College Basketball Betting Trends – 2013 Conference Changes
The ongoing process of realignment of teams from one conference to another has been a hot topic in college basketball for the last few years. To get you ready for the 2013/2014 season, the following is a look at how some of the larger men’s basketball conferences in the country will be impacted through this continuous realignment process. Keep an eye on these changes in anticipation of the futures odds to win the regular season title for each, which should be released later this summer.
The three big additions to the ACC for the 2013/2014 season are Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Syracuse which were all formally in the Big East. Maryland will remain in the ACC for one or two more seasons before joining the Big Ten.
Last season both Butler and VCU joined the Atlantic 10 Conference and made an immediate impact by both finishing in the top three in the regular season standings. Each won a game in the NCAA Tournament before bowing out in the next round. Starting with the 2013/2014 season, the Bulldogs are leaving the A-10 to join the newly formulated Big East, while George Mason takes their place by coming over from the Colonial Athletic Association. Other teams leaving the A-10 include Temple to the American Athletic Conference, Xavier to the Big East, and Charlotte to Conference USA.
This one gets a bit complicated with wholesale changes across the board. The new Big East will now consist of the following schools: Butler (as mentioned), Creighton (from the Missouri Valley Conference), DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Villanova and Xavier (as mentioned)
This reformulated 10-team conference now consists of the seven Catholic schools from the old Big East as well as the three new teams mentioned above.
American Athletic Conference
This newly formed conference consists of the following teams that were also part the Big East last season that includes Cincinnati, Connecticut, Louisville, Rutgers and South Florida.
The additions to this new conference along with Temple from the A-10 include Central Florida ( from Conference USA), Houston (from Conference USA), Memphis (from Conference USA) and SMU (from Conference USA).
That leaves the American Athletic Conference with a total of 10 teams for next season.
Conference USA responded to the mass exodus of teams to the American Athletic Conference with a whole set of replacements to actually increase the total number of teams from 13 to 14 with Tulane and Tulsa expected to come on board for the 2014/2015 season.
The original members include East Carolina, UAB, Marshall, Rice, Southern Mississippi and UTEP. The new faces consist of Charlotte (as mentioned), Florida Atlantic (from the Sun Belt), Florida International (from the Sun Belt), Louisiana Tech (from the WAC), Middle Tennessee (from the Sun Belt), North Texas (from the Sun Belt), Old Dominion (from the CAA), UT San Antonio (from the WAC).
The losses to Conference USA in the Sun Belt have been made up with the addition of Georgia State (from the CAA), UT Arlington (from the WAC), Texas State (from the WAC). The remaining teams in the Sun Belt include Arkansas-Little Rock, Arkansas State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, South Alabama, Troy and Western Kentucky.
While there are some minor additions to a number of smaller conferences here and there with the loss or gain of a school or two the biggest changes impacted the conferences named above with the exception of the Western Athletic Conference, which has undergone wholesale changes but not for the best. Many of the replacements for this team it lost have come from the ranks of small conferences such as the Great West.
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