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WAC

In an interesting bracket format the WAC ensures that the top two seeds get bye games into the semifinals. This is a big advantage for New Mexico State and Seattle. Several of these teams have made noise this season with quality wins and games. Can any team pull off three or more straight wins to …

Big West

Look for Long Beach St to make it out of this tourney. These teams always seem to put up a decent fight once they get into the tournament Favorite: Long Beach State Contender: Cal State Fullerton Upset candidate: Hawaii At large possibilities: None Winner: Long Beach State

Conference USA

Conference USA has been quite competitive this season. The leaders of the conference are North Texas and UAB. However, there are three other teams that can make a push for the title in Middle Tennessee, Western Kentucky and Louisiana Tech. Favorite: North Texas Contender: UAB Western Kentucky Middle Tennessee Upset candidate: Louisiana Tech At large …

MAAC

Iona is the team to watch. Coached by Rick Pitino, the Gaels have won some big games, including a win over Alabama this season. Can anyone pull off the upset? We shall see Favorite: Iona Contender: St. Peter’s Upset candidate: Manhattan At large possibilities: None Winner: Iona

SEC

The SEC has been really good this year. Auburn, Kentucky & Tennessee have been outstanding. Arkansas, Alabama & LSU are also capable of making a run in the NCAA tournament. Six teams are locks for postseason. Winner of Florida vs Texas A&M will need to upset Auburn to get a look. This well be a …

Atlantic 10

The Atlantic 10 conference has been very competitive this season. More than one team from the conference needs to make the tournament. That may not be as easy as it sounds. Davidson is likely in regardless of outcome, especially if they make the final game. Everyone else is fighting to get to the final game …

BIG EAST

The Big East has had a tremendous season. They are likely to receive 7 bids to the tournament far surpassing preseason expectations. Providence won the regular season championship by winning close games over and over again. Villanova had another outstanding season. The surprise team is Marquette, who in Shaka Smart’s 1st season at the helm …

ACC

The ACC has had a tough year overall this season. However, the tournament always produces great games. This is the last ACC tourney for Coach K of Duke who is the overwhelming favorite. North Carolina is safely in with their recent win over Duke. The rest of the ACC needs to win a game or …

American East

Favorite: Vermont Contender: UMBC Upset candidate: Stony Brook At large possibilities: None Winner: Vermont

Summit

This conference produced a great cinderella story last season in Oral Roberts. This season the conference has been dominated by undefeated South Dakota State. The Jackrabbits look to sweep through the tourney and the look to surprise a team or two in the NCAA tournament. Favorite: South Dakota St Contender: North Dakota Oral Roberts Upset …