Conference tournament projections
My predictions for this season's auto-bid extravaganza, as of March 1.
1. Regular-season champ in parentheses, if auto-bid goes to anyone other than top seed.
2. If a conference's regular season title still undetermined, I used current leader as the favorite/top seed. (If teams are currently tied for first, I assessed remaining schedule and expected outcome, since I may be unaware of tiebreaker rules — main example, Mountain West).
3. Ivy has no conference tournament. Assume expected regular-season champ.
4. I played it safe w/ Big 12, even though I believe a certain team we all love honestly has a shot.
Like t' hear it? Here it goes:
America East: Vermont (Stony Brook)
Atlantic 10: Xavier (Temple)
Atlantic Sun: Belmont
Big 12: Kansas
Big East: Georgetown (Syracuse)
Big Sky: Montana
Big South: UNC-Asheville
Big Ten: Michigan State
Big West: Long Beach State
CAA: VCU (Drexel)
Horizon: Detroit (Valpo)
MEAC: Norfolk State (Savannah State)
Missouri Valley: Wichita State
Mountain West: New Mexico
Northeast: Wagner (LIU-Brooklyn)
Ohio Valley: Murray State
Pac-12: Arizona (Washington)
SWAC: Mississippi Valley State
Summit: South Dakota State (Oral Roberts)
Sun Belt: Arkansas-Little Rock (Middle Tennessee State)
West Coast: Loyola Marymount (St. Mary’s)
Additional prediction: I'll be close on percentage of upset winners vs. favorites, but at least half of those will happen in other leagues.