As corona virus hysteria has reached an all-time high, I’m seriously worried about the possibility of March Madness happening. That is what inspired me to group two of my favorite conferences together to let you stay inside and healthy while watching Dayton and Houston dominate the A-10 and the AAC conferences respectively. Stay healthy everyone!
The Atlantic 10 Tournament: March 11-15
With the first of the two conferences you have to watch, is the Atlantic 10 Tournament. There are teams at each end of the spectrum in the A10, you have pure basketball goodness in Dayton who is going to be a one seed (barring a collapse in the tournament), and you have horrendous basketball coming from the once mighty St. Joes. As I’m writing this, George Mason leads St. Joes at the half. Later tonight is the George Washington Fordham game, where the winner takes on Duquesne. With teams like Rhode Island and Richmond on the border, upsetting Dayton would be their only chance making the tournament so those games could be a bit more competitive than the regular season where Dayton went 18-0 in conference play.
Rhode Island has 5-1 odds to win the tournament and as expected, Dayton has 1-3 odds, coming in as the biggest favorite in any this season’s conference tournaments. As much as I want to pick against Dayton, you can’t. Obi Toppin and the Flyers are spreading their wings and check every box of a title contender. They are a lethal shooting team being one of the most efficient teams in the country, they can run with you and win a game in the eighties, or they can act like Virginia and win in the low fifties. Obi Toppin and Dayton have risen up the rankings all season and are my favorite to cut down the nets not only in Brooklyn for the A-10 championship, but the nets in Atlanta and be 2020 NCAA National Champions.
The American Athletic Conference Tournament: March 12-15
The American Athletic Conference, better known as the most fun in sports conference or every game is close/goes to overtime conference. The football AAC is known for their high-powered offenses and games all in the forties and fifties. Other than my beloved Big 10, this has to be my favorite conference to watch. Usually on CBSSN and CBS, the American Conference has some pretty famous teams in here and has a dark horse to win the title that I have written about before. All 12 teams make the cut and #1 Cincinnati, #2 Houston, #3 Tulsa, and #4 Wichita State all get byes for the first round.
Cincinnati, Houston, and Tulsa all tied for first with a 13-5 conference record, but Houston is pegged as the favorite with 1.8-1 odds, followed by Cincinnati with 3.3-1 and Wichita State at 4-1 odds to win the tournament. Personally, I am a huge believer in the Houston Cougars, and I believe that they will make a seriously deep run in March Madness and defeat the Wichita State Shockers in the AAC title game. As fun as it would be for UConn (11-1) and Coach Hurley to win the AAC as a last f-you to the conference that they hate more than anything, I don’t see them getting past the Shockers. Go Cougars.