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Posted on: March 4, 2009 10:36 am
Edited on: March 4, 2009 10:40 am
 

Conference Tournament Previews: Northeast

I am going to preview every single conference tournament one by one. Instead of what I initially started I am going to do them all on separate blog entries because I feel like this will give everyone a chance to discuss these conference tournaments. It will give them a home where everyone can join in and post their thoughts. Please comment.

Northeast Conference Tournament:

Quarterfinals: March 5
#8 St. Francis at #1 Robert Morris
#7 Wagner at #2 Mt. St. Marys
#6 Central Connecticut State at #3 Sacred Heart
#5 Quinnipac at #4 Long Island

Semifinals: March 8
Highest Remaining Seed at Lowest Remaining Seed
3rd Highest Remaining Seed at 2nd Highest Remaining Seed

Championship: March 11

 

Prediction: Robert Morris has absolutely dominated this conference all year long, and I don't see that changing here. Remember the Northeast Tournament is not a true bracket. If a lower seed pulls an upset in round one then they will have to pull at least two more to get into the NCAA Tournament. The winner is in while the losers all sit at home. Will Robert Morris be able to close the deal?

 

Posted on: March 3, 2009 9:19 pm
Edited on: March 3, 2009 9:27 pm
 

Conference Tournament Previews: Missouri Valley

I am going to preview every single conference tournament one by one. Instead of what I initially started I am going to do them all on separate blog entries because I feel like this will give everyone a chance to discuss these conference tournaments. It will give them a home where everyone can join in and post their thoughts. Please comment.

Missouri Valley Conference Tournament:

First Round
#8 Drake vs. #9 Indiana State (March 5)
#7 Wichita State vs. #10 Missouri State (March 5)

Quarterfinals
#1 Northern iowa vs. Drake/Indiana State (March 6)
#4 Bradley vs. Southern Illinois (March 6)
#2 Creighton vs. Wichita State/Missouri State (March 6)
#3 Illinois State vs. #6 Evansville

Semifinals: March 7

Championship: March 8

Prediction: Creighton is the two seed because they lost out on a tiebreaker with Northern Iowa, but there's no doubt that the Bluejays are the true favorites. Creighton is one of the hottest teams in the country and may not even need to win the conference tournament to get in. I expect them to keep rolling but I do say watch out for Evansville . If there's one thing to know about the Missouri Valley it's this: Arch Madness is almost as good as March Madness. Make sure to tune in!

 

Other Conference Tournament Previews:

Atlantic Sun
Big South
CAA
Horizon
Ohio Valley
Patriot League
Sun Belt

 

 

 

Posted on: March 3, 2009 5:52 pm
Edited on: March 3, 2009 5:59 pm
 

Champ. Week: Who could be this year's Georgia?

One of the key questions everyone keeps asking is this: Which teams can make a run like Georgia did last season? Remember last season the Bulldogs ran through the SEC Conference Tournament and shocked the world. Nobody saw it coming. The Bulldogs crashed the Big Dance from nowhere, grabbed a 14 seed, and had Xavier on the ropes in the closing minutes of the first round.

Minnesots & Illinois also made deep runs in the Big Ten Tournament before losing in the semifinals and finals. That's what is great about the system we have in college basketball. It's March and any team can still win the national championship (outside of Independents). So who could be this year's Georgia? Here's my five best guesses.

NOTE: Remember to qualify to become this year's Georgia type team the team must have absolutely no chance at an at large bid (or at least a minimal chance) and should not be among the favorites to win their conference tournament. This does NOT include teams like Georgetown, Notre Dame, UAB, or other teams not meeting the criteria. All the teams listed below would be Cinderella stories are none of them are considered one of the top FIVE favorites in their conference tournaments.

Five Potential Championship Week Cinderellas:

Auburn Tigers: It's March and we are still talking about Auburn basketball. Go figure. The Tigers are in the same crazy league Georgia was in last season and has been on fire lately. It's important to note that unlike Georgia the Tigers actually have a winning record in the SEC and appear to be on their way to a second place finish in the SEC West. The key to this is that nobody sees it coming. Auburn will be overlooked and needs to win the SEC Tournament to get in. Beware though because I also think Mississippi State could be a team to keep an eye on.

Northwestern Wildcats: The Wildcats have proven that they can win tough games. The Wildcats have wins over Minnesota, Michigan State, and Ohio State this season. At one point they were actually on the NCAA Tournament bubble, but since then they've fallen off their early season pace. Incredibly Northwestern is the only team from a BCS Conference never to make the NCAA Tournament. They look like they will be the #9 seed in the Big Ten Tournament.

Baylor Bears: Last season Baylor was one of the best at large bid stories in the NCAA Tournament. This season they aren't even on the bubble entering the last week of their regular season. Despite the bad year, Baylor has one of the Big 12's best players in Curtis Jerrells. Jerrells can take over games and lead Baylor to a Big 12 title if the dominoes fall the right way. Before the season nobody would've been surprised if Baylor had finished in the top three in the Big 12. When everyone's back in the same boat in a must win situation anything can happen.

Washington State Cougars: Where has this team been all season? The Cougars have won three straight games over Arizona, Arizona State, and UCLA to garner some national attention. The problem is that Washington State is still only three games over .500 and is now 8-9 in Pac 10 play. It's unlikely they can get back an at large bid. Right now WSU is line to be the #6 seed in the Pac Ten Tournament. Hot teams usually play well in their conference tournament.

Evansville Acers: I can't sit here and give all the love to the major conferences can I? Of course not. Let's just call this a big time hunch. The Acers are quietly in the middle of the pack in the Missouri Valley, but that's fine with them. In these smaller conference tournaments the pressure is on the 1 and 2 seeds, allowing other teams to quietly make runs.  In the competitive MVC I think Evansville is the team that can do that.

Please remember to check out my conference tournaments previews:

Atlantic Sun , Big South , CAA , Horizon , Ohio Valley , Patriot League,  Sun Belt

 

 

Posted on: March 3, 2009 11:25 am
Edited on: March 3, 2009 11:43 am
 

Conference Tournament Previews: Sun Belt

I am going to preview every single conference tournament one by one. Instead of what I initially started I am going to do them all on separate blog entries because I feel like this will give everyone a chance to discuss these conference tournaments. It will give them a home where everyone can join in and post their thoughts. Please comment.

First Round

#9 Florida International at #8 Louisiana-Lafayette (March 4th)
#13 Florida Atlantic at #4 North Texas (March 4th)
#12 Arkansas State at #5 Middle Tennessee (March 5th)
#11 New Orleans at # #6 South Alabama (March 5th)
#10 Louisiana-Monroe at #7 Denver (March 5th)

Quarterfinals:
Florida International/La-Lafayette vs. #1 Western Kentucky
Florida Atlantic/North Texas vs. Arkansas State/Middle Tennessee
New Orleans/So. Alabama vs. #2 Arkansas Little-Rock
Lou-Mon/Denver vs. #3 Troy

Semifinals: March 9th

Championship: March 10th

Prediction: Western Kentucky is the favorite, as shown by their #1 seed. The Hilltoppers lost some key players off of last season's NCAA Tournament Cinderella squad but have reloaded. The key is that all these teams are all in the same boat. Depite their dominance WKU still has to win the conference tournament to get in, as does everyone else. This is going to be one of the best small tourneys to watch.

 

Remember to check out my other conference tournament previews also.

Atlantic Sun
Big South
CAA
Horizon
Ohio Valley
Patriot League
Sun Belt

 

 

 

Posted on: March 2, 2009 9:42 pm
Edited on: March 8, 2009 4:16 pm
 

Conference Tournament Previews: All in One Place

I have decided to do a preview for every conference tournament. I realize that access to them will be hard to get since only the last blog entry usually gets a lot of attention on CBS. To make things easier I will try to give out the links to them every time I complete a new tournament preview. PLEASE(!) check these out! Like I said I realize usually only the last post gets a lot of attention here but I'd like all of these to be seen.

Conference Tournament Previews Already Completed:

America East
Atlantic Sun

Big South

Big Sky
CAA

Horizon

MAAC
Missouri Valley

Northeast

Ohio Valley

Patriot League

Southern
Summit
Sun Belt
WCC

Please check them out and comment. I will release other previews soon!

And please continue voting in my CBB Fan Awards !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 2, 2009 9:21 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2009 10:39 pm
 

Conference Tournament Previews: Ohio Valley

I am going to preview every single conference tournament one by one. Instead of what I initially started I am going to do them all on separate blog entries because I feel like this will give everyone a chance to discuss these conference tournaments. It will give them a home where everyone can join in and post their thoughts. Please comment.

Ohio Valley Conference Tournament:

Quarterfinals
1) UT-Martin (March 3rd)
8) Tennessee Tech

4) Morehead State (March 3rd)
5) Eastern Kentucky

3) Murray State (March 3rd)
6) Tennessee State

2) Austin Peay (March 3rd)
7) Eastern Illinois

Semifinals: (March 6th)

Championship: (March 7th)

Prediction: UT-Martin is the #1 seed but they've never been in this position before. The Skyhawks have never been to the NCAA Tournament before. Lester Hudson is the best player you've never heard of though. A lot people will give the Skyhawks attention, but beware of Austin Peay (my pick).

 

 

Posted on: March 2, 2009 9:20 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2009 11:35 pm
 

Conference Tournament Previews: Patriot League

I am going to preview every single conference tournament one by one. Instead of what I initially started I am going to do them all on separate blog entries because I feel like this will give everyone a chance to discuss these conference tournaments. It will give them a home where everyone can join in and post their thoughts. Please comment.

Patriot League Conference Tournament

Quar terfinals:
#8 Lafayette (March 4th)
#1 American

#5 Lehigh (March 4th)
#4 Army

#7 Bucknell (March 4th)
#2 Holy Cross

#6 Colgate (March 4th)
#3 Navy

Semifinals:
Lafayette/American Winner (March 8th)
Lehigh/Army Winner

Bucknell/Holy Cross Winner (March 8th)
Colgate/Navy Winner

Championship: March 13th

Prediction: Last season the Patriot League was a battle between American and Navy all season. This year it looks like it could end up the same way. American won the regular season title and is my pick to win the conference tournament. One of the more interesting first round matchups has Bucknell taking on Holy Cross, two pretty big rivals in the league. Don't be surprised if there's a Cinderella run but put your money on American.

 

 

 

Posted on: March 2, 2009 9:19 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2009 9:24 pm
 

Conference Tournament Previews: Horizon

I am going to preview every single conference tournament one by one. Instead of what I initially started I am going to do them all on separate blog entries because I feel like this will give everyone a chance to discuss these conference tournaments. It will give them a home where everyone can join in and post their thoughts. Please comment.

Horizon League Conference Tournament:

First Round
#3 Cleveland State (March 3rd)
#10 Detroit

#6 Youngstown State (March 3rd)
#7 Illinois-Chicago

#4 Wright State (March 3rd)
#9 Valparaiso

#4 Loyola (March 3rd)
#5 Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Quarterfinals
Valparaiso/Wright State Winner (March 6th)
Loyola/Wisconsin-Milwaukee Winner

Cleveland State/Detroit
Youngstown State/Illinois-Chicago

Semifinals
Val/WSU/Loy/WM Winner (March 7th)
#1 Butler

Clev/Det/Young/ICU Winner (March 7fh)
#2 Wisconsin- Green Bay

Championship: March 10th

Prediction: Most casual college basketball fans don't realize it but there are actually two very good teams in the Horizon League. Everyone knows about Butler, and regardless what happens here they are going dancing. Wisconsin-Green Bay has to win the conference tournament to get into the NCAA Tournament, but do not put it past them. I would not be surprised one bit if Green Bay pulls the upset and makes the Horizon League a two bid league. I'm going with Butler though.

 

 

 
 
 
 
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