2024 March Madness: Conference tournament scores, brackets, automatic bids, schedules, times, TV channels

A mammoth championship Saturday of college basketball is in store as 13 different conferences will crown tournament champions. While a handful of multi-bid leagues are among the contingent, the stakes will be highest in places such as the America East and Conference USA. Both are examples of projected one-bid leagues for the NCAA Tournament, and their title games will decide who gets a spot in the Big Dance.

No. 1 seed Vermont is tangling with No. 2 seed UMass Lowell for the America East title as the Catamounts seek to reach the NCAA Tournament for the third year in a row under 13th-year coach John Becker, who already has five conference tournament titles under his belt. Conference USA is one that is guaranteed to produce an unexpected winner as No. 5 seed UTEP takes on No. 3 seed Western Kentucky.

Conference tournament action rolled on around college basketball on Friday as the countdown to Selection Sunday continued with numerous leagues in semifinal action. While it’s the NCAA Tournament that is known for Cinderella teams, the MAC Tournament is providing us one a week ahead of time in the form of Kent State.

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The No. 8 seed Golden Flashes marched on to the MAC Tournament title game with a 73-60 win over No. 5 seed Bowling Green after eliminating No. 1 seed Toledo in the opening round on Thursday. Kent State was just 15-16 (8-10 MAC) during the regular season and never won more than two games in a row against Division I opposition. But if the Golden Flashes win one more game, they’ll be heading to the NCAA Tournament for a second straight year.

As automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament are secured, we’ll be noting each of them here.  

Saturday’s conference tournament scoreboard

America East: Championship
(2) UMass Lowell at (1) Vermont, 11 a.m. | ESPN2

MEAC: Championship
(6) Delaware State vs. (4) Howard, 1 p.m. | ESPN2

Big 12: Championship LIVE updates
(2) Iowa State vs. (1) Houston, 6 p.m. | ESPN

Mountain West: Championship LIVE updates
(6) New Mexico vs. (5) San Diego State, 6 p.m. | CBS, CBSSports.com, CBS Sports App (Free)

Big East: Championship LIVE updates
(3) Marquette vs. (1) UConn, 6:30 p.m. | Fox

MAC: Championship
(8) Kent State vs. (2) Akron, 7:30 p.m. | ESPN2

(5) St. Peter’s vs. (2) Fairfield, 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU

ACC: Championship LIVE updates
(10) NC State vs. (1) North Carolina, 8:30 p.m. | ESPN

Conference USA: Championship
(5) UTEP vs. (3) Western Kentucky, 8:30 p.m. | CBS Sports Network

Pac-12: Championship LIVE updates
(4) Oregon vs. (3) Colorado, 9 p.m. | Fox

Big West: Championship
(4) Long Beach State vs. (2) UC Davis, 9:30 p.m. | ESPN2

SWAC: Championship
(3) Texas Southern vs. (1) Grambling, 9:30 p.m. | ESPNU

WAC: Championship
(3) UT Arlington vs. (1) Grand Canyon, 11:30 p.m. | ESPN2


2024 conference tournament schedules, champions

All times ET

Conference City Dates Final (TV) / Champion
ACC Washington D.C. March 12-16 Saturday, March 16
8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
America East Campus Sites March 9, 12, 16 Saturday, March 16
11 a.m. (ESPN2)
American Fort Worth, Texas March 13-17 Sunday, March 17
3:15 p.m. (ESPN)
ASUN Campus Sites March 4-5, 7, 10 Stetson (22-12)
Atlantic 10 Brooklyn March 12-14, 16-17 Sunday, March 17
1 p.m. (CBS)
Big 12 Kansas City March 12-16 Saturday. March 16
6 p.m. (ESPN)
Big East New York City March 13-16 Saturday, March 16
6:30 p.m. (Fox)
Big Sky Boise, Idaho March 9, 10-13 Montana State (17-17)
Big South High Point, North Carolina March 6, 8-10 Longwood (21-13)
Big Ten Minneapolis March 13-17 Sunday, March 17
3:30 p.m. (CBS)
Big West Henderson, Nevada March 13-16 Saturday, March 16
9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Coastal Athletic Washington, D.C. March 8-12 Charleston (27-7)
Conference USA Huntsville, Alabama March 12-16 Saturday, March 16
8:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
Horizon League Campus sites | Indianapolis March 5, 7, 11-12 Oakland (23-11)
Ivy New York City March 16-17 Sunday, March 17
12 p.m. (ESPN2)
MAAC Atlantic City, New Jersey March 12-16 Saturday, March 16
7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
MAC Cleveland March 14-16 Saturday, March 16
7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
MEAC Norfolk, Virginia March 13-16 Saturday, March 16
1 p.m. (ESPN2)
Missouri Valley St. Louis March 7-10 Drake (28-6)
Mountain West Las Vegas March 13-16 Saturday, March 16
6 p.m. (CBS)
Northeast Campus Sites March 6, 9, 12 Wagner (16-15)
Ohio Valley Evansville, Indiana March 6-9 Morehead State (26-8)
Pac-12 Las Vegas March 13-16 Saturday, March 16
9 p.m. (Fox)
Patriot Campus Sites March 5, 7, 10, 13 Colgate (25-9) 
SEC Nashville March 13-17 Sunday, March 17
1 p.m. (ESPN)
Southern Asheville, North Carolina March 8-11 Samford (29-5)
Southland Lake Charles, Louisiana March 10-13 McNeese (30-3)
Summit Sioux Falls, South Dakota March 8-12 South Dakota State (22-12)
Sun Belt Pensacola, Florida March 5, 7, 9, 10-11 James Madison (31-3)
SWAC Birmingham, Alabama March 13-16 Saturday, March 16
5:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
WAC Las Vegas March 13-16 Saturday, March 16
11:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
WCC Las Vegas March 7-9, 11-12 Saint Mary’s (26-7)

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