Top 10 ... basketball conferences

Top 10 ... basketball conferences


An early look at how college basketball conferences stack up in 2013-14 — courtesy basketball writer Marcus Jackson:


Big Ten

A year after ruling the sport, the league could have as many as six Top 25 teams in the preseason



The addition of Syracuse and Notre Dame will give the conference a boost



Kentucky, Florida each figure to be Top-5 teams, and Tennessee will be solid, too


American Athletic

New league comprised largely of the old Big East features reigning national champ Louisville



Arizona, UCLA and Colorado all feature an abundance of talent and should be national players


Big 12

After Kansas and Oklahoma State, the Big 12 doesn’t have a whole lot going for it


Big East

Marquette, Creighton, Butler and Xavier are all college basketball powers who attract attention


Atlantic 10

League lost some luster when Butler bolted, but VCU and St. Louis will keep it relevant


Mountain West

New Mexico, SDSU are always good, but Boise State might be league’s best this year


Missouri Valley

Loss of Creighton stings, but Wichita State will be a force coming off its Final Four run


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