Area College Basketball Teams Set to Begin Conference Play
Although some area college teams have already begun conference competition, all teams are now set to begin their conference schedules with their eyes on the prize of NCAA or NAIA postseason action.
ASUN (NCAA) – Austin Peay and Lipscomb
Conference USA (NCAA) – MTSU
Great Midwest Athletic Conference (NCAA) – Trevecca
Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (NAIA) – Fisk
MId-South (NAIA) – Bethel, Cumberland, Freed-Hardeman, Tennessee Southern
Missouri Valley Conference (NCAA) – Belmont
OVC (NCAA) – Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech, UT Martin
SEC (NCAA) – Vanderbilt
Austin Peay joins Lipscomb in the ASUN after leaving the OVC, and Belmont has gone to the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC).
Several of our area’s women’s teams were named as favorites to win their conferences with Belmont picked in the MVC, MTSU named in C-USA, and Tennessee Tech selected in the OVC.
Pre-Season Picks (by the media and conference SID’s)
Men – Liberty, Women – FGCU
Men – Walsh, Women – Ashland
Men- Drake, Women – Belmont
Men – Morehead State, Women – Tennessee tech
Men – Kentucky, Women – South Carolina