Thursday, March 09, 2006

Conference Tourney Preview Part. VI

Auto Bid Record: 17-10

Big Ten
The most wide open conference all year and with the inability of most of these teams to win on the road, it will be interesting to see what happens on a neutral floor. Maybe Indiana can make a run to solidify their at-large status since its being played in Indianapolis. Ohio St. will be looking to get a number 1 seed however. I don’t see Illinois getting by Michigan St., Iowa, and Ohio St. in three days to win the title.

Tourney winner- Ohio St.
At-large bids- Illinois, Iowa, Michigan St., Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana

ACC
A Duke-UNC rubber match in the finals? Probably too good to be true. However no other team in the ACC is close to their level right now and since this is the ACC tournament Duke and UNC should still play at a high level even after their emotional game last Saturday.

Tourney winner- Duke
At-large bids- UNC, NC State, BC, Florida St.

SEC
Tennessee has a pretty easy road to the championship game and with the tourney on their floor may be poised to take it all. They will have to go through regular season champ LSU in the finals though.

Tourney winner- Tennessee
At-large bids- LSU, Florida, Kentucky, Arkansas, Alabama

Big 12
The Big 12 has three tournament locks in Texas, Kansas, and Oklahoma. If a fourth bid comes out of this conference, it will likely be the winner of Colorado-Texas A&M. The Aggies have the best shot after beating Texas last week, but need to beat Colorado to secure their status. A Colorado win may not even be enough.

Tourney winner- Texas
At-large bids- Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas A&M
Bubble burst- Colorado

WAC
Nevada won the regular season title by 2 games, has the conference tournament in its gym, and is playing really good basketball of late. The only other team with something resembling an at-large resume is Utah St. and with all the other bubble teams picking up huge wins recently; they need to win the automatic bid for the WAC to get 2 bids.

Tourney winner- Nevada
Bubble burst- Utah St.

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