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How do you rank the conferences this year?

Discussion in 'Colorado Basketball Message Board' started by Buffnik, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    B1G is a clear #1. After that, I think you have to go with the Big East. After that, it gets murky.

    Here's my list:

    1. B1G. Indiana, Michigan and Michigan State are elite. Ohio State, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin can beat anyone on any given night. Conference is absolutely stacked this year.

    2. Big East. Syracuse is elite and Louisville can be. Marquette is surging and there's a lot to like about Georgetown, Pitt and Notre Dame. St. John's is also on the bubble and UConn would be right there if not for its post-season ban.

    3. ACC. Miami might be the best team in the nation and Duke isn't far behind. Disappointing after that, but NC State, North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland are all pretty good basketball teams.

    4. Pac-12. No one looks elite, but there are a number of teams who look to be Sweet 16 or even Elite 8 quality with the right draw. Arizona, UCLA, Colorado and Oregon should all be invited to the Dance. Stanford, Arizona State and maybe Cal are also in the hunt.

    5. Atlantic-10. Going into the year, I though they'd be my #3. But a lot of teams have disappointed by just being solid without being all that great. Butler has been the best, but they've got a talent deficit this year. Butler and VCU are very, very good. La Salle, Saint Louis, UMass, Charlotte, Temple and Xavier are all threats to Dance. Conference probably sends 5 or 6.

    6. Mountain West. Maybe they should be higher. But it looks like CSU is their best team and they're very good but not close to an elite team. New Mexico, San Diego State and UNLV likely join CSU in the tourney.

    7. Big 12. With Kansas falling off, Baylor disappointing, West Virginia having a down year, and Texas going down the toilet, the Big 12 is just not that good this year. Some solid teams who have the talent to get hot. But Oklahoma State, Iowa State and Oklahoma, while probably tourney-bound, aren't great teams. Kansas State, the conference leader, isn't all that impressive.

    8. Tie. Missouri Valley, Ohio Valley, West Coast, C-USA and SEC are all pretty much equivalent. 2-bid leagues that could sneak a 3rd if things break right for them. SEC will probably sneak 3 or even 4 in, but I see Florida and then 3 bubble teams in Kentucky, Missouri and Ole Miss that have padded their records against the awful teams in their conference.
     
  2. tante

    tante Club Member Club Member

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    I hate to say it but if the MWC is putting 5 teams in the dance they should be higher.
     
  3. rolandftw

    rolandftw Club Member Club Member

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    1. B1G
    2. Big East
    3. Mountain West
    4. ACC
    5. Big XII
    6. Pac-12
    7. Atlantic 10
    8. Missouri Valley
    9. SEC
     
  4. CVilleBuff

    CVilleBuff Club Member Club Member

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    1. Big 10 -- by FAR the best. No one is even close. two top 5 teams, 4 top 20 teams. 6 top 25 quality teams. 7 very legit tournament teams.

    2. Big East -- It's the middle of this conference that makes it so brutal. So many Cincinnati's, Notre Dames, Georgetowns.

    3. ACC -- major down year for the ACC. Miami kicking ass and Duke is the usual, but such a major drop off after that. NCSU will be lucky to be a 7 seed. UNC and Virginia fighting for their tournament lives. Maryland and Florida State NIT bound.

    4. Pac-12 -- Arizona is overrated but still quality, and UCLA, Colorado, Oregon and Arizona State make this conference much tougher than some think, especially with Stanford and Cal now showing life.

    5. Big XII -- Yeah, Kansas has stumbled lately, but add them in with KSU, Oklahoma Oklahoma State, Iowa State and Baylor and this league is still challenging even with Texas and WVU being miserable.

    6. MWC -- I know it's trendy to hype the MWC, and it is quality, but their 'great' team New Mexico scored 34. SDSU is fringe top 25. UNLV is inconsistent. Colorado State solid, but teams like Air Force, Wyoming and Boise State just don't match the middle of the above leagues.

    7. Atlantic 10 -- Butler is top notch, and VCU and St. Louis are quality, but I'm not sold on teams like UMass and LaSalle giving this conference as much credit as many think it's due. The bottom with the Duquenses, Fordhams and Rhode Islands of the world is awful woefully bad.

    8. SEC. So. many. atrocious teams.

    9. Missouri Valley

    I know people will vehemently disagree on the MWC. I also think the Pac-12 and Big XII are very, very close. Kansas's collapse gives the Pac the edge.

    As someone who misses the old ACC, I'm glad to see there finally being a benefit from the new ACC members with Miami kicking ass. VT and BC have been so detrimental. Thank goodness help is on the way with Syracuse, Louisville and Pittsburgh. That is just going to be absolute carnage. Back to the days where ACC teams could get in with below .500 league records. This year, we're talking about certain ACC teams maybe not being safe at 11-7. A far cry from FSU getting in at 6-10 in the round-robin days.
     
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  5. mattrob

    mattrob Club Member Club Member

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    CVille's list looks about right to me. As for the MWC, if you reserved a neutral site arena for a day and set up the following 4 games, who do you think wins?

    New Mexico vs Arizona
    SDSU vs Oregon
    UNLV vs UCLA
    CSU vs CU

    I'll take the PAC in 3 out of 4, maybe even a clean sweep, which pretty much tells the story for me.
     
  6. Shldr2Shldr

    Shldr2Shldr Club Member Club Member

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    SDSU beats Oregon, so I definitely see your 3 of 4
     
  7. tante

    tante Club Member Club Member

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    I went over to ramnation and they ranked the conferences like this:

    #1 - MWC - enough said
    #2 - MWC - so good they get the top two spots
    #3 - MWC - seriously why even make a list MWC is the best evah
    #4 - The conference that kentucky is in because we are going to play them in the tourney and pwn them
    last - the conference that CU is in.
     
  8. BehindEnemyLines

    BehindEnemyLines beware the habu Club Member

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    Whacky year.

    No one can hold onto the #1 ranking. Of the tradition-rich schools -- UNC might miss the dance, Kentucky is finally feeling the affects of one-and-done, fUcla has been jeckyl and hyde, and Kanzass has lost 3 in a row.

    My bracket is gonna suck this year.
     
  9. Duff Man

    Duff Man Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    Can you really trust any of those eight teams on any given day? I don't think so.
     
  10. mattrob

    mattrob Club Member Club Member

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    Yeah, a sweep was probably a little optimistic, but I just can't see the MWC winning any more than 2 of those games in an absolute worst-case scenario.
     
  11. Quattro

    Quattro Banned BANNED Club Member

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    Boyle's been pretty damn consistent at neutral sight games so that might be the only one...
     
  12. mattrob

    mattrob Club Member Club Member

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    Haha, no, which was part of the reason I really liked how those matchups broke down. Honestly though, there aren't more than a handful of teams in all of college basketball that I'd trust on any given day.
     

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