You only have to look at the Conference USA All-Decade Team and find out.
First if your looking for the top coach, look no farther than Bearcat head man Bob Huggins. Coach Huggins helped Cincinnati dominate the first decade of C-USA, winning outright or tying for eight regular season titles and four tournament titles. His Bearcat teams also compiled a total record of 234-62 during this period.
As for players, the Bearcats also dominated with three players being picked for the 10 positions on the squad.
Player of the Decade went to Kenyon Martin (1996-2000). Martin goes down as the most highly decorated player in conference history with several honors beside his name. The biggest being the Consensus National Player of the Year in 1999-2000 by sweeping the Naismith, Oscar Robertson (USBWAA), John Wooden, Adolph Rupp (Associated Press), NABC, Basketball News and Basketball Times and being named to everyone's All-American team.
The next Bearcat to be honored is Steve Logan (1998-2002). Logan didn't allow his lack of height to stop him from being a deadly scored for the Bearcats. Logan earned C-USA Player of the Year honors during his junior and senior seasons and was named national player of the year by FoxSports.com and CNN/SI.com. Logan only trails Oscar Robertson in career scoring for the Bearcats.
Last but not least is Danny Fortson (1995-1997). While only playing two seasons in the conference, his impact left its mark. By scoring 1,367 points, Fortson places 13th in all time conference scoring. Fortson was a consensus first team All-American in 1996-97 and also a finalist for the Naismith and Wooden Awards. He ranks third All-Time in UC career scoring.
The other players who made up the All-Decade Team are as follows.
DaMarco Johnson - Charlotte
Quentin Richardson - DePaul
Reece Gaines - Louisville
Francisco Garcia - Louisville
Travis Diener - Marquette
Dwyane Wade - Marquette
Antonio Burks - Memphis