It almost feels wrong doing a power ranking of conferences and immediately disqualifying the “non-power” leagues.
After all, there are seven squads who are not in BCS conferences (I know BCS is for football, just work with me here) in the Sporting News preseason Top 25. Every season we see teams such as VCU, Gonzaga, Butler and even Ohio make deep runs in the NCAA tournament.
Alas, if you are fan of the non-power leagues, this article is not for you. As fun as it is to watch these Cinderella teams every March, the national champion is more than likely coming from one of the six big conferences.
So, which power conference is the best heading into the 2012-13 season? While the question may not mean as much as it does for football because 68 teams make the tournament, it still matters for seeding and the perennial bubble.
As much as I would like to flatter myself and say this is the be-all end-all list, this is obviously a subjective exercise. Therefore, feel free to leave your own take below in the comments section.
Here is my power ranking of the six power conferences for the start of the 2012-13 season.