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BIG EAST

The Big East is likely a three or four bid league this year. Villanova is the top team but is facing huge injury issues. Watch for UConn who is on fire since getting James Bouknight back into the lineup Favorite: Villanova Contender: Creighton, UConn Upset candidate: St. John’s At large possibilities: Villanova, Creighton, UConn, Xavier, …

SEC

The SEC tournament features some new teams as the favorites. Kentucky has struggled this year and is the 9 seed. Six teams are locked into the tournament and Ole Miss has an outside shot at a bid with a trip to the finals. Favorite: Alabama Contender: Arkansas, Tennessee, LSU & Missouri, Florida Upset candidate: Ole …

PAC 12

The Pac 12 will likely get 4 teams in the tournament. Seeds are likely locked in for those four. Stanford with a deep run could possibly make it to the dance. Favorite: Oregon Contender: Colorado, USC, UCLA Upset candidate: Stanford At large possibilities: Oregon, USC, Colorado, UCLA, Stanford Winner: Oregon

Mountain West

The Mountain West conference will be another tourney to pay attention to this week. Four teams have had good years. How many will make the tourney. Whoever makes the championship game will likely be in the tourney. The two teams in consideration that lose in the semi- finals or earlier may be sweating it come …

American

The American Conference will be very interesting to watch this week. Houston is the only guarantee to make the dance. Wichita St looks good and Memphis has an outside chance. With the tournament final ending 30 minutes prior to selection reveal it will be interesting to watch. If a Wichita St vs Houston final, we …

WAC

Favorite: Grand Canyon Contender: Utah Valley & New Mexico St Upset candidate: California Baptist At large possibilities: None Winner: Grand Canyon

MAC

Favorite: Toledo Contender: Buffalo, Kent St & Akron Upset candidate: Bowling Green At large possibilities: None Winner: Akron

Conference USA

Favorite: Western Kentucky Contender: Louisiana Tech, Old Dominion & UAB Upset candidate: Marshall & North Texas At large possibilities: Western Kentucky & Louisiana Tech ( longshots) Winner: Louisiana Tech

Big West

Favorite: UC Santa Barbara Contender: UC Irvine & UC Riverside Upset candidate: UC Davis At large possibilities: None Winner: UC Santa Barbara

Southland

Favorite: Nicholls & Abilene Christian Contender: Sam Houston St Upset candidate: Northwestern St At large possibilities: None Winner: Abilene Christian