09 March 2015

2015 Conference USA Tournament Predictions

For the first time since 1999, the Conference USA Tournament is headed back to Birmingham. And after every tournament final in the history of the conference had been broadcast on CBS, there is a new broadcaster for the tournament final in Fox Sports 1. Whereas once the conference was one of the mid-majors, now the conference is relegated to only getting their conference tournament champion to the Big Dance. Therefore, there is greater importance on this tournament.

Who will get that automatic bid to advance to the tournament? Here are my predictions for the 2015 C-USA Tournament.

All games held at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Center in Birmingham

First Round - Wednesday, March 11th
7 UTSA vs. 10 FIU - American Sports Network, 1:00
Pick: UTSA

6 Middle Tennessee vs. 11 Charlotte - American Sports Network, 3:30
Pick: Middle Tennessee

5 Western Kentucky vs. 12 Marshall - American Sports Network, 7:00
Pick: Western Kentucky

8 North Texas vs. 9 Rice - American Sports Network, 9:30
Pick: North Texas

Quarterfinals - Thursday, March 12th
2 UTEP vs. 7 UTSA - American Sports Network, 1:00
Pick: UTEP

3 Old Dominion vs. 6 Middle Tennessee - American Sports Network, 3:30
Pick: Old Dominion

4 UAB vs. 5 Western Kentucky - American Sports Network, 7:00
Pick: UAB

1 Louisiana Tech vs. 8 North Texas - American Sports Network, 9:30
Pick: Louisiana Tech

Semifinals - Friday, March 13th
2 UTEP vs. 3 Old Dominion - CBS Sports Network, 4:00
Pick: UTEP

1 Louisiana Tech vs. 4 UAB - CBS Sports Network, 6:30
Pick: UAB

Championship - Saturday, March 14th
2 UTEP vs. 4 UAB - Fox Sports 1, 3:30
The Blazers will have the home crowd on their side but the Miners are good enough on defense to be able to control the game. Tim Floyd will get to his first tournament since 2009.
Pick: UTEP

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