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A DAILY LOOK AT THE CONFERENCE TOURNAMENTS
March 13, 2005

CBB Conference Tournament Home

Each day, SCS.com takes a look at the conference tournaments in action around the country. We glance at the daily schedule, the teams who have already been knocked out, and the implications each league's event has on the upcoming NCAA Tournament.

Tournaments in action today:
*ACC | *Big Ten | *Big XII | *SEC | *Southland | *SWAC
(*) Indicates championship game today

ACC TOURNAMENT

Regular Season Champion: North Carolina
Sunday's Schedule - Championship Game:
  12:00 PM CST (5) Georgia Tech vs (3) Duke
Eliminated: (1) North Carolina, (2) Wake Forest, (4) Virginia Tech, (6) Miami, (7) NC State, (8) Maryland, (9) Clemson, (10) Florida State, (11) Virginia
NCAA Implications: North Carolina, Wake Forest, and Duke have already locked up NCAA bids. At 8-8 in league play, Georgia Tech is on the bubble but likely in the Big Dance. The Jackets' RPI rating is in the mid-thirties nationally. Four other teams are also on the bubble, but each may have some work to do: Maryland (RPI: 46), Virginia Tech (116), NC State (87), Miami (53). The Terps have some quality wins on their resume, and with a win or two in Washington, they should be in good shape. Virginia Tech was able to get to .500 in league play with a season-ending win over Maryland, but the Hokies' RPI may doom them in the end. NC State and Miami both finished 7-9 in conference action, so those two squads may have work to do this week.
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BIG TEN TOURNAMENT

Regular Season Champion: Illinois
Sunday's Schedule - Championship Game:
  2:30 PM CST (1) Illinois vs (3) Wisconsin
Eliminated: (2) Michigan State, (4) Indiana, (5) Minnesota, (6) Ohio State, (7) Iowa, (8) Northwestern, (9) Michigan, (10) Purdue, (11) Penn State
NCAA Implications: Illinois, Michigan State, and Wisconsin have each locked up NCAA bids. Minnesota went 10-6 in league play and carries an RPI rating in the forties. The Gophers should have a good shot to make the field, especially if they can pick up a win or two in Chicago. Indiana also went 10-6 in league play but brings in an RPI that is only in the seventies. The Hoosiers also have an overall record of only 15-12. Iowa, surprisingly, has an RPI among the top fifty in the land but only went 7-9 in league play. Both the Hoosiers and Hawkeyes likely have work to do if they wish to make the Big Dance.
Bracket

BIG XII TOURNAMENT

Regular Season Champion: Kansas / Oklahoma
Sunday's Schedule - Championship Game:
  2:00 PM CST (4) Texas Tech vs (3) Oklahoma State
Eliminated: (1) Oklahoma, (2) Kansas, (5) Iowa State, (6) Texas, (7) Texas A&M, (8) Missouri, (9) Nebraska, (10) Kansas State, (11) Colorado, (12) Baylor
NCAA Implications: Kansas, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State are all locked in to the NCAA Tournament. Right behind those three are Texas and Texas Tech. The Red Raiders won ten league games and have an RPI in the low-forties, so I expect Bobby Knight's club to get in. The Longhorns won nine conference games and have an RPI in the thirties. Factoring in the big road win at Oklahoma State last weekend, UT should be in as well. Iowa State and Texas A&M are the Big XII's two bubble teams. The Cyclones are 17-10 overall and have won eight of their last ten, but ISU has an RPI in the sixties. A&M's RPI rating is near seventy, and unlike Iowa State, the Aggies were unable to scratch above .500 in league play. Either of these teams could play themselves in or out of the Big Dance in Kansas City. Heading in, however, give the edge to Iowa State over Texas A&M.
Bracket

SEC TOURNAMENT

Regular Season Champion: Kentucky
Sunday's Schedule - Championship Game:
  12:00 PM CST (E2) Florida vs (E1) Kentucky
Eliminated: (W1) Alabama, (W2) LSU, (E3) Vanderbilt, (W3) Mississippi State, (E4) South Carolina, (W4) Arkansas, (E5) Tennessee, (W5) Mississippi, (E6) Georgia, (W6) Auburn
NCAA Implications: The SEC has five definite locks, and those five may be the only teams that make the Big Dance. Kentucky, Alabama, Florida, LSU, and Mississippi State all carry RPI ratings in the top thirty-five. Vanderbilt is the only SEC team on the bubble. The Commodores went 8-8 in league play and have an RPI in the low sixties. A couple wins could earn Vandy a NCAA berth.
Bracket

SOUTHLAND TOURNAMENT

Regular Season Champion: SE Louisiana/Northwestern State
Sunday's Schedule - Championship Game:
  1:05 PM CST (1) Northwestern State vs (2) SE Louisiana
Eliminated: (3) Sam Houston State, (4) Texas-San Antonio, (5) Lamar, (6) McNeese State, (7) Texas State, (8) Texas Arlington
NCAA Implications: The winner of the conference tournament will be the only team representing the Southland Conference in the NCAA Tournament.
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SWAC TOURNAMENT

Regular Season Champion: Alabama A&M
Sunday's Schedule - Championship Game:
  11:00 AM CST (2) Alabama State vs (1) Alabama A&M
Eliminated: (3) Grambling State, (4) Mississippi Valley State, (5) Jackson State, (6) Southern, (7) Prairie View A&M, (8) Arkansas-Pine Bluff
NCAA Implications: The SWAC will be represented in the NCAA Tournament by only the champion of its conference tournament in Birmingham.
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