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