March Madness begins with the conference tournaments and this is your guide for which games to look out for in conference play.
Big-East: Creighton vs. Villanova
Creighton has crushed Villanova by 28 and 21 points in 2 meetings this season providing ‘Nova with 2 of their 3 losses on the year. Can the Wildcats figure out what it takes to stop McDermott and crew and wrap up the Big East Tournament Championship? If McDermott has an off day, it could get ugly in a hurry for the Jays.
Big-Ten: Wisconsin vs. Michigan
These Big-10 titans have defeated each other on the other’s home court this season. Wisconsin comes into the season on a hot streak but Michigan returns experienced players like Mitch McGary and Nik Stauskas from last year’s NCAA Championship game run. Both of these teams will have to run through a few good teams just to reach this match-up.
Mountain West: San Diego State vs. New Mexico
New Mexico’s defense suffocated the Aztecs in their first meeting. The two MWC powers will meet again in the final game of the regular season. That game could decide the Mountain West regular season championship as well as both teams are tied at 14-2 in conference play. Both teams will be looking to avenge poor tournament play from last year as 14 seed Harvard defeated New Mexico in the first round and San Diego State was on the unfortunate end of Florida Gulf Coast’s magical run to the sweet 16 as a 15 seed.
Atlantic 10: VCU vs. Saint Louis
VCU and St. Louis have split their season series 1-1. The Billikens have had more consistent play this season with only 3 losses on the year but VCU has been a matchup problem all year for many teams. St. Joseph’s and UMass will both be tough teams to beat as they have both defeated VCU this season.
Atlantic Coast: Duke vs. North Carolina
Many will complain and say that either Syracuse or Virginia deserves to be in this game more than either or both of these teams but who wouldn’t be more intrigued by this classic matchup. These two teams are two of the more storied programs in NCAA basketball history and this year is no exception. They are tied for 3rd in the ACC and play once more in the regular season. They are rated 4th and 14th in the AP Polls. All that being said, the ACC championship will be a barn-burner no matter who makes it.
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