Busting Brackets

NCAA Basketball: Predicted Winners of last 17 Conference Tournaments of 2023-24

Championship Week is here that means in 7 days it will be Selection Sunday. There is still some bids to hand out though and who will get those bids?

Kentucky guard Justin Edwards (1) and Kentucky forward Ado Thiero (3) on the court during an NCAA
Kentucky guard Justin Edwards (1) and Kentucky forward Ado Thiero (3) on the court during an NCAA / Caitie McMekin/News Sentinel / USA TODAY
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Atlantic 10

Dates: March 12th-17th
Location: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
Top Seed: Richmond Spiders
Winner: Dayton Flyers

Dayton is the most talented team in the league and has the Player of the Year. Big man DaRon Holmes III is one of the best big men in the country and is the best player in the Atlantic 10 and it isn’t particularly close. In the preseason we all thought the Flyers were going to run away and hide in the Atlantic 10 but that has not happened, and they entered the league tournament as the third seed and zero wins against the projected NCAA tournament field. Dayton has great metrics and zero bad losses and is going to be in the NCAA tournament regardless of what happens, but it seems that when the Flyers are going to have their backs against the wall and take home some hardware, they are going to win the league.

Dayton is one of the best three-point shooting teams in the country, they shoot 40% as a team and couple that with their defense that contains everything and never fouls you have a very dangerous team come March. If they make threes, they are almost impossible to beat. Dayton may have lost their point guard Javon Bennett for the season, but they still have enough talent to win this league.

Sleeper: Duquesne Dukes

Duquesne entered the year with high expectations, and I was one of the main people singing their praises. The Dukes started off the league year at 0-5 and didn’t look great getting to that record. Half of those games were without star Dae Dae Grant as he was out with a concussion. Grant is back and the Duquesne has found themselves on a big time run heading into the Atlantic 10 conference tournament. Duquesne isn’t as talented as the top teams in the league, but they play as a team and have a ton of depth, especially in the front court. The Dukes are well coached and are going to be constantly put in situations that will allow them to win. If Grant goes the Dukes go he is good enough to make everyone around him better.