Inside the Games: Conference Tourney Previews

Number one seeds and automatic NCAA tournament bids are up for grabs. Who's going to come up big?

It’s hard to believe March Madness is just around the corner. Teams are vying for the top spots in their conference tournaments and, more importantly, the NCAA Tournament. Getting a #1 seed in the east vs the #3 seed in the west could mean the difference in traveling 2500 miles through three time zones. With seeding so important in the NCAA Tournament, the top teams must perform well in their conference tournaments, which are held in the second week of March. Below are the dates and locations of the “Big Five” conference basketball tournaments for 2015:

  • The ACC tournament will be held at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina from March 10-14
  • The Big Ten tournament will be held at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois from March 11-15
  • The Big 12 tournament will be held at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri from March 11-14
  • The PAC-12 tournament will be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada from March 11-14
  • The SEC tournament will be held at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee from March 11-15

Most experts agree that if the season ended today, Kentucky would end up with the number one overall seed. Besides Kentucky, though, Virginia has the strongest resume in the country, and the Duke Blue Devils have recovered from a 2-2 ACC start to hold one of the top four spots in the nation. Gonzaga has gone undefeated through conference play and looks locked into a one seed. That leaves Wisconsin, Kansas, and Arizona to battle it out for the fourth and final spot - or maybe two spots, if Duke falls earlier than expected in the ACC tourney.

The PAC-12 Conference Tournament is going to be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas this season. This is pretty crazy, as most would not think to bring college athletes to a city in which sports betting is so prominent, and these coaches are going to have their hands full with 18 and 19 year old kids in Sin City.

One of the best features of college basketball tournaments is the “session” ticket. Instead of getting to watch just one game live, fans have the opportunity to buy “session” tickets in which they can watch two or four games in a single day. This is a great chance to bring the kids out and let them experience college basketball at its finest.

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