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Poll: What Will be the Best High-Major Conference in 2009?

August 15th, 2008
Atlantic 10

Rise & Fall: High-Major Conference Review

August 14th, 2008
Atlantic 10

In recent weeks, the Rise & Fall series has chronicled the progress (or regress) of college basketball's major conference teams. But if I equated each team to a civilization, I was mistaken. It is really the NCAA conference that equates to a burgeoning civilization or nation, each with its sometimes stable and sometimes rotating member states. Like civilizations, the prestige and power of conferences wax and wane..

 

Conference Rise & Fall: The Data

August 7th, 2008
ACC

People have been emailing me this week asking how I came up with the groupings for the Conference Rise & Fall articles. While the groupings I used were based on a mix of intuition and stats, here are the actual conference RPI's over the last decade. Notice the clean split between certain league divisions.. for example, the BCS leagues and non-BCS leagues. The difference in avg RPI between the best and worst BCS leagues (ACC & Pac-10) is 2.7, which is almost as big as the gap between the Pac-10 and the closest non-BCS league.

Daily Poll: Best Non-BCS Conference?

December 9th, 2007
Horizon
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Daily Dribble: High-Major Power Ranking

December 5th, 2007
Atlantic 10Last year, I started doing monthly power rankings divided by the BCS, High-Major, and Mid-Major monikers.  I’m continuing that trend once again, starting with the “High-Majors”, which I define to include the A10, CAA, CUSA, MVC, MWC, and WAC.  I’m not suggesting that the A10 might not be better than the Big Ten this year, or that a league like the Horizon isn’t better than the WAC (which is real bad right now), or anything like that.. I use these grouping simply for ease and consistency.

Daily Dribble: Top 10 Players in the MWC

November 15th, 2007
MWC

Continuing with my conference player rankings, its on to the Mountain West. This list was compiled just before the season started, but some names not listed have gotten off to quality starts: Andrew Henke of Air Force is averaging 15 and 7 after two consistent games. Senior Alvarado Parker is averaging 14 and 10 after two games, including a double-double in a blow out win over Rice.

Top 10 Players in the MWC

1. Brandon Ewing, G, Wyoming
2. Luke Nevill, C, Utah
3. Trent Plaisted, C, BYU
4. Wink Adams, G, UNLV
5. JR Giddens, G, New Mexico

Daily Poll:Who Will Win the Mountain West?

October 14th, 2007
BYU

Daily Dribble: Mid-Major Power Ranking

January 26th, 2007
Atlantic 10

In yesterday's Dribble.. I ranked all 73 BCS teams.. from UCLA to Colorado. I got a nice response about that list.. so I decided to do a ranking of the top "mid-major" leagues, ie, the 2nd tier leagues. The 2nd tier compromises the 62 teams of the A10, CAA, CUSA, MVC, MWC, and WAC. This leaves out the Horizon and the WCC which are the next in line. The Horizon actually has a higher overall RPI than the CAA right now, but this is based almost solely on Butler's hot start. No other HL team is in the top 110, but the CAA has 4 teams in the top 90.

1. Air Force 6-1 19-2
2. Memphis 6-0 16-3

Which Conference is Off to the Best Start?

December 21st, 2006
MVC
ACC (Win %: 78, RPI: 1)
6% (31 votes)
Big 12 (Win %: 72, RPI 8)
3% (17 votes)
Big East (Win %: 75, RPI 7)
3% (15 votes)
Big Ten (Win %: 74, RPI: 5)
3% (18 votes)
MVC (Win %: 74, RPI: 4)
18% (100 votes)
MWC (Win %: 72, RPI 6)
8% (47 votes)
Pac-10 (Win %: 81, RPI: 2)
43% (240 votes)
SEC (Win %: 78, RPI: 3)
16% (86 votes)
Total votes: 554
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Mountain West Conference Preview

October 30th, 2006
Air ForceFavorite: Air Force. Player of the Year: San Diego St. Conference Rank: 8th.