2017 College Basketball Conference Power Rankings
The 2017 hoops season is over, and to put a point on it, we offer up the college basketball conference power rankings.
No, we’re not going to give you a new round of bracketology eleven months before Selection Sunday 2018. We adore brackets on The Bracket Yard, but bracketology right after the end of the past season crosses a line from sadism into ridiculousness, sans Rob Dyrdek. Instead, we rank the 32 conferences of college basketball to show which was the best.
Our winner was the Atlantic Coast Conference. Before you go off and say “but they bit the big one in the tournament!” remember that they got nine teams there and had several elite teams. One of them, by the way, was the national champion, North Carolina. As we’ve said previously, you can pan their performance overall in the NCAA Tournament while acknowledging that they were a great regular-season conference. The fact that the ACC produced the champs only put it over the top.
In second, we give you the Big 12. This was a great conference all year long, and even though Kansas didn’t cut down the nets, the Jayhawks were joined by several excellent teams. West Virginia, Baylor, and Iowa State all fielded strong teams. TCU winning the NIT was a bonus.
Third place was a tight race. We were going to give it to the Pac-12 or Big Ten, but the Big East got seven out of ten teams in the Big Dance. The Pac-12’s top teams were exceptionally dominant, but the bottom of the league was dreadful. Meanwhile, the Big Ten was underseeded in the tournament, but deserving of a high spot here with an basement not nearly as dismal as the Pac-12.
Apologies in advance to the MEAC, who are all the way down at the bottom. Sadly, that’s where the numbers say they should be. Who’s above them but below the Pac-12?
College Basketball Conference Power Rankings: The Top Eight
|1.||Atlantic Coast Conference|
|2.||Big 12 Conference|
|3.||Big East Conference|
|4.||Big Ten Conference|
|7.||Atlantic 10 Conference|
|8.||American Athletic Conference|
College Basketball Conference Power Rankings: Top-Ish
|9.||West Coast Conference|
|10.||Mountain West Conference|
|11.||Missouri Valley Conference|
|12.||Colonial Athletic Association|
|14.||Sun Belt Conference|
|15.||Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference|
College Basketball Conference Power Rankings: Bottom-Ish
|20.||Western Athletic Conference|
|21.||Atlantic Sun Conference|
|22.||America East Conference|
College Basketball Conference Power Rankings: The Bottom Eight
|25.||Big South Conference|
|26.||Ohio Valley Conference|
|28.||Big Sky Conference|
|30.||Big West Conference|
|31.||Southwestern Athletic Conference|
|32.||Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference|