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Old 02-25-2008, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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Why do people not give the smaller conferences any love? George Mason made the final four a few years ago. I think the a-10 is just as good as the big ten, sec, or even the acc. The acc is down this year and only has 2 good teams (duke, unc)
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Old 02-25-2008, 10:52 AM
 
Location: The great state of New Hampshire
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Lack of power, resources, strong alumni base and fanfare. Most who follow the game if they are honest with themselves, know by now there isn't much disparity between the "majors" and supposed "mid-majors". The very elite teams are still those from the ACC, Big East, etc... . Once you hit that second tier however, there really is no difference.
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Old 02-25-2008, 11:06 AM
 
Location: ABQ
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I think the difference lies within the consistency of a given conference to produce several or more tournament caliber teams a year. The Big Six conferences obviously churn out many more talented teams on a yearly basis than, say, the MAAC or the MVC. I do agree with stuntman on the second tier idea though; there is a not so fine line between the elite teams in a given Big 6 conference and the bottom dwellers, although that too changes every year in at least a couple conferences.

I also agree, the A-10 is lookin' good this year. I wouldn't cite George Mason as a consistent champion of mid-major success however; they had no postseason last year, and it's looking like they won't this year either.
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Old 03-01-2008, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Indianapolis
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The acc is down this year and only has 2 good teams (duke, unc)

I don't know about that dude. Clemson, Maryland, Virginia Tech, Miami, even Wake Forest might have something to say about that. ACC may have 6, maybe 7 teams in the tournament and no one will want to play any of them.
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Old 03-04-2008, 08:31 AM
 
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I don't know about that dude. Clemson, Maryland, Virginia Tech, Miami, even Wake Forest might have something to say about that. ACC may have 6, maybe 7 teams in the tournament and no one will want to play any of them.
I agree. The ACC has two that have seemed dominant, but there are others that are very solid teams. They have suffered somewhat from beating each other in very tight games, but they have all played very good ball and did well out of conference.
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Old 03-04-2008, 08:43 AM
 
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nothing better than seeing a mid-major team making a "run" during March Madness.
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Old 03-06-2008, 09:25 AM
 
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I think the difference lies within the consistency of a given conference to produce several or more tournament caliber teams a year. The Big Six conferences obviously churn out many more talented teams on a yearly basis than, say, the MAAC or the MVC. I do agree with stuntman on the second tier idea though; there is a not so fine line between the elite teams in a given Big 6 conference and the bottom dwellers, although that too changes every year in at least a couple conferences.

I also agree, the A-10 is lookin' good this year. I wouldn't cite George Mason as a consistent champion of mid-major success however; they had no postseason last year, and it's looking like they won't this year either.
One could argue that the George Mason Final Four run was the peak of mid-major success as opposed to the start of the trend. 2006 was the last year that the top high school players could jump straight to the NBA and skip college entirely. That gave a distinct advantage to mid-major teams that might not have had McDonald's All-Americans but had starting units that played together for four years straight. Now, the top kids out of high school need to spend at least one year in college and the vast majority of them end up in power conference programs. Even when there are guys that only stay one year (i.e. Greg Oden with Ohio State last year), they have had the effect of re-widening the gap between the majors and the mid-majors in general. At the same time, a number of great high school players that would've tried to go to the NBA directly before have now figured out that they aren't a Oden-or-Durant-type fast learner and would benefit from multiple years in college (once again, disproportionately with power conference teams), so that widens the gap further.

I agree that the top mid-major teams can generally hang with the second tier of the power conferences (Memphis being an exception of a true power team in a mid-major conference), but I do think there's a huge gap between the best of the power conferences and the rest of college basketball.
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