In part four of five, we have the MAAC, MEAC, and the SWAC. Three tournaments all starting on the tenth and ending on the fourteenth of March, every team needs to win their conference to get a bid so expect some high emotions! Eight more days……
The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament: March 10-14
In this year’s edition of the MAAC tournament, Siena enters as the clear favorite, winning the conference one game clear of the second seeded Saint Peter’s. Siena is the favorite in Vegas as well given 2-1 odds to win the tournament and #3 Rider is just behind them with 2.6-1 odds.
I don’t see any major upsets coming in this tournament as I expect the semi-finals to be #1 Siena vs #4 Monmouth, and #2 Saint Peter’s vs #3 Rider. The Rider Broncs will face off against the Siena Saints, where I predict Siena to complete the MAAC double winning the regular season and the tournament titles. Go Saints.
The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament: March 10-14
It’s a three-horse race in the MEAC tournament with those horses being North Carolina Central, North Carolina A&T, and Norfolk State. NC Central won the regular season title with a 13-3 record while NC A&T and Norfolk State each finished with 12-4 records. According to Vegas, this is a wide-open tournament as NC Central is favored with 2.5-1 odds, Norfolk State with 2.55-1, and NC A&T at 3.3-1 odds.
NC Central should be able to sleepwalk to the conference championship game where I predict them to meet the Aggies of NC A&T. I believe that NC A&T, led by senior forward Ronald Jackson will be able to upset the NC Central Eagles in a very close and back-and-forth title game. Go Aggies.
The Southwestern Athletic Conference Tournament: March 10-14
Arguably the worst conference this season, the SWAC had some historically bad teams this year. Most notably were Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions and the 3-27 Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils. The Devils lost a game this season 143-49, losing by NINETY-FOUR POINTS. Sorry for this being a day late but, as expected, the #1-#4 seeds all advanced to the next round. Prairie View is in a league of their own in this tournament and they should cruse to the title over the #2 Southern Jaguars. With 1.4-1 odds to win the title I’m backing Prairie View here. Go Panthers.