– Posted by Woody –
This year, the Big East hasn’t even been in the conversation for the top conference nationwide. However, what would happen if we paired the top current seeds 1-4 from each of the “Power 6” conferences (Big East, ACC, SEC, Big 10, Big 12, Pac 12) and added the AAC and A-10, and had them play in a hypothetical Round Robin of 32 teams? I examine the brackets and matchups below…..As always, please leave your comments or tweet us @BEandBeyond!
- All conference standings were taken as of 11:30pm on March 5th
- Instead of 1 playing seed 4, all the 1’s will play each other, and all the 2s,3s,4s
- Let’s assume all games are played on a neutral court
St. Louis, Villanova, Louisville, Michigan, Virginia, Florida, Kansas, Arizona
Creighton, Cincinnati, St. Joes, Wisconsin, Syracuse, UCLA, Kentucky, Oklahoma
UCONN, Georgia, VCU, ASU, UNC, Providence, Texas, Michigan State
SMU, Xavier, UMass, Nebraska, Duke, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa State
PREDICTIONS: If these teams played a round robin, these would end up being the results
1. Duke 2. Iowa State 3. SMU 4. Nebraska 5. UMass 6. Xavier 7. Arkansas 8. Colorado
In my humble opinion, UMass and Colorado have been playing average basketball as of late. With the injury to Stainbrook for Xavier, I can’t include them in my final 4 field either…. let’s move forward
1. UNC 2. Michigan State 3. VCU 4. UCONN 5. Texas 6. Providence 7. ASU 8. Georgia
With as hot as UNC is, they come in at my #1 spot here. Tom Izzo, Shaka, and surging UCONN with Shabazz Napier round out my list. Texas and Providence were close for me, but these four “3” seeds are very, very good.
1. Wisconsin 2. Creighton 3. Cinci 4. Kentucky 5. Cuse 6. Oklahoma 7. St. Joes 8. UCLA
This was the hardest group to choose from. I love Bo Ryan and Wisconsin, and Creighton we’ve seen can score with anybody. After that, Cincinnati has struggled (at times), Kentucky shows up occasionally, and the other teams are a blur for me. Can I really include Syracuse after what’s been happening lately? Oklahoma comes close for me, and UCLA and St. Joes I don’t think stack up here.
1. Arizona 2. Florida 3. Louisville 4. Villanova 5. Kansas 6. Virginia 7. Michigan 8. St Louis
The top two teams in my eyes right now are Arizona and Florida. After that, this group of 1 seeds gets very close. Louisville still has the ability and athleticism to compete with anyone, and Villanova gets the slight edge over Kansas for already beating them this year. Michigan stayed 7th on my list, with Virginia finishing 6th, and St. Louis 8th.
So, the Standings for WOODY would be as follows.
1) AAC: 3, 4, 3, 3 (13)
1) ACC: 1, 1, 5, 6 (13)
2) Big Ten: 4, 2, 1, 7 (14)
4) Big 12: 2, 5, 6, 5 (18)
4) Big East: 6, 6, 2, 4 (18)
5) SEC: 7, 8, 4, 2 (21)
6) A10: 5, 3, 7, 8 (23)
7) Pac-12: 8, 7, 8, 1 (24)
As for analyzing the Big East, certainly not on par with my AAC/ACC/Big 10 standings, but not far off either. The 4 spot tied with the Big 12 is certainly no slouch in my opinion. We take the 4 conference and run with it this year!