Top 5 Conference Championship Upsets In College Basketball

  • Top 5 Conference Championship Upsets In College Basketball

Top 5 Conference Championship Upsets In College Basketball

HanesBrands' Event 1 business, part of the company's Sports Apparel division, has served as the NCAA's onsite apparel concessionaire for the national tournaments since 1998. A win over Iowa State in the Big 12 first round should be enough, but a loss will leave them outside the tournament.

Same for New Mexico State, who won the Western Athletic Conference and has an RPI of 40, which is better than some of the teams that will make the field from the bigger conferences.

Not only does March, most importantly, bring the Madness of the college basketball conference and NCAA tournaments, but nearly every college and pro sport that I keep up with is competing.

The remaining power conferences hold tournaments this week. Not so for regular-season champions such as Florida Gulf Coast (Atlantic Sun), UNC Asheville (Big South), Northern Kentucky (Horizon) and Wagner (Northeast).

Here's what several basketball analysts are saying about ASU's NCAA Tournament chances heading into the Pac-12 Tournament.

Top-ranked Virginia, which became the unanimous No. 1 in the AP Top 25 on Monday, made the past month little more than a coronation. A run to a second straight ACC Tournament title could help them snag a No. 1 seed. If you have the victor and two or three of the Final Four teams, you might cash. During a game, a coach calls a timeout to set up what he or she thinks is the right play for the winning basket.

As for the No. 12 Tar Heels, they finished tied for third but ended up as the No. 6 seed because of tiebreakers. "Obviously, the goal at the beginning of the season each year is to try to win the regular season, which they were able to do, and also the tournament", which they had to do to make the NCAAs.

The Wildcats are the No. 4 seed in the Big 12 Tournament, so they have a bye into the quarterfinals.

They lost twice to Purdue during the regular season, but are better than the Boilermakers at this stage.

Both teams open play in Thursday's quarterfinals in New York's Madison Square Garden, with Xavier facing the St. John's-Georgetown victor and Villanova facing the DePaul-Marquette victor. And one — maybe both?

The Friars are among Lunardi's last four byes, but they are in a precarious position as the Big East's No. 5 seed entering the tournament.

Many conferences play between 16 and 18 league games a season.

No. 14 Texas Tech, the second seed, opens play against the Iowa State-Texas victor, while No. 18 West Virginia faces bubble team Baylor to wrap up the quarterfinals. Preseason favorite Kentucky (21-10) is the No. 4 seed, its eight league losses its most since 2008-09, the previous year of the short-lived Billy Gillispie era. But the team played its best game of the season in the first round to blow out No. 21 Oklahoma State, 81-62.

On-site Final Four studio coverage airing on TBS on Saturday will begin with At the Final Four presented by Infiniti from 3-4 p.m. ET, followed by the Final Four Show from 4-6 p.m. Arizona began as the No. 3-ranked team in the country in the preseason polls and survived a suspension to guard Allonzo Trier, as well as allegations against head coach Sean Miller, just to come out the other side as the Pac-12 Tournament's No. 1 seed. Teams they have on the outside looking in are Alabama, Marquette, Baylor, Providence, Mississippi State, Syracuse and LSU. Or, what the team who is barely listed in the field needs to do to hang on to its spot.