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Monday, January 3, 2011
Rating the conferences: From 1 to 32

By Albert Larcada, ESPN Stats & Info

After a one week hiatus for the holidays, we are back with the latest ESPN Stats & Information conference ratings. For a recap on how we rank the conferences click here and here.

For the first time this season, the Big East has overtaken the Big Ten as the best conference in college basketball. The Big East still trails the Big Ten in the computers, but makes up the deficit with the human pollsters -- even after adjusting for the size of its conference. Big East schools are also an impressive 9-3 against the Big Ten and Big 12.

The Big Ten falls thanks to its paltry record against the top conferences. The league is a combined 2-10 against the Big East and Big 12 and has not defeated a team currently ranked in the AP or coaches top 25.

In another shift, the SEC drops to seventh, while the Mountain West moves into the top five. Often overlooked, the MWC quietly has gone 12-9 against the traditional power six conferences.

Conference USA is also sneaking up the leaderboard thanks in large part to UCF's surprising 13-0 start. C-USA is one of only five leagues to have multiple schools in the top 25 of this week’s coaches poll.

Without further ado, here are the ratings: