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2012 College Basketball Conference Tournament Schedules

college basketball tournament ticketsCollege basketball tickets are not normally the most lucrative tickets to promote.  However, that all changes once March Madness begins.  When most people think of March Madness they immediately think of the NCAA Tournament but ticket demand is also extremely high for conference tournaments.  The tournaments are the last chance for many teams to prove to the NCAA selection committee that they deserve a chance to be in the big dance.  For others, its a chance to improve their seeding in the tournament.  Regardless of the situation, conference basketball tournament are exciting.

Although matchups and seedings have yet to be announced, below is a comprehensive guide to all the 2012 college basketball conference tournaments.

2012 ACC Basketball Tournament Schedule

ACC Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 1
3/8/2012 – Philips Arena – Atlanta, GA

ACC Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 2
3/8/2012 – Philips Arena – Atlanta, GA

ACC Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 3
3/9/2012 – Philips Arena – Atlanta, GA

ACC Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 4
3/9/2012 – Philips Arena – Atlanta, GA

ACC Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 5
3/10/2012 – Philips Arena – Atlanta, GA

ACC Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 6
3/11/2012 – Philips Arena – Atlanta, GA

2012 Big 10 Mens Basketball Tournament Schedule

Big Ten Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 1
3/8/2012 – Bankers Life Fieldhouse – Indianapolis, IN

Big Ten Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 2
3/8/2012 – Bankers Life Fieldhouse – Indianapolis, IN

Big Ten Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 3
3/9/2012 – Bankers Life Fieldhouse – Indianapolis, IN

Big Ten Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 4
3/9/2012 – Bankers Life Fieldhouse – Indianapolis, IN

Big Ten Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 5
3/10/2012 – Bankers Life Fieldhouse – Indianapolis, IN

Big Ten Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 6
3/11/2012 – Bankers Life Fieldhouse – Indianapolis, IN

2012 Big 12 Mens Basketball Tournament Schedule

Big 12 Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 1
3/7/2012 – Sprint Center – Kansas City, MO

Big 12 Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 2
3/8/2012 – Sprint Center – Kansas City, MO

Big 12 Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 3
3/8/2012 – Sprint Center – Kansas City, MO

Big 12 Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 4
3/9/2012 – Sprint Center – Kansas City, MO

Big 12 Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 5
3/10/2012 – Sprint Center – Kansas City, MO

2012 Big East Basketball Tournament Schedule

Big East Tournament – Session 1
3/6/2012 – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY

Big East Tournament – Session 2
3/6/2012 – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY

Big East Tournament – Session 3
3/7/2012 – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY

Big East Tournament – Session 4
3/7/2012 – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY

Big East Tournament – Session 5
3/8/2012 – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY

Big East Tournament – Session 6
3/8/2012 – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY

Big East Tournament – Session 7
3/9/2012 – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY

Big East Tournament – Championship
3/10/2012 – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY

2012 Pac 12 Basketball Tournament Schedule

PAC 12 Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 1
3/7/2012 – Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA

PAC 12 Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 2
3/7/2012 – Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA

PAC 12 Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 3
3/8/2012 – Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA

PAC 12 Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 4
3/8/2012 – Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA

PAC 12 Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 6
3/9/2012 – Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA

PAC 12 Mens Basketball Tournament – Championship
3/10/2012 – Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA

2012 SEC Mens Basketball Tournament Schedule

SEC Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 1
3/8/2012 – New Orleans Arena – New Orleans, LA

SEC Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 2
3/8/2012 – New Orleans Arena – New Orleans, LA

SEC Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 3
3/9/2012 – New Orleans Arena – New Orleans, LA

SEC Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 4
3/9/2012 – New Orleans Arena – New Orleans, LA

SEC Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 5
3/10/2012 – New Orleans Arena – New Orleans, LA

SEC Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 6
3/11/2012 – New Orleans Arena – New Orleans, LA

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Tickifieds.com 2011-2012 College Basketball Rankings

Fab Melo of Syracuse University

The Syracuse Orange can be legitimate National Championship contenders if Fab Melo can live up to his enormous potential.

With the NBA Labor dispute threatening professional basketball, fans of the sport across the country are anxiously awaiting the start of the NCAA season.   Although it seems strange talking college hoops in October, Midnight Madness has already officially kicked off the start of the 2011-2012 College Basketball season across many college campuses. These first days of practice typically include a raucous pep rally featuring cheerleaders, loud music, and a slam dunk contest.  While this is mainly a publicity stunt, it also mean teams may officially begin practices for games which begin in early November.  With only a few week left until tip off, we have come up with rankings for the upcoming season.  Below are the Tickifieds.com Preseason Top 25 College Basketball teams.

1.  North Carolina Tarheels

The Tarheels are probably the most talented team in the nation as they will be returning several stars from last season.  Point guard Kendall Marshall should benefit by beginning the season as a starter.  Throw in freshman 5-star prospects James McAdoo and PJ Hairston to the front court and North Carolina could be scary good.

2.  Kentucky Wildcats

Perhaps no one recruited a better freshman class than John Calipari.  The Wildcats will feature four 5-star prospects including Anthony Davis, Mike Gilchrist, Marquis Teague and Kyle Wiltjer. If the fantastic freshman can gel with veterans Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb, the could be one of the best college basketball teams in UK history.  Until we  see them in action, we have to put them at #2.

3.  The Ohio State Buckeyes

College Player of the Year Jared Sullinger will be back for his sophomore year and has the Buckeyes in contention for a national title.  Although Ohio State doesn’t have the depth of UNC or Kentucky, they will be returning Aaron Craft and William Buford to go along with another solid recruiting class.

4.  Syracuse Orange

We are going to go out on a bit of a limb and project Syracuse at #4.  This young and talented team has an impressive backcourt trio with Scoop Jardine, Brandon Triche and Dion Waiters.  If Fab Melo and Freshman Rakeem Christmas develop to their potential they could be real scary.

5.  Duke Blue Devils

The Blue Devils lost a lot of talent from last year but, as usual, have quickly reloaded with incoming freshman Austin Rivers, Seth Curry and Andre Dawkins set to take over.  They may take a while to get things going but there certainly will not be a lack of talent.

6.  Vanderbilt Commodores

After bowing out of the NCAA Tournament in the first round, Vandy will be looking for revenge.  With arguably one of the most experienced teams in the nation the Commodores should be strong with  Jeffery Taylor, John Jenkins and Festus Ezeli all returning.

7.  Memphis Tigers

Memphis made some noise last year but their inexperience showed last season.  With more experience under their belt, Josh Pastner’s squad could finally get to a Final Four with a nice mix of returning players and some exciting freshman.

8.  Louisville Cardinals

Although the Cardinals lost guard Preston Knowles, just about everyone else will be back.  Lousiville will also add 2 top 35 recruits in Chane Behanan and Wayne Blackshear.

9.  Florida Gators

The Gators certainly lost some frontcourt depth from last year but they return 2 of the most unappreciated guards in the country Erving Walker and Kenny Boynton.  If transfer Mike Rosario and 5-star recruit Brad Beal live up to potential, Florida could battle Kentucky and Vanderbilt for the SEC title.

10.  Pittsburgh Panthers

The Panthers are a bit of a sleeper pick but any team with Ashton Gibbs certainly has a shot.  Pittsburgh has solid chemistry with lots of returning players and a very nice recruiting class.  This team could get out of the gates quickly.

The rest of the top 25….

11.  Connecticut Huskies

12. Baylor Bears

13. Kansas Jayhawks

14.  Wisconsin Badgers

15.  Xavier Musketeers

16.  Alabama Crimson Tide

17.  Arizona Wildcats

18. Michigan Wolverines

19.  Texas A&M Aggies

20.  UCLA Bruins

21.  Marquette Golden Eagles

22. Cincinnati Bearcats

23. Gonzaga Bulldogs

24. California Golden Bears

25.  Missouri Tigers

Final Four Craziness!!

Well, I’m sure by now 99% of people’s pools and brackets are all screwed up.  The Final Four is an unlikely group of Cinderella Stories, including Virginia Commonwealth Rams, Butler Bulldogs, UConn Huskies and University of Kentucky Wildcats.   One of those four teams will take home the coveted championship next Monday, April 4th  in Houston at Reliant Stadium.  Crazy, huh?

None, let me repeat, NONE of the best sports analysts top picks to win the NCAA Championship Title even made it to the final four.  This is the first final four in history that a number 1 or 2 seed did not make it.

What’s even crazier is that neither the Bulldogs nor VCU (one of which WILL play for the title) was a lock to make the tournament at all.  Butler in the Horizon league had a record of 6-5 early on.  VCU couldn’t bring home the W in any of its final four regular season conference games.  However, since Butler won at Milwaukee to win the Horizon League Tournament title and VCU was deemed acceptable by the selection committee, bada bing, bada book…you’re lookin’ at a future NCAA Men’s Basketball Champion.

A point of interest: the Horizon league has won more Final Four Victories (one) in the span than the Big East, whom have not won a game in the final four since Connecticut’s 2004 championship.

Speaking of which, perhaps the Huskies were just plain overshadowed this year?  They had quite the impressive record (12-0) but were tied for 9th in the Big East regular season (9-9).  UConn won five games in five days in the Big East Tournament.  In sum, they’ve been a on a very nice 9 game winning streak.

The Kentucky Wildcats have dealt with quite the upheaval with their team this year.  Early on, DeMarcus Cousins, Patrick Patterson and Daniel Orton were all recruited in the NBA draft.  This left poor freshman, Enes Kanter, to fill those shoes.  Kanter has done a remarkable job.  The Cats have been on a winning streak since Florida and Vanderbilt victories.  Kentucky has been on a 10-game winning streak. Perhaps their most amazing win to date was when they took down No.1 overall seed and Big Ten regular-season and tournament champ Ohio State and the ACC regular-season champ.

So, in the end, how does that saying go?  “It’s not the size of the dog that matters; it’s the amount of fight in the dog.”  Well, something like that at any rate.  These four teams prove that it’s all about playing a little basketball with a whole lot of heart.

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