Conference tournament season is underway, and the pretenders and contenders have been separated. Some of the mid-major schools have already crowned their champions but none of the powerhouses have even started their tournaments.
Here are my predictions for the ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, PAC 12, and SEC tournaments.
— Virginia Men's Basketball (@UVAMensHoops) March 13, 2019
There’s no team like the Cavaliers in the ACC. Without Zion Williamson, Duke has no chance to match the intensity that Virginia presents. They’ve almost generated a net loss of 20 points per game without Zion, and I don’t think things will get much easier for the Blue Devils. If he’s not at full strength, Duke is in big time trouble. UNC is the only other team capable of knocking off Virginia, but they’ll have a brutal route to the finals. The Tar Heels would most likely have to go through Louisville and Duke before they even have a shot at Virginia. I see them stumbling before they can claim an ACC Title.
Big East: Villanova
— Villanova MBB (@NovaMBB) March 11, 2019
This conference is a complete crap-shoot. Every team has a shot at the crown, and every team could lose their first-round matchup. Simply because Villanova has been so consistently dominant in the Big East tournament, I am taking them to win. My sleeper pick out of the conference is Seton Hall. Myles Powell has been unstoppable down the stretch for the Pirates, and I expect him to keep that momentum going and launch Seton Hall to a championship game on Sunday.
Big Ten: Michigan State
Not sure which part of this play was better…
— Michigan State Basketball (@MSU_Basketball) March 13, 2019
Not many conferences are as deep as the Big Ten, and it makes it hard to predict the outcome. Purdue and Michigan have been great all year, locking teams up with their half-court defense. Even teams like Wisconsin and Maryland have shown flashes of brilliance. Most of those flashes are followed by duds, but they still have potential. However, with how well Cassius Winston has been playing, this year, I don’t see anyone stopping the Spartans. One problem for the Spartans could come in a first-round matchup with Indiana. The Hoosiers have been on fire recently, and if Juwan Morgan and Romeo Langford keep dominating, they could pull off a few upset in the Big Ten tourney.
Big 12: Texas Tech
Let’s go get another one in KC.#4To1
— Texas Tech Basketball (@TexasTechMBB) March 11, 2019
My favorite draft prospect not named Zion Williamson has to be Jarrett Culver. The Texas Tech shooting guard has quietly carried the Red Raiders to a 26-5 record and they’ve been very hot recently. The Big-12 is deep, but not in a good way. They have a lot of teams capable of claiming an eight seed. No other team in this conference really jumps off the page. If Kansas can get slightly healthy, (or win a game on the road) then maybe they can pull off what would be a wild upset.
Pac 12: Washington
— Washington Men's Basketball (@UW_MBB) March 13, 2019
This conference stinks. No team deserves an automatic bid into the tourney. The Huskies are the by default best team in the conference, but that’s not really saying much. I almost excluded the Pac 12 from the “Big Six” conferences this year. Just about every other conference tournament should be more entertaining.
The postseason is here, and as Keldon Johnson said today, "It's go time. Let's get it done. Let's do what we do. That's what we're here for."
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) March 12, 2019
As it stands right now, I have Kentucky winning the NCAA Tournament. So if I think they can win that, I really have confidence in them during SEC play. The Wildcats aren’t going to breeze through the SEC tournament this year. They’ll most likely have to go up with Tennessee and LSU to win the conference this year, and that’s the toughest test any team can face. Watch out for Auburn to sneak into the championship. They’re one of the most talented teams in the country, but they’ve underperformed through most of the season. I really like the Kentucky and Auburn out of the SEC.
Comment down below who you think will win each conference!