March 2, 2012 10:21:00 AM
STARKVILLE -- In Friday's edition of The Dispatch, I provided a feature look at how the fans of the Mississippi State men's basketball program should not only be focused on how the Bulldogs (20-10, 7-8 in Southeastern Conference) finish the 2011-12 season but should be getting out their TV listings and setting their DVR machines to certain mid-major conference tournaments as well.
In consultation with ESPN.com bracket analyst Joe Lunardi and CBSSports.com analyst Jerry Palm, The Dispatch MSU Sports Blog will not provide you, the loyal reader with the conference tournaments (and the corresponding favorites of that tournament which MSU needs to have win it all in that league) that should affect bubble teams in the at-large consideration for the NCAA tournament.
Without further ado.......
Conference: Favorites MSU needs to have win the league tournament
Atlantic 10 Conference: March 6-11, Atlantic City, N.J., Championship game on CBS at 1 p.m. on March 11: Temple University (23-6) or St. Louis University (23-6)
Big West Conference: March 8-10, Anaheim, Calif., Honda Center, Championship game on ESPN2 at 6 p.m. on March 10: Long Beach State University (22-7)
Conference USA: March 7-10, Memphis, Tenn., FedEx Forum, Championship game on CBS at 10:30 a.m. on March 10: University of Memphis (22-8) or University of Southern Mississippi (24-6)
Ivy League - Harvard (24-4) (not a tournament but a play-in possibility with
University of Pennyslvania and Yale University)
Missouri Valley Conference: March 1-4, St. Louis, Scottrade Center, Championship game on CBS at 1:05 p.m. Sunday: Creighton University (25-5) or Wichita State University (26-4)
Mountain West Conference: March 8-10, Las Vegas, Thomas & Mack Center, Championship game on NBC Sports Network at 1 p.m. on March 10: University of Nevada-Las Vegas (24-7), University of New Mexico (23-6) or San Diego State University (23-6)
Ohio Valley Conference: Feb. 29-March 3 -- Nashville, Tenn. -- Nashville Municipal Auditorium, Championship game on ESPN2 on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.: Murray State University (29-1)
Summit League: March 3-6, Sioux Falls, S.D., Sioux Falls Arena, Championship game on ESPN2 on Tuesday at 7 p.m.: Oral Roberts University (26-5)
West Coast Conference: Feb. 29-March 5, Las Vegas, Orleans Arena, Championship game on ESPN at 9 p.m. Monday: St. Mary's University (25-5) or Gonzaga University (24-5)
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