A few days until Selection Sunday and the crew is buzzing. Josh takes on Barclays and MSG to cover the ACC and Big East tourney's respectively. Basel is down in DC to watch the A-10, while Jake and myself are holding it down at home, basking in our Bryant Bulldog glory and covering the games virtually. No spaces this week, but he were our picks from today via Twitter and our futures for some conference championships.
Conference Tournament Futures
Week 9 Picks + Results
Week 8 Results
With the fellas traveling, no spaces this week, but special shoutout to Basel, who still provided his analysis for his picks.
Lock of the Week: GW +2.5 over UMass today. Both of these teams are A-10 wild cards, with Umass actually getting off a win or two after it was announced that McCall would be leaving the program, and GW's shooters emerging this season with some serious spoiler potential. Gimme Bamisile and Bishop leading the way in this one to a Colonials win and cover.
Upset of the week: La Salle +11.5 over SLU. The explorers won't win this one, but they'll put up a fight. Jack Clark and Clifton Moore put on a show wednesday against the Hawks, and i think as long as they shoot the ball well, they'll be able to stay within single digits.
ACC: Duke - Hell hath no fury like a Coach K scorned. After dropping his final home game to UNC, I think Krzyzewski will take his team all the way through for one last ride.
Big 10: Illinois - Kofi Cockburn. Send pick.
Big 12: Baylor - The Bears are the most consistent team in this year's Big 12, which I think gives them the edge here. Look for James Akinjo to lead the way for them on both ends of the floor.
Pac-12: Arizona - Don't laugh, but I accidentally put Arizona State on my Jerome ballot this year. In a down year for the PAC-12, I just don't see anyone else taking it all but the Wildcats.
SEC: Kentucky - A year after we saw one of the unluckiest kentucky teams ever, Coach Cal has grown this team back into form. Oscar Tshiebwe is no doubt one of the best players in the country, and the Wildcats have the depth to run through this conference with ease.
A-10: VCU -The Rams are always a sneaky contender for the conference championship, and with the aggressive D that they've used all year, I think they're bound to pull off an upset or two in the later rounds of this tournament.
MAAC: Sienna- With Ricky P's Iona out of the picture, I see the Saints as the only team worthy enough to take this year's MAAC Throne.