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The time has finally come, let the madness begin. Tonight kicks off conference tournaments in college hoops and we’ve got you covered from now until the nets come down in the National Championship.


3 lower level conferences, The Patriot, ASun, and Horizon leagues go to battle tonight for a bid to the big Dance.


Patriot: The obvious pick to win here is Colgate, rightfully so being a -230 favorite to cut down the nets. Best team in a conference who overall had had a down year. Ranking #1 in Offensive efficiency and #2 in defensive efficiency, it would be a surprise if Coach Langels group didn’t come out on top here. In my opinion the only team worth a play in this conference is Boston at +500 being the 3 seed. They rank #2 in offensive efficiency and #6 in defensive efficiency but will welcome Colgates tempo and style to get out and run if they were to meet in the championship. Navy is the 2 seed but play a much slower, defensive oriented style which is tough to match up with against both Colgate and Boston. The rest of the conference flat out blows and would need actual miracles to do enough to end the tournament on top.


My pick: Colgate

Longshot: Boston +500


Predictions

R1

Bucknell > Lafayette

Holy Cross > American


R2

Colgate >Bucknell

Lehigh > Army

Boston > Loyola MD

Navy > Holy Cross


R3

Colgate > Lehigh

Boston> Navy


Championship

Colgate > Boston



ASun: This will be a fun one. A conference that is always all over the place, especially this season. Liberty being the +115 favorite makes sense as they have the easiest path here and are well coached under Richie McKay. I personally don’t see any value there with a conference so wide open. FGCU (+1600) and EKU (+6500) are definitely worth a shot. FGSU has the best guard / big combo here with Martin and Samuel. They will be a tough out for everybody. I thought 65/1 was just too high for EKU, but they’ll have to get through Jacksonville state and Jacksonville which won’t be easy.


Pick:Liberty +115


Longshot: FGCU 16/1 and EKU 65/1


Predictions

R1


Central Ark > Stetson

EKU > Kennesaw

FGCU > North Alabama

Lipscomb > UNF


R2


Jacksonville > Stetson

Jacksonville State > EKU

FGCU > Bellarmine

Liberty > Lipscomb


R3


Jacksonville > Jacksonville state

Liberty > FGCU


Championship

Liberty > Jacksonville



Horizon: This conference is one of my least favorite of all and one I bet the fewest but I’m a man of the people so we won’t skip them. Cleveland state enters as the favorite, but are just +230 to win it and they won’t be my pick cuz they always make things more difficult than they have to be and have to eek out wins in unbelievable fashion too after for my money. Detroit Mercy is always a tough out in conference and has the best player of all in Antoine Davis, averaging just under 25ppg. IPFW is on fire and has won 9 straight at the right time to turn their season around. Let’s not forget Oakland and Wright state who are both always in the thick of it in this tournament and have shown the ability as recent as this year to beat the top seeds in conference.


Pick: IPFW +500

Longshot: Detroit 12/1 and Wright State 11/1


Predictions:

R1


Oakland > IUPUI (by a million)

Detroit > Green Bay

Youngstown > Robert Morris

UIC > Milwaukee


R2


Cleveland state > Oakland

IPFW > Detroit

Northern Kentucky > Youngstown

Wright state > Milwaukee


R3


IPFW > Cleveland State

Wright State > Northern Kentucky


Championship

IPFW > Wright State




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