South Bend is going to be playing host to Duke, North Carolina and the rest of the Atlantic Coast Conference now that Notre Dame has joined the ACC in all sports other than football and hockey.
The ACC looks more and more like it's about to become the premier conference in college basketball once Syracuse, Pittsburgh and the Notre Dame join, but are they really? How do the top conferences in college basketball stack up?
Conference strength is becoming a big part of college basketball. The regular season winner of some conferences like the ACC and Big Ten are almost automatically given No. 1 seeds in the NCAA tournament, making playing in those conferences a big advantage.
*Note: This is my power ranking of the elite conferences in college basketball once the Irish join the ACC. This is focused on the 2013-14 season, since that is when I expect the Irish to join, and other conference realignments, such as those of Syracuse and Pitt, already in effect.