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Previews of this week’s other major conference tournaments

03/11/2014 6:19 PM

03/11/2014 10:54 PM

In addition to the Big 12 and SEC, other major conferences are firing up their conference tournaments with plenty on the line. Here’s a tour of some of the leagues that should have multiple bids to the NCAA Tournament:

Atlantic Coast

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When/where:

Today-Sunday at the Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum

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Top four seeds:

1. Virginia, 2. Syracuse, 3. Duke, 4. North Carolina

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NCAA Tournament locks:

Virginia, Syracuse, Duke, North Carolina

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Bubble teams:

Pittsburgh, Florida State

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Players to watch:

Jabari Parker, Duke; T.J. Warren, North Carolina State; Tyler Ennis, Syracuse; Marcus Paige, North Carolina

American Athletic

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When/where:

Today-Saturday at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn.

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Top four seeds:

1. Cincinnati, 2. Louisville, 3. SMU, 4. Connecticut

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NCAA Tournament locks:

Cincinnati, Louisville, SMU, Connecticut, Memphis

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Bubble teams:

none

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Players to watch:

Shabazz Napier, Connecticut; Russ Smith, Louisville; Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati; Joe Jackson, Memphis

Atlantic 10

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When/where:

Today-Sunday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Top four seeds:

1. Saint Louis, 2. VCU, 3. George Washington, 4. St. Joseph’s

NCAA Tournament locks:

Saint Louis, VCU, George Washington, Massachusetts

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Bubble teams:

Dayton, St. Joseph’s

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Players to watch:

Chaz Williams, Massachusetts; Treveon Graham, VCU; Maurice Creek, George Washington

Big East

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When/where:

Today-Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York

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Top four seeds:

1. Villanova, 2. Creighton, 3. Xavier, 4. Providence

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NCAA Tournament locks:

Villanova, Creighton

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Bubble teams:

Xavier, Providence

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Players to watch:

Doug McDermott, Creighton; Semaj Christon, Xavier; Bryce Cotton, Providence; James Bell, Villanova

Big Ten

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When/where:

Thursday-Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis

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Top four seeds:

1. Michigan, 2. Wisconsin, 3. Michigan State, 4. Nebraska

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NCAA Tournament locks:

Michigan, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Ohio State, Iowa, Nebraska

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Bubble team:

Minnesota

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Players to watch:

Nik Stauskas, Michigan; Devyn Marble, Iowa; Gary Harris, Michigan State; Terran Petteway, Nebraska

Mountain West

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When/where:

Today-Saturday at the Thomas Mack Center in Las Vegas

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Top four seeds:

1. San Diego State, 2. New Mexico, 3. Nevada, 4. UNLV

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NCAA Tournament locks:

San Diego State, New Mexico

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Bubble teams:

none

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Players to watch:

Xavier Thames, San Diego State; Kendall Williams, New Mexico; Larry Nance Jr., Wyoming

Pac-12

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When/where:

Today-Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas

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Top four seeds:

1. Arizona, 2. UCLA, 3. Arizona State, 4. California

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NCAA Tournament locks:

Arizona, UCLA, Oregon, Colorado

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Bubble teams:

Stanford, Arizona State, California

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Players to watch: Nick Johnson, Arizona; Aaron Gordon, Arizona; Kyle Anderson, UCLA; Jahii Carson, Arizona State

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