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Monday, May 6, 2013

Conference Tournament Central


 Florida State is hosting the ACC tournament, and also holds the #1 seed. It's a single-elimination seven-game tournament, and the championship game will take place on Saturday @ 6. p.m. ET, broadcasted on ESPN2. You can find a printable ACC tournament bracket here.
The Atlantic Sun tournament will feature six teams, and will be hosted by Lipscomb in Nashville. #1 seed North Florida and #2 USC Upstate receive first round byes. It is a double-elimination tournament that features ten games, with an eleventh to be added if necessary. The tournament kicks off on Wednesday, and the championship game(s) will be played on Saturday. All of the preliminary games will be aired on ASunTV, while the championship game can be seen on espn3.com Saturday at 12 pm CT. A printable A-Sun bracket is here.
  The Atlantic 10 tournament will be hosted by UMass, who did not make the six-team tournament. It's a double-elimination tournament, and features at least ten, possibly eleven, games, including a full "loser's bracket". St. Joseph's holds the #1 seed, and they and #2 Fordham get a first-round bye. A printable A-10 bracket is here.
 The Big East tournament will be hosted by South Florida, at their stadium in Tampa. It is a single-elimination, eight-team tournament that spans three days, four if weather necessitates. Notre Dame holds the #1 seed, and will play #8 seed Seton Hall in the first round. The championship game will be held May 11 (Saturday) @ 4 pm ET, and broadcast live on ESPN2. A printable conference tournament bracket is here (will have to fill in the team yourself).
The Big Ten tournament is back after a four-year hiatus! Nebraska is playing host to twelve conference teams, who will participate in a single-elimination, eleven-game tournament. The top four seeds, Michigan, Nebraska, Minnesota, and Wisconsin (1-4, respectively) receive first-round byes. Game 1 of the tournament, between #5 Northwestern and #12 Indiana, kicks off at 11:30 a.m. CT on Thursday; the championship game will be played as noon on Sunday, the 12th. A printable Big 10 bracket is here.
 The Tulsa Hurricane play hosts to the Conference USA tournament, which will feature several teams that have a legitimate shot at making the NCAA tourney. By virtue of their victory over Houston on Sunday, UAB holds the #1 seed, while the Cougars stand at #2. UTEP was the only C-USA team to miss out on the tournament. It is again a single-elimination tournament, taking place over three days. The championship game will be on Saturday, May 11, at 11 a.m. CT, and broadcast on the CBS Sports Network. A printable C-USA bracket is here.
 Creighton will host the MVC tournament, and also holds the #1 seed. Both the Jays and #2 seed Drake get byes for the first two rounds; while #3 seed Illinois State and #4 UNI bypass the 1st round and await the winners of the 6-7 and 5-8 matchups, respectively. The tournament takes place over there days, again the 9-11, with the championship game happening on Saturday, beginning at 5:07 pm, CT. All games prior to the championship can be seen on Valley Live, the MVC's online video streaming platform that can be viewed on computers, mobile devices, and tablets. The conference championship game will be televised on FOX Sports Midwest on Saturday. A printable tournament bracket is here.
 The SEC tournament is well-worth getting excited about; featuring ten teams, all of whom stand a fair shot at taking home the conference crown. This tournament features nine games played over four days, beginning with two play-in games on Wednesday and culminating with the championship game on Saturday night. Seven of the first eight games of the tournament will be broadcast live on ESPNU, the only exception being the Missouri-Arkansas matchup on Thursday @ 6:30 ET, which will air on ESPN. The championship game will air at 8:00 pm ET Saturday, and will be broadcast on ESPN. Florida and Tennessee hold the top two seeds, respectively, and await the winners of the two play-in games. A printable SEC bracket is here.
 The Sun Belt hosts perhaps the most visually-confusing tournament of any. I've been studying it, and I'm not even sure I understand the whole thing. Troy plays host for this four-day, many-game tournament. Western Kentucky, South Alabama, UL-Lafayette, and North Texas hold the "high" seeds, and will face off against Louisiana-Monroe, Troy, FIU, and FAU, respectively, in round one. After that... I don't know. The championship game will be held at 3:00 pm CT on Saturday, and broadcast live on CSS/CST and ESPN3.com. A printable Sun Belt bracket is here.
The WAC tournament takes place over four days, in Ruston, Louisiana as Louisiana Tech plays host. Fresh off a battle against each other, San Jose State (#1) and New Mexico State (#2) hold the top two seeds, and have earned themselves first-round byes. It's a double-elimination tournament that spans eleven games, culminating in a championship game at 5 p.m. on Saturday. The winner earns an automatic NCAA tournament bid. A printable WAC tournament bracket is here.

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