We promised an updated look at the four year standings in the SoCon. We're looking back at 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, and this year. So here are the conference standings through the last three plus years.
Western Carolina 36-28 (1 division title and 1 conference tournament championship game)
Appalachian State 35-29 (1 division title and 1 conference tournament championship game)
UNCG 26-38 (1 division title)
Davidson 47-18 (1 division title, 1 conference tournament championship game, 1 conference tournament title)
College of Charleston 46-19 (1 division title and 1 conference tournament championship game)
Wofford 43-21 (1 division title, 2 conference tournament championship games, 2 conference tournament titles)
Georgia Southern 23-41
The Citadel 21-44
So who has been the best team in the North and South over this time. Right now, the edge goes to Western Carolina for the best team during this stretch in the North. Their peripheral stats match up to Appalachian State perfectly, but the Catamounts are one game ahead of the Mountaineers. If the peripheral stats continue to match up, the better team will be determined by the better record. Elon, despite their success this year, is so far behind in the record, that they are going to have to win the conference tournament to have any claim to the title of the best team in the North over the last four years.
For the South, Davidson has probably passed Wofford in the standings since the last time. The problem is that the Terriers still have two conference tournament titles. But right now, they are in last place in the conference. If the Terriers start winning again, and move back up the standings, the Terriers will have a real claim if Davidson or College of Charleston does not win the tournament title.
The worst team in the North? That's almost definitely Samford, with the worst overall record by three and a half games. The worst team in the South? Probably The Citadel, with the worst overall record by two and a half games.
Very interesting. As we go down the stretch, the battles for the best team over the last four years continues to be intriguing. At least to me....