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2013 Great West Tournament preview

Mar 14, 2013, 8:30 AM EDT

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Who plays a conference tournament for win an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament isn’t the final prize? Why, the Great West Conference does.

The five-team conference of schools that span from Utah to New Jersey will hold their own version of mini-March Madness starting today with a three-round affair. We at College Basketball Talk are equal opportunity bloggers, so whether we’ll see the tournament champion in the Field of 68 or not, the conference deserves attention.

Two teams will be forced to win three games in three days if they want the title, while three others need only two.

There is a bid to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament on the line. So that’ll have to suffice.

(CLICK HERE to browse through all of our conference tournament previews)

THE BRACKET/SCHEDULE

Where: Chicago (Jones Convocation Center at Chicago State)

When: March 14-16

Final: March 16, 8:30 p.m. EST (CSU-TV, as well as online streaming HERE.)

Favorite: New Jersey Institute of Technology

With a 16-12 overall record and a 6-2 conference record, the Highlanders hold the top seed in the tournament. They enter winning five of their last six games. Jim Engles team does have wins over Army and South Carolina State out of conference.

And if they lose?:

Texas Pan-American could be the culprit. The Broncs handed NJIT a loss in their regular season finale on Saturday. UTPA holds the two seed in the tournament with a 16-15 overall record and a 5-3 conference mark.

Sleepers:

Houston Baptist handed NJIT their only other conference loss and sit as the four seed in the tournament. The Huskies are 12-16 overall and 3-5 in the conference.

Studs:

Chris Flores, NJIT – He’s the Great West’s leading scorer at 17.2 points per game and can get buckets from anywhere on the floor(es…yea, had to do it).

Brandon Provost, Texas-Pan American – Leads the Broncs with 14.8 points per game, third in the league. He also makes them at a 44-percent clip.

Ben Aird, Utah Valley – Second in the conference in scoring at 15 points per game and leads the conference with nine rebound per game.

Art Bernardi, Houston Baptist – Leads the Huskies in points (14.5 per game) and rebounding (6.9 per game).

CBT Prediction: NJIT. It’s got to be tough knowing that regardless what happens, a win in the conference title game still ends your season, but the Highlanders can take solace in the fact that they are one of the few teams that won their final game of the season, should they take the title back to Newark.

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  1. evolutionprime - Mar 14, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    I believe the winner of the Great West Tournament gets an auto bid into the Collegeinsider.com Tournament (CIT).

    • David Harten - Mar 14, 2013 at 2:11 PM

      That it does. Thanks for the heads up. Gonna fix that now.

      • bigddan11 - Mar 14, 2013 at 4:30 PM

        FYI- The entire Great West Basketball Tournament is being broadcast by CSU-TV, so it does have a TV broadcaster for the final. The entire tourney is also being streamed online at http://www.csu.edu/cas/artanddesignandCMAT/csutv/watchtv.htm

      • David Harten - Mar 14, 2013 at 4:31 PM

        Thanks. I’ll update.

      • bigddan11 - Mar 15, 2013 at 4:46 PM

        While the Great West has their page, the real conference tourney page is actually on the Chicago State website for those who want to keep track. http://gocsucougars.com/sports/2013/1/30/GEN_0130132226.aspx

      • bigddan11 - Mar 16, 2013 at 6:13 PM

        Not only is the championship being shown on CSU-TV, but because Chicago State advanced to the championship o nthe men’s side, then the men’s side is being shown on Lakeshore Public Television & ESPN3.
        http://www.gocsucougars.com/news/2013/3/12/MBB_0312131044.aspx?path=mbball

  2. bigddan11 - Mar 14, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    FYI- The entire Great West Basketball Tournament is being broadcast by CSU-TV, so it does have a TV broadcaster for the final. The entire tourney is also being streamed online at http://www.csu.edu/cas/artanddesignandCMAT/csutv/watchtv.htm

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