As consistently balanced as it is, the MAC has rarely had a program that is a true bully, but Buffalo may be nearing that stage.
For a host of reasons, these are dark times right now for the Horizon League. And the 2017-18 season may have been rock bottom.
Quiet as it’s been kept amid constant questions of its future, the WAC has become a solid basketball conference, and that was especially the case this past season.
What wasn’t a bad year for the CAA had a tough ending as only one team saw any form of postseason play.
Middle Tennessee State, Old Dominion and Marshall led a vastly improved Conference USA this year, one that yet again pulled a surprise in the NCAA Tournament.
South Dakota State’s excellence in the Summit League has taken on historic proportions, with the Jackrabbits on a run rarely seen in the league’s history.
After a decidedly down season before, the Big West Conference followed up with a much-needed bounce-back year in 2017-18. Perhaps surprisingly so.
Its top program moved on, but the Missouri Valley Conference persevered like it always does-and in fact came out even stronger, led by Loyola Chicago’s fantastic season.
Just a few years after realignment changed the Big East immensely, the conference put forth a terrific season all the way around, and looks to be in great shape. A national champion led the way, but there is much more behind them.
The Ancient Eight appears to have a lot of potential in the seasons to come, building on what the programs showed this season, especially among their underclassmen.