Monday, February 27, 2006

Conference Tourney Preview Part. I

Big South
Winthrop enters the tournament as the 1-seed and will play all their games at home. They will likely face a hot Coastal Carolina team in the finals who have won 10 in a row and 12 of 13 which includes a season sweep of Winthrop.

Tourney winner- Coastal Carolina

Horizon
Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Butler have byes until the conference semis. The Panthers also have home court advantage throughout the tournament. They should have no problems getting the auto bid.

Tourney winner- Wisc.-Milwaukee

Southern
Georgia Southern had the best regular season record of all Southern teams, but this tournament is up for grabs with as many as 5 teams with a chance. The tournament will be played at College of Charleston’s home floor where they meet Chattanooga in the quarters. Charleston however went 0-5 against the Top 3 teams. I like a Davidson-Georgia Southern final which split the season series.

Tourney winner- Davidson

Atlantic Sun
East Tennessee St. enters as a tough luck 5-seed but gets the tournament on its floor. They are only 1-3 against the Top 4 seeds at home, but they were 3 close losses. Belmont has gone 9-1 in their last 10 and enters as a very solid 2-seed.

Tourney winner- Belmont

MAAC
Manhattan won the regular season title so they have a huge bye to the semis. They also wouldn’t have to face Iona until the finals that they beat twice.

Tourney winner- Manhattan

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