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    Most Balanced Conference

    My vote for the most balanced basketball conference goes to the Missouri Valley.

    The Valley ranks fifth in RPI, with five teams in the top 41. Southern Illinois is eighth, Missouri State 27th, Bradley 32nd, Creighton 38th and Northern Iowa 41st.

    There just doesn't seem to be a dominant team; but on the other hand every team in the conference is solid, they're certainly doesn't appear to be any patsies.



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    Re: Most Balanced Conference

    I would agree with that, I think Big East and SEC are decent conferences that beat each other up. Come tourney time, we'll see how they all stack up!


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    Re: Most Balanced Conference

    I think the reason they are so balanced is talent of the players. No team has head and shoulders more talent than another team. Where as you compare a Kansas/Texas to a Colorado/Nebraska and the difference in talent is a huge difference from top to bottom. That allows the top teams to really pull away from the bottom teams. In the MVC they are not going to get the top 100 players so they have to develop theirs and rely on coaching. Thats why I don't think you see teams running away in that conference or falling flat on their faces.



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    Re: Most Balanced Conference

    Quote Originally Posted by mjones34 View Post
    I would agree with that, I think Big East and SEC are decent conferences that beat each other up. Come tourney time, we'll see how they all stack up!
    last night on espn gottlieb or somebody threw out a really interesting stat. The SEC West is 0-15 on the road in conference. That's kind of amazing.



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    Re: Most Balanced Conference

    In my opinion its hands down, the PAC 10. Six likely for the tourney:

    Arizona
    UCLA
    USC
    Washington St
    Stanford
    Oregon

    The other four:

    California - bubble right now, wins over Kansas State and Washington
    Washington - Was top 15 at one time, now eighth in conference
    Oregon St. - Almost beat Oregon
    Arizona St. - haven't won in conference yet, but led UCLA at half in LA, barely lost to Oregon

    I've watched a lot of Pac 10 ball on the Fox Sports package this year, every team looks solid. OSU and ASU are middle-tier teams in the B12.



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    Re: Most Balanced Conference

    I used to never watch the Pac 10 but have gotten sucked into watching quite a few games this year just because they have some talented players and are playing some really good ball.



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    Re: Most Balanced Conference

    I love watching Oregon because they have Aaron Brooks. He's a great player, who reminds me a lot of Stinson in the style of shot that he likes (driving in traffic and getting bumped by 3 or 4 guys). He's also got great ball-handling. He's definitely my favorite player so far this year (of course after the ISU guys).



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