By Trevor Lowry @TheTrevorLowry on March 9, 2014
Underdog teams winning their conference tournament is awesome. College basketball is known for having upsets and an underdog team marching all the way to the championship game and beating the best team in the conference is what March Madness is all about. We will be looking at 10 underdog teams that could win their conference tournament.
Some of these teams are on the bubble and others are safely in the 2014 NCAA tournament as of right now.
St. John’s may need to win the Big East or at least make a run to ensure its spot in the Big Dance. Regardless, this is a team that has beat Creighton on the year and has played pretty good basketball ever since the 0-5 start in conference place.
Watch out for D’Angelo Harrison (17.6 PPG) and the rest of the Red Storm in the Big East tourney.
Another team out of the Big East that is on the bubble. Providence has a Bryce Cotton and that is scary for any team the Friars face. He is averaging 21.7 points per game and 5.9 assists per game.
The Friars are more than capable of making a run in the dance, but they have to get there first.
Unfortunately, Providence and St. John’s will meet up in the Big East tourney, so only one team will be able to make the title game let alone win it.
SMU has proven its worth in the AAC by beating teams like Cincinnati, Connecticut and Memphis, but it still finished three games out of first place and is not getting as much buzz as Louisville. Still, do not count this team out in the AAC tournament or the 2014 NCAA tournament.
Dayton ended the regular season by beating Massachusetts, Saint Louis and Richmond in back-to-back-to-back games. Apparently someone wants to make the NCAA tournament.
The Flyers are 2.5 games back in the A 10 standings, but they are on a roll and have the talent to beat anyone in the conference tournament.
Kansas is the only Big 12 team ranked in the top 10 right now. It won the regular season conference title and will be the favorite to win the conference tournament.
Well, any team not named Kansas is pretty much an underdog, but still could win the conference tournament. Almost any team because TCU is 9-21 and Texas Tech is more than likely not going to win the tourney.
Arizona State finished five games back in the Pac-12 standings, but that was still good enough for third (tied with four other teams).
Anytime Jahii Carson is on the court, the Wildcats have a chance to win. He is putting up 18.9 points per game this season.
Oregon is red-hot right now. The Ducks have won seven games in a row. During that span they have beaten teams like UCLA, Arizona State and Arizona.
The Wildcats are the team to beat right now, but Oregon could come away with the title.
Missouri is not finishing the season strong -- lost three out of five -- but it still has two players who are putting up 18 or more points per game. When those two players are hot the Tigers can beat any team in the country.
However, the whole team is going to have to show up if Missouri plans on winning the SEC.
Who knows how many teams the SEC will get into the dance. Luckily for Tennessee, it is entering the conference tournament on a good note. The Volunteers beat Missouri last game and are on a four-game win streak.
Tennessee has a bunch of talent and it needs to show that in the SEC tourney if it plans on earning an at-large bid. However, I am sure earning that auto bid is the goal.
BYU has won five games in a row, it has one of the best scorers in the country in Tyler Haws (23.3 PPG) and Gonzaga is overrated.
The Cougars could earn an at-large bid, but earning an auto bid would guarantee their spot in the dance.
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