03 March 2015

2015 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Predictions

With the 25th anniversary of Arch Madness kicking off this Thursday on St. Louis, all observers are hoping for a matchup of the two top teams by far in the conference, Northern Iowa and defending champion Wichita State matching up in the championship game this Sunday on CBS. But as we have learned over the years, the action is always unpredictable in St. Louis for this tournament, and we know that all eight other programs will be gunning for that auto-bid. That's why they call it Arch Madness, right?

Here are my predictions for the 2015 Missouri Valley Tournament.

2015 MAAC Tournament Predictions

The 2015 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament kicks off this Thursday in the great town of Albany, their first time hosting their conference tournament in the New York capital since 2010. Last year's tournament saw an end to the prior parity seen in the conference tournament as it was the first time since 2010 that the top seed made it to the championship game. But of course, the top seeded team, Iona, fell to Manhattan in the championship, meaning the streak of the top seeded team not winning it all continues. Can Iona break that trend this year or will somebody pull the upset?

Here are my predictions for the 2015 MAAC Tournament.

Breaking down the LeSean McCoy-Kiko Alonso trade

Trades in the NFL are not as common as they are in other sports and a straight up player-for-player deal is even more uncommon. And yet, we saw a blockbuster of a deal of that sort with the Philadelphia Eagles trading LeSean McCoy up to Buffalo in exchange for linebacker Kiko Alonso, as first reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN. It was a stunning and bold move by two teams that came up shy of the playoffs in 2014, and one that does come with some risk for both sides.

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

FR enters into Overtime as we are joined by CJ Posey, east-coast hip hop artist who tells us about his new music and Nas-like motive of story-telling through his music. Mike and Ben breakdown Joey Logano winning the Daytona 500 and the Busch brothers grim. With the NFL Combine come and gone, Flo talks mock draft and if Jameis Winston has changed after the humbling experiences and Flo tells stories from fire alarms and covering his first AU Women's Basketball game.

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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.