Sunday, November 20, 2022

College Hoops 4th Best Conference History - Current Big East (Original BE Could Have Been Best)

The domination in our game of Villanova team that dominated the title game in 2018 for one of two titles in there years and the two UConn teams that won titles in a six year stretch is no surprise.

The biggest surprise in our first 188 all-time great games has been DePaul's 1980 squad, which stunned Kareem and UCLA in route to a 3-0 record. We assume they will end up coming down to earth, but for right now they have helped the top six teams in the Big East to a 17-7 mark and the ranking as the 4th best conference in our game so far.

Add Patrick Ewing's 1984 Georgetown team, and you can remember how the actual 1980s Big East that launched ESPN legitimately challenges the ACC for title of the top conference in the country.

You may ask why Marquette merits four teams in the game is simple - I went there and am completely biased and even wrote a book on Marquette basketball once. Obviously a great program, but so far all four teams rank slightly below average of the all-time great teams. However, most of us would argue the actual all-time great team out of Marquette was Jim Chones squad in the early 70s that went 49-1 with only a last second loss to Ohio State in the tournament, and then loss Chones to the ABA before No. 2 Marquette could make a run at the UCLA dynasty. Of course none of team Marquette teams ranked from 8 to 10 were actually in the Big East - the 2011 team led by Jimmy Butler and Jae Crowder and was in the Big East.

The Creighton 2020 team actually won our 2020 tournament we decided to play after Covid cancelled the actual tournament. They beat Duke for the title, but their six wins in that tournament did not include games against any teams in the All-Time great team.  

RnkGreat TeamYear     Key PlayerW   L  Pts     Allow  Rate
 Top 6 Big East teams  17773.168.24.7
1Villanova2018Mikal Bridges7279.470.310.8
2Connecticut2004Ben Gordon4273.564.07.0
3DePaul1980Mark Aguirre3080.367.75.6
4Connecticut1999Richard Hamilton0160.064.04.0
5Seton Hall1989John Morton1178.078.00.5
6Georgetown1984Patrick Ewing2167.365.30.4
7Georgetown2007Roy Hibbert1276.775.3-1.4
8Marquette1971Jim Chones1168.069.0-1.8
9Marquette2003Dwyane Wade2273.374.0-2.4
10Marquette1977Butch Lee1166.061.5-2.8
11St. John's1985Chris Mullin0175.076.0-2.8
12DePaul1945George Mikan0151.055.0-5.2
13Marquette2011Jimmy Butler0182.087.0-7.0
14Villanova1985Ed Pinckney0165.072.0-9.2
15Creighton2014Doug McDermott0366.380.0-9.7
16Creighton2020Ty-Shon Alexander0172.0106.0-10.2
17Butler2010Gordon Hayward0354.776.3-13.0

We invented the Value Add Basketball Game, and since then have grown it to to 135 teams of all-time great teams and players. We have played 188 games to date, and 63,000 unique visitors have clicked on the game. 
Seven current conferences have at least six all-time great teams in the game. We decided to rank those conferences based on the average rating of their top six teams so far in our games against other teams.

Click on the game to play yourself - it contains everything you need to play the Value Add Basketball game, which lets you pit any of 136 great all-time college teams against each other. To pick your two teams it is best to click on this Google doc and print the pages of the teams you want (each team is one page). I track my games on this google sheet, but play your own for free!

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