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College Basketball: Predicting All 32 Conference Winners

College basketball season is here and teams have started playing for coveted conference championship trophies.

With the college basketball season getting underway, it is never too early to start wondering who will walk away with wins in their respective conferences, which, for most teams, could mean the only way they get a bid into the NCAA tournament at the end of the season. Not every best team will win the conference and not every conference will have a Cinderella winner. Here is my prediction for the winner of all 32 college basketball conferences.

American East – Vermont

American Athletic – Florida Atlantic

Florida Atlantic will make the jump from Conference USA to the American Conference and will win back-to-back conference championships in two different conferences.

Atlantic 10 – Dayton

Atlantic Coast – North Carolina

With the No. 4 ranked Duke and the No. 13 ranked Miami (FL) both ahead of North Carolina on the first AP Poll, UNC will need to come out and prove it is back on top, and I think they are.

Atlantic Sun – Eastern Kentucky

Big 12 – Houston

Houston will head from the American to the Big 12 and make a big statement in the team’s first season in the conference. With the No. 1 seed Kansas in there as well Houston will need to be great, not just good, to get this done.

Big East – Creighton

This is one of the best conferences in the nation with three teams ranked inside the top 10 and a handful of teams that could realistically come out on top. However, Creighton has more experience and talent than the others.

Big Sky – Eastern Washington

Big South – Longwood

Longwood might have lost their first game of the season but they have the talent to bounce back and still win among the teams in the conference.

Big Ten – Purdue

With Michigan State’s loss earlier this week in their season opener, I am no longer high on the Spartans. Purdue has had top talent and Zach Edey will once again win this conference.

Big West – UC Santa Barbara

UC Santa Barbara has the talent around this team to repeat as champions of the Big West.

Colonial Athletic – Charleston

Charleston was one of the highest upset picks in last year’s tournament bracket after winning this conference last season. They want to go back and get the win this year.

Conference USA – Liberty

Liberty joins Conference USA and has dominated on the football scale. They will also turn around and win the basketball side of the conference as well.

Horizon – Youngstown State

Ivy League – Yale

Princeton won the conference last season and made the most of it upsetting Arizona, Missouri and almost Creighton in the tournament. However, this year, Yale is in charge.

Metro Atlantic Athletic – Iona

Mid-American – Kent State

Mid-Eastern – Howard

Missouri Valley – Drake

Mountain West – San Diego State

There is no real competition in this conference. Mix that with the talent that this team has from the championship appearance that they made last year and they will go deep again.

Northeast – Fairleigh Dickinson

Ohio Valley – Morehead State

Pac-12 – USC

USC has Arizona, the No. 12 ranked team in the nation, in the Pac-12 to rival with. However, the potency of this offense is something I can get behind if it can stay consistent.

Patriot League – Colgate

SEC – Tennessee

Tennessee is the safe name to say here. The Vols are the highest-ranked team in the conference with the most ranked opponents in the top 25. However, my gut says that Texas A&M could surprise in this spot as well.

Southern – Furman

Furman will bring back much of the team that was able to knock off No. 4 Virginia in the first round of the Tournament last year after winning the Southern Conference last year. They will repeat this year and head back to the Big Dance.

Southland – Texas A&M – Corpus Christi

Southwestern Athletic – Grambling

Summit League – Oral Roberts

Sun Belt – James Madison

James Madison came out and made a statement in the first game of the season upsetting a top-five seed. It will look to take that momentum throughout the season winning the Sun Belt.

West Coast – St. Mary’s

For the last decade, this has been Gonzaga’s conference. However, St. Mary’s is here to make a statement this year and the No. 23 ranked team in the nation will take the throne.

Western Athletic – Grand Canyon

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Matthew Beighle
Matthew Beighle
An avid learner with a passion for football, real and fantasy.

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