It’s only February, but the savory scent of March Madness is already swirling about in the air. It’s an alluring aroma, splendidly comprised of super-scintillating buzzer-beaters, jaw-dropping upsets, and heartwarming Cinderella stories. The closer we get to the frenzy, the more fragrant it becomes, and every play on the NCAA hardwood becomes more and more important. This year, picturing which team will reign supreme in the 2013 NCAA Tournament is as foggy as ever, but thankfully the NCAA conference tournaments are on the horizon and should help clear things up a bit. Here’s a look at which teams currently look likely to gain the top seeds in the major conference tournaments that are sure kick-start a wild March.
ACC Tournament - March 14-17 - Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, NC
The opening round of the 2013 ACC basketball tournament begins on Thursday, March 14th, and the championship game is scheduled to tip off on Sunday, March 17th. All 12 ACC teams are invited to see if they can earn an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament, and Florida State comes in as the defending champions after claiming their first title last season. This year, the top five seeds as of now would be No. 3 Miami (20-3, 11-0); No. 2 Duke (22-2, 9-2); Virginia (18-6, 8-3); North Carolina State (17-7, 6-5); and North Carolina (16-8, 6-5). Overall, Duke is edging out North Carolina with 19 conference titles to 17, but Miami is playing like they may claim their first. We’ve got plenty of ACC Tournament tickets to see it live. Past MVP’s of include Tim Duncan, Carlos Boozer, and Michael Snaer.
Big Ten Tournament - March 14-17 - United Center in Chicago, IL
The tip off for the 2013 Big Ten tournament is slated for Thursday, March 14th, and the championship game will be held on Sunday, March 17th, which is also when the NCAA Tournament field is announced. No. 8 Michigan State was the number one seed last year and went on to win the championship, which is also the case for the past three years (Ohio State ’11,’10). If the dust was settled today, the top five seeds would be No.1 Indiana (22-3, 10-2); Michigan State (21-4, 10-2); No. 4 Michigan (21-4, 8-4); No. 13 Ohio State (18-6, 8-4); and No. 20 Wisconsin (17-8, 8-4). However, Illinois (18-8, 5-7) has shown that they have enough firepower to defeat anyone. Overall, Michigan State and Ohio State have won the most (3). We’ve got plenty of 2013 Big Ten tournament tickets for you to witness the tourney that’s seen MVPs like Mike Conley, jr., Evan Turner, and Draymond Green.
Big 12 Tournament - March 13-16 – Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO
The 2013 Big 12 Tournament is scheduled to get under way on Wednesday, March 13th, and the Championship game is set for Saturday, March 16th. While last year’s champion, Missouri, is now in the SEC, No. 14 Kansas is still around to continue their dominance, as they've claimed the title five out of the last seven years. If things started today, the top five seeds would be Kansas (20-4, 8-3); Kansas State (19-5, 8-3); No. 17 Oklahoma State (18-5, 8-3); Oklahoma (16-7, 7-4); Baylor (16-8, 7-4). But don’t count out Iowa State, as they’ve been playing well as of late. Overall, Kansas owns the most wins with eight, and Oklahoma is next up with three. Past tournament MVPs including Paul Pierce, Kevin Durant, and Kim English, and we’ve got premium Big 12 Tournament tickets to see the next one crowned live.
Big East Tournament - March 12-16 - Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
The 2013 Big East basketball tournament is starting on Tuesday, March 12th, and the championship game will take place Saturday, March 16th. As always, this one will go down at Madison Square Garden, but sadly it’s the last year that No. 6 Syracuse and Pittsburgh will compete. In addition, the entire conference will look much different in the next couple of years, so this is the last chance to see it go down. Last year, No. 12 Louisville claimed the title, and this year they’re looking like they can repeat. If the tournament happened today, the top five seeds would be Syracuse (20-4, 8-3); No. 15 Georgetown (18-4, 8-3); No. 18 Marquette (17-6, 8-3); No. 21 Notre Dame (20-5, 8-4); and Louisville (20-5, 8-4). Wise money wouldn’t count out Pitt, though. UCONN and Georgetown both lead the tourney overall with seven titles a piece. Past MVP’s include Jeff Green, Kemba Walker, and Peyton Siva. Make sure to claim your 2013 Big East Tournament tickets now to see the game in its classic form one more time.
SEC Tournament - March 13-17 – Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
The first round of the 2013 SEC basketball tournament will get underway on Wednesday, March 13th, and the championship game is happening on Sunday, March 17th. Last year, the Vanderbilt Commodores came out of nowhere to beat the Kentucky Wildcats, though Kentucky got the final laugh by winning the 2012 NCAA Championship. As of today, the top five seeds would be No. 7 Florida (20-3, 10-1); Kentucky (17-7, 8-3); Alabama (16-8, 8-3); Ole Miss (18-6, 7-4); and Missouri (18-6, 7-4). Florida has shown to be the most dominant, but teams should watch out for SEC freshmen, Texas A&M, who took down Kentucky on the road. Kentucky leads the pack with 27 tournament titles, and Alabama is a distant second with six. Now is the time to claim your 2013 SEC Championship tickets to see all the action live. Over the years, the tourney has seen phenomenal performances by MVPs like Al Horford, John Wall, and John Jenkins.
PAC 12 Tournament - March 13-16 - MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV
For the first time, the Pac 12 basketball tournament is set to make its Las Vegas debut on Wednesday, March 13th, and the championship game will tip off on Saturday, March 16th. Last season, Colorado won their first tournament title by taking out Arizona, and if the tournament began today, the top five seeds would be No. 23 Oregon (20-5, 9-3); No. 9 Arizona (20-4, 8-4); UCLA (18-7, 8-4); Arizona State (18-7, 7-5); and Colorado (17-7, 7-5). Arizona reigns supreme with four tournament titles, while UCLA and the Washington trail with three a piece. Vivid Seats has a phenomenal stock of 2013 PAC 12 tournament tickets, so make sure to claim yours today to head down to Sin City to see which player will join the ranks of Demar Derozan, Isaiah Thomas, and Carlon Brown as tournament MVP.