How is Conference Realignment going to affect each of the conferences in basketball?
Everyone is focused on what realignment is going to do to the balance of power in football, well because that's the reason for all the realignment. But I think there are some interesting effects on some of the conferences in basketball.
ACC- A very strong basketball league is about to get stronger. Pittsburgh and Syracuse are very strong basketball programs with talented head coaches in Jamie Dixon and Jim Boeheim; add these two schools to Duke, North Carolina, Florida State and Virginia Tech and you have a very powerful basketball league. Probably will be the best basketball league in the country.
SEC- The SEC just became a better basketball league. While down this year, A&M is traditionally a strong basketball program and Missouri has continued their recent string of success this year. Kentucky, Florida and Tennessee already anchor a strong tradition in the SEC.
Big East- Yes they'll still have 16 teams in basketball, but it will be a more watered-down league. In addition to losing Pitt and Syracuse to the ACC the Big East loses West Virginia to the Big 12. Houston, UCF and SMU are nowhere near the basketball schools that Pitt, Syracuse and WVU are.
Mountain West- The Mountain West loses another one of it's anchor programs in basketball, San Diego State. Already having lost Utah and BYU, two schools that have traditionally had success in the MWC, this is another blow to the league. Nevada and Fresno State join the league; Nevada has had some good years in the WAC in recent years and will need to continue that success if the MWC is going to keep its strong profile in basketball.