Predicting The Winners Of Ever Major Conference Tournament
Predicting The Winners Of Every Conference Tournament
The Harvard Crimson last night became the first team to clinch an NCAA tournament berth after defeating Yale and winning the Ivy League regular season title. With one team already locked in, there are now 67 who will be working to clinch their spot in the NCAA tournament. Of the 67 bids still remaining, 32 will be earned through the conference tournament championships.
What a team has done so far this season doesn't matter when the postseason starts. Once this second season begins, each team that makes the postseason tournaments will start hypothetically at 0-0, with each having a chance to receive the automatic bid. This time of year is especially valuable to the teams who are on the bubble watch as they try to do just enough in the tournaments to make a solid case for one of the at-large bids. While some may feel that the conference tournaments are overrated, just ask some of the more recent champions.
In 2011, Connecticut rode a great Big East Conference tournament finish all the way to the national championship and in 2013, the Louisville Cardinals also rode a great Big East Conference tournament to their own national championship.
For the top teams in the nation, they will have already earned an at-large bid, but they can also improve their tournament seeding with a solid performance in the postseason. For teams that are on the bubble, they can either wrap up a bid, or they put their fate into the selection committee's hands with a poor showing. Before the tournaments kick off next week, here are my predictions for the winners of every major conference tournament.