Pre-season power ranking for the 2021-22 season
Missouri Valley Basketball has always been one of the most in-depth, competitive, and unpredictable conferences in college basketball since the turn of the 21st century. Most recently, the MVC has made a name for itself on the national stage. In 2018, Loyola-Chicago qualified for the Final Four and last year the conference was a multi-nominee league with Drake and these Ramblers making the pitch, the latter qualifying again for the regional final.
With last season being such a fractured season with teams not playing on equal schedules, it’s hard to gauge the strength of the conference. But, if we look at the 2019-20 regular season, the conference has been flexible with half of the 10 schools winning at least 19 games, with four winning 20 or more.
While the numbers look good, one problem that arises when a conference is so deep is that teams end up fighting against each other, which ends up hurting the conference as a whole. Two years ago, Drake was the biggest victim, despite going 20-14, they finished 8th in the conference with an 8-10 record.
Last season, despite being a multi-nominee league, a few injuries derailed Northern Iowa and Drake’s seasons, but they’re healthy this season and with the usual suspects ready. to conquer Arch Madness, the conference should once again be deep and ready to make its mark in March. This is how I have the 10 teams stacked ahead of the 2021-22 season.