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2014 Conference Tournament Previews

  1. 2014 Sun Belt Tournament Preview: Can Georgia State go dancing?

    Mar 12, 2014, 5:44 PM EDT

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    There may not be a mid-major conference that has more potential NBA talent than the Sun Belt. Georgia State and Louisiana-Lafayette have two guys that will get scouted plenty by NBA front office types. Western Kentucky has a couple of players as well. Even South Alabama, who didn’t even qualify for the conference tournament, has…

  2. 2014 Western Athletic Tournament Preview: Another title within sight for New Mexico State

    Mar 12, 2014, 5:11 PM EDT

    Daniel Mullings

    Will the extended suspension of KC Ross-Miller deter New Mexico State’s route to a third-straight NCAA tournament bid?

  3. 2014 Big Sky Tournament Preview: Hard-luck Weber State’s quest for an elusive bid

    Mar 12, 2014, 1:29 PM EDT

    Joel Bolomboy

    Weber State is the presumptive favorite, but as many Big Sky teams are on equal footing, the Wildcats may again miss the NCAA tournament.

  4. 2014 Big Ten Tournament Preview: Can Michigan State turn things around?

    Mar 12, 2014, 12:58 PM EDT

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    Michigan State and Iowa look to right the ship, Wisconsin tries to earn a No. 1 seed and Nebraska and Minnesota try to lock up a bid.

  5. 2014 Big West Tournament Preview: UC Irvine, UCSB lead the way in Anaheim

    Mar 12, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Regular season champion UC Irvine may have gone 13-3 in Big West play, but look for this tournament to provide a surprise or two.

  6. 2014 Pac-12 Tournament Preview: No. 4 Arizona looks to cap dominant campaign

    Mar 12, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

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    While there’s a clear favorite in the Pac-12 tournament, there will be plenty of drama with multiple teams looking to lock up a spot in the NCAA tournament.

  7. 2014 Mountain West Tournament Preview: San Diego State, New Mexico clear favorites in Las Vegas

    Mar 12, 2014, 7:00 AM EDT

    Cameron Bairstow

    No. 8 San Diego State, No. 20 New Mexico are the clear favorites in Las Vegas. But don’t expect those two teams to simply coast to the title game, either.

  8. 2014 Southland Conference Tournament Preview: Can anyone stop Stephen F. Austin?

    Mar 11, 2014, 6:15 PM EDT

    SFA

    The Southland’s top team has been upset in the conference tournament for the past three seasons. Will the trend continue? Or has the arrival of Stephen F. Austin’s new coach, Brad Underwood, altered the trajectory?

  9. 2014 American Athletic Conference Tournament Preview: Louisville looks to win its only year in the AAC

    Mar 11, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

    montrezl harrell

    The American came into this season as a big unknown, but with five likely NCAA Tournament teams and three All-Americans, this is one of the better leagues in college basketball this season. Can Louisville win the league in its only year in the American or will Cincinnati, Memphis, SMU or UConn get in the way?

  10. Atlantic 10 Tournament Preview: Saint Louis-VCU rematch in Brooklyn?

    Mar 11, 2014, 12:47 PM EDT

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    Saint Louis will look to repeat as the Atlantic 10 Tournament champion, but it won’t be easy. The field in Brooklyn could have six, yes six, NCAA tournament-bound teams.

  11. 2014 ACC Tournament Preview: Will a newcomer crash the party in Greensboro?

    Mar 11, 2014, 11:44 AM EDT

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    Now 15 teams deep, the ACC’s showcase event will span five days in Greensboro. Between the new arrivals, one upcoming departure and a plethora of talented players, this will be must-see television.

  12. 2014 SEC Tournament Preview: How will Kentucky, bubble teams fair?

    Mar 11, 2014, 7:00 AM EDT

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    Florida is the best team in the country, let alone the SEC. But what else do we know about anyone in the league? Read why this week will tell us so much.

  13. 2014 Conference USA Tournament Preview: Louisiana Tech fighting to stay atop the league

    Mar 10, 2014, 6:53 PM EDT

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    Louisiana Tech is fighting to stay on top of Conference USA after four teams tied atop the league standings with a 13-3 record during the regular season.

  14. 2014 Big 12 Tournament Preview: This is going to be good

    Mar 10, 2014, 4:47 PM EDT

    oklahoma state marcus smart

    What do you expect from a conference that could feature eight NCAA tournament teams?

  15. 2014 Big East Tournament Preview: Can Villanova finally beat Creighton?

    Mar 10, 2014, 2:59 PM EDT

    James Bell, Zedric Sadler

    Creighton and Villanova are the Big East’s two darlings, but which other teams are best positioned to separate themselves from the conference’s middle and earn a bid?

  16. 2014 SWAC Tournament Preview: Texas Southern looks to win automatic bid

    Mar 10, 2014, 11:44 AM EDT

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    Regular season champion Southern’s ineligible for the NCAA tournament, which could open the door for Texas Southern to grab the league’s automatic bid.

  17. 2014 MEAC Tournament Preview: North Carolina Central looks to cap special season

    Mar 9, 2014, 1:15 PM EDT

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    MEAC favorite North Carolina Central looks to avoid the chaos of last season’s tournament, in which the top three seeds all lost in the quarterfinals.

  18. 2014 Summit League Tournament Preview: North Dakota State looks to avenge last year’s title-game loss

    Mar 7, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

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    North Dakota State is looking to avenge last season’s Summit League title game loss by winning the 2014 Summit League Conference Tournament after winning the regular season crown.

  19. 2014 America East Tournament Preview: Can Stony Brook finally get past Vermont?

    Mar 7, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT

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    It’s no longer a league dominated by Vermont, Albany and Boston U. Perhaps this bodes well for Steve Pikiell’s squad.

  20. 2014 CAA Tournament Preview: Can Delaware finally go dancing?

    Mar 6, 2014, 11:01 AM EDT

    Delaware v Ohio State

    The CAA lost some of it’s charm when it got raided by bigger conference. VCU and George Mason were the league’s two Final Four programs whose battles on the court were always — Always!!!! — bested by the rivalry between Mason’s Doc Nix and the Green Machine and VCU’s Peppas. Old Dominion is also spending…

  21. 2014 Missouri Valley Tournament Preview: It’s all Wichita

    Mar 5, 2014, 1:35 PM EDT

    Fred VanVleet, Ka'Darryl Bell

    Just our luck, right? The year that Wichita State just so happens to be coming off of a trip to the Final Four, the season where they just so happen to play like a National Title contender for the first four months of the season also happens to be the year that Creighton leaves the…

  22. 2014 MAAC Tournament Preview: Iona-Manhattan eyeing a rematch?

    Mar 5, 2014, 1:02 PM EDT

    Tim Cluess

    Last season in the MAAC tournament championship game, Iona punched its ticket to its second straight NCAA tournament, knocking off in-state rival Manhattan. A week ago, the Gaels and Jaspers met in their final meeting of the regular season with Manhattan pulling out an 80-77 overtime win over the MAAC regular season champion. They will…

  23. 2014 Ohio Valley Tournament Preview: Belmont looking to repeat

    Mar 4, 2014, 5:57 PM EDT

    AP

    Last season, Kerron Johnson propelled Belmont, in its first season as a conference member, to the Ohio Valley tournament title with a last-second bucket over Murray State. If all goes according to plan, the Bruins and the Racers will meet up again in the OVC championship game as they head into the field this season…

  24. 2014 NEC Tournament Preview: Can Robert Morris regain control of the league?

    Mar 4, 2014, 3:13 PM EDT

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    It’s been five years since anyone in the NEC other than LIU-Brooklyn or Robert Morris has won the league’s automatic bid. While the Blackbirds have one of the nation’s best point guards in Jason Brickman, they suffered through a down year plagued by injuries and likely won’t extend their reign over the league to a…