Conference championship previews, Part V

Down to the final four men's conference championships ... NCAA men's D-I golf committee picks teams for regionals next Monday.


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Brickyard Crossing GC


April 30-May 2

Field: Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green State, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Miami (Ohio), Northern Illinois, Ohio, Toledo

Defending champion: Eastern Michigan (19-over 1,171) by one stroke over Kent State; Toledo's Ciaran McAleavey (two-under 286) by one stroke over Eastern Michigan's Peter Sauerbrei

Skinny: Eastern Michigan is trying to become just the second program to win the MAC title three straight years. Unfortunately, the other program to do that--Kent State--will likely keep the Eagles from threepeating.


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__[Mountain West Championship

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Omni Tucson National


April 30-May 2

Field: Air Force, BYU, Colorado State, New Mexico, San Diego State, TCU, UNLV, Utah, Wyoming

Defending champion: Colorado State (two-under 850) by four strokes over TCU; UNLV's Eddie Olson (four-under 209) by three strokes over three players

Skinny: You could argue Colorado State's victory last spring was a bit of a surprise, but with five tournament titles in 2008-09, the Rams have the depth to win it again. Problem is they've got tougher competition this year, with TCU looking like its ready to claim its first MWC title.


__[Big Ten Championship

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Penn State University GC

University Park, Pa.

May 1-3

Field: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin

Defending champion: Michigan State (21-over 1,173) by four strokes over Minnesota; Indiana's Jorge Campillo (10-under 278) by two strokes over Ryan Brehm

Skinny: Front-runners Illinois and Indiana haven't won the conference title since 1988 and 1998, respectively. Meanwhile, don't sleep on host Penn State, which is trying for its first Big Ten title, and two-time defending champion Michigan State.

__Conference head-to-head records:

__Illinois, 22-5, .814

Indiana, 14-8, .636

Northwestern, 15-9-2, .615

Ohio State, 7-5, .583

Michigan, 14-12, .538

Penn State, 10-11, .476

Michigan State, 8-9-2, .473

Minnesota, 7-8-2, .470

Iowa, 10-12, .454

Wisconsin, 6-16, .272

Purdue, 3-21, .125


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ChampionsGate, Fla.

May 1-3

Field: Central Connecticut State, Fairleigh Dickinson, LIU-Brooklyn, Monmouth, Mount St. Mary's, Quinnipiac, Robert Morris, Sacred Heart, St. Francis (N.Y.), St. Francis (Pa.), Wagner

Defending champion: Sacred Heart (six-over 870) by 23 strokes over LIU-Brooklyn; Monmouth's Anthony Campanile (four-under 212) by one stroke over Sacred Heart's Patrick Fillian

Skinny: There have been five different conference winners in the past five years, although that streak will likely end this year as Sacred Heart looks like it has a good shot at winning for a second straight year.