We have reached the final week of the regular season in college basketball, and that means that conference tournament week is near. Even though the NCAA Tournament is the most exciting sporting event of the year, conference tournaments provide a nice warmup to the main event.
The Atlantic Coast Conference is going through a down year as a whole, but there are still four really good teams at the top. Louisville, Florida State, Duke, and Virginia can all still win the regular season conference title entering the final week of the season. Even though this tournament has been unpredictable in recent years, it feels like one of these four teams are going to win it this season.
Louisville has the best player in the conference in Jordan Nwora, and he is capable of leading his team on a deep run. Florida State can play up to 12 players, and they have a different player step up each game. Duke has some of the best young talent in the country, and then there is Virginia. The Cavaliers lost a ton from last year’s National Championship team, but they remain one of the top teams in the conference.
It would be easy to make a case for all four of these teams, but it just feels like Duke is going to figure it out. Bet the Duke Blue Devils to win the 2020 ACC Tournament.
The Big East Conference might not have any teams capable of reaching the Final Four this season, but they have plenty of depth. All of this parity could lead to one of the most exciting conference tournaments in the country. There are currently seven teams who are at or above the .500 mark, and all of these teams could win this tournament. Seton Hall will likely enter the tournament as the top seed, but that doesn’t guarantee success. The Pirates will have plenty of competition from teams like Butler and Creighton. The team to beat in the Big East though is the Villanova Wildcats, and they are going to show up in the Big East Tournament. Villanova has championship pedigree, and they are solid on both ends of the floor. Bet the Villanova Wildcats to win the 2020 Big East Tournament.
With apologies to the rest of the Big 12 Conference, this feels like a two team race heading into the conference tournament. The Baylor Bears and Kansas Jayhawks are two of the best teams in the country this season, and this tournament will likely come down to these two teams in the title. Baylor won at Kansas early this season, and then the Jayhawks returned the favor in Waco, Texas. Kansas has the more talented team, but Baylor can really defend. The winner of this game will likely be the one that can control pace, and it’s just too hard to bet against the Kansas Jayhawks. There could always be some upsets that take place at this tournament, but betting on the Jayhawks is the right pick.