SEATTLE, Wash. – The Saint Leo University men's basketball team plays in the toughest Division II conference in the nation according to BennettRank. The Lions are one of nine institutions that participate in the Sunshine State Conference, which was rated the toughest college basketball conference combined from top to bottom during the 2013 season.
BennettRank's college conference rankings for the Division I, Division II, and Division III level men's and women's basketball teams strictly use statistical data obtained from actual team play during the season. This data is based on the average team ranking within each conference for the 2013 season.
The Sunshine State Conference totaled 104 points, 13 better than the second-place, 10-school Lone Star Conference from Texas. The Great Northwest Athletic Conference finished in third place with 10 teams from around the Northwestern United States, including Alaska and Simon Frasier in Canada.
Founded in 1975, the Sunshine State Conference has risen from a single sport organization to the Division II "Conference of National Champions." Since its inception, the conference has grown steadily in sports played, membership and national prominence.
Basketball College Conference Rankings – 2013
D2 Men (303 Teams)
- Sunshine State, 104
- Lone Star, 117
- Great Northwest Athletic, 117
- Northeast-10, 122
- Peach Belt Athletic, 123
- Great Lakes Valley, 128
- Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic, 132
- Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic, 133
- West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic, 137
- Gulf South, 139
- Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, 139
- Conference Carolinas Athletic, 139
- Heartland, 140
- California Collegiate Athletic, 143
- Great American, 144
- Pennsylvania State Athletic, 152
- South Atlantic, 158