Championship Week Preview: College Basketball Conference Tournaments Schedule, Dates, and Tickets

Championship Week is one of my favorite parts of the college basketball season, and it will be here before we know it.

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It’s tough to beat the excitement created by teams laying it all on the line for their one shot at a tournament bid in smaller leagues, coupled with major conference squads fighting to improve their tournament profile.

We’re planning tons of coverage at MSF for March Madness 2012, but for now, here’s a rundown of all the conference tournament dates and key information.

America East

  • Tournament Site: Chase Arena, Hartford, CT for the first three rounds with Championship Game on the home floor of the highest seeded team
  • Tournament Dates and TV Coverage:
    • First Round: Thursday, March 1st at 8:30
    • Quarterfinals: Saturday, March 3rd at 12:00, 2:30, 6:00, and 8:30
    • Semifinals: Sunday, March 4th at 5:00 and 7:30 (ESPN3)
    • Championship: Saturday, March 10th at 11:00 AM (ESPN2)
  • Seeding/Bracket Notes: The only game in the First Round is between the eighth- and ninth-place teams.
  • Official Site
  • America East Conference Tournament Tickets

Atlantic Coast (ACC)

  • Tournament Site: Phillips Arena, Atlanta, GA
  • Tournament Dates and TV Coverage:
    • First Round: Thursday, March 8th at 12:00, 2:00, 7:00, and 9:00 (ESPNU)
    • Quarterfinals: Friday, March 9th at 12:00, 2:00, 7:00, and 9:00 (ESPN2)
    • Semifinals: Saturday, March 10th at 1:00 and 3:00 (ESPN)
    • Championship: Sunday, March 11th at 1:00 (ESPN)
  • Seeding/Bracket Notes: The top four seeds receive byes to the Quarterfinals on Friday, March 9th.
  • Official Site
  • ACC Tournament Tickets

Atlantic 10

  • Tournament Site: Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ with First Round games on the home floor of higher seeded teams
  • Tournament Dates and TV Coverage:
    • First Round: Tuesday, March 6th
    • Quarterfinals: Friday, March 9th at 12:00, 2:30, 6:30, and 9:00 (CBS Sports Network)
    • Semifinals: Saturday, March 10th at 1:00 and 3:00 (CBS Sports Network)
    • Championship: Sunday, March 11th at 1:00 (CBS)
  • Seeding/Bracket Notes: Top four seeds receive byes to the Quarterfinals on Friday, March 9th, and only the top 12 teams in the league participate in the tournament.
  • Official Site
  • Atlantic 10 Tournament Tickets

Atlantic Sun

  • Tournament Site: University Center, Macon, GA
  • Tournament Dates and TV Coverage:
    • Quarterfinals: Wednesday, February 29th and Thursday, March 1st
    • Semifinals: Friday, March 2nd
    • Championship: Saturday, March 3rd at 7:00 (ESPN2)
  • Seeding/Bracket Notes: Only the top eight teams will participate in the tournament.
  • Official Site
  • Atlantic Sun Tournament Tickets

Big 12

  • Tournament Site: Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO
  • Tournament Dates and TV Coverage:
    • First Round: Wednesday, March 7th at 6:00 and 8:30 (Big 12 Network)
    • Quarterfinals: Thursday, March 8th at 11:30, 2:00, 6:00, and 8:30 (ESPN2/Big 12 Network)
    • Semifinals: Friday, March 9th at 6:30 and 9:00 (ESPNU)
    • Championship: Saturday, March 10th at 5:00 (ESPN)
  • Seeding/Bracket Notes: The top six seeds receive byes to the Quarterfinals on Thursday, March 8th.
  • Official Site
  • Big 12 Tournament Tickets

Big East

  • Tournament Site: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
  • Tournament Dates and TV Coverage:
    • First Round: Tuesday, March 6th at 12:00, 2:00, 7:00, and 9:00 (ESPN2/ESPNU)
    • Second Round: Wednesday, March 7th at 12:00, 2:00, 7:00, and 9:00 (ESPN)
    • Quarterfinals: Thursday, March 8th at 12:00, 2:00, 7:00, and 9:00 (ESPN)
    • Semifinals: Friday, March 9th at 7:00 and 9:00 (ESPN)
    • Championship: Saturday, March 10th at 9:00 (ESPN)
  • Seeding/Bracket Notes: The top four seeds receive a double-bye to the Quarterfinals on Thursday, March 8th.  Seeds five through eight receive a bye to the Second Round on Wednesday, March 7th.
  • Official Site
  • Big East Tournament Tickets

Big Sky

  • Tournament Site: Semifinals and the Championship are held on the home floor of the regular season Champion with Quarterfinals held on the home floor of the higher seed.
  • Tournament Dates and TV Coverage:
    • Quarterfinals: Saturday, March 3rd
    • Semifinals: Tuesday, March 6th at 7:30 and 10:00 (Altitude)
    • Championship: Wednesday, March 7th at 9:00 (ESPN2)
  • Seeding/Bracket Notes: Only the top six teams in the regular season participate with the top two teams receiving byes to the Semifinals.
  • Official Site
  • Big Sky Tournament Tickets

Big South

  • Tournament Site: First Round and Championship held on the home floor of the higher seed with the Quarterfinals and Semifinals held at Kimmel Arena, Asheville, NC
  • Tournament Dates and TV Coverage:
    • First Round: Monday, February 27th at 7:00
    • Quarterfinals: Wednesday, February 29th at 12:00, 2:00, 6:00, and 8:00
    • Semifinals: Thursday, March 1st at 6:00 and 8:00 (ESPNU)
    • Championship: Saturday, March 3rd at 12:00 (ESPN or ESPN2)
  • Seeding/Bracket Notes: Presbyterian is not eligible due to its transition to Division One.
  • Official Site
  • Big South Conference Tournament Tickets

Big Ten

  • Tournament Site: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
  • Tournament Dates and TV Coverage:
    • First Round: Thursday, March 8th at 11:30, 2:00, 5:30, and 8:00 (BTN/ESPN2)
    • Quarterfinals: Friday, March 9th at 12:00, 2:30, 6:30, 9:00 (ESPN/BTN)
    • Semifinals: Saturday, March 10th at 1:40 and 4:00 (CBS)
    • Championship: Sunday, March 11th at 3:30 (CBS)
  • Seeding/Bracket Notes: Top four seeds receive byes to the Quarterfinals on Friday, March 9th.
  • Official Site
  • Big Ten Tournament Tickets

Big West

  • Tournament Site: Honda Center, Anaheim, CA
  • Tournament Dates and TV Coverage:
    • Quarterfinals: Thursday, March 8th starting at 3:00
    • Semifinals: Friday, March 9th at 9:30 and 12:00 (ESPNU)
    • Championship: Saturday, March 10th at 10:00 (ESPN2)
  • Seeding/Bracket Notes: The ninth place team does not participate in the tournament.
  • Official Site
  • Big West Tournament Tickets

Conference USA

  • Tournament Site: FedEx Forum, Memphis, TN
  • Tournament Dates and TV Coverage:
    • First Round: Wednesday, March 7th at 1:00, 3:30, 7:30, and 10:00
    • Quarterfinals: Thursday, March 8th at 1:00, 3:30, 7:30, and 10:00 (CBS Sports Network)
    • Semifinals: Friday, March 9th at 4:00 and 6:30 (CBS Sports Network)
    • Championship: Saturday, March 10th at 11:30 AM (CBS)
  • Seeding/Bracket Notes: The top four seeds receive byes to the Quarterfinals on Thursday, March 8th.
  • Official Site
  • Conference USA Tournament Tickets

Colonial Athletic (CAA)

  • Tournament Site: Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, VA
  • Tournament Dates and TV Coverage:
    • First Round: Friday, March 2nd at 12:00, 2:30, 6:00, and 8:30
    • Quarterfinals: Saturday, March 3rd at 12:00, 2:30, 6:00, and 8:30
    • Semifinals: Sunday, March 4th at 2:00 and 4:30
    • Championship: Monday, March 5th at 7:00 (ESPN or ESPN2)
  • Seeding/Bracket Notes: The top four seeds receive byes to the Quarterfinals on Saturday, March 3rd.
  • Official Site
  • CAA Conference Tournament Tickets

Horizon

  • Tournament Site: First Round and Championship held on the home floor of the higher seed with the Quarterfinals and Semifinals held on the home floor of the Number One seed.
  • Tournament Dates and TV Coverage:
    • First Round: Tuesday, February 28th
    • Quarterfinals: Friday, March 2nd
    • Semifinals: Saturday, March 3rd at 6:00 and 8:30 (ESPNU)
    • Championship: Tuesday, March 6th at 9:00 (ESPN or ESPN2)
  • Seeding/Bracket Notes: The top two seeds receive byes to the Semifinals on Saturday, March 3rd.
  • Official Site
  • Horizon League Tournament Tickets

Ivy

  • The Ivy League is the only conference who awards its at-large bid to the Regular Season Champion.  The final conference game takes place on Tuesday, March 6th.  If necessary, a one-game playoff will determine the winner of the automatic bid.

Metro Atlantic (MAAC)

  • Tournament Site: Mass Mutual Center, Springfield, MA
  • Tournament Dates and TV Coverage:
    • First Round: Friday, March 2nd at 7:30 and 9:30
    • Quarterfinals: Saturday, March 3rd at 2:30, 4:30, 7:30, and 9:30 (ESPN3)
    • Semifinals: Sunday, March 4th at 2:00 and 4:30 (ESPN3)
    • Championship: Monday, March 5th at 7:00 (ESPN or ESPN2)
  • Seeding/Bracket Notes: The top six seeds receive a bye to the Quarterfinals on Saturday, March 4th.
  • Official Site
  • MAAC Tournament Tickets

Mid-American (MAC)

  • Tournament Site: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH with First Round games on the home floor of higher seeded teams.
  • Tournament Dates and TV Coverage:
    • First Round: Monday, March 5th
    • Second Round: Wednesday, March 7th at 7:00 and 9:30
    • Quarterfinals: Thursday, March 8th at 7:00 and 9:30
    • Semifinals: Friday, March 9th at 7:00 and 9:30
    • Championship: Saturday, March 10th at 8:00 (ESPN2)
  • Seeding/Bracket Notes: The top two seeds receive byes to the Semifinals, and the third and fourth seeds receive byes to the Quarterfinals.
  • Official Site
  • MAC Tournament Tickets

Mid-Eastern Athletic (MEAC)

  • Tournament Site: Joel Coliseum, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Tournament Dates and TV Coverage:
    • First Round: Tuesday, March 6th at 11:00, 1:30, 4:00, 6:30, and 9:00
    • Quarterfinals: Wednesday, March 7th and Thursday, March 8th at 6:00 and 8:00
    • Semifinals: Friday, March 9th at 6:00 and 8:00
    • Championship: Saturday, March 10th at 1:00 (ESPN2)
  • Seeding/Bracket Notes: The top three seeds receive byes to the quarterfinals on Wednesday, March 7th and Thursday, March 8th.
  • Official Site
  • MEAC Tournament Tickets

Missouri Valley (MVC)

  • Tournament Site: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO
  • Tournament Dates and TV Coverage:
    • First Round: Thursday, March 1st at 6:05 and 8:35
    • Quarterfinals: Friday, March 2nd at 12:05, 2:35, 6:05, and 8:35
    • Semifinals: Saturday, March 3rd at 1:35 and 4:05
    • Championship: Sunday, March 4th at 2:05 (CBS)
  • Seeding/Bracket Notes: The top six seeds receive byes to the Quarterfinals on Friday, March 2nd.
  • Official Site
  • Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Tickets

Mountain West (MWC)

  • Tournament Site: Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, NV
  • Tournament Dates and TV Coverage:
    • Quarterfinals: Thursday, March 8th at 3:00, 5:30, 9:00, and 11:30 (MTN)
    • Semifinals: Friday, March 9th at 9:00 and 11:30 (CBS Sports)
    • Championship: Saturday, March 10th at 7:00 (NBC Sports)
  • Seeding/Bracket Notes: All eight teams will participate in the tournament.
  • Official Site
  • Mountain West Conference Tournament Tickets

Northeast (NEC)

  • Tournament Site: All games will be played on the home floor of the higher seeded team.
  • Tournament Dates and TV Coverage:
    • Quarterfinals: Thursday, March 1st
    • Semifinals: Sunday, March 4th at 12:00 and 6:00 (MSG)
    • Championship: Wednesday, March 7th at 7:00 (ESPN2)
  • Seeding/Bracket Notes: Only the top eight teams in the regular season will participate in the tournament, which will be reseeded after the Quarterfinals.
  • Official Site
  • Northeast Conference Tournament Tickets

Ohio Valley (OVC)

  • Tournament Site: Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, TN
  • Tournament Dates and TV Coverage:
    • First Round: Wednesday, February 29th at 6:00 and 8:00
    • Quarterfinals: Thursday, March 1st at 6:00 and 8:00
    • Semifinals: Friday, March 2nd at 6:00 and 8:00 (ESPNU/ESPN3)
    • Championship: Saturday, March 3rd at 1:00 (ESPN2)
  • Seeding/Bracket Notes: The top two seeds receive byes to the Semifinals, and the third and fourth seeds receive byes to the Quarterfinals.  Only the top eight teams in the league will participate in the tournament.
  • Official Site
  • Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Tickets

Pac-12

  • Tournament Site: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • Tournament Dates and TV Coverage:
    • First Round: Wednesday, March 7th at 3:00, 5:30, 9:00, and 11:30 (FSN)
    • Quarterfinals: Thursday, March 8th at 3:00, 5:30, 9:00, and 11:30 (FSN)
    • Semifinals: Friday, March 9th at 9:00 and 11:30 (FSN)
    • Championship: Saturday, March 10th at 6:00 (CBS)
  • Seeding/Bracket Notes: The top four seeds receive byes to the Quarterfinals on Thursday, March 8th.
  • Official Site
  • Pac-12 Tournament Tickets

Patriot

  • Tournament Site: All games will be played on the home floor of the higher seeded team.
  • Tournament Dates and TV Coverage:
    • Quarterfinals: Wednesday, February 29th
    • Semifinals: Saturday, March 3rd (CBS Sports)
    • Championship: Wednesday, March 7th at 7:00 (CBS Sports)
  • Seeding/Bracket Notes: All eight teams will participate in the tournament, which will be reseeded after the Quarterfinals.
  • Official Site
  • Patriot League Tournament Tickets

Southeastern (SEC)

  • Tournament Site: New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, LA
  • Tournament Dates and TV Coverage:
    • First Round: Thursday, March 8th at 1:00, 3:30, 7:30, and 10:00 (SEC Network)
    • Quarterfinals: Friday, March 9th at 1:00, 3:30, 7:30, and 10:00 (SEC Network)
    • Semifinals: Saturday, March 10th at 1:00 and 3:30 (ABC)
    • Championship: Sunday, March 11th at 1:00 (ABC)
  • Seeding/Bracket Notes: The top four seeds receive byes to the Quarterfinals on Friday, March 9th.  Despite the fact that teams still played schedules according to the “old” divisional setup, seeding will done strictly according to conference record.
  • Official Site
  • SEC Tournament Tickets

Southern

  • Tournament Site: Asheville Civic Center, Asheville, NC
  • Tournament Dates and TV Coverage:
    • First Round: Friday, March 2nd at 11:30, 2:00, 6:00, and 8:30
    • Quarterfinals: Saturday, March 3rd at 12:00, 2:30, 6:00, and 8:30 (ESPN3)
    • Semifinals: Sunday, March 4th at 6:00 and 8:30 (ESPN3)
    • Championship: Monday, March 5th at 9:00 (ESPN2)
  • Seeding/Bracket Notes: The top four seeds receive byes to the Quarterfinals on Saturday, March 3rd.
  • Official Site
  • Southern Conference Tournament Tickets

Southland

  • Tournament Site: Leonard E. Merrell Center, Katy, TX
  • Tournament Dates and TV Coverage:
    • Quarterfinals: Wednesday, March 7th at 1:00, 3:30, 7:00, and 9:30
    • Semifinals: Thursday, March 8th at 7:05 and 9:33
    • Championship: Saturday, March 10th at 3:00 (ESPN2)
  • Seeding/Bracket Notes: Only the top eight teams will participate in the tournament.
  • Official Site
  • Southland Conference Tournament Tickets

Southwest Athletic (SWAC)

  • Tournament Site: Garland Center, Garland, TX
  • Tournament Dates and TV Coverage:
    • Quarterfinals: Wednesday, March 7th and Thursday, March 8th at 1:30 and 9:00
    • Semifinals: Friday, March 9th at 3:30 and 9:00
    • Championship: Saturday, March 10th at 8:00
  • Seeding/Bracket Notes: Grambling and Souther are not eligible to participate in the tournament, and only the top eight remaining teams will be in the field.
  • Official Site
  • SWAC Tournament Tickets

Summit

  • Tournament Site: Sioux Falls Arena, Sioux Falls, SD
  • Tournament Dates and TV Coverage:
    • Quarterfinals: Saturday, March 3rd and Sunday, March 4th at 7:00 and 9:30
    • Semifinals: Monday, March 5th at 7:00 and 9:30
    • Championship: Tuesday, March 6th at 9:00 (ESPN2)
  • Seeding/Bracket Notes: Only the top eight teams will participate in the tournament.
  • Official Site
  • Summit League Conference Tournament Tickets

Sun Belt

  • Tournament Site: Summit Arena/Convention Center Court, Hot Springs, AR
  • Tournament Dates and TV Coverage:
    • First Round: Saturday, March 3rd at 7:00, 7:15, and 9:30
    • Quarterfinals: Sunday, March 4th at 7:00, 7:15, 9:30, and 9:45
    • Semifinals: Monday, March 5th at 7:00 and 9:30
    • Championship: Tuesday, March 6th at 7:00 (ESPN2)
  • Seeding/Bracket Notes: Louisiana-Monroe is not eligible for the tournament, but the other 11 teams will all participate.  The winners of the East and West Divisions as well as the team with the third best record will receive byes until the Quarterfinals on Sunday, March 4th.
  • Official Site
  • Sun Belt Conference Tournament Tickets

Western Athletic (WAC)

  • Tournament Site: Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, NV
  • Tournament Dates and TV Coverage:
    • Quarterfinals: Thursday, March 8th at 3:00, 5:30, 9:00, and 11:30
    • Semifinals: Friday, March 9th at 9:00 and 11:30
    • Championship: Saturday, March 10th at 10:00 (ESPN2)
  • Seeding/Bracket Notes: All eight teams will participate in the tournament.
  • Official Site
  • WAC Tournament Tickets

West Coast Conference (WCC)

  • Tournament Site: Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, NV
  • Tournament Dates and TV Coverage:
    • First Round: Wednesday, February 29th at 9:00
    • Second Round: Thurdsay, March 1st at 9:00 and 11:30
    • Quarterfinals: Friday, March 2nd at 9:00 and 11:00 (ESPNU)
    • Semifinals: Saturday, March 3rd at 9:00 and 11:00 (ESPN2)
    • Championship: Monday, March 5th at 9:00 (ESPN or ESPN2)
  • Seeding/Bracket Notes: The top two seeds receive byes to the Semifinals, and the third and fourth seeds receive byes to the Quarterfinals.  The only game in the First Round is between the eighth- and ninth-place teams.
  • Official Site
  • WCC Tournament Tickets

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About Andy Bottoms

While Andy was born and raised in Indiana, he would like to point out that he grew up shooting hoops in his driveway and not against the side of a barn like you see in all the March Madness promos or in the middle of a field like Jimmy Chitwood. Andy ranks among the top bracketologists according to the Bracket Matrix and has provided his projections to Fox Sports for the past three seasons. When not compiling excuses for missing work during the NCAA Tournament, Andy enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters. He is a proud IU graduate and co-hosts The Assembly Call postgame show following every IU game. Twitter: @AndyBottoms

Comments

  1. Great info, as always, Andy.  Of course, as an aside, I must mention these “tournaments” are the worst thing about college
    hoops, as it punishes teams who schedule tough and win for four months but have one
    bad game, while rewarding feckless teams who play poorly for four months, but
    have three good days in early March.  Thanks. :)

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