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It's the second week of conference tournament season in college basketball, as the NCAA Tournament bubble comes into focus and Cinderellas begin to emerge ahead of Selection Sunday on CBS. There are bids at stake, bragging rights on the line and trophies to be hoisted for those with the mettle to withstand a single-elimination format that requires consecutive days of play.

For college basketball as a whole, the best is yet to come with the NCAA Tournament. But for many teams, this week marks the end of the line, unless they are able to conjure some magic and secure their conference's automatic bid to the Big Dance. Accordingly, there are sure to be memorable finishes and heroic individual performances born out of desperation in pursuit of league tournament titles.

There is plenty at stake for the nation's top teams as well. A conference tournament title can solidify or improve NCAA Tournament seeding in a significant way. Teams that haven't been at their best in recent weeks also get the chance for a final tune-up before their seasons are on the line next week. There are always memorable moments and thrilling finishes this week in college basketball. It's March, after all, and the madness is here.

Our experts made their picks for who will win each of the major conference tournaments. Odds courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook

American Athletic Conference Tournament

Schedule, pairings


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Gary Parrish
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Matt Norlander
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Kyle Boone
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David Cobb
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Chip Patterson
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Jerry Palm
AAC Champion

Breakdown: Houston is the No. 1 seed for the AAC Tournament, but the Cougars are not the league's hottest team. That distinction belongs to No. 3 seed Memphis, which just completed a regular season sweep of Houston on Sunday. That win marked 10 in the last 11 games for the Tigers, who  are still on Palm's bubble but have a little bit of breathing room now. The team with the most at stake is No. 2 seed SMU, which finds itself among the "Last Four In" CBS Sports Bracketology Expert Jerry Palm's projected NCAA Tournament field entering the league tournaments. 

Odds to win American Athletic Conference Tournament

Houston Cougars-220
Memphis Tigers+300
SMU Mustangs+900
Tulane Green Wave+2000
Wichita State Shockers+4000
UCF Knights+5000
Temple Owls+5500
Cincinnati Bearcats+7000
East Carolina Pirates+15000
Tulsa Golden Hurricane+15000
South Florida Bulls+20000

ACC Tournament

Schedule, pairings


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Gary Parrish
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Matt Norlander
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Kyle Boone
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David Cobb
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Chip Patterson
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Jerry Palm
ACC Champion

Breakdown: The NCAA Tournament fate of several ACC teams hangs in the balance this week during a conference tournament with big-time bubble implications. Aside from top-seeded Duke, no one in the conference is projected to be better than a No. 10 seed in the Big Dance, according to Palm. No. 6 seed Virginia and No. 7 seed Virginia Tech are in desperation mode. No. 3 seed North Carolina and No. 4 seed Miami may want to avoid bad losses to avoid some discomfort on Selection Sunday. Then there are those Blue Devils. After taking a 94-81 loss against arch rival UNC in coach Mike Krzyzewski's final home game, surely Duke will be motivated to cut down some nets to cap its final ACC Tournament under a coaching legend.

Odds to win ACC Tournament

Duke Blue Devils-125
North Carolina Tar Heels+550
Virginia Tech Hokies+900
Wake Forest Demon Deacons+1000
Notre Dame Fighting Irish+1000
Miami Hurricanes+1200
Virginia Cavaliers+2000
Clemson Tigers+5000
Syracuse Orange+5000
Florida State Seminoles+6000
Louisville Cardinals+12500
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets+12500
Boston College Eagles+12500
NC State Wolfpack+12500
Pittsburgh Panthers+15000

Big East Tournament

Schedule, pairings


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Gary Parrish
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Matt Norlander
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Kyle Boone
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David Cobb
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Chip Patterson
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Jerry Palm
Big East Champion

Breakdown: After sending just four teams to the past two NCAA Tournaments, the Big East is positioned to potentially send seven squads to this year's Big Dance. However, the status of No. 8 seed Xavier looms large entering the conference tournament. The Musketeers have dropped seven of their past nine and have dropped to bubble status in Palm's Bracketology. Otherwise, the league appears to have six locks, led by No. 1 seed Providence and No. 2 seed Villanova. The Wildcats won both regular season meetings against Providence and finished with two more league victories than the Friars. But PC technically won the regular season title because of its better league winning percentage following COVID-19 related disruptions that limited it to just 17 conference games. There is nothing Villanova fans would love more than to see their team complete a three-game sweep of the Friars and prove the Big East still runs through 'Nova.

Odds to win Big East Tournament

Villanova Wildcats+150
Connecticut Huskies+400
Providence Friars+550
Marquette Golden Eagles+700
Seton Hall Pirates+1000
Xavier Musketeers+1300
Creighton Bluejays+1400
St. John's Red Storm+2500
Butler Bulldogs+10000
DePaul Blue Demons+15000
Georgetown Hoyas+30000

Big Ten Tournament

Schedule, pairings


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Gary Parrish
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Matt Norlander
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Kyle Boone
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David Cobb
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Chip Patterson
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Jerry Palm
Big Ten Champion

Breakdown: If the final Sunday of regular season action in the Big Ten was any indication, the league tournament may be downright nutty. Wisconsin lost out on an outright league title by losing at home to last-place Nebraska, which allowed Illinois to secure the No. 1 seed after a dramatic win over Iowa. With Michigan and Rutgers among Palm's "Last Four In" and Indiana among the "First Four Out" entering the week, there is a ton at stake. Fittingly, the No. 9 seed Hoosiers and No. 8 seed Wolverines square off in a second round game on Thursday with massive implications.

Odds to win Big Ten Tournament

Purdue Boilermakers+200
Illinois Fighting Illini+350
Iowa Hawkeyes+350
Wisconsin Badgers+700
Michigan Wolverines+1200
Ohio State Buckeyes+1200
Michigan State Spartans+2500
Indiana Hoosiers+2500
Rutgers Scarlet Knights+3500
Northwestern Wildcats+12500
Maryland Terrapins+12500
Minnesota Golden Gophers+25000
Nebraska Cornhuskers+25000
Penn State Nittany Lions+25000

Big 12 Tournament

Schedule, pairings


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Gary Parrish
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Matt Norlander
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Kyle Boone
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David Cobb
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Chip Patterson
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Jerry Palm
Big 12 Champion

Breakdown: The Big 12 is among the least bubbly conferences entering the week. It appears to have six NCAA Tournament locks and no one else with even a reasonable case for bubble status. But it's March, which means that chaos could be in store just when all looks calm. Seeing No. 7 seed Oklahoma, No. 8 seed Kansas State or No. 9 seed West Virginia make a little noise wouldn't be stunning. K-State beat No. 3 seed Texas Tech and No. 4 seed Texas in consecutive games during January and has been on the wrong end of numerous close games during league play. While no. 1 seed Kansas and No. 2 seed Baylor are the clear favorites, the parity of this league means anything can happen.

Odds to win Big 12 Tournament

Baylor Bears+200
Kansas Jayhawks+210
Texas Tech Red Raiders+300
Texas Longhorns+600
TCU Horned Frogs+2200
Iowa State Cyclones+2500
Oklahoma Sooners+3000
Kansas State Wildcats+7500
West Virginia Mountaineers+10000

Pac-12 Tournament

Schedule, pairings


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Gary Parrish
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Matt Norlander
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Kyle Boone
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David Cobb
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Chip Patterson
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Jerry Palm
Pac-12 Champion

Breakdown: Last season's Pac-12 Tournament produced one of March's unexpected surprises, as Oregon State ran through the league tournament and then reached the Elite Eight after entering the month squarely on the wrong side of the NCAA Tournament bubble. Does the conference have another Cinderella in store this season? No. 4 seed Colorado could fit the bill. The Buffs have won seven of their last eight, including a 16-point win over No. 1 seed Arizona on Feb. 26. They will likely need to win the league tournament in order to reach the Big Dance since the top-seeded Wildcats, No. 2 seed UCLA and No. 3 seed USC are the only Pac-12 teams on track for automatic bids. No. 5 seed Oregon also has the talent to make a run, but the Ducks have lost five of their last six.

Odds to win Pac-12 Tournament

Arizona Wildcats-135
UCLA Bruins+190
USC Trojans+900
Oregon Ducks+1200
Colorado Buffaloes+3000
Washington State Cougars+3000
Arizona State Sun Devils+6000
Washington Huskies+6500
Utah Utes+20000
Stanford Cardinal+20000
Oregon State Beavers+25000
California Golden Bears+30000

SEC Tournament

Schedule, pairings


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Gary Parrish
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Matt Norlander
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Kyle Boone
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David Cobb
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Chip Patterson
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Jerry Palm
SEC Champion

Breakdown: The top-six seeds in the SEC Tournament are all locks for the NCAA Tournament. After that, it's a free-for-all, which makes Thursday's second round game between No. 8 seed Texas A&M and No. 9 seed particularly intriguing. Both are on Palm's bubble, and while the Gators are in better shape, the Aggies have won five of their last six. Both need a victory, and whoever wins figures to give No. 1 seed Auburn a battle in Friday's quarterfinals. Auburn, No. 2 seed Tennessee, No. 3 seed Kentucky and No. 4 seed Arkansas separated themselves from the rest of the conference this season, and it will be fascinating to see if they can keep that up in a single-elimination format with the Big Dance coming up.

Odds to win SEC Tournament

Kentucky Wildcats+190
Auburn Tigers+260
Tennessee Volunteers+350
Arkansas Razorbacks+800
LSU Tigers+1000
Alabama Crimson Tide+1800
Florida Gators+4000
Mississippi State Bulldogs+4000
Texas A&M Aggies+7500
South Carolina Gamecocks+10000
Vanderbilt Commodores+10000
Ole Miss Rebels+20000
Georgia Bulldogs+25000
Missouri Tigers+25000