Conference USA Tournament Predictions

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The Conference USA Tournament’s opening round begins with a single game, as the No. 13 UTSA Roadrunners take on the No. 12 FAU Owls. The winner will face the No. 5 Old Dominion Monarchs, which will probably not be a close game. Last year, the UAB Blazers won the Conference USA Tournament and surprisingly did some damage in the NCAA Tournament. As a 14 seed, they beat the 3 seeded Iowa St. Cyclones and guess what, minus C.J Washington, this is the same team. Anyways, the Conference USA Tournament schedule are as follows…

First Round: March 8 (ASN/CST)
Game 1: No. 13 UTSA Roadrunners vs. No. 12 FAU Owls

Second Round: March 9 (ASN/CST)
Game 2: No. 9 North Texas Mean Green vs. No. 8 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
Game 3: Winner Game 1 vs. No. 5 Old Dominion Monarchs
Game 4: No. 10 Rice Owls vs. No. 7 Charlotte 49ers
Game 5: No. 11 FIU Golden Panthers vs. No. 6 UTEP Miners

Quarterfinals: March 10 (ASN/CST)
Game 6: Winner Game 2 vs. No. 1 UAB Blazers
Game 7: Winner Game 3 vs. No. 4 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
Game 8: Winner Game 4 vs. No. 2 Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
Game 9: Winner Game 5 vs. No. 3 Marshall Thundering Herd

Semifinals: March 11 (CBSSN)
Game 10: Winner Game 6 vs. Winner Game 7
Game 11: Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 9

Championship: March 12 (FS1)
Game 12: Winner Game 10 vs. Winner Game 11

Prediction: No questions about it, the UAB Blazers are my pick to win the Conference USA Tournament. Like I mentioned before, minus C.J Washington, this is the same team from last year. This is a Blazers team that finished the season 23-2 in their last twenty five games. So, they are hot heading into this tournament and seem to be in full stride at getting back into the NCAA Tournament. I could see the Blazers as a potential sweet 16 team, so watch out!

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