
|Region||Midwestern United States|
|Commissioner||Michael L. Slive|
The Great Midwest Conference was an NCAA Division I athletics conference which existed from 1991 to 1995.
It was formed in 1990 with six members--Cincinnati and Memphis State (now Memphis) from the Metro Conference; UAB from the Sun Belt Conference; Marquette and Saint Louis from the Midwestern Collegiate Conference (now the Horizon League), and independent DePaul. Dayton joined in 1993. Cleveland State and Detroit-Mercy were also strongly considered.
In 1995 six of the schools in the Great Midwest (with the exception of Dayton, who joined the Atlantic 10 Conference) joined with UNC Charlotte, Louisville, Southern Mississippi, Tulane, and South Florida of the Metro and Houston of the dissolving Southwest Conference and formed Conference USA.
|University of Cincinnati||Bearcats||Cincinnati, Ohio||1819||Public||41,357||1991||1995|
|University of Dayton||Flyers||Dayton, Ohio||1850||Private||11,186||1993||1995|
|DePaul University||Blue Demons||Chicago, Illinois||1898||Private||24,966||1991||1995|
|Marquette University||Golden Eagles||Milwaukee, Wisconsin||1881||Private||12,002||1991||1995|
|University of Memphis||Tigers||Memphis, Tennessee||1912||Public||22,365||1991||1995|
|Saint Louis University||Billikens||St. Louis, Missouri||1818||Private||13,785||1991||1995|
|University of Alabama at Birmingham * (UAB)||Blazers||Birmingham, Alabama||1936||Public||17,999||1991||1995|
- Dayton and Saint Louis are in the Atlantic 10 Conference; Following the July 2013 split of the original Big East Conference into two leagues, DePaul and Marquette moved to the non-football conference that retained the Big East name, while Cincinnati moved to the football-sponsoring American Athletic Conference. At the time of the Big East split, Memphis moved from C-USA to The American.
The following were the locations of the GMC men’s basketball tournament.
- 1992: Chicago Stadium; Chicago, Illinois
- 1993: The Pyramid; Memphis, Tennessee
- 1994: Shoemaker Center; Cincinnati, Ohio
- 1995: Bradley Center; Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Notes and references
- NCAA (2005). "Florida Gators basketball" (PDF). University of Florida. Retrieved 2011-01-02.
- Ledbetter, Darryl O.; Flaherty, Tom (30 November 1993). "UWM, UWGB leaving?; Midwestern Collegiate makes plans to expand". The Milwaukee Journal. Retrieved 25 December 2013.