March 5, 2015

News Flash: Conference Championships

I can't contain my giddy and excitement for the next 11 days!
It's NCAA Division I men's/women's conference championship play nationwide!

A few conferences actually started their conference play on Tuesday, March 3rd (i.e., Atlantic Sun, Big South, Horizon, etc.), but the bulk of the teams really start getting dirty this weekend and all the way until Sunday, March 15th!

This leads us to....Selection Sunday!

Selection Sunday is the Sunday before the Madness starts (March 15th), where the field of 68 is announced. Qualifying for the Big Dance is done in two ways; get an automatic bid or be selected as one of the 36 best remaining teams for an at-large bid.

There are 32 conferences that receive automatic bids and all but one are decided by a conference championship tournament. The lone exception is the Ivy League which doesn’t have a conference tournament championship, so the regular season champion gets the automatic bid.

Ok! So when is your alma mater or college team playing? I got you covered! Here is a table of the 32 conferences and the dates in which the conference play starts and ends. (A few conferences play sporadically on a few days, rather than a consistent schedule [e.g., Thursday-Saturday]. I have just denoted the entire time frame from start to finish!).

March Conference Play
March Conference Play
American East
4th – 14th
11th – 14th
12th – 15th
9th – 14th
Atlantic 10
10th – 15th
Missouri Valley
5th – 8th
10th – 14th
Mountain West
11th – 14th
Atlantic Sun
3rd – 8th
4th – 10th
Big 12
11th – 14th
Ohio Valley
4th – 7th
Big East
11th – 14th
11th – 14th
Big Sky
12th – 14th
Patriot League
3rd – 11th
Sig South
3rd – 8th
11th -15th
Big Ten
11th – 15th
7th – 10th
Big West
12th – 14th
11th – 15th
6th – 9th
10th – 14th
Conference USA
11th -14th
Summit League
7th – 10th
3rd – 10th
Sun Belt
12th – 15th
Ivy League
(No Tournament)
West Coast
6th – 10th
5th – 9th
11th – 14th

Question of the Day: Which conference(s) are you following? And, who do you hope to win?

Michelyn Cynthia

1 comment:

  1. Good luck in your conference tournament! We head to Nashville next Wednesday…