The Big East vs. the ACC: How to Settle the Score

Ari KramerSenior Analyst IIFebruary 18, 2009

Which conference is better: the ACC or the Big East?

The Big East was the clear preseason favorite. Seven Big East teams cracked the AP Preseason Top 25 poll and only four ACC teams were voted in. UNC was the unanimous preseason No. 1, but UConn was close behind at No. 2. 

There are still four ACC teams in the AP Top 25, but the Big East has dropped to six. UConn is now the highest ranked team in the country and UNC is climbing back, currently at No. 3. 

The numbers are so even. One-third of the ACC is in the AP Top 25 and three-eighths (a little more than one-third) of the Big East is in.

This topic is so prevalent in the college basketball world that Sports Illustrated's Jack McCallum wrote a feature story addressing the toughness of the Big East. Tim Layden followed suit and titled his piece, "ACC: Also Crushingly Competitive." Neither article was able to sway me more than the other, so I have derived a plan that will show the world which conference is superior. 

After the National Championship is played on April 6, the conferences will square off in a series of one-game playoffs. Due to the unequal amount of teams, four Big East teams will need to be left out, but the results that will be obtained will need to do. 

The ACC's first place team will oppose the Big East's first place team, second place vs. second place, and so on. Whichever conference wins more games is superior to the other—no ifs, ands, or buts. 

Off the bat, this idea sounds crazy. Both conferences flaunt NBA prospects who would rather prepare for NBA Draft workouts rather than play a bogus game that doesn't count towards the standings, right?

Not necessarily! The players may not oppose this idea because they feel the competition between the conferences. 

"Our bottom teams would be middle to top tier anywhere else in the country, including the ACC," said Levance Fields, according to Sports Illustrated, "Quality teams like Georgetown and Notre Dame are struggling because of how tough the league is."

Imagine how Greg Paulus will respond when he reads McCallum's piece. The tension is building between the players of both conferences, making the need for this post-postseason all the more necessary. 

Oh, I just had another idea: see which conference does better in the NCAA Tournament.

NCAA, it's up to you to consider both of my ideas and choose which one is most viable. 

Please note that this is a humor article that was written to poke fun at the ongoing discussions of which conference is college basketball's best.