Conference snapshots

2013-14 College Basketball Conference Snapshot: MWC, MVC, A-10 and more

The key mid-majors to watch for 2013-14
<p> The key mid-majors to watch for 2013-14.</p>

After Florida Gulf Coast reached the Sweet 16 and Wichita State reached the Final Four, teams outside of the college basketball power structure are starting to reach even footing. At least on the court.

Beyond the major surprises in the NCAA Tournament, this is an interesting time for mid-major programs. The Mountain West showed surprising depth last season, a trend that should continue as the league expands. Even though Creighton left the Missouri Valley and Temple, Xavier and Butler left the Atlantic 10, there’s plenty to watch in both leagues.

2013-14 College Basketball Conference Snapshot: Pac-12

Who's gone and who's back in the Pac-12 for 2013-14
<p> Who's gone and who's back in the Pac-12 for 2013-14</p>

After several seasons in the wilderness, the Pac-12 finally started to regain some respect last season.

Five league teams reached the NCAA Tournament, the most since 2009. Three teams were ranked in the final Associated Press top 25 before the Tournament. And two teams reached the Sweet 16 with Arizona losing to Ohio State and Oregon losing to eventual national champion Louisville.

2013-14 College Basketball Conference Snapshot: ACC

Who's gone and who's back in the ACC for 2013-14
<p> Who's gone and who's back in the ACC for 2013-14</p>

Even before adding the 2013 national champion, the ACC could reclaim its spot as the nation’s premier basketball conference.

In 2013-14, the ACC adds another bona fide basketball powerhouse in Syracuse, plus consistent Big East programs Pittsburgh and Notre Dame to expand to 15 teams. And that’s before Louisville takes the spot of Big Ten-bound Maryland in 2014.

2013-14 College Basketball Conference Snapshot: Big East

Who's gone and who's back in the Big East for 2013-14
<p> Who's gone and who's back in the American Athletic Conference for 2013-14</p>

The Big East will be a new league with an old name. One of the big storylines for the 2013-14 season will be the new Big East, an amalgam of the so-called Catholic 7, two Atlantic 10 teams and one Missouri Valley powerhouse.

2013-14 College Basketball Conference Snapshot: SEC

Who's gone and who's back in the SEC for 2013-14
<p> Who's gone and who's back in the SEC for 2013-14</p>

In 2013-14, Kentucky will try to pull off a rare college basketball feat by going from national champion to NIT, then back to national champion. As our league-by-league snapshots continue into the SEC, we take a look at the teams who might make things difficult for the Wildcats next season.

2013-14 College Basketball Conference Snapshot: Big Ten

Who's gone and who's back in the Big Ten for 2013-14
<p> Who's gone and who's back in the Big Ten for 2013-14</p>

The college basketball calendar is getting moved up with Midnight Madness shifting from mid-October into September. The look ahead to the 2013-14 season has also been moved up as Athlon starts to take stock for the upcoming year in college basketball.