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  1. Missouri Valley conference tournament preview

    Mar 1, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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    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.…

  2. West Coast Conference tournament preview

    Feb 29, 2012, 5:20 PM EDT

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    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…

  3. Patriot League conference tournament preview

    Feb 29, 2012, 1:23 PM EDT

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    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…

  4. Ohio Valley conference tournament preview

    Feb 29, 2012, 12:45 PM EDT

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    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…

  5. Atlantic Sun Conference tournament preview

    Feb 29, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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    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?…

  6. 2011-2012 WCC Preview: Strongest mid-major conference this year?

    Oct 28, 2011, 12:25 PM EDT

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    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…

  7. 2011-12 Conference USA Preview: Memphis and the rest

    Oct 27, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

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    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…

  8. Conference USA tournament preview

    Mar 9, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

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    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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. Southern Conference tournament preview

    Mar 4, 2011, 11:15 AM EDT

    Andrew Goudelock, Dexter Strickland

    Dates: March 4-7 Site: McKenzie Arena, Chattanooga, TN Outlook: The SoCon’s Southern division is where the league’s power lies. The league’s two best teams — Charleston and Wofford — are led by the two best players — Andrew Goudelock and Noah Dahlman. Goudelock, the SoCon’s player of the year, has the skill set to be…

  13. Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament preview

    Mar 4, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

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    Dates: March 4-7 Site: Fairfield, Conn. Championship game: Monday, 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2 Outlook: Fairfield made the most of this season. The conference tournament site is chosen before the year, giving the Stags an inherent advantage entering this thing. Then again, they’re also really good. The MAAC regular-season champs (23-6, 15-3) opened the season…

  14. Northeast Conference tournament preview

    Mar 3, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Dates: March 3, 6, 9 Site: Campus sites (higher seed is home) Outlook: On paper, Long Island looks like the favorite to win this conference. They finished the season at 24-5 and league play at 16-2, winning their last ten games and 18 of their last 19. The Blackbirds love to run the floor and…

  15. East Region Preview: Are Michigan State and Iowa State the two best teams?

    Mar 17, 2014, 8:03 AM EDT

    Illinois v Michigan State

    Find out why people like the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds more than the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds in the East Region.

  16. West Region Preview: Arizona rules, but chaos could reign

    Mar 17, 2014, 7:40 AM EDT

    Caleb Johnson, Doug McDermott

    Arizona is the best defensive team in the country, but can they hang on to win a region with three of the hottest teams in the country and Dougie McBuckets?

  17. Midwest Region Preview: Is 4-seed Louisville the favorite?

    Mar 17, 2014, 7:00 AM EDT

    Louisville v SMU

    Wichita State didn’t get any favors as a No. 1 seed, but Louisville got a great draw as a No. 4.

  18. Thursday’s Pregame Shootaround: Loaded day of conference tournament action

    Mar 13, 2014, 10:20 AM EDT

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    Thursday is one of the best days of the college basketball season as conference tournament quarterfinal action is going on all over country. Check out the best matchups of the day and when the bubble teams play.

  19. 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…

  20. 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?

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.