Conference tournaments are in full swing with the power conferences but here are some other tournaments with interesting story lines.
Remember when New Mexico State played at Utah Valley?
These two teams might meet up for the conference championship game Saturday night. Talk about bad blood and intrigue. Be sure to keep an eye on the WAC in case these teams square off again.
2. Conference USA
This is a deep league with five teams in or flirting with the RPI top-100. Southern Miss, the school we like to make fun of for its videos, is the story here. The Golden Eagles are on the bubble and will probably miss the tournament because it plays in Conference USA. Southern Miss has a No. 39 RPI but Middle Tennessee State is the favorite to get the automatic bid. If Southern Miss loses to MTSU in the title game, it could go 28-6 and still miss the tournament. That would be a travesty and the Golden Eagles will be the snub we all talk about Sunday Night.
The MAC is in the same boat with Toledo. The Rockets have a No. 36 RPI but could fail to get an at-large bid because they play in the MAC.
Yes, it would be another travesty but Toledo is the favorite to win. Problem is, the MAC is also deep with five teams in the RPI top-100. It will not be easy for Toledo.
4. Big West
No. 2 seed UC-Santa Barbara was blown out by No. 7 seed Cal-Poly 69-38 in the first round. I wanted Hawaii to win but it got knocked out in overtime last night. That means if No. 1 seed UC-Irvine doesn’t take care of business you might have a squad with a losing record represent the Big West. Hello total failure.
Sadly a team from this league will get in.
With four ineligible teams and only three with winning records, this tourney is a joke. Still, somebody has to make it. For the SWAC’s stake, I hope Alabama State gets the automatic bid. It’s No. 257 RPI out of 349 is superior to the remaining teams. Yes, 257. Good grief.