Both the Big East and Pac-10 tournaments begin today [Wed.] and there are quite the amounts of storylines.
UCONN AND VILLANOVA FIGHTING FOR #1 SEEDS: Most likely both are top seeds regardless of what happens in this tournament. But, to erase any doubt....a semifinal appearance will erase that.
SYRACUSE FIGHTING TO GET IN: The Orange will most likely need to get to the Big East semis to have a shot. If they did that, they would've beaten Cincinnati and UConn....both dancin' teams with UConn the #1 team in the land. Still, they may need to make a Finals run [ala West Virginia last year] to guarantee it.
CALIFORNIA FIGHTING: Cal has gotta beat USC in the quarters. Do that, and they face Washington. A good showing there may get them in....with a win nearly guaranteeing it. They key will be how the committee views the Pac-10. Remember, they are rated below the Missouri Valley Conference in the pecking order and has no real elite team in the bunch. Not to mention that the young Pac-10 tournament has routinely had some big upsets in it.
STANFORD'S MOOD: If there are any teams in either conference that could pull a whammy and win the "whole f-n thing" [thanks Jake Taylor!] it would be Stanford winning the Pac-10. They'd have to win it to get a berth...but it could happen. They have the talent to do so in a conference tournament that has routinely had it's share of weirdness. A few breaks and turns and the Cardinal could be getting an auto invite.
SEEDING ISSUES: The Big East is highly regarded....so teams like Pittsburgh, Marquette and West Virginia are trying to capture geographically-friendly pods. On the left coast, UCLA and Washington want a good seed while Cal and Arizona are trying to stay out of those 8-9 games.