2012-13 College Basketball Preview: Top Impact Conference-Changing Teams

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2012-13 College Basketball Preview: Top Impact Conference-Changing Teams
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We started to see it last year.  This year, the ripple effect will grow even wider.  Next year, the effect is likely to grow wider still.

It's football-motivated conference realignment.  However, it doesn't just affect large schools with strong FBS programs. 

2011 saw the first mini-wave of changes.  Nebraska subtracted two from its conference affiliation (Big 12 to Big 10).  Colorado kept their 12 affiliation, but switched out the "Big" for a "Pac".  BYU became an Independent in football, forcing them to leave the Mountain West Conference in all sports, and as a result find a home in the West Coast Conference for basketball.

While Nebraska struggled mightily in its new conference (4-14 Big 10, 12-18 overall), Colorado achieved some unexpected late-season success.  The Buffaloes took Los Angeles by storm in March, winning the conference tournament and earning the automatic bid in the Pac-12's first year as an expanded league. 

BYU, meanwhile, achieved modest success in its new league, going 26-9 overall (12-4 in the WCC) and earning an NCAA at-large bid.

It's safe to say both Colorado and BYU had noticeable impacts on their new leagues last season.  Which teams should have a similar impact this season, in their new leagues?

Here's a look at some such teams.

 

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2012-13 CBB Preview:  Teams Ready to Capitalize on Others' Departures

 

 

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