College Basketball Conference Report 3/13/13
Each and every week here at Bang the Book.com we highlight a basketball conference and cover some of the best teams and players that will have an impact on the season. However since March is here the conference tournaments are starting and we are switching our focus to bubble teams in conference play that need a big win to get into the Big Dance.
Atlantic 10: The A10 tourney starts on March 14th and LaSalle and UMass are clearly on the bubble. It will be very hard for these teams to get into the tournament unless they win it all. Unfortunately Saint Louis, VCU, Butler and Temple are all but in, so it will be an uphill climb for the bubble teams.
Conference USA: This tournament starts on March 13th and the competition is fierce. Only the Memphis Tigers are assured a bid and the only real sleeper is Southern Mississippi. The Golden Eagles could advance to the dance with a good showing but every other team would have to win the tournament to get in.
Big 12: the Big 12 tourney tips off on March 13th and they have four solid teams in the dance to include Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State. Bubble teams like Iowa State and Baylor will need a good showing, although the Bears win over Kansas will help.
Big East: The Big East tournament is underway in Madison Square Garden and Cincinnati is on the bubble but will be an unlikely entry without a tournament win. Louisville, Georgetown, Marquette, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, and Villanova will keep any bubble teams from shocking the world.
Big Ten: The Big Ten tips-off on March 14th and Indiana could be the best team in the county and will be dancing along with Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Ohio State, and Illinois. Minnesota and Iowa will need at least two wins to be considered when the dance cards are handed out.