One of the big things I miss about living in the Midwest is the college sports. New York has some of the greatest academic institutions in the world, however, they are lacking for college sports. Hofstra, on Long Island, just eliminated their college football program, and no New York metro team has made it to the NCAA basketball tournament since 2006.
I have been a life long Illinois State fan, much to the dismay of Bradley fans in Peoria who still think it's 1952 and Bradley is a national power. Redbird Arena, when it's rocking, is one of the best venues in college basketball. It doesn't rank up there with Allen Fieldhouse or the Dean Dome, but for a mid major program, it's a hell of a home court advantage.
One of the sites I check just about every day is The Mid-Majority They focus on schools outside of the power conferences (SEC, ACC, Big East, Big 10, Big 12, Pac 10, Mountain West, C-USA) All of these schools have an average athletic budget over $20 million a year, a huge amount compared to the Missouri Valley, Sun Belt, WAC and other conferences.
Kyle Whelliston did an outstanding article on the state of college basketball in the NYC metro area...it's a great read, I'd love for you all to check it out! Link below...
The Mid-Majority Road Report--The Empty City