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2012-2013 Conference Tournament Previews

  1. Big West conference tournament preview

    Mar 14, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Bob Thomason

    Long Beach State, even with heavy personnel losses from last season’s NCAA tournament team, was the preseason pick to win the Big West and Dan Monson’s team did just that. But the 49ers didn’t lack for challengers and that will be the case this weekend when the top eight teams get together at the Honda…

  2. 2013 Great West Tournament preview

    Mar 14, 2013, 8:30 AM EDT

    Utah Valley Chattanooga Basketball

    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…

  3. 2013 Conference-USA tournament Preview

    Mar 13, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    Louisville v Memphis

    Conference-USA has centered around just one team the entire year. The Memphis Tigers have thoroughly dismantled the entire conference, finishing with an unblemished record in league play. While the Tigers have received national acclaim for their performances this season, the rest of the conference has been completely forgotten about, and with good reason. SMU made…

  4. Big Ten Conference Tournament Preview

    Mar 13, 2013, 1:21 PM EDT

    Michigan's guard Trey Burke drives around Indiana's Victor Oladipo during the second half of their NCAA college basketball game in Ann Arbor

    I’m not sure I can remember a more anticipated conference tournament than this year’s Big Ten. Maybe the 2009 Big East tournament, the year that UConn, Pitt and Louisville all got No. 1 seeds and Villanova made the Final Four. But even that Big East can’t compare to this year’s Big Ten in terms of…

  5. Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament Preview

    Mar 13, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    Butler Saint Louis Basketball

    The Atlantic 10’s automatic bid isn’t going to be the only NCAA tournament berth on the line at the Barclays Center this week, as there are a quartet of teams that are still looking to solidify an at-large berth into the Big Dance. St. Louis, Butler and VCU are all sitting pretty right now, but…

  6. Big Sky conference tournament preview

    Mar 13, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    ORU v Weber St

    Entering the season Montana and Weber State were expected to be the class of the Big Sky and that’s how the race played out, with Weber State’s loss at Montana State proving to be the difference in the race for the regular season crown. As a result it’s Montana who hosts the tournament and receives…

  7. 2013 SEC Tournament Preview

    Mar 12, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

    Scottie Wilbekin

    It hasn’t always been easy to watch the SEC this season. Florida has been the conference’s best team, but after that we see little differentiation and a whole bunch of bad losses by teams in the middle of the conference. So what does that mean for the SEC tournament in Nashville? It could mean a…

  8. Pac-12 conference tournament preview

    Mar 12, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

    Shabazz Muhammad

    The Pac-12 race this season had some similarities to the Mountain West race, in that there were two teams entering the season that many pegged to be the class of the conference. Arizona and UCLA, due in large part to the newcomers joining both programs, were thought by many to be far ahead of the…

  9. 2013 SWAC Tournament preview

    Mar 12, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    Alabama A&M v Vanderbilt

    Due to extenuating circumstances, the SWAC Tournament has one of the most unique formats of any postseason conference tournament this year. The regular season conference champion, Texas Southern, is ineligible for postseason play due to low APR scores. Add in the fact that the third place team, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, is in the same situation, and…

  10. 2013 Southland Conference preview

    Mar 12, 2013, 7:00 AM EDT

    Stephen F. Austin Louisiana State Shreveport Men

    This season, one of the best rivalries in any mid-major conference may be Stephen F. Austin/Northwestern State. The two teams split the season series, taking their home games against one another with the total point differential being five points. Now, the Lumberjacks and Demons head into the Southland Conference tournament as the top two seeds…

  11. 2013 Western Athletic Conference tournament preview

    Mar 11, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

    J.L. Lewis, D.J. Brown, Xavier Jones

    The Western Athletic Conference has been conference realignment cannon fodder for the past two seasons. The WAC lost one its top team to the Mountain West (Nevada) and even lost its commissioner Karl Benson to another mid-major (Sun Belt). But despite being the laughing-stock of conference realignment, the 2012-2013 WAC regular season was surprisingly good,…

  12. 2013 Mountain West Conference tournament preview

    Mar 11, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

    Kendal Williams, Larry Gilmore Jr.

    Before the season began much was made of the talented newcomers at both UNLV and San Diego State, with both teams predicted to not only rise to the top of the Mountain West but also make a splash nationally. Yet once the Mountain West season played out the answer to the question of best team…

  13. 2013 Mid-American Conference tournament preview: Are you ready for some MACtion?

    Mar 11, 2013, 12:01 PM EDT

    Zeke Marshall, Chauncey Gilliam

    The MAC tournament has one of the ugliest brackets you’ll ever see. Explaining the twisted branches of that tree would be pointless and boring, so just look at it and know that you don’t have to care until the first round – played at campus sites – is mercifully completed and we get to the…

  14. 2013 Big East Tournament Preview

    Mar 11, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Big East

    UPDATED 11 March 2013, 11:21 p.m. ET We’ve seen signs of the dissolving Big East as we know it, celebrated its triumphs, and eulogized its ending for much of the 2012-13 season. This week in New York City, though, it will come to a conclusion with the last conference tournament for the Big East as…

  15. 2013 MEAC Tournament Preview

    Mar 11, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    Rashid Gaston, C.J. Leslie

    Quietly, Norfolk State has picked up where it left off last year. The Spartans shocked Missouri with a second-round (ahem, first round) victory in the NCAA Tournament as a two seed last season. This year, they’re 21-10 with perfect 16-0 conference record. Now it’s time for someone to earn the automatic bid. Norfolk State has…

  16. Summit League Conference Tournament Preview

    Mar 8, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Wolters Adams

    The Summit League was one of the more exciting conference races to follow throughout the season. South Dakota State entered the new year as the favorite to win the conference in large part due to the fact that a) they won the automatic bid last season and b) they have a kid by the name…

  17. 2013 Colonial Athletic Association tournament preview

    Mar 8, 2013, 12:01 PM EDT

    photo courtesy Northeastern Athletics

    Oy, what a mess. For the past decade, the CAA tournament was one of the hottest mid-major tourneys going. Annual battles between VCU, George Mason, Old Dominion and other tough teams from the league presaged Big Dance upsets and even Final Four runs. This year? Not so much. VCU is tearing up the A-10. Old Dominion…

  18. 2013 America East Conference Tournament Preview

    Mar 8, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Tommy Brenton

    Stony Brook has separated itself from the rest of the pack in the America East, but can they power through the conference tournament and grab the automatic bid? Check out the preview below: (CLICK HERE to browse through all of our conference tournament previews) The Bracket Where: Quarterfinals and Semifinals at SEFCU Arena, University at…

  19. Sun Belt Conference Tournament Preview

    Mar 7, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Vanderbilt v Middle Tennessee

    Middle Tennessee State is far and away the best team in the Sun Belt Conference. Let’s start with the obvious: they went 19-1 in league play. Their only loss came to Arkansas State on the road in overtime. Arkansas State won the Sun Belt’s Western Division with a 12-8 record. South Alabama, who finished second…

  20. 2013 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament: Previewing Arch Madness

    Mar 7, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

    Doug McDermott

    The Missouri Valley Conference has been perhaps the most competitive and unpredictable league in the country. That speaks to the parity of the conference’s members, but makes only one thing certain in this tournament: there will be chaos. Check out a preview below: (CLICK HERE to browse through all of our conference tournament previews) The Bracket…

  21. Southern Conference tournament preview

    Mar 7, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Bob McKillop

    Another year, another Southern Conference title for Bob McKillop’s Davidson Wildcats, who finished the regular season 17-1 in league play. Jake Cohen was the coaches’ pick for SoCon Player of the Year, and he combines with De’Mon Brooks (who won the award last season) to form the conference’s best front court tandem. Elon, led by…

  22. 2013 MAAC Tournament Preview

    Mar 7, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    Lamont Jones

    The MAAC is wild, been that way all season. Ten teams from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will finish the final act to an unpredictable conference schedule at the birthplace of basketball in Springfield, Mass. Five teams are separated by only two games. Niagara enters Thursday with a No. 1 followed by Rider, Loyola (Md.),…

  23. 2013 Patriot League Tournament Preview

    Mar 6, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

    Mike Muscala

    When C.J. McCollum went down with a broken foot in a January non-conference game against VCU, it appeared one of the major storylines in mid-major basketball had gone down with it. But that’s not the way it turned out. Bucknell won the regular season championship outright, but Lehigh continued to play strong basketball, with Lafayette…

  24. OVC Conference Tournament Preview

    Mar 6, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

    The OVC heads to Nashville as the Belmont Bruins look to defend their city and win the conference tournament championship in just their first season as conference members. But in order to do so they will have to stave off several talented and feisty teams looking to make a name for themselves at the Bruins…

  25. 2013 WCC Conference Tournament Preview

    Mar 6, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

    Matthew Dellavedova, Kelly Olynyk

    As crazy as it may seem seeing as the current No. 1 team in the country resides in the WCC, there’s a pretty good chance that this conference could end up being just a one-bid league this year. Gonzaga has been fantastic, and while they may not actually be the best team or the national…