Big Sky, Big West, SWAC, Southland, MEAC Conference Tourney Preview

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistMarch 8, 2010

Big Sky (Ogden, UT)

Seeds: (1) Weber St. (2) Northern Colorado (3) Montana St. (4) Montana (5) Northern Arizona (6) Portland State

2009 Tournament Champion: Portland State (Lost to Wake Forest in NCAA 1st Round)

Game Schedule:

Saturday: (6) Portland State 68, (3) Montana State 65, (4) Montana 81, (5) Northern Arizona 60

Tuesday: (1) Weber St. vs. (6) Portland State, (2) Northern Colorado vs. (4) Montana

Wednesday: Final 9:00 ESPN2

Last year, Portland State became an upset favorite in the NCAAs and Weber State has created the same buzz in past years. With the winner most likely getting a 12 or 13 seed, another upset could brewing for the Big Sky.

Big West (Anaheim)

Seeds: (1) UC-Santa Barbara (2) Pacific (3) Long Beach St. (4) UC-Davis (5)CS-Fullerton (6) Cal Poly (7) UC-Irvine (8) CS-Northridge

2009 Tournament Champion: CS-Northridge (Lost to Memphis in NCAA 1st Round)

Game Schedule:

Wednesday: (5) CS-Fullerton vs. (8) CS-Northridge, (6) Cal Poly vs.  (7) UC-Irvine

Thursday: (3) Long Beach St. vs. Lowest Remaining Seed, (4)UC-Davis vs. Highest Remaining Seed

Friday: (1) UC-Santa Barbara vs. Lowest Remaining Seed, (2) Pacific vs. Highest Remaining Seed

Saturday: Final 8:00 ESPN2

The Big West could produce California's only NCAA Tournament team. With the Pac-10 being way down this year and St. Mary's on the bubble, one of these teams could be the state's lone representative in the big dance.

SWAC (Shreveport, LA)

Seeds: (1) Jackson St. (2) Arkansas-Pine Bluff (3) Alabama St. (4) Prairie View (5) Texas Southern (6) Alabama A&M (7) Mississippi Valley St. (8) Grambling

2009 Tournament Champion: Alabama State (Lost Play-in game)

Game Schedule:

Wednesday: (1) Jackson St. vs. (8) Grambling, (2) Arkansas-Pine Bluff vs. (7) Mississippi Valley St.

Thursday: (3) Alabama St. vs. (6) Alabama A&M, (4) Prairie View vs. (5) Texas Southern

Friday: Semifinals

Saturday: Final, 7:30, ESPNU

The winner of this tournament might go the way that Alabama State took last year with a trip to Dayton for the play-in game.

Southland (Katy, TX)

Seeds: (1) Sam Houston St. (2) Stephen F. Austin (3) Texas A&M-CC (4) Southeast Louisiana (5) Texas State (6) UTSA (7) Texas-Arlington (8) Nicholls State

2009 Tournament Champion: Stephen F. Austin (Lost to Syracuse in NCAA 1st Round)

Game Schedule:

Wednesday: (1) Sam Houston St. vs. (8) Nicholls State, (2) Stephen F. Austin vs. (7) Texas-Arlington, (3) Texas A&M-CC vs. (6) UTSA, (4) Southeast Louisiana vs. (5) Texas State

Thursday: Semifinals

Saturday: Final, 4, ESPN2

Unless Southeast Louisiana wins, this conference will have a representative from Texas and could pull an unlikely upset if the winner gets a 14 seed.

MEAC (Winston-Salem, NC)

Seeds: (1) Morgan State (2) Delaware State (3) South Carolina State (4) Norfolk State (5) Hampton (6) MD-Eastern Shore (7) Bethune-Cookman (8) Howard (9) North Carolina A&T (10) FAMU (11) Coppin State

2009 Tournament Champion: Morgan State (Lost to Oklahoma in NCAA 1st Round)

Game Schedule:

Tuesday: (7) Bethune-Cookman vs. (10) FAMU, (8) Howard vs. (9) NC A&T

Wednesday: (6) MD-Eastern Shore vs. (11) Coppin State, (1) Morgan State vs. 8/9 winner, (2) Delaware State vs. 7/10 winner

Thursday: (3) SC State vs. 6/11 winner, (4) Norfolk State vs. (5) Hampton

Friday: Semifinals

Saturday: Final, 2:00, ESPN2

This conference is home to one of the biggest upsets in NCAA history with Hampton, who won as a 15 seed. There is a small chance that could happen with the tourney winner who will likely see a 15 or 16 seed.


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