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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Conference Tournament Central

It's time for my favorite & least-favorite time of the year - postseason softball!!! A few already have, but many conferences are kicking off their postseason conference tournaments today, and we've put all of the info you'll need into this one handy little post. Enjoy!


Conference: American Athletic (AAC)
Tournament Location: Houston, Texas (Houston hosts)

Regular-Season Champ/#1 Seed: UCF

Other Participants (in order of seeding): South Florida; Louisville; Houston (host); Rutgers; Temple; Memphis; UConn

Tournament Style: Single-elimination ("win or go home")

Tournament Schedule: Four games Thursday; semifinals                                                  Friday; championship game Saturday; rain date, 
                                           if necessary, Sunday

Watch: Complimentary live stream of quarterfinals & semifinals through conference website; available here. Championship game on ESPN2 @ 15:00 [CT] Saturday.

Bracket: Available here.



Conference: Atlantic Coast (ACC)
Tournament Location: College Park, Maryland (Terrapins host)

Regular-Season Champ/#1 Seed: Florida State

Other Participants (in order of seeding): Notre Dame; Virginia Tech; North Carolina State; North Carolina; Syracuse; Boston College; Georgia Tech

Tournament Style: Single-elimination ("win or go home")

Tournament Schedule: Four games Thursday; semifinals Friday; championship game Saturday

Watch: The quarter- and semi-finals will be streamed live on ESPN3.com, with no login necessary. The championship game will be broadcast at 14:00 [Eastern] on ESPN2.

Bracket: Available here.




Conference: Atlantic 10
Tournament Location: Bronx, New York (Fordham hosts)

Regular-Season Champ/#1 Seed: Fordham (host)

Other Participants (in order of seeding): Saint Louis; St. Joseph's; UMass; Dayton; La Salle

Tournament Style: Double-elimination (loser's bracket)

Tournament Schedule: 11 games between winner's and loser's brackets; three games yesterday; three games today; three on Friday; and one on Saturday, with a second "if necessary".

Watch: All games are being streamed live on Atlantic10.com, no subscription necessary.

Bracket: Available here.




Conference: Atlantic Sun (ASun)
Tournament Location: Nashville, Tennessee (Lipscomb hosts)

Regular-Season Champ/#1 Seed: USC-Upstate

Other Participants (in order of seeding): Lipscomb (host); Stetson; Mercer; Kennesaw State; FGCU

Tournament Style: Double-elimination (loser's bracket)

Tournament Schedule: 11 games between winner's and loser's brackets; two games yesterday; four games today; three on Friday; and one on Saturday, with a second "if necessary".

Watch: All tournament games will be featured live on ASun.TV, no subscription or login required. The scheduled championship game will be shown on ESPN3.com at 12:00 [Central] on Saturday.

Bracket: Available here.




Conference: Big Ten (B1G)
Tournament Location: Evanston, Illinois (Northwestern hosts)

Regular-Season Champ/#1 Seed: Michigan

Other Participants (in order of seeding): Nebraska (share of regular season title); Minnesota; Wisconsin; Northwestern (host); Purdue; Ohio State; Iowa; Illinois; Penn State; Indiana; Michigan State

Tournament Style: Single-elimination ("win or go home"); top four seeds get byes to 2nd round

Tournament Schedule: 11 games in all; first round of four games today (Thursday); four games Friday; semi-finals and championship game on Saturday.

Watch: The opening round of games today will be featured live on the Big Ten Digital Network (subscription/Big Ten Network access required). The final seven games of the tournament will be shown on the Big Ten Network, with online streaming access also available for BTN subscribers. All games will be archived online following their completion.

Bracket: Available here.



Conference: Conference USA (C-USA)
Tournament Location: Boca Raton, Florida (Florida Atlantic hosts)

Regular-Season Champ/#1 Seed: Tulsa

Other Participants (in order of seeding): UAB; Florida International (FIU); Florida Atlantic (FAU; host); North Texas; East Carolina; Marshall; Charlotte

Tournament Style: Single-elimination ("win or go home")

Tournament Schedule: Four first-round games on Thursday; two semifinal games on Friday; championship game on Saturday

Watch: All seven tournament games will be available here; subscription is required.

Bracket: Available here.




Conference: Mid-American Conference (MAC)
Location: Firestone Stadium, Akron, OH

Regular-Season Champ/#1 Seed: Ball State

Other Participants (in order of seeding): Buffalo; Akron; Kent State; Ohio; Central Michigan; Northern Illinois; Miami (OH)

Tournament Style: Double-elimination (loser's bracket)

Tournament Schedule: Four first-round games yesterday; four games today (two each, winner's & loser's bracket); four games tomorrow; loser's bracket final on Saturday, followed by the championship game and an if-necessary 15th and final game.

Watch: Links to video for each matchup can be found online on the conference site, here.

Bracket: Available here.




Conference: Missouri Valley Conference (MVC)
Tournament Location: Normal, Illinois (Illinois State hosts)

Regular-Season Champ/#1 Seed: Wichita State

Other Participants (in order of seeding): Illinois State (host); Southern Illinois; Bradley; Northern Iowa; Drake; Loyola; Missouri State

Tournament Style: Single-elimination ("win or go home")

Tournament Schedule: Four-round tournament; four games/first two rounds today; two semifinal games Friday; championship game on Saturday. #3 & #4 seeds receive byes to second round; #1 & #2 get byes to semifinals.

Watch: All tournament games will be webcast on "Valley Live", with play-by-play & color commenting. The championship game will be broadcast on FOX Sports Midwest & other regional FOX Sports channels, as well as on ESPN3.com for those outside of the conference viewing area, at 14:30 [Central].

Bracket: Available here.



Conference: Southeastern Conference (SEC)
Tournament Location: Columbia, South Carolina (South Carolina hosts)

Regular-Season Champ/#1 Seed: Alabama

Other Participants (in order of seeding): Tennessee; Missouri; Florida; Georgia; Kentucky; South Carolina (host); Auburn; Mississippi State

Tournament Style: Single-elimination ("win or go home")

Tournament Schedule: Two "play-in" games last night; four games today; two semifinal games tomorrow; championship game Saturday evening

Watch: All games will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks. All preliminary matchups can be viewed on ESPNU, and the championship game will be featured on ESPN2 in primetime, 20:00 [Eastern] Saturday night. For online-only viewers, a login is required via ESPN3.com.

Bracket: Available here.




Conference: Southland Conference
Tournament Location: Hammond, Louisiana (Southeastern Louisiana hosts)

Regular-Season Champ/#1 Seed: McNeese State

Other Participants (in order of seeding): Northwestern State; Sam Houston State; Stephen F. Austin; Houston Baptist; Central Arkansas

Tournament Style: Double-elimination (loser's bracket)

Tournament Schedule: Four games today; four games Friday; loser's bracket final & championship game on Saturday, with "if necessary" game to follow.

Watch: All games leading up to the championship game will be streamed live on the Southland Conference Digital Network, no login or subscription required. All games will feature play-by-play and color commentary, the latter provided by legendary coach Yvette Girouard. The championship game will be broadcast on ESPN3.com at 14:00 [Central].

Bracket: Available here.



Conference: Sun Belt Conference (SBC)
Tournament Location: Lafayette, Louisiana (UL-Lafayette hosts)

Regular-Season Champ/#1 Seed: UL-Lafayette (host)

Other Participants (in order of seeding): South Alabama; Georgia State; Western Kentucky; Texas State; UL-Monroe; Troy; UT Arlington

Tournament Style: Single elimination (Day 1, Wednesday, only); after, double-elimination (partial loser's bracket)

Tournament Schedule: Four games yesterday (Wednesday); two games today; three games Friday; championship game on Saturday.

Watch: Friday's final two games as well as Saturday's championship matchup will be broadcast on ESPN3.com. All other games in the tournament are being webcast on SunBeltSports.org, with no login or subscription required.

Bracket: Available here.

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