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Basketball Conference Tournaments: Wednesday Morning Open Thread

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Big Sky country on a weird network! The ACC slapping itself around in Greensboro! Come talk about the weirdness that is the road to the NCAA Tournament.

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There’s basketball on, and it’s not even noon ET.

THAT’S how great college basketball’s conference championship season is.

We’ve got the Big Ten Tournament tipping off at 5pm GTZ; in the meantime, here’s what to look for across the college basketball landscape as teams jockey in the eyes of the Sesame Street gang bracketology experts to punch tickets to the remaining auto-bids and at-large spots in the NCAA Tournament.

Big Sky Championship — Round 1

CenturyLink Arena, Boise, ID

This might be the most under-the-radar of the conference championships—the Big Sky rates out even with the Summit and Horizon leagues, just behind the Sun Belt, C-USA, and Ivy League. I realize that might be damning with faint praise, but it’s certainly something.

Most importantly, this game is played on the greatest of all the networks: PlutoTV. It’s free television where my subscription gets stuck on the James Bond re-run channel or the Doctor Who Classic channel, but includes random MLS, Stadium, and Big Sky features from time to time. Put the app on your Roku, or just watch it on your laptop. [I realize that sounds like spon-con, but just know that it is not—no one cares enough about what I think to pay me for that pseudo-endorsement.]

Anywho, here’s who’s on today:

ACC Tournament — 2nd Round

Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC

Not much to say about this. It’s in Greensboro, it’s dumb, and UNC won yesterday, prompting a lot of “THEY’RE THE BEST 14-SEED EVER” takes from paid ESPN basketball-knowers, just as a reminder of how fucking stupid sports are.

Atlantic 10 Championship — 1st Round

Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY

Fordham’s only two wins in Atlantic 10 play are over the Colonials. This is terrible. Find better things to do.

Pac-12 Tournament — 1st Round

T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV

I don’t really know what we’re doing here anymore. Utah was originally supposed to be an NCAA Tournament team, and Oregon State has Tres Tinkle, but after that I have absolutely nothing to tell you about this game. We’re just marking time until Northwestern-Minnesota. Let’s just get through it together.

Southland Tournament — 1st Round

Leonard E. Merrell Center, Katy, TX

On at the same time as the Big Ten Tournament tonight, you’re not watching this.

MAAC Championship — Quarterfinals

Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ

Man, did you all miss a slapper of a game in Marist-Niagara last night. That game-winning layup to make it 56-54, Niagara...Greg Paulus nearly fell over, it hit him so hard.

C-USA Championship — 1st Round

Ford Center at the Star, Frisco, TX

NEVER FORGET THAT THIS TOURNAMENT PLAYS TWO GAMES SIMULTANEOUSLY IN THE SAME BUILDING!

That’s about all I have about the C-USA Tournament—it literally takes the form of a youth basketball tournament, only played in a convention center where the main arena is divided into two courts. It is amazing, and more people outta know about it. Except that it all goes to Jerry Jones. That’s less fun. But it happens!

My pick for this tourney: The winner of Louisiana Tech vs. Western Kentucky. The 3-2 matchup, Tech lost both regular-season games to WKU. I like them to get off the slide against the ‘Toppers and win the whole thing—assuming they can survive the looming #1 seed, North Texas.

Big East Tournament — 1st Round

Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

Go Marquette.

SEC Tournament — 1st Round

Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN

Big 12 Tournament — 1st Round

Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO

Sun Belt Conference Championship — Quarterfinal

MEAC Tournament — Quarterfinal

LOOK AT YOU, HOWARD. The Bison may have gone 4-27 (1-15) over the regular season, but with a 70-63 win over South Carolina State at the Norfolk Scope, the real HU—rated at 350 by Kenpom—has vaulted its way into the MEAC quarters. Good for them. [All these games are still hidden by FloSports’ paywall.]


That’s about all we’ve got for you! If you’re looking for Big Ten Tournament content, it’s up right now—and we’ve got a game thread coming for you this afternoon!

In the meantime, talk about the morning and early afternoon action here. And check out PlutoTV! You won’t be sorry.