Predicting the Winner of Every NCAA Basketball Major Conference Tournament

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Predicting the Winner of Every NCAA Basketball Major Conference Tournament

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As February draws to a close, basketball fans will soon be able to celebrate the arrival of March Madness, the most exciting time of the year. Before the start of the Big Dance however, is the conference tournaments that can produce just as much drama as the main course. From bubble teams needing important wins, to Cinderella stories trying to win automatic bids, to big-time teams trying to cinch down a number one seed, this year's rendition of conference tournaments should prove to be just as important.

There should be some interesting storylines to follow in the 2014 conference tournaments. Assuming that the Wichita State Shockers can finish their remaining regular season slate undefeated, they will have a shot at entering the NCAA tournament undefeated with a No. 1 seed. However, history has shown that anything can happen at the Missouri Valley Conference tournament, so there is always the potential of a major upset there. In addition, with the 2014 college basketball season billed as the greatest crop of freshmen ever, first-year players that have struggled such as those playing for the Kentucky Wildcats will have a chance to redeem themselves with a conference tournament championship following a sub-par conference regular season.

While teams sitting squarely on the bubble such as the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Tennessee Volunteers will have their work cut out for them in the first rounds of their respective conference tournaments, many fans will be focused squarely on the teams that step up to take the conference tournament crowns. Here are previews of the major conference tournaments to come and the teams that are most likely to take home titles.

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ACC: Syracuse

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The Syracuse Orange are one of two remaining undefeated teams left in college basketball along with Wichita State. Led by freshman sensation Tyler Ennis and a number of experienced players, the Orange have survived two last-second victories over the Pittsburgh Panthers and the North Carolina State Wolfpack in their last two games. However, with the team still undefeated here in late February, this could really be a team that is destined to win it all in 2014.

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Big 10: Michigan State

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The Michigan State Spartans came into this season with high expectations, being considered one of the top contenders for a national championship. While the team hasn't been completely dominant the entire year, past history has shown that coach Tom Izzo has gotten his team to play its best basketball in March and this season should be no exception considering how high the expectations already are in East Lansing.

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Big 12: Kansas

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Led by arguably the cream of the crop in terms of freshmen, Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid, the Kansas Jayhawks will once again head into March looking to shed its label of being an under performer come tournament time.

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Big East: Creighton

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With one of the most prolific scorers in NCAA basketball history, Doug McDermott, coming back for his senior season, nothing short of a conference title would be expected from the Creighton Blue Jays.

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Pac 12: Arizona

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The Arizona Wildcats were the number one team for the majority of this season but since the loss of Brandon Ashley to a season-ending injury, the Wildcats haven't been the same. They will need to pick it back up in time for March.

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SEC: Florida

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The Florida Gators have been one of the most underrated teams this year but definitely deserving of high praise. This team has all of the similarities of the Florida teams that won back-to-back titles in 2006 and 2007.

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