Conference Tournament Storylines

28 Feb

These will be updated as brackets become finalized

***Updated through 3/6***

America East-Can Stony Brook climb the mountain and finally make the NCAA Tournament?

American-The American is up in the air, close your eyes and throw the dart.  Temple? UConn? Cincinnati? Tulsa? Houston?

Atlantic 10-Dayton has slipped some as the season closes, can VCU earn another bid or will St. Bonaventure or Saint Joseph’s take the bid.

Atlantic Sun-It is New Jersey Institute of Technology’s first year in the league.  Can they knock off defending champ North Florida and earn their first bid.

Big 12-Can anyone knock off Kansas?

Big East-Villanova is the Best team but the competition is stiff, Xavier, Butler, Providence and Seton Hall.

Big Sky-This should be a battle between Montana and Weber State.

Big South-The top 4 teams in the league separated by one game, Myrtle Beach Madness anyone?

Big Ten-Indiana got the top seed but can we really bet against Tom Izzo in March?  Which Iowa team will show up? What do we make of Maryland and Purdue?

Big West-Is Hawaii the best team or will it prove to be UC-Irvine or Long Beach State?

Colonial-Hofstra and UNC-Wilmington finished tied for 1st but four teams finished with 20+ wins (William & Mary had 19)

Conference USA-Can UAB defend their title?

Horizon-Does Valparaiso have any at-large hopes if they fall in the conference tournament?

Metro Atlantic-Can anyone beat Monmouth, and if that happens will it cost the Hawks a bid?

Mid-American-Top 4 in the East finished with a record equal to or better than the West leader.  Will Akron, Kent State, Ohio or Buffalo take the title or will the West be heard from?

Mid-Eastern Athletic-The MEAC has 3 upsets as a 15-seed, Will Hampton get that chance again?

Missouri Valley-Can Northern Iowa, Evansville or anyone else turn the MVC into a two-bid league by beating Wichita State?

Mountain West-The league has been severely all year, San Diego State has been the team but almost anyone can win it.

Northeast-Wagner dominated the league but can they finish it by winning the tournament?

Ohio Valley-Top four teams in the Eastern Division were separated by one game, can anyone derail Belmont who won their 3rd regular-season title in 4 years.

Pac-12-This league has been hard to figure out all year.  Oregon won the regular season but Arizona, Cal and Utah are also strong.

Patriot-Top 7 teams finished at or above .500. Can Bucknell hold off all the challengers?

SEC- Kentucky and Texas A&M finished tied for first while the rest of the league drifted into mediocrity.

Southern-Does Chattanooga hold off East Tennessee State or does someone like Furman or defending champ Wofford steal the crown?

Southland-Can anyone stop the Southland buzzsaw that is Stephen F Austin after they finished 17-0?

Southwestern Athletic-Will Texas Southern repeat?

Summit-Can top seed Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne beat perennial favorite South Dakota State? Or does a team like Omaha surprise them both?

Sun Belt-Arkansas-Little Rock may have the best shot at an at-large as a mid-major, but can they risk it?

West Coast-This will be another Gonzaga-St. Mary’s battle, but the WCC will be just a one bid league.

Western Athletic-New Mexico State won the league, their only competition should be Cal-State Bakersfield with Grand Canyon not yet eligible for post-season play.

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