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  1. WAC conference tournament preview

    Mar 7, 2012, 11:59 AM EDT

    Nevada Reno v UNLV

    The will probably be the last year of the WAC having any kind of relevancy nationally. Nevada and Fresno State are leaving to become full-time members of the Mountain West. Hawaii is going to the MWC for football and taking the rest of their talents to the Big West. In exchange, the WAC is adding…

  2. SWAC conference tournament preview

    Mar 7, 2012, 10:28 AM EDT

    Sean Woods

    I wouldn’t blame you if you couldn’t name a single team — let alone a single player — in the SWAC. Buried at the bottom of the map and the bottom of just about every ranking formula, teams in this league are known more for the ridiculous road trip they take in November and December,…

  3. Big 12 conference tournament preview

    Mar 7, 2012, 9:59 AM EDT

    Marcus Denmon, Thomas Robinson

    We all thought this was finally going to be the year. With the amount of talent that Kansas lost off of their roster from last season and with the majority of their recruiting class finding themselves ineligible to play this season, the Jayhawks were left with the inconsistent Tyshawn Taylor, the unproven Thomas Robinson and…

  4. Conference USA tournament preview

    Mar 7, 2012, 7:00 AM EDT

    Will Barton

    Prior to the season starting, the was plenty of speculation about the strength of Conference USA. More specifically, there was talk that, if things broke the right way, this could end up being a four bid league. Central Florida was returning a lot of talent and bringing in a number of transfers. Marshall was going…

  5. Southland conference tournament preview

    Mar 6, 2012, 1:27 PM EDT

    Missouri v Texas Tech

    Lamar head coach Pat Knight lit into his team at a press conference. He called them names. He referred to drug use. He sounded like he was throwing his players under the bus. I called him on it. And now I look stupid, because the Cardinals responded by winning their last three games of the…

  6. MEAC conference tournament preview

    Mar 6, 2012, 11:58 AM EDT

    Arnold Louis, Ryan Evans, Frank Kaminsky

    I’m not sure you would actually believe me if I told you how bad Savannah State was just a short six seasons ago. They went 2-28. One of those two wins came against something called Wilberforce. They lost to Oregon 83-23. They lost to Pacific 82-37. Yale beat them by 29. Texas A&M-Corpus Christ beat…

  7. Atlantic 10 conference tournament preview

    Mar 6, 2012, 7:30 AM EDT

    Villanova v Temple

    Early in the year, the Atlantic 10 was all Xavier. With a lofty preseason ranking, an all-american anchoring a back court that could match up with anyone in the country and a pair of come-from-behind wins over Purdue and at Vanderbilt, it really shouldn’t be any wonder that the Musketeers were the talk of the…

  8. Big Sky conference tournament preview

    Mar 3, 2012, 12:25 PM EDT


    The enormity of what happened on Tuesday night cannot be exaggerated. The Big Sky quickly turned into a two-team race this season. While Weber State got all of the press thanks to their uber-talented point guard Damian Lillard, Montana slowly chugged along, winning game after game. As the wins piled up, it became quite clear…

  9. Sun Belt conference tournament preview

    Mar 2, 2012, 3:52 PM EDT


    The Sun Belt’s regular season was never much of a race. That’s what happens when you have one dominant team rush to a 10-0 start in league play. That’s precisely what Middle Tennessee State did. After putting together an impressive non-conference slate — one that was strong enough to garner them serious consideration for an…

  10. MAAC conference tournament preview

    Mar 2, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT


    Back in October, the MAAC looked like a two-team league. Iona and Fairfield were both stocked with talent, both homegrown and of the transfer variety, and had some pundits speculating that this could feasibly turn into a two-bid — if not three-bid, WCC-in-2008-style — conference by the end of the season. Alas, it didn’t happen.…

  11. Southern Conference tournament preview

    Mar 2, 2012, 12:41 AM EDT


    Stephen Curry isn’t walking through that door. That doesn’t mean Davidson isn’t any good, however. The Wildcats dominated a relatively mediocre SoCon, winning the league by a full four games. And when I mean relatively mediocre, I mean that a grand total of three teams in the league finished above .500. In the Northern Division,…

  12. Colonial Athletic conference tournament preview

    Mar 1, 2012, 4:50 PM EDT


    Unless you have a dog in this fight, here is your homework: root for Drexel and VCU to make it to the CAA title game. Root as hard as you can. Because if you are one of those people — like me — that would rather see a quality mid-major basketball team that has put…

  13. Northeast Conference tournament preview

    Mar 1, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT


    The most commonly used saying when talking about basketball during the month of March is “if seeding holds”. Its how we predict what the best matchups will be. Its how us media folks try and build our schedules during the month. Its how ESPN tries to predict which games it will broadcast. Think about it…

  14. America East conference tournament preview

    Mar 1, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT


    Here’s the thing that I love about college basketball: you may only end the season with one win, but that one win is going to matter. Enter Binghamton. On February 21st, Binghamton hosted America East co-leader Vermont. The Bearcats were 0-26 on the season and at the point in the year where respectable losses were…

  15. Missouri Valley conference tournament preview

    Mar 1, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT


    The Valley is, and always will be, the ultimate mid-major conference. Every year, it seems, this league produces at least one team deserving of an at-large bid that is also capable of making the second weekend of the tournament. Why? Because the conference is so unbelievably competitive. Road wins are not easy to come by.…

  16. West Coast Conference tournament preview

    Feb 29, 2012, 5:20 PM EDT


    The West Coast Conference, in its history, has sent three teams to the NCAA Tournament just once. There is a chance that that record could end up being tied this season. Gonzaga and St. Mary’s are locks for the dance, or so says your courageous bracketeers. BYU, on the other hand, probably still has some…

  17. Patriot League conference tournament preview

    Feb 29, 2012, 1:23 PM EDT


    What the Patriot League lacked this season in overall talent it made up for in drama down the stretch. Bucknell headed into the final few weeks of the season with a three game lead in the conference standings over both Lehigh and American. But Player of the Year CJ McCollum of Lehigh drilled a last-second…

  18. Ohio Valley conference tournament preview

    Feb 29, 2012, 12:45 PM EDT


    I’m not sure if you guys heard about this or not, but the Ohio Valley was pretty thoroughly dominated by one team this season. The Murray State Racers? That ring a bell? Anyone? After running through the OVC slate with just a single loss for the second time in three years, Steve Prohm’s club is…

  19. Atlantic Sun Conference tournament preview

    Feb 29, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT


    Belmont’s off to the Ohio Valley next season, which means the Bruins get to spend their final two seasons in the A-Sun dominating the league (35-3 vs. conference foes) and then trying not to stumble in the conference tournament for that automatic bid. And where will they try to clinch the tournament title this season?…

  20. 2011-2012 WCC Preview: Strongest mid-major conference this year?

    Oct 28, 2011, 12:25 PM EDT


    AWARDS Player of the Year: Elias Harris, Jr., Gonzaga Picking the WCC Preseason Player of the Year was not a simple task, as the conference brings back a ton of talent, including seven of the ten players named to the all-conference team. Harris wasn’t one of those seven, as the 6’8″ combo-forward struggled through his…

  21. 2011-12 Conference USA Preview: Memphis and the rest

    Oct 27, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT


    AWARDS Player of the Year: Arsalan Kazemi, Jr., Rice There is quite a bit of talent in Conference USA this year, but the most productive player — and probably the best NBA prospect — is tucked away at the other school in Houston. Arsalan Kazemi, the first Iranian-born player to play Division I basketball, is…

  22. Conference USA tournament preview

    Mar 9, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT


    Dates: March 9-12 Location: El Paso, TX Championship game: March 12, 10:30 am, CBS Outlook: Conference USA, which was a jumbled mess all season long, really shook itself out by season’s end. UAB (12-4), UTEP (11-5), and Tulsa (11-5) all won their games down the stretch while Memphis (10-6) and Southern Miss (9-7) faded. And…

  23. Southland Conference tournament preview

    Mar 8, 2011, 7:02 PM EDT

    Dates: March 9, 10, 12 Site: Leonard E. Merrell Center, Katy, Texas Championship game: Saturday, 3 p.m. ET on ESPN2 Outlook: For just the second time in seven years, the Southland won’t have a conference tournament champ win at least 24 games. That’s my way of saying the conference usually has one or two dominant teams…

  24. West Coast Conference tournament preview

    Mar 4, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

    Brian Carlwell, Mickey McConnell

    Dates: March 4-7 Site: Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, NV Outlook: As we have grown accustomed to these days, the WCC regular season title came down to Gonzaga and St. Mary’s. In other news, grass is green, water is wet, and Virginia Tech is on the bubble. Gonzaga was the favorite to win the league coming…

  25. Sun Belt Conference tournament preview

    Mar 4, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Dates: March 5-8 Site: Hot Springs, AR Outlook: The Sun Belt conference was a wild one to follow this season. The favorites from the two divisions — Western Kentucky and North Texas — struggled all season long, opening the door for none other than the Mike Jarvis-led Florida Atlantic Owls. FAU, who is paced by…