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Erving Walker and the Florida Gators upset the Kentucky Wildcats for the SEC Title.
The first thing we did was simulate the conference championships. Not many surprises occurred, but there were a few notable ones.
Arguably the biggest upset occurred in the SEC where the Florida Gators were able to get by the Vanderbilt Commodores in the semifinals and then knock off the Kentucky Wildcats.
In the Big Ten, the Michigan Wolverines and Wisconsin Badgers pulled the upsets against the Michigan State Spartans and Ohio State Buckeyes to advance to the championship game. There, Michigan picked up another huge win and the Big Ten title.
The Syracuse Orange took care of a surging Louisville Cardinals squad in the Big East Finals. After the Orange grabbed the Big East title and Kentucky lost the SEC title, Matt Overing stated that, “Syracuse should get the number one overall seed,” something all the writers agreed upon.
The other two one-seeds were determined by the winners of the ACC and Big 12, where the North Carolina Tar Heels beat their rival, the Duke Blue Devils, and the Missouri Tigers exacted some revenge on the Kansas Jayhawks to take the Big 12 title.
Here is the complete list of conference tournament champions and how a few other teams fared in their respective tournaments:
Duke Finals, Virginia and Florida State Semis
Saint Louis Finals, Xavier and St. Joe’s Semis
Kansas Finals, Kansas State and Baylor Semis
Louisville Finals, Marquette and South Florida Semis, Georgetown Quarters
Big South—Coastal Carolina
Wisconsin Finals, Michigan State and Ohio State Semis
Big West—Long Beach State
Colonial Athletic Association—Drexel
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference—Iona
Missouri Valley Conference—Creighton
Wichita State Finals
New Mexico Finals, San Diego State and Colorado State Semis
Ohio Valley—Murray State
Washington Finals, Arizona and Oregon Semis
Kentucky Finals, Vanderbilt and Alabama Semis
Summit League—Oral Roberts
Sun Belt—Middle Tennessee State
SWAC—Mississippi Valley State
WAC—New Mexico State
Saint Mary’s Finals, Gonzaga and Loyola Marymount Semis