Monday night, the college basketball season began with over 100 games played. All teams ranked in the Associated Press (AP) Top-25 played and won on the same day, which has never happened before. It is pretty clear that this season is the year of the big man. While guards win games in March, the amount of stellar, big men in the college game is higher than it’s ever been before. Here are our conference power rankings and all-conference schools.

All-American Teams:

First Team: Drew Timme (Gonzaga), Trayce Jackson-Davis (Indiana), Marcus Sasser (Houston), Oscar Tshiebwe (Kentucky), Armando Bacot (North Carolina)

Second Team: Jaime Jacquez Jr. (UCLA), Hunter Dickinson (Michigan), Kendric Davis (Memphis), Adam Flagler (Baylor), Mike Miles Jr. (TCU)

Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Preview:

The ACC is primed for a bounce-back year after an underwhelming season a year ago. Two teams did make the Final Four, but only one team in the entire conference had better than an eight seed—Duke. The headlines are all about UNC running it back (for the most part), Duke post-Coach K, and whether last year was a fluke for Tony Bennett and Virginia.

Power Rankings:

  1. North Carolina
  2. Duke
  3. Virginia
  4. Notre Dame
  5. Miami (FL)
  6. Virginia Tech
  7. Florida St.
  8. Wake Forest
  9. Boston College
  10. Clemson
  11. Syracuse
  12. Louisville
  13. NC State
  14. Georgia Tech
  15. Pittsburgh

All-Conference Teams:

First Team: RJ Davis (UNC), Armando Bacot (UNC), Terquavion Smith (NC State), Isaiah Wong (Miami), Nigel Pack (Miami)

Second Team: Jeremy Roach (Duke), Justyn Mutts (Virginia Tech), Jayden Gardner (Virginia), PJ Hall (Clemson), Caleb Love (UNC)

Big East Preview:

The Big East is going to look a lot different this year with four new coaches in the conference. Longtime legend Jay Wright retired at Villanova and was replaced by former Villanova Assistant Kyle Neptune. Kevin Williard left Seton Hall for Maryland and was replaced by former St. Peter’s coach, Shaheen Holloway. Thad Matta and Sean Miller both returned to schools they used to coach at Butler and Xavier.

Power Rankings:

  1. Creighton
  2. UCONN
  3. Villanova
  4. Providence
  5. Xavier
  6. St. John’s
  7. Seton Hall
  8. Butler
  9. Georgetown
  10. Marquette
  11. DePaul

All-Conference Teams:

First Team: Adama Sanogo (UCONN), Jared Bynum (Providence), Posh Alexander (St. John’s), Ryan Kalkbrenner (Creighton), Kadary Richmond (Seton Hall)

Second Team: Arthur Kaluma (Creighton), Caleb Daniels (Villanova), Cam Whitmore (Villanova), Zach Freemantle (Xavier), Bryce Hopkins (Providence)

Big Ten Preview:

The Big Ten lost more talent than any conference from a year ago but still returned some quality big men. Will this be the year the Big Ten performs well in the Big Dance, or will it be another year of disappointment?

Power Rankings

  1. Indiana
  2. Illinois
  3. Michigan
  4. Purdue
  5. Ohio State
  6. Michigan State
  7. Rutgers
  8. Iowa
  9. Penn State
  10. Maryland
  11. Wisconsin
  12. Northwestern
  13. Minnesota
  14. Nebraska

All-Conference Teams:

First Team: Trayce Jackson-Davis (Indiana), Hunter Dickinson (Michigan), Cliff Omoruyi (Rutgers), Kris Murray (Iowa), Terrance Shannon (Illinois)

Second Team: Zach Edey (Purdue), Jalen Pickett (Penn State), Xavier Johnson (Indiana), Tyler Wahl (Wisconsin), Matthew Mayer (Illinois)

Big 12 Preview:

The most competitive conference in college basketball looks to continue that trend this year with every team thinking they have a legit shot of going to the “big dance.” With four teams ranked in the Top 10, this could be the best conference from top to bottom. The question is which team will win the league?

Power Rankings:

  1. Baylor
  2. Kansas
  3. TCU
  4. Texas
  5. Texas Tech
  6. Oklahoma State
  7. Iowa State
  8. Kansas State
  9. Oklahoma
  10. West Virginia

All-Conference Teams:

First Team: Mike Miles Jr. (TCU), Adam Flagler (Baylor), Jaylen Wilson (Kansas), LJ Cryer (Baylor), Kevin McCullar (Kansas)

Second Team: Fardaws Aimaq (Texas Tech), Keyonte George (Baylor), Tanner Groves (Oklahoma), Kevin Obanor (Texas Tech), Tyrese Hunter (Texas)

Southeastern Conference (SEC) Preview:

The SEC may be made up of primarily football schools, but the conference should be extremely high quality and competitive in basketball too. Kentucky and Tennessee return a ton of high-quality talent while Arkansas has picked up a number of highly-ranked recruits and transfers.

Power Rankings:

  1. Kentucky
  2. Tennessee
  3. Arkansas
  4. Auburn
  5. Alabama
  6. Florida
  7. Texas A&M
  8. LSU
  9. Missouri
  10. Ole Miss
  11. Miss St.
  12. Vanderbilt
  13. Georgia
  14. South Carolina

Other Teams to look out for:

Gonzaga: Mark Few returns a number of talented players as the Bulldogs have a loaded non-conference slate.

Houston: Kelvin Sampson’s squad is looking primed for another season in the American conference.

St. Louis: The Billikens look ready to play at a high level as they look to win the Atlantic-10.

Iona: After going 19-1 in the MAAC but missing out on the NCAA Tournament a year ago, Rick Pitino’s squad has enough talent to return to the Big Dance.

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