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None of Sunday's conference tournament winners gained as much as Ole Miss

None of Sunday’s conference tournament winners gained as much as Ole Miss

The ACC, Atlantic-10, Big Ten and SEC took centre stage this afternoon to close out the pre-tournament portion of the NCAA schedule.

Here’s a quick rundown of how those four conference champhionship games finished and what it means for the teams involved.

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Ole Miss Guard Marshall Henderson is having himself a day against the Florida Gators. The Junior from Hurst, Texas has 19 points with just over five minutes remaining in the game. His team leads #13ranked Florida by four points in the SEC Championship game. Henderson got his troll on after a big play. 10/10 for the creativity.

UPDATE: Ole Miss wins, booking a spot in the tournament. Chomp on.

Gif via Timothy Burke

Miami v North Carolina

While 13 Conference Championship games took centre stage on Saturday, four conferences held their semifinals today in advance of Sunday title games.

With the semis out of the way in the ACC, Atlantic-10, SEC and Big Ten, here’s a quick look at the final four games to be played before the bracket is unveiled later on Selection Sunday…

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Vanderbilt v Ole Miss - SEC Semifinals

By now, even the casual fan is familiar with the term “bubble team,” as teams across the country jockey themselves for entry and positioning in the NCAA tournament. Heading into Friday night, there were five bubble teams I was zeroing in on as conference tournaments progressed. As we speak on Saturday evening, one of those five teams has taken matters into its own hands while reaping the rewards of the other four teams’ failures.

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Indiana's Big Ten title hopes came to an end on Saturday, but what about their hopes of a No. 1 seed?

Indiana’s Big Ten title hopes came to an end on Saturday, but what about their hopes of a No. 1 seed?

With Indiana’s loss to Wisconsin in the Big Ten semifinals on Saturday afternoon, the debate over which four teams deserve No. 1 seeds in the NCAA tournament and which team deserves the No. 1 overall seed was reopened.

On that note, here are 10 teams that probably think they have a shot at one of the four available No. 1 seeds. The teams are listed in order of their RPI ranking. Included is each team’s overall record, their record against teams that were ranked at the time of the matchup and how they fared in their conference tournament.

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Louisville v Memphis

If you’re in need of a serious college basketball fix before the actual Madness begins, then today is your lucky day as 17 conference tournaments are in play, including 13 conference championship games.

With those 13 conference tournament finals taking centre stage, 13 teams will earn automatic bids to next week’s NCAA tournament, and two teams opened today’s action doing just that.

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WCC Basketball Tournament - Championship

The Gonzaga Bulldogs have wrapped up another WCC title in Las Vegas, capping a pretty special season for everybody’s favorite Cinderella team from season’s past.

Unfortunately for those of you who love an underdog, the Zags head into March Madness as the hunted. Gonzaga went 16-0 in conference play and decimated Saint Mary’s at Orleans Arena tonight, winning by 14 points.

Earlier today they retained their number one ranking. With a conference championship in hand, they’re all but locks for a number one seed on selection Sunday.

The Bulldogs have their critics, the majority of whom cite a weak schedule as the main reason for Gonzaga’s ascendance to number one for the first time ever. The haters will get their chance to bask in the schadenfreude if the Zags make an early exit.

Canadian star and potential lottery pick Kelly Olynyk recorded 21 points and 12 rebounds in the win. Denison Secondary alum Kevin Pangos scored four points and dropped seven dimes. For a month, casual Canadian college basketball fans have a team to call their own when the madness begins.