Conference Tournament Preview Part 1

Steven Kertis, Reporter

Steven Kertis

Conference Tournaments are around the corner for college basketball. The rules are simple: Win the conference tournament and your team is in the NCAA Tournament, lose and most likely your team’s chances to make it will be dashed.

Starting with the ACC conference, six teams have over 20 wins on the season. Those teams are Pittsburgh Panthers, Miami Hurricanes, Virginia Cavaliers, Clemson Tigers, Duke Blue Devils, and the NC State Wolfpack. This is a loaded conference.

Moving on to the America East where the Vermont Catamounts are the team to beat but watch out for the Bryant Bulldogs who made the NCAA Tournament last season.

In the American Athletic Conference, everyone is chasing one of the best teams in the country in the top ranked Houston Cougars. Watch out for the Memphis Tigers as they contend for an at large bid into the big dance.

Next up is the Atlantic 10 where the Virginia Commonwealth Rams are the team to beat with the Fordham Rams, Saint Louis Billikens and Dayton Flyers closely behind.

In the Atlantic Sun conference, this conference has contenders from top to bottom. Everyone is chasing the Liberty Flames and the Kennesaw State Owls. Watch out for the Eastern Kentucky Colonels. They can make some noise.

M0ving on to the Big 12 and this conference is stacked. All the teams except for 0ne have a winning record. The frontrunners are the Kansas Jayhawks, Texas Longhorns, Kansas State Wildcats, and the Baylor Bears.

Next up is the Big East conference where the conference is chasing the Marquette Golden Eagles with the Xavier Musketeers and the Providence Friars closely behind.

In the Big Sky Conference, the Eastern Washington Eagles have led the entire way, but the Montana St Bobcats are close behind.

In the Big South, it is the University of North Carolina- Asheville Bulldogs title to lose as they boast a 24-7 record.

The Big Ten is absolutely loaded with superstars across multiple teams. Four teams have 20 wins or more. Those teams are the Purdue Boilermakers, Indiana Hoosiers, Maryland Terps, and the Northwestern Wildcats.