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Tournament Preview column archives.


March 9, 2011

Premium Article Tournament Preview: Pac-10 Tournament

by Kevin Pelton

A balanced conference figures to translate into a wide-open tournament as the Pac-10 prepares to crown its champion over four days in Los Angeles.

March 4, 2011

Premium Article Tournament Preview: WCC Tournament

by Kevin Pelton

The West Coast Conference begins its tournament today in Las Vegas, but the real action starts when Gonzaga and St. Mary's start battling for spots in the NCAA Tournament.

March 30, 2010

Tournament Preview: Michigan State vs. Butler

by John Gasaway

The Spartans and Bulldogs werenít supposed to make it this far, but one of themís about to play for a national championship. Then again John notes that the presence of a couple of five-seeds isn't the only surprise here.

Tournament Preview: West Virginia vs. Duke

by Ken Pomeroy

You'll hear a lot about West Virginia and Duke this week and, frankly, some of what you hear will be wrong. Ken offers two preemptive corrections for the conventional wisdom regarding these two very good teams.

March 29, 2010

Tournament Preview: An Improbable Final Four

by Ken Pomeroy

Just because Michigan State and Butler are surprises in Indy doesn't mean they don't have a relatively good chance to win it all. Still, be sure to tune in for West Virginia-Duke, which will feature what may be the two strongest teams to have shared the same court in 2009-10.

March 24, 2010

Tournament Preview: Ohio State's Still Standing

by Ken Pomeroy

The Midwest was supposed to be the "Bracket of Death," and so it was--for Kansas, Georgetown, and Maryland. The bracket now matches Ohio State against Tennessee, while in the Midwest's other semifinal Michigan State will face Northern Iowa.

Tournament Preview: Duke on the Brink

by John Gasaway

The heavily favored Blue Devils are pitted against a Purdue team that's shown surprising resilience without Robbie Hummel. In the South's other semifinal, Baylor will try to slow down Saint Mary's budding media sensation, Omar Samhan.

March 23, 2010

Tournament Preview: Kentucky on a Roll

by John Gasaway

John Calipari's team shredded Wake Forest and now faces Cornell, which has set new standards in the field of improbably good offense. Meanwhile the East's other semifinal will pit West Virginia against Washington, two athletic teams that like to get after it on the offensive glass.

Tournament Preview: Syracuse Rises in the West

by Ken Pomeroy

Fresh off their dismantling of Gonzaga, the Orangemen head to Salt Lake City to meet Butler, while Kansas State faces Xavier in the other West semifinal. Can Jim Boeheim's team continue piling up the makes and points all the way to Indianapolis?

March 22, 2010

Tournament Preview: A Four-Team Race

by Ken Pomeroy

After a wild, thrilling, and sometimes stunning weekend of hoops, Ken says the probabilities now show a clear separation between the top four teams and the rest of the field. Not that those four "favorites" can rest easy, of course.

March 16, 2010

Tournament Preview: Duke in the South

by Ken Pomeroy

The Blue Devils' allegedly soft bracket has been the topic of much discussion and even some conspiracy theories. It may not be the Midwest, but a closer look reveals that Mike Krzyzewski and his team aren't in Indy just yet.

Tournament Preview: Syracuse Goes West

by Kevin Pelton

An early loss in the Big East Tournament and some bad luck means Syracuse will literally have to travel a long road to the Final Four, but can Kansas State or a lower-seeded team knock off the Orange along the way?

Tournament Preview: Midwest Musings

by Bradford Doolittle

A number of blue-clad fans of a certain Big 12 persuasion think top overall seed Kansas got something of the shaft when the bracket was announced. They also think the game of basketball was invented in Lawrence but, in the former instance, are they right?

Tournament Preview: Kentucky in the East

by John Gasaway

The one-seed Wildcats are 32-2 and brimming with NBA-bound talent. But the selection committee did John Calipari's young team no favors, with teams like West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Temple standing between UK and Indy.

March 9, 2010

Tournament Preview: Pac-10

by Kevin Pelton

The Pacific-10 Conference begins a nine-team tournament Wednesday in Los Angeles hoping to get multiple teams into the NCAA Tournament and salvage what has been a historic down year for the conference.

March 5, 2010

Tournament Preview: West Coast Conference

by Kevin Pelton

From NCAA Tournament seeding to a chance to get off the bubble to hope for an automatic bid, there is plenty on the line as the WCC tips off its unorthodox conference tournament today in Las Vegas.

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