CONFERENCE TOURNEY PREDICTIONS
America East - Vermont (15-1), the team which outclassed Albany at home and on the road.
But watch out for...: Albany, last years bid from the AE, looking for revenge.
ACC - My Pick: North Carolina (10-5), the most talented team in the conference who will look to heat up at the right time, during March.
But watch out for...: Maryland (9-6), who have won 6 straight and are looking like a top 5 seed team. Also, don't sleep on Virginia (11-4) who have the best record in the ACC, and athletic Virginia Tech (10-5) who can create match-up problems, and would love to face UNC, who they beat twice during the season, in the finals. I could also see a semi-desperate Georgia Tech (7-8) making a run.
Atlantic Sun - My pick: Belmont (14-4) has the tournament experience and I think they'll show up again this year.
But watch out for...: East Tennessee State (16-2) finished in 1st place and could very well show up in an evenly matched barn-burner finals against Belmont.
Atlantic Ten - My pick: UMASS (12-3) will need to win the conference tourney to get a bid in the Big Dance.
But watch out for...: Xavier (12-3) is probably the favorite in the A-10, and they're riding an 8 game win streak (assuming a win over LaSalle) heading in. They would probably get an at-large bid anyway, so they might not feel the same desperation as UMASS. George Washington (10-5) is another team that appears to be out of its cold streak. (they lost 4 straight in the middle of the A-10 slate).
Big East - My pick: Georgetown (12-3) is still one of the hottest teams in the nation and will look to make a statement in the Big East tourney.
But watch out for...: Marquette (9-6) has lost 4 of 5, but they could get hot at any moment and make a run. If they do it here, look for them to do it on the NCAA Tourney main stage later this month. Pittsburgh (12-3) is an excellent team who will be looking to prove themselves worthy of a 2 seed, while Louisville (11-4) has played very well in the Big East this year, and that probably won't change.
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