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Sunday, January 16, 2022

Now that UF has likely fallen out of most NCAA Tournament projections, there are some conference tournaments (other than the SEC) that Gators fans should keep an eye on.

In each of these conferences, the top seed already has an NCAA Tournament worthy resume, or is very close to it. UF fans want these favorites to win their conference tournaments and scoop up the potential lone automatic bid.

If the favorite loses in the conference tourney, then a previously undeserving team could slip into the field of 65, making a potential one-bid conference a two-bid league and bursting the bubble of a fringe team like UF.

Missouri Valley top seed Drake got things going in the right direction on Sunday by blowing out second-seeded Southern Illinois for its conference title.

Here are the rest of the conference tournaments to watch with the favorites UF fans should be rooting for in parentheses:

Atlantic 10: Wednesday-Saturday (XAVIER)

Colonial: Championship: Monday, ESPN, 7 p.m. (VCU)

Conference USA: Wednesday-Saturday (MEMPHIS)

Horizon: Championship: Tuesday, ESPN, 9 p.m. (BUTLER)

MAC: Wednesday-Saturday (KENT STATE)

Mountain West: Wednesday-Saturday (BYU)

Southern: Championship: Monday, ESPN2, 9 p.m. (DAVIDSON)

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Sun Belt: Championship: Tuesday, ESPN2, 9 p.m. (SOUTH ALABAMA)

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