Tuesday Conferene Tournament Predictions:

    
March 6th, 2012

Our g guru has been on fire this year. He'll be picking every conference tournament game over the next week, including tonight's four key championship games. Games listed in order with later rounds on top and earlier rounds at the bottom. Read more about Championship Week at CollegeHoops.net.

 

HORIZON LEAGUE FINALS: AT VALPARAISO

 

(1) Valparaiso (22-10, 14-4) vs. (3) Detroit (21-13, 11-7)

 

Tipoff: 9 p.m. TV: ESPN. Regular-season meetings: Jan. 6 – Valparaiso 73-71*; Feb. 2 – Valparaiso 78-73. RPI: Valparaiso 89, Detroit 135. Analysis: Detroit is playing like it was expected to all season, but the Crusaders may be playing even better. Line: Valparaiso -2. Pick: Valparaiso 69, Detroit 64.

 

 

SUMMIT LEAGUE FINALS: AT SIOUX FALLS, S.D.

 

(2) South Dakota State (26-7, 15-3) vs. (4) Western Illinois (18-13, 9-9)

 

Tipoff: 9 p.m. TV: ESPN2. Regular-season meetings: Dec. 3 – South Dakota State 67-66*; Feb. 23 – South Dakota State 74-57. RPI: South Dakota State 59, Western Illinois 159. Analysis: Nate Wolters will lead the Jackrabbits to their first NCAA Tournament. Pick: South Dakota State 83, Western Illinois 74.

 

 

SUN BELT FINALS: AT HOT SPRINGS, ARK.

 

(5) North Texas (18-13, 9-7) vs. (7) Western Kentucky (14-18, 7-9)

 

Tipoff: 7 p.m. TV: ESPN2. Regular-season meetings: Jan. 12 – North Texas 84-67. RPI: North Texas 193, Western Kentucky 214. Analysis: North Texas should win. Of course, in the Sun Belt Tournament, that means Western Kentucky probably will. Pick: North Texas 77, Western Kentucky 69.

 

 

BIG SKY SEMINFINALS: AT CAMPUS SITES

 

(3) Portland State (17-13, 10-6) at (2) Weber State (23-5, 14-2)

 

Tipoff: 7:30 p.m. TV: Altitude. Regular-season meetings: Jan. 7 – Weber State 88-81*; Feb. 2 – Weber State 92-79. RPI: Weber State 73, Portland State 170. Analysis: Despite being the 2 and 3 seeds, there’s a wide gap between the Wildcats and the Vikings. Line: Weber State -5½. Pick: Weber State 87, Portland State 73.

 

(4) Eastern Washington (15-16, 8-8) at (1) Montana (23-6, 15-1)

 

Tipoff: 10 p.m. TV: Altitude. Regular-season meetings: Dec. 30 – Montana 79-71; Jan. 26 – Montana 74-60*. RPI: Montana 88, Eastern Washington 210. Analysis: Montana is the class of the Big Sky. Line: Montana -10½. Pick: Montana 80, Eastern Washington 67.

 

 

ATLANTIC 10 FIRST ROUND: AT ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.

 

(12) Charlotte (13-16, 5-11) at (5) Saint Joseph’s (19-12, 9-7)

 

Tipoff: 7 p.m. Regular-season meetings: Jan. 7 – Charlotte 57-52*. RPI: Saint Joseph’s 50, Charlotte 164. Analysis: The Hawks avenge their worst loss of the season in a big way. Line: Saint Joseph’s -9. Pick: Saint Joseph’s 79, Charlotte 51.

 

(11) George Washington (10-20, 5-11) at (6) Dayton (19-11, 9-7)

 

Tipoff: 7 p.m. Regular-season meetings: March 3 – Dayton 75-59. RPI: Dayton 71, George Washington 172. Analysis: The Flyers beat GW by 16 points at home on Saturday. So why’s the line only 9? Line: Dayton -9. Pick: Dayton 73, George Washington 61.

 

(10) Richmond (16-15, 7-9) at (7) LaSalle (20-11, 9-7)

 

Tipoff: 7 p.m. Regular-season meetings: Feb. 8 – Richmond 78-76. RPI: LaSalle 77, Richmond 119. Analysis: Richmond played really well down the stretch and could be a factor in the A-10 tourney. Line: LaSalle -6½. Pick: Richmond 75, LaSalle 70.

 

(9) Duquesne (16-14, 7-9) at (8) Massachusetts (20-10, 9-7)

 

Tipoff: 7 p.m. Regular-season meetings: Jan. 18 – Duquesne 80-69. RPI: UMass 82, Duquesne 98. Analysis: B.J. Monteiro’s work in the paint will keep the Dukes in the game. Line: UMass -6½. Pick: Massachusetts 73, Duquesne 70.

 

 

BIG EAST FIRST ROUND: AT NEW YORK CITY

 

(9) Connecticut (18-12, 8-10) vs. (16) DePaul (12-18, 3-15)

 

Tipoff: Noon. TV: ESPN2. Regular-season meetings: Feb. 15 – UConn 80-54. RPI: UConn 32, DePaul 196. Analysis: A double-digit spread is way too much for a team that comes to play as little as UConn does. Line: Connecticut -10½. Pick: Connecticut 67, DePaul 59.

 

(12) St. John’s (13-18, 6-12) vs. (13) Pittsburgh (16-15, 5-13)

 

Tipoff: 2 p.m. TV: ESPN2. Regular-season meetings: Feb. 29 – Pitt 89, St. John’s 69. RPI: St. John’s 134, Pitt 95. Analysis: Pitt has enough talent to be the surprise of this tournament. Line: Pitt -4. Pick: Pittsburgh 76, St. John’s 67.

 

(10) Seton Hall (19-11, 8-10) vs. (15) Providence (15-16, 4-14)

 

Tipoff: 7 p.m. TV: ESPNU. Regular-season meetings: Jan. 7 – Seton Hall 67-56*. RPI: Seton Hall 60, Providence 146. Analysis: There are a lot of different ways this one could go. Leaning Seton Hall in a high-scoring game. Line: Seton Hall -4. Pick: Seton Hall 86, Providence 78.

 

(11) Rutgers (14-17, 6-12) vs. (14) Villanova (12-18, 5-13)

 

Tipoff: 9 p.m. TV: ESPNU. Regular-season meetings: March 1 – Villanova 77-71*. RPI: Rutgers 150, Villanova 115. Analysis: Malik Wayns can carry the Wildcats to at least one Big East win. Line: Villanova -1. Pick: Villanova 69, Rutgers 65.

 

 

Greg Against the Spread This Season: 128-94-3