November 18th, 2009
By Josh Cochran and Joel Steiner
NCAA Power 16: November 16th
Welcome to our first Power 16 of the 2009-10 season. We’ll be back every Monday with updated rankings and our weekly Games to Watch. Our Power 16 worked in a few glorified exhibitions last week, but the competition heats up this week with several early season tournaments.
It's an odd year for mid-major college basketball. For one, there's a dominant non-traditional team, and it's not Memphis or Gonzaga. In fact, the three best teams not in a Power Six conference this year are a bunch of newer names to the power structure of college basketball. At the same time, there just aren't as many good mid-major teams this season as in years past, and it could be a very good year for fringe power conference teams to make the NCAA Tournament as a result.