09 March 2014

2014 Conference USA Tournament Predictions

Thanks to all the conference realignment, you will be seeing a different Conference USA Tournament than what you may have been used to. This year's edition is in El Paso and is poised as always to draw a mediocre crowd considering it's relative isolation in the C-USA footprint. It will kick off Tuesday afternoon and concludes with a classic 9:30 am start on Saturday for the title.

Here are my 2014 Conference USA Championship predictions.

First Round - March 11th
#15 Rice vs. #10 North Texas - C-USA Digital Network, 5:30
Pick: Rice

#14 Marshall vs. #11 FAU - C-USA Digital Network, 8:00
Pick: FAU

#13 UTSA vs. #12 East Carolina - C-USA Digital Network, 10:30
Pick: East Carolina

Second Round - March 12th
#15 Rice vs. #7 Tulane - C-USA Digital Network, 2:00
Pick: Tulane

#11 FAU vs. #6 Old Dominion - C-USA Digital Network, 4:30
Pick: Old Dominion

#12 East Carolina vs. #5 UTEP - C-USA Digital Network, 8:00
Pick: UTEP

#9 Charlotte vs. #8 UAB - C-USA Digital Network, 10:30
Pick: Charlotte

Quarterfinals - March 13th
#7 Tulane vs. #2 Tulsa - C-USA Digital Network, 2:00
Pick: Tulsa

#6 Old Dominion vs. #3 Middle Tennessee - C-USA Digital Network, 4:30
Pick: Middle Tennessee

#5 UTEP vs. #4 Southern Miss - C-USA Digital Network, 8:00
Pick: UTEP

#9 Charlotte vs. #1 Louisiana Tech - C-USA Digital Network, 10:30
Pick: Louisiana Tech

Semifinals - March 14th
#3 Middle Tennessee vs. #2 Tulsa - CBS Sports Network, 4:00
Pick: Middle Tennessee

#5 UTEP vs. #1 Louisiana Tech - CBS Sports Network, 6:30
Pick: UTEP

Championship - March 15th
#5 UTEP vs. #3 Middle Tennessee - CBS, 11:30
I think a solid Miners team will take advantage of their homecourt advantage and get to the final, and they have already beaten Middle Tennessee handily this year, on the road no less. However, I do think the Blue Raiders will get the better of them this time.
Pick: Middle Tennessee

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