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Kentucky. North Carolina. Michigan State. Which teams have the best shots to win their league titles before March Madness truly begins?

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Since Bracket Boy emerged this week in his Donald Trump persona, hes discovered something quite reassuring. 
I have all the answers, he said. Im not going to say that I know everything, but I know a lot of things, and I know that I can use my normal-sized hands to make some great conference-tournament picks. Im really quite good.
So as America awaits the arrival of Selection Sunday, Bracket Boy figured hed hone his prognosticating skills and pick the winners of all the major conference tournaments. And away we go ...
Atlantic 10: This conference has had a fine year, and the week in Brooklyn will be an opportunity to solidify four bids in the big tournament next week. But one team that doesnt need the automatic bid will win the title. Ive liked St. Joes all year, and I think theyll clip the nets, BB said. A potential sleeper? George Washington. Pick: St. Josephs. 
American Athletic: HEY! Somebody give me credit -- I included them on the major conference list, BB said. Temple is the top seed here in a conference that hasnt had any buzz this season whatsoever. Look for the Cincinnati Bearcats to steal the automatic bid. A potential sleeper? Memphis. Pick: Cincinnati.
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ACC: North Carolina is the top seed and appears to have gotten its act together just in time for March. But can the Tar Heels play three complete games in three days? I think they will, BB said, and that bodes well for their hopes when the real tournament begins. A potential sleeper: Duke Hey, theyre the fifth seed! Pick: North Carolina.
Big East: Villanova and Xavier have been the two best teams in the Big East all season, and theyll play for the league title at the Garden. Sorry, Seton Hall, BB said, but I think the Musketeers will have revenge on their minds for that upset in Newark if you meet them in the semifinals. A potential sleeper? Butler. Pick: Xavier.
Big Ten: Indiana is the top seed but, as was the case for most of the regular season, expect parity in Indianapolis. This tournament figures to be a slugfest as usual, BB said, but hes very high on Michigan State and their chances to be a special team this month. Potential sleeper: Ohio State. Pick: Michigan State.
Big 12: Kansas has won the leagues regular season title 12 straight years, which is a truly incredible streak that doesnt get enough attention. The Jayhawks are the favorites, but not prohibitively so in a conference that should get seven teams in the tournament. A potential sleeper? Iowa State. Pick: Kansas.
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Pac-12: This should be a fascinating three days, since all four of the top seeds have Final Four potential. I just think the young Cal Bears are on another level, talent wise, and this is when theyll put it all together, BB said. Potential sleeper: UCLA Pick: Cal.
SEC: Can LSU do enough in Nashville to get off the bubble and ensure that freshman phenom and likely No. 1 pick Ben Simmons gets to play in the tournament? Thatll be the top storyline, and I dont like their chances, BB said, give their lackluster regular season. A potential sleeper? Vanderbilt. Pick: Kentucky

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Kentucky. North Carolina. Michigan State. Which teams have the best shots to win their league titles before March Madness truly begins?

Watch video




Since Bracket Boy emerged this week in his Donald Trump persona, hes discovered something quite reassuring. 
I have all the answers, he said. Im not going to say that I know everything, but I know a lot of things, and I know that I can use my normal-sized hands to make some great conference-tournament picks. Im really quite good.
So as America awaits the arrival of Selection Sunday, Bracket Boy figured hed hone his prognosticating skills and pick the winners of all the major conference tournaments. And away we go ...
Atlantic 10: This conference has had a fine year, and the week in Brooklyn will be an opportunity to solidify four bids in the big tournament next week. But one team that doesnt need the automatic bid will win the title. Ive liked St. Joes all year, and I think theyll clip the nets, BB said. A potential sleeper? George Washington. Pick: St. Josephs. 
American Athletic: HEY! Somebody give me credit -- I included them on the major conference list, BB said. Temple is the top seed here in a conference that hasnt had any buzz this season whatsoever. Look for the Cincinnati Bearcats to steal the automatic bid. A potential sleeper? Memphis. Pick: Cincinnati.
BBs vow: Make your bracket great again
ACC: North Carolina is the top seed and appears to have gotten its act together just in time for March. But can the Tar Heels play three complete games in three days? I think they will, BB said, and that bodes well for their hopes when the real tournament begins. A potential sleeper: Duke Hey, theyre the fifth seed! Pick: North Carolina.
Big East: Villanova and Xavier have been the two best teams in the Big East all season, and theyll play for the league title at the Garden. Sorry, Seton Hall, BB said, but I think the Musketeers will have revenge on their minds for that upset in Newark if you meet them in the semifinals. A potential sleeper? Butler. Pick: Xavier.
Big Ten: Indiana is the top seed but, as was the case for most of the regular season, expect parity in Indianapolis. This tournament figures to be a slugfest as usual, BB said, but hes very high on Michigan State and their chances to be a special team this month. Potential sleeper: Ohio State. Pick: Michigan State.
Big 12: Kansas has won the leagues regular season title 12 straight years, which is a truly incredible streak that doesnt get enough attention. The Jayhawks are the favorites, but not prohibitively so in a conference that should get seven teams in the tournament. A potential sleeper? Iowa State. Pick: Kansas.
BBs official Selection Sunday primer
Pac-12: This should be a fascinating three days, since all four of the top seeds have Final Four potential. I just think the young Cal Bears are on another level, talent wise, and this is when theyll put it all together, BB said. Potential sleeper: UCLA Pick: Cal.
SEC: Can LSU do enough in Nashville to get off the bubble and ensure that freshman phenom and likely No. 1 pick Ben Simmons gets to play in the tournament? Thatll be the top storyline, and I dont like their chances, BB said, give their lackluster regular season. A potential sleeper? Vanderbilt. Pick: Kentucky

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