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