NCAA Basketball March Madness

Predicting The Winners Of Ever Major Conference Tournament

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Predicting The Winners Of Every Conference Tournament

Predicting The Winners Of Every Conference Tournament
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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.

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AAC: Louisville

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The Louisville Cardinals will not only clinch at least a share of the AAC regular season title, but they will also be the winners of the inaugural conference tournament, defeating Cincinnati in the finals.

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ACC: North Carolina

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Despite not being the winners of the ACC regular season championship, the North Carolina Tar Heels will be the winners of the conference tournament by defeating Virginia in the finals.

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Big 10: Michigan

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The Michigan Wolverines will not only win the outright Big 10 regular season championship, they will also win the Big 10 conference tournament by defeating Wisconsin in the finals.

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Big 12: Kansas

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In the Big 12, the Kansas Jayhawks, like Michigan, will sweep both the regular season and conference tournament titles. The Jayhawks will defeat Oklahoma en route to yet another Big 12 title.

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Big East: Creighton

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Despite blowing out Villanova twice in the regular season, the Creighton Blue Jays lost the regular season title to the Wildcats. In the conference tournament, the Bluejays will once again dominate Villanova en route to Creighton's first Big East title.

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Pac-12: Arizona

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The Arizona Wildcats have been the best in the Pac-12 all season long, losing only two games in conference by a combined five points. The Wildcats will steamroll past everyone in the conference tournament, defeating the Arizona State Sun Devils to win yet another title.

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SEC: Florida

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The Florida Gators have remained undefeated in SEC play, and no team will stop them in the conference tournament. The Gators will easily defeat Kentucky in the title game, going undefeated in SEC play.