The madness of March begins in earnest this week as the smaller conference tournaments get underway. For more than three months, the majority of mid-major teams have played for nothing but seeding in their conference tournaments. Why? Survive the conference tournament and your name will be called on March 16.
Here are five things to look for in the coming days during the mad scramble for automatic bids.
The big fella is the biggest fella in the land -- UNC Asheville's
In 1993, the 29-year old wunderkind coach led Cal to an upset of two-time national champion
After putting put together a spectacular season under first-year coach
Barring any upsets, the semifinals of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament should feature the two best players in the league. Niagara's
The Sun Belt has not sent two teams to the NCAA tournament since 1994, but that drought could end this season. South Alabama and Western Kentucky have owned the conference all year and both have a decent shot at-large bids if they reach the conference tourney final. Tournament host South Alabama (25-5) enters with an RPI of 30 while Western Kentucky (24-6) checks in at No. 51. The ideal scenario for the conference would be if