College Basketball Roundup: Conference Tournament Winners and Losers


As we get deeper into the second week of march, conference tournament play is in full swing. Some teams have already punched their ticket by winning their conference tournaments, while a couple teams at large status has been called into question with disappointing losses.

Here are the teams that punched their ticket to the big dance with a conference championship: Gonzaga (West Coast), Murray State (Ohio Valley), Loyola-Chicago (Missouri Valley), South Dakota State (Summit), Chattanooga (Southern), Longwood (Big South), Colgate (Patriot), Delaware (Colonial), Jacksonville State (Atlantic Sun – Tournament winner Bellarmine is ineligible), Georgia State (Sun Belt), Wright State (Horizon), and Bryant (Northeast).

The two teams that had major disappointing losses who could now miss the tournament are Xavier (lost to Butler) and Wake Forest (lost to Boston College).

  • BRACKETOLOGY (by Torey Jones)

Overview: In our first article, I gave a detailed explanation of what Bracketology is, so if you haven’t read that, click here. My Bracketology is featured on Bracket Matrix, a website that compiles many different bracketologists from across the web and compiles their rankings into one easy to read format. At the end of the season, bracketologists are ranked based on the accuracy of their predictions. I will be posting these every day or two, including my final bracketology which will be published on Selection Sunday.

What’s New: There isn’t much change on the top 4 seed lines as top teams have yet to play in their conference tournaments. Shuffling around 5th and 6th seed lines reflect a detailed update in conference-adjustments. Loyola-Chicago, after being at risk for missing the tournament without a conference championship, has now jumped up to a 10-seed. Xavier has fallen to first four territory after their disappointing loss to Butler while Creighton has moved up. There were no new at-large teams in the field with three new conference tournament winners being added (Delaware, Saint Peter’s, Wright State).

Rating Spreadsheet: Link

  • UPCOMING GAMES TO WATCH (by Torey Jones)
    Here are some upcoming conference tournament games to watch on Thursday!

(22) TEXAS vs TCU | 9:30AM (PT) | ESPN2

Prospects to Watch:
Mike Miles (PG, TCU)

(2) ARIZONA vs STANFORD | 12:00PM (PT) | PAC12
Prospects to Watch:
Bennedict Mathurin (SF, Arizona)
Christian Koloko (C, Arizona)
Harrison Ingram (SF, Stanford)

Prospects to Watch:
Ochai Agbaji (SG, Kansas)
Christian Braun (SF, Kansas)

Prospects to Watch:
Julian Champagnie (SF, Saint John’s)
Collin Gillespie (SG, Villanova)

Prospects to Watch:
Terrence Shannon Jr. (SG, Texas Tech)
Izaiah Brockington (SG, Iowa State)

(20) UCONN vs SETON HALL | 6:30PM (PT) | FS1
Prospects to Watch:
Adama Sanogo (PF, UCONN)
Jared Rhoden (SG, Seton Hall)