Where is Your Team Playing Next Season?

1 May

In the month since Kentucky cut down the nets in New Orleans, the college basketball off season has been full of changes, players changing programs, coaches switching teams and teams moving conferences.  For most college basketball fans it can be hard to keep track of the merry-go-round of changes that take place during the down time, especially since schools and conferences began trying to maximize their football dollars by playing realignment musical chairs a couple of years ago.

Before looking at players and coaches in new places, let’s look at the schools that have new homes for the 2012-13 season:

Belmont Bruins: After dominating the Atlantic Sun men’s basketball scene for over a decade, Belmont is heading to the Ohio Valley to battle the likes of Murray State, Austin Peay and Morehead State.

Butler Bulldogs: The Bulldogs leave the Horizon, where they were the top dog, for the Atlantic 10 a year earlier than expected.  Butler joins fellow newcomer Virginia Commonwealth in making a conference with Temple, Xavier, St. Louis and Massachusetts (among others) an even stronger hoop conference in 2012-13.

Denver Pioneers: The Pioneers are leaving the Sun Belt to do battle with what will be left of the Western Athletic Conference.

 

Fresno State Bulldogs: Fresno State is the 2nd longest affiliated member of the WAC (behind Hawaii), but they will be leaving for the greener pastures of the Mountain West in ’12-’13.

Hawaii Rainbows: The long-standing WAC member is joining Fresno State in jumping ship, as they head to the Big West to face the likes of Long Beach State and UC-Santa Barbara.

Longwood Lancers: Longwood’s national nightmare of finding conference affiliation is over.  After 5 years of competing as an independent since becoming a Division I institution in 2007, the Lancers will join the Big South conference for next season.

Missouri Tigers: Frank Haith’s Tigers leave the Big 12 to battle Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Florida in the SEC.

 

Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks: The Mavericks officially join the Summit League as part of their transition to Division I athletics.

Nevada Wolf Pack: Nevada becomes the third team to leave the WAC as they will join Fresno State in the Mountain West.

North Dakota Fighting Sioux: The poster child for the NCAA’s battle against potentially offensive nicknames, will leave the Great West for the Big Sky Conference in ’12-’13.

 Northern Kentucky Norse: The Division II power begins its transition to Division I in the Atlantic Sun.

Oral Roberts Golden Eagles: Scott Sutton’s crew will take their talents to the Southland Conference for the 2012 season.

 

Seattle Redhawks: In its first season as a fully eligible DI program the Redhawks move from an Independent to the WAC.

Southern Utah Thunderbirds: After 15 years as a member of the Summit League/Mid-Continent Conference, Southern Utah will be competing in the Big Sky in ’12-’13.

Texas A&M Aggies: The Aggies will join their former Big 12 brethren Missouri in the SEC next season.

 

Texas Christian Horned Frogs: The Horned Frogs have a new coach, Trent Johnson, and a new conference for next season as they head to the Big 12.

Texas State Bobcats: Texas State is one of a trio of teams that will be leaving the Southland Conference for the WAC next season.

Texas-Arlington Mavericks: Last season’s top team in the Southland and charter member of the conference is headed for the WAC.

 

Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners: The Roadrunners join Texas-Arlington and Texas State in fleeing the Southland for the WAC.

 

Virginia Commonwealth Rams: In a surprising move the Rams will leave the Colonial Athletic Association and join the Atlantic 10 for the 2012-13 season instead of the following season.

West Virginia Mountaineers: Bob Huggins and company leave the Big East and head to the Big 12 next season.

The first step in preparing for the 2012-13 season is knowing where your favorite team is playing.

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