Welcome to my favorite time of the year. This week, conference tournaments kick off, officially signaling the beginning of March Madness.
Many mid-major tournaments take center stage this week, which I find to be the more intriguing conference tournaments. Many of these teams need to win to get into the big dance, and the tension and desperation are visible on each team.
I am going to preview each and every one of these conference tournaments over the next few weeks, with this article previewing the America East, Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Big South, CAA, Horizon, MAAC, Missouri Valley, Ohio Valley, Northeast, Patriot, Southern, Summit, Sun Belt, and WCC conferences.
Just to avoid confusion, here's how I'm going to break it down:
Favorite: To avoid all controversy, this is simply the number one seed in the tournament.
Contenders: Two to three other teams who I think have a shot to win it all
Dark Horse: A team who I don't think will win the tournament, but definitely has a chance to upset some higher seeds and do some real damage.
My Pick: Simply enough, my pick of who will win the tournament. If you have any questions/comments for my reasoning, leave em in the comments below.
So without further adieu, let's get this started!