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Arizona's Aaron Gordon (11) looks to pass after securing possession away from Duke's Jabari Parker (1) after Arizona's Nick Johnson (13) blocked Parker's shot during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the championship of the NIT Season Tip-off tournament Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, in New York. Arizona won 72-66. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Of the 31 conferences in Division I college basketball, the teams in Mountain West Conference have played the combined 10th-toughest non-conference schedule, while the Pac-12 Conference has played the 13th-toughest and the West Coast Conference the 25th, according to RealTimeRPI.com.
BYU has played the fourth most difficult schedule in the country, which explains why the Cougars have the highest RPI (No. 9) right now of any team in these three conferences.
The Utah State Aggies have played the 68th most difficult schedule, which is not bad, while the University of Utah has played the 348th most difficult schedule.
Generally speaking, it would be great to see higher quality non-conference games involving teams from these conferences.
Among the teams from these conferences, Arizona (Pac-12) has the only two wins against teams currently ranked in the Associated Press Top 25. The Wildcats have clearly established themselves as the No. 1 team in these power rankings. After that, there is not a whole lot separating the top 10 teams. Any team in the top 10 would likely be favored on its home court against any other team in the top 10.
There are some good games coming up involving a lot of these teams, so we’ll find out more soon enough.
Here is the second edition of the Pac-12/MWC/WCC power rankings (games through Dec.
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