The talk entering the season was that the ACC would be the best basketball conference in America—and it wasn’t even going to be close.
But as conference play approaches, that’s hardly been the case. The ACC is far from the top league in the country. Heck, it’s not even the second best.
Instead, the top two conferences in America, at least thus far, have been the Big Ten and the Big 12. Each has four teams represented in this week’s Top 25 poll.
Big Ten schools like Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin are ranked Nos. 5-7, respectively, while Iowa checks in at No. 21.
Meanwhile, the Big 12 has four schools (Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Baylor and Kansas) ranked between No. 4 and No. 14.
Both conferences feature solid depth, outstanding coaching and passionate fans that take pride in making their home arenas as daunting as possible for opposing teams.
If I had to choose, I’d say the Big Ten is better than the Big 12—but only slightly. My opinion seems to go back and forth every five minutes. It’s not an easy call, and as my colleagues C.J. Moore and Kerry Miller would attest, neither was voting for this week's power rankings.
Dropped out of the power rankings: Gonzaga and Pittsburgh
Keep an eye on: Texas, LSU, UCLA, Creighton
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