I will be shocked if the NCAA Champion does not come from the Big East this year. The conference is just so much better than any other conference. Remember going into conference play, UConn was undefeated and won the Maui Classic, Syracuse and Cincy had only one loss and 5 other teams only had 2 losses. The conference had the best interconference record of any of the Big 6 conferences.
Sure they have been beating each other up for the past two months in conference play, but this conference is going to shine in the NCAA tournament. It won't have the best win percentage because so many BE teams will make the tourney, but I would be shocked if there are not at least 2 BE teams in the Final Four and mark my words, the champion will come from the Big East.
I think that UConn, Pitt, Syracuse, Georgetown and Notre Dame all have legitimate shots to win the title. Beyond the Big East, I think the Big 12 is the second best conference with 2 teams that have legitimate title hopes, Texas and Kansas. The Big 10 is next but only has one legitimate title shot in Ohio State.
The SEC and ACC are neck and neck for the next best conferences and I do not think either conference has legitimate shots for the title -- maybe Duke but without Irving that is a very big stretch. I don't think it is a coincidence that North Carolina looks like it is playing a lot better because it is playing ACC teams. The ACC is down this year -- plain and simple.
The Pac 10 is pulling up the rear and frankly I think the Mountain West could be a better basketball conference this year.