See "notes" following the table for more information on its contents.
|The Sporting News||4||718||131||173||135||155||124|
|Street & Smith||6||728||155||180||136||138||119|
This page shows the accuracy of preseason magazines' conference predictions for the five-year span 1998-2002 ("the last five years" going into the 2003 season). In order to qualify for either table, a magazine must have been published for every year used in that table.
There is also a "2000-2002 (last three years)" table, and a "1993-2002 (all-time)" table.
Tables with more years have the advantage of having a larger sample of data: a single unusually lucky or unlucky year has less impact on the standings. However, tables with fewer years have the advantage of including more magazines: several of the magazines available today were not published if one goes back far enough.