From ACC to WAC: Breaking down the conference tournaments
The most poignant scenes of conference tournament season typically involve plucky clubs from small conferences that have played their way into a shot at NCAA tournament glory. Those moments can be magical, especially for the supporters of those schools, but they're not where the bulk of the NCAA tournament bracket is forged.
That shaping and fitting comes this week when the bigger boys take the stage. There will be dozens of games over the next six days that will heavily impact both the seeding and bubble pictures for the final bracket, plus there could be a bid thief or two to really mix things up.
Here's a primer to all of the major-conference tournament action:
Unfortunately, Ole Miss has a really rough draw, starting with a possible quarterfinal against Tennessee, so the team poised to make more noise may be Florida. Yes, the Gators easily could find a way to lose their first-round game, but they're drawn with Mississippi State in the quarters and then potentially Vandy instead of Tennessee or Kentucky in the semis.
(Sneaky subplot: Host team UNLV drew Utah, a team that swept the Rebels in the regular season, in the quarterfinals. It's exceedingly possible that BYU would draw Utah, not the Rebels, in a semi.)