After an uncanny season of numerous upsets, it is unlikely the usual highly-ranked powerhouse teams will run roughshod through their conference tourneys on their way to the Big Dance. It seems no team is safe in 2013.
With a few mid-major tournaments starting as early as tomorrow and Wednesday, and the rest beginning late next week, now is a great time to look ahead at what might be an even more crazy few weeks of college basketball.
Eric Prisbell of USA ranks the best tournaments for 2013 this way:
1) Big East
3) Big Ten
4) Atlantic 10
6) Mountain West
7) West Coast Conference
8) Big 12
10) Missouri Valley Conference
I'm not so sure the Big East will be the best or most exciting tourney. The ACC and Big Ten look prime for a number of upsets. The SEC looks like a mess right now, but that could provide for some interesting games. Is the Big 12 ranking too low simply because of Kansas?
What say you? Which tourneys are you looking forward to watching? Which do you think will provide the most excitement?
(Look for pre-conference tournament analysis from the Sidelines NCAA community early next week. On tap: SEC, ACC, Big Ten, and the Pac-12)