Translating to new conferences

Evaluating the outlook for Texas A&M and nine other teams in new leagues

Updated: June 19, 2012, 2:05 PM ET
By Drew Cannon | Special to ESPN Insider
Brad StevensAndy Lyons/Getty ImagesBrad Stevens will now be navigating the Atlantic 10 in pursuit of another March Madness run.

The conference carousel has everyone's heads spinning.

To prepare yourself for the new college basketball world order, we take a closer look at the 10 most significant conference switches that take effect for this coming season -- and how you can expect each team to fare in its new environment.

Texas A&M Aggies (Big 12 to SEC)

The Aggies had a rough final season in the Big 12 under first-year coach Billy Kennedy, and this shouldn't be a particularly breezy year, either. An injury to star Khris Middleton made last season a far greater struggle, but Middleton is gone, as are fellow starters David Loubeau and Dash Harris. Elston Turner and Ray Turner are nice pieces, and incoming freshmen J-Mychal Reese and Alex Caruso are rightfully ranked in the ESPN 100. That said, this is a team whose best 2012 win was probably over Oklahoma State and whose two main offensive options aren't coming back. Breaking .500 in the revamped SEC will be tough.

There are a few long-term positives about the conference switch. The Aggies should already be familiar with the power structure, their pace suddenly fits the league and there's an interesting wrinkle regarding in-state transfers. The SEC is much like the Big 12 in that it is led by an absolute monster of a program (Kentucky Wildcats), followed by a football-first, big-athletic-budget school that can recruit with anybody (Florida Gators), then a mass of inconsistent teams.


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