It's a question that is asked by basketball fans every season, and the answer has been pretty obvious these last few.
The Modesto Metro Conference has been playing second fiddle to the rival Central California Conference, but it can reverse that position tonight.
MMC champ Davis takes on CCC champ Merced in a Sac-Joaquin Section Division 1 quarterfinal at the University of the Pacific — and to the winner goes bragging rights for the year and a berth in the Northern California playoffs.
Adding spice to this debate between neighboring conferences is three CCC teams, including Merced, were part of the Modesto schools' conference until they split in 2004.
Another of those three will also be on the court tonight, as Turlock faces Rodriguez.
The CCC sent four teams to the playoffs, but Davis is the lone MMC entry. None of that matters, though, if the Spartans can take down the Bears.
They've got plenty in common: Both are 24-4, neither is particularly tall and both like to think they're faster and in better shape than their foes.
They didn't face each other this season, but share a common foe in Turlock: Merced beat Turlock twice, but Davis dropped two to the Bulldogs.
Donte Walker has become a reliable scorer, but two other Spartans — perhaps forward Lance Castaneda or guard Edwin Castellanos — will likely need to hit double figures to beat the No. 2-seeded Bears.
While the D-1 boys try to secure NorCal berths, the D-5 schools already know which teams will go to the regional playoffs. Now they have to decide who will play in Friday's section final at Arco Arena.
Ripon Christian sends both its teams into the semifinals at Galt High, the No. 2 seed boys playing Bradshaw Christian and the No. 11 girls facing No. 2 Turlock Christian.