02 March 2015

2015 America East Tournament Predictions

The 2015 America East Tournament commences this Wednesday evening. Two-time defending tournament champion Albany but unlike the past two years when Albany won the tournament as the fourth seed, this time Albany is the top seed. The tournament formed has changed to the higher seed hosting throughout unlike in the past when a selected school would host the first two rounds, giving one school an advantage (with Albany surely taking of it the last two years).

With all of that in mind, here are my 2015 America East Tournament predictions.

2015 Northeast Conference Tournament Predictions

The 2015 Northeast Conference Tournament will kick off this Wednesday. The NEC is a little unique in that they reseed their conference tournament after the quarterfinals (the America East does the same thing). St. Francis Brooklyn looks like the favorite heading into the tournament but hey, you never know what can happen in these tournaments. 

Here are my predictions for the Northeast Conference Tournament. 

2015 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Predictions

The very first team in the 2015 NCAA Tournament will be the champion of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament and will be crowned on Saturday night in Nashville. There is one clear-cut favorite in the OVC and that is Murray State. The Racers swept through conference play as they went a perfect 16-0, and they have not lost since November. They feature one of the top offenses in the country and are led by sophomore guard Cameron Payne and senior forward Jarvis Williams.

Of course, we know that these conference tournaments can be tricky even for favorites (whether or not that is argument for traditional one-bid conferences to have tournaments can be discussed at another time), so will Murray State come out on top or will somebody else steal the bid? Here are my 2015 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament predictions.

2015 Big South Tournament Predictions

The Big South Tournament will look a little different this year because unlike in years past, the conference was not split into divisions after VMI left to return to the Southern Conference. That said, it seems like the action is always fun down in Conway near Myrtle Beach and that should be the same this year.

Here are my predictions for the 2015 Big South Tournament.

2015 Patriot League Tournament Predictions

The 2015 Patriot League Tournament kicks off on Tuesday night. While the conference does not seem to be as top-heavy as it has been in years past with top-seeded Bucknell only having a record of 18-13, the history of the tournament (the tournament champion has never been lower than the second seed) means that the safe money will be on Bucknell or Colgate getting the conference's automatic bid. Of course, we know that relying solely on past history could be dangerous.

All of that in mind, here are my predictions for the Patriot League Tournament.

01 March 2015

Fanatic Radio Overtime - 2/24/15

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2015 Horizon League Tournament Predictions

The Horizon League kicks off their men's basketball tournament on Tuesday evening. Last year's tournament was defined by upsets with neither the top two seeds making the championship game and a fifth-seeded Milwaukee team winning the conference's auto bid to the NCAA Tournament, becoming the second-lowest seed and only the third team seeded lower than third to take the title. Will we see something similar or will the conference favorites in Valparaiso or Green Bay take the title? Here are my predictions for the 2015 Horizon League Championship.

2015 Atlantic Sun Tournament Predictions

Believe it or not, the calender has hit March and that means that March Madness is right around the corner. However before we get to the NCAA Tournament, we have to get through the conference tournaments. The Atlantic Sun Conference is one of three conferences to get their tournament underway on Tuesday and will be crowning a champion on Sunday which will be one of the first teams in the 2015 NCAA Tournament.

Given that the Atlantic Sun champion has pulled upsets in the last two NCAA Tournaments (Florida Gulf Coast in 2013 and Mercer last year), could we see something similar this year? Here are my predictions for the 2015 Atlantic Sun Tournament.

26 February 2015

2015 NFL Mock Draft: Post-Combine Edition

The 2015 NFL Combine has now come and gone. We can debate the merits of it and how big of a role it plays in the draft process all night long but it has resulted in some guys improving their draft stock, some guys weakening their draft stock, and others' stock holding firm. How will it affect my mock draft? Let's take a look.

25 February 2015

Why Kentucky will enter the NCAA Tournament undefeated

It has been the top story of the college basketball season as the weeks count down until the 2015 NCAA Tournament: will Kentucky be undefeated entering the tournament? It has been four decades since we have had back-to-back seasons with teams entering the NCAA's without a loss but here is why Kentucky is going to break that trend and have an unblemished record this year.