It’s no secret that many conferences have their strengths and weaknesses when it comes to the teams it consists of.
As such, many schools have bolted for different leagues or stayed to take advantage of weaker opponents. (We’re looking at you, Gonzaga …)
In the 2013-14 season, the realignment impact was clear for the bigger conferences. The trickle-down effect occurred in the following 2014-15 season for many of the smaller schools and conferences, with the exception of Louisville making the move to the ACC or Davidson making its long-awaited switch to the Atlantic 10.
With the Duke Blue Devils being crowned champions this past season, here are some conference moves we’d love to see before the upcoming season.
2007 New York Giants, say hello to the 2015 Wisconsin Badgers.
After another standout effort by the duo of Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker, the Wisconsin Badgers were able to halt the undefeated run of the Kentucky Wildcats, 71-64, to advance to Monday’s national championship game.
The Wildcats finish the season two wins shy of an undefeated season, falling short of becoming the first team since the 1975-76 Indiana Hoosiers to go unbeaten.
Wisconsin advances to take on the Duke Blue Devils, who are coming off an 81-61 blowout win over Michigan State.
Wichita State and the Kansas Jayhawks had not met since 1993, in what was once a regularly-scheduled match-up.
No. 2-seeded Kansas probably wished it stayed that way after a 78-65 loss to the seven-seeded Shockers at CenturyLink Center Sunday night.
Tekele Cotton’s hot shooting night and another consistent performance from Fred VanVleet paced the Shockers to their sixth NCAA tournament regional semifinal round in school history.
As crazy as the Big 12 has been this year, it should not shock anyone how Tuesday’s overtime game between ninth-ranked Kansas and No. 20 West Virginia turned out.
In a wild finish that saw Kansas rally from an 18-point deficit, the Jayhawks managed to edge out the Mountaineers 76-69 to clinch their 11th straight Big 12 regular-season championship.
Down the stretch they come … and the Big 12 is still a chaotic mess. With six teams still ranked (at least for now) in the AP Top 25, the conference tournament has the potential to be a free for all. Yes, Kansas still sits atop its familiar perch, leading the pack, but the distance between it and the rest of the pack is much more narrow than it usually is. Here’s a look at the wonderful mess that is the Big 12.
It will be a tale of two matchups Monday night as the talented backcourt of No. 17 Oklahoma hosts No. 14 Iowa State and its high-octane offense.