With the regular season coming to a close in the ACC, SEC, Big 12 and Big 10, there is a strong possibility that not a single team finishes as outright regular season champion.
Virginia Has the Best Chance in the ACC
At the moment Virginia are tied for first place in the ACC with North Carolina and only one game remaining for each. If Virginia beat Louisville, they will be ACC champs regardless of what happens in the North Carolina vs. Duke game. What does matter is if they will be outright champions or if they will have to share the regular season title with the Tar Heels. If North Carolina wins, then they will share the regular season crown with Virginia. The only way Duke can win the ACC regular season title is if they beat North Carolina and Virginia looses.
Kansas No Longer Kings of the Big 12
We recently discussed how Kansas dominance over the Big 12 might be over. That became a reality on Tuesday when Kansas lost at Oklahoma 81-68 to put the Big 12 regular season title out of contention. The run of 14 consecutive regular season titles is a streak that we will most likely not see broken in our lifetimes by a team in a major conference. The Jayhawks still have a chance to redeem themselves in the conference tournament. For now, it’s a battle between Texas Tech and Kansas St for the Big 12 regular season crown. This is a historic opportunity for the Texas Tech Red Raiders as they have never won a Big 12 regular season or post season crown. The road for Texas Tech is much tougher than Kansas St, the team they are currently tied with for the lead in the conference. They travel to Iowa St which is no easy place to get a win. It’s safe to say that this could be the biggest game in the history of Texas Tech basketball. Their last title of any kind as a program came back in 1996 when the won the old SWC (Southwestern Conference) the year before they left and joined the Big 12 (before that the Big 12 was known as the Big 8). As for Kansas St, they won the Big 12 regular season title once back in 2013 which they had to share with in state rivals Kansas.
The Big 10 Will be Decided in The State of Michigan
Bitter rivals Michigan and Michigan St face off for the Big 10 regular season title. It belonged to Purdue until they threw it away against Minnesota and now they find themselves in a three way tie for first place in the conference. If Purdue wins at Northwestern they will have at least a share of the regular season crown, but they lost their chance at having the number 1 seed in the Big Ten tournament because of their loosing record against both Michigan St and Michigan.
Kentucky on the Outside Looking In
The SEC has been a back and forth battle between Tennessee, LSU and Kentucky. When it’s all said and done, Kentucky has a legitimate beef with how the regular season title will play out. They lost to LSU on a tip in that was clearly basket interference and now they sit one game out of contention for the regular season crown behind LSU and Tennessee. There’s nothing they can do about it now and they will be hoping for a little outside help to really complicate things in the SEC.