College women's preview: Conference championships

Annie Park and the USC Trojans will have a test at the Pac-12 Championship.

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RankNameSchoolRating
1Alison LeeUCLA  69.96 
2Stephanie MeadowAlabama  70.17 
3Gaby LopezArkansas  70.29 
4Noemi JimenezArizona St  70.31 
5Celine BoutierDuke  70.40 

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RankNameRatingEvents
1Southern California 70.64  13 
2UCLA 70.83  12 
3Duke 70.89  11 
4Stanford 71.74  13 
5Arizona State 71.75  12 

It's conference championship season. Teams will be looking to get hot at the right time to make a run at the NCAA title, and that starts this week.

Here's a rundown of what to look out for as the conference tournaments begin:

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AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

April 20-22; Hammock Beach R&GC (Ocean), Palm Coast, Fla.

Favorite: Central Florida (No. 18 in Golfweek/Sagarin rankings)

Buzz: UCF has played well in the spring, but No. 36 Louisville could also make a run at the first American championship.

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ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE

April 17-19, Sedgfield CC, Greensboro, N.C.

Favorite: Duke (No. 3 in Golfweek/Sagarin rankings)

Buzz: Duke, led by sophomore Celine Boutier and rookie Yu Liu, will looking to continue its tear in the spring with a third-straight conference title.

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ATLANTIC SUN CONFERENCE

April 14-16, Jekyll Island (Ga.) Golf Club

Favorite: East Tennessee State (No. 50 in Golfweek/Sagarin rankings)

Buzz: East Tennessee is a veteran team that could win back-to-back titles.

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BIG EAST CONFERENCE

April 17-19, LPGA International, Daytona Beach, Fla.

Favorite: Xavier (No. 98 in Golfweek/Sagarin rankings)

Buzz: Which team can seize the first title in the new-look Big East.

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BIG 12 CONFERENCE

April 25-27, University of Texas GC, Austin

Favorite: Oklahoma (No. 13 in Golfweek/Sagarin rankings)

Buzz: Oklahoma is the top-ranked team and defending champ heading into the tournament, but there could be bedlam come tournament time if No. 15 Oklahoma State hits its stride.

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BIG SKY CONFERENCE

April 20-22, Ocotillo Golf Resort, Chandler, Ariz.

Favorite: Portland State (No. 101 in Golfweek/Sagarin rankings)

Buzz: Portland State will looks for its seventh conference title since 2003, but Sacramento State, led by senior Tiffany Nichols, could have something to say about that.

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BIG TEN CONFERENCE

April 25-27, French Lick (Ind.)

Favorite: Northwestern (No. 12 in Golfweek/Sagarin rankings)

Buzz: The Wildcats will aim for their second win of the spring at the Big Ten Championship, but Michigan State will play for its third title in four years.

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COLONIAL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

April 19-21, St. James Plantation, Southport N.C.

Favorite: College of Charleston (No. 56 in Golfweek/Sagarin rankings)

Buzz: One year removed from being a member of the Southern Conference, College of Charleston will look to welcome itself to the CAA with a championship.

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CONFERENCE USA

April 21-23, Peninsula Golf Club, Gulf Shores, Ala.

Favorite: Tulane (No. 29 in Golfweek/Sagarin rankings)

Buzz: The Green Wave will make a run at back-to-back titles in the new-look C-USA.

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HORIZON LEAGUE

April 25-27, Mission Inn Resort, Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.

Favorite: Detroit (No. 185 in Golfweek/Sagarin rankings)

Buzz: After a win in the fall, defending champ Detroit could be the strongest teams in the field.

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MAAC

April 25-27, Disney’s Palm GC, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Favorite: Siena (No. 197 in Golfweek/Sagarin rankings)

Buzz: With defending champion Butler out of the picture, Siena can regain its reign over the MAAC.

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MAC

April 25-27, Hawthorns CC, Fishers, Ind.

Favorite: Kent State (No. 40 in Golfweek/Sagarin rankings)

Buzz: Kent State will make a bid for 16 straight conference titles.

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MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE

April 20-22, Panther Creek GC, Springfield, Ill.

Favorite: Wichita State (No. 148 in Golfweek/Sagarin rankings)

Buzz: The Shockers will head into the tournament with some confidence after winning their last event, the Kansas City Shootout.

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NORTHEAST CONFERENCE

April 25-27, LPGA International, Daytona Beach, Fla.

Favorite: Long Island-Brooklyn (No. 184 in Golfweek/Sagarin rankings)

Buzz: LIU-Brooklyn will try and pull off a three-peat at the conference championship.

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OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE

April 21-23, Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, The Shoals, Muscle Shoals, Ala.

Favorite: Jacksonville State (No. 94 in Golfweek/Sagarin rankings)

Buzz: Jacksonville State has yet to win in the spring, but could break through when it matters most.

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PAC-12 CONFERENCE

April 25-27, Trysting Tree GC, Corvallis, Ore.

Favorite: Southern California (No. 1 in Golfweek/Sagarin rankings)

Buzz: This is the big one. USC and UCLA take a blossoming rivalry to the Pac-12 championship as the No. 1 and 2 teams in the country face off for the title.

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PATRIOT LEAGUE

April 20-22, Ocotillo Golf Resort, Chandler, Ariz.

Favorite: Boston University (No. 159 in Golfweek/Sagarin rankings)

Buzz: Can the Terriers step in and win their first time out at the Patriot League championship?

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SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE

April 18-20, Greystone G&CC (Founder’s Course), Hoover, Ala.

Favorite: Arkansas (No. 5 in Golfweek/Sagarin rankings)

Buzz: Arkansas heads into the tournament as the most highly ranked team in the conference, but No. 10 South Carolina is coming off of a big win at the Ping/ASU Invitational.

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SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE

April 15-17, High Meadow Ranch CC, Magnolia, Texas

Favorite: Lamar (No. 93 in Golfweek/Sagarin rankings)

Buzz: A young Lamar squad will compete for back-to-back Southland titles.

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SWAC

April 21-23, Links on the Bayou Golf Club, Alexandria, La.

Favorite: Texas Southern (No. 206 in Golfweek/Sagarin rankings)

Buzz: Texas Southern could be a fresh face among past SWAC champions.

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SUMMIT LEAGUE

April 21-23, Sky Creek Ranch GC, Keller, Texas

Favorite: Denver (No. 44 in Golfweek/Sagarin rankings)

Buzz: After gaining some solid experience at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic against some of the nation's top teams, Denver will look to step in and win its first Summit League title.

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SUN BELT CONFERENCE

April 14-16, Loxley, Ala.

Favorite: Texas State (No. 57 in Golfweek/Sagarin rankings)

Buzz: Texas State will have a little bit of momentum after finishing T-3 among a strong field at the rain-shortened Rebel Intercollegiate.

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WEST COAST CONFERENCE

April 14-16, Gold Mountain GC, Bremerton, Wash.

Favorite: Pepperdine (No. 9 in Golfweek/Sagarin rankings)

Buzz: Can Pepperdine continue its dominance in the WCC and win 13 straight?

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WAC

April 25-27, Longbow GC, Mesa, Ariz.

Favorite: New Mexico State (No. 110 in Golfweek/Sagarin rankings)

Buzz: New Mexico State will be riding a wave of confidence heading into the conference championship after winning the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic.

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