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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Conference Tournament Central

Every team enters the postseason with one goal...
to reach Oklahoma City.
Justin's World of Softball is your place to be for everything you need to know about all of the conference tournaments - where they're happening, who's playing, and how you can watch. 

The PAC-12, Mountain West, Big 12, Big West, and West Coast Conference do not host conference tournaments and each league's regular-season champion earns the automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.

The Ivy League held a "championship series", a three-game set between Harvard and Princeton this past week, with the end result leaving Princeton the conference champions and earning the conference's automatic NCAA bid.

American:
Where: Tulsa, Oklahoma (Tulsa host)
Seeding: South Florida earned the AAC's top seed and earned a first-round bye in the seven-team tournament. UCF, Tulsa, and Houston fall in line behind as the remaining top-four seeds, while Memphis, East Carolina, and UConn earned lower-seeded berths.
Watch: Preliminary games can all be seen on the American Digital Network, while the championship game will be seen on ESPN at 11:00 am Central time on Saturday.
Bracket: Find it here.

ACC:
Where: Raleigh, North Carolina (NC State host)
Seeding: Florida State earned the #1 seed, followed by Louisville, Notre Dame, Boston College, North Carolina, Virginia  Tech, Syracuse, and Pitt. No first-round byes are given.
Watch: The tournament title game will be seen on ESPN at 1:00 pm Central time on Saturday.
Bracket: Find it here.

America East:
Where: Binghamton, New York (Binghamton host)
Seeding: Hosting duties came along with the regular-season championship for Binghamton, the tournament's #1 seed. Seeded 2-6 will be Maine, Albany, Stony Brook, UMBC, and Hartford. The top two seeds have first-round byes. The tournament is played in double-elimination format.
Watch: No TV, but you can find Championship Central here.
Bracket: See Championship Central link above.

Atlantic Sun:
Where: Fort Myers, Florida (FGCU host)
Seeding: Host Florida Gulf Coast earned the top seed, followed by perennial power USC-Upstate who is seeded second. Stetson, Kennesaw State, Lipscomb, and Jacksonville earned seeds 3-6.
Watch: Every game from the tournament will be streamed on ESPN3.com and the WatchESPN app.
Bracket: Find it here.

Atlantic 10:
Where: Washington, D.C. (George Washington hosts)
Seeding: #1 seed Fordham and #2 seed Dayton earn first-round byes, while #s 3-6 UMass, Saint Louis, St. Joseph's, and George Washington will play the first round of games.
Watch: The semifinal and finals games will be televised on the American Sports Network on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
Bracket: Find it here.

Big East:
Where: Rosemont, Illinois (DePaul host)
Seeding: Host DePaul earned the conference's #1 seed, while Villanova, defending champion St. John's, and Butler round out the four-team field.
Watch: All games of the tournament can be seen on FS2.
Bracket: Find it here.

Big Sky:
Where: Ogden, Utah (Weber State host)
Seeding: #1 seed Weber State and #2 Sacramento State earn first-round byes for the tournament, while Idaho State, Montana, Southern Utah, and Portland State earned the #3-#6 berths, respectively, and will battle in the first round of the double-elimination tournament.
Watch: All of the tournament will be streamed on WatchBigSky.com
Bracket: Find it here.

Big South
Where: Rock Hill, South Carolina (Winthrop host)
Seeding: Longwood is the #1 seed for the tournament. An 8/9 play-in game between Gardner-Webb and Winthrop, respectively, will lead off the tournament. The seedings in full include Longwood, Coastal Carolina, Liberty, Radford, Campbell, Presbyterian, Charleston Southern, Gardner-Webb, and Winthrop.
Watch: All of the preliminary round games will be played on the Big South Network, while the semifinals and championship game(s) will be carried on ESPN3.com.
Bracket: Find it here.

Big Ten
Where: State College, Pennsylvania (Penn State host)
Seeding: Nationally-ranked #2 Michigan earns the top #1 berth in the conference here, followed quickly by #2 Minnesota, #3 Northwestern, and #4 Penn State. The quartet of teams all earn first-round byes. Higher-seeded 'home teams' playing in the first round include #5 Nebraska, #6 Ohio State, #7 Illinois, and #8 Wisconsin. #9 Indiana, #10 Michigan State, #11 Rutgers, and #12 Purdue round out the single-elimination field.
Watch: Live coverage of every game, as well as studio shows and championship coverage, can be seen regionally on the Big Ten Network.
Bracket: Find it here.

CAA
Where: Harrisonburg, Virginia (James Madison host)
Seeding: James Madison earned both hosting duties and the #1 seed with their regular-season championship. They recieve a first-round bye while the remaining four teams, #2 Towson, #3 College of Charleston, #4 Elon, and #5 Delaware, battle one another in the first round of the double-elimination affair. Longtime power Hofstra, with a sub-.500 conference record, did not make the tournament.
Watch: Every game of the tournament can be seen on the conference's digital broadcast avenue, CAA.tv. The championship game will simultaneously be shown on the American Sports Network on Friday.
Bracket: S

CUSA
Where: Denton, Texas (North Texas host)
Seeding: #1 overall seed Florida Atlantic and #2 UAB earn byes for the first two rounds of the tournament, while #3 and #4 seeds Southern Miss and Louisiana Tech, respectively, earn a bye through the first round. #5 Marshall takes on #8 UTSA in the first round, as does #6 UTEP and #7 Florida International.
Watch: All preliminary games of the single-elimination tournament will be shown on the C-USA Digital Network. The championship game on Saturday will be shown on CBS Sports Network.
Bracket: Find it here.

Horizon
Where: Chicago, Illinois (UIC host)
Seeding: UIC earned the #1 overall seed, followed by Wright State, Youngstown State, Green Bay, Cleveland State, and Valparaiso. The top two seeds earned first-round byes. The tournament format is double-elimination.
Watch: The full tournament will be streamed live on ESPN3.com and the WatchESPN app.
Bracket: Find it here.

MAAC
Where: Poughkeepsie, New York (Marist host)
Seeding: Host Marist earned the #1 seed after a stellar regular season and, along with #2 Manhattan, will sit out the first round on a bye. #3 Canisius is followed in the seedings by Monmouth, Fairfield, and Quinnipiac.
Watch: Watch on MAAC.tv, the conference's digital streaming arm.
Bracket: Find it here.

MAC
Where: Firestone Stadium, Akron, Ohio (neutral site)
Seeding: Kent State took home the regular-season championship and earns the #1 seed. Falling in line behind are Miami (OH), Ohio, Northern Illinois, Western Michigan, Akron, Toledo, and Central Michigan. All teams play in every round until eliminated in the double-elimination tournament.
Watch: The tournament will be streamed online; live event links can be found for each game here.
Bracket: Find it here.

MEAC
Where: Ormond Beach, Florida (Bethune Cookman host)
Seeding: From the North division, Delaware State earned the #1 seed, followed by Norfolk State, Hampton, and Morgan State. From the South division comes #1 Savannah State, #2 Bethune-Cookman, #3 Florida A&M, and #4 NC AT&T State
Watch: No information was immediately available.
Bracket: Find it here.

Missouri Valley
Where: Carbondale, Illinois (Southern Illinois host)
Seeding: Wichita State earned the #1 seed and earned a bye into the semifinals, as did #2 seed Drake. #3 Northern Iowa and #4 Southern Illinois earn first-round byes and await for the victors to emerge from the group of #5 Bradley, #6 Evansville, #7 Illinois State, and #8 Missouri State.
Watch: The entire tournament will be streamed live on ESPN3.com and the WatchESPN app.
Bracket: Find it here.

Northeast
Where: Brooklyn, New York (LIU-Brooklyn host)
Seeding: LIU-Brooklyn took home the regular-season crown and, with it, hosting duties and the #1 seed. #2 Saint Francis, #3 Robert Morris, and #4 Bryant fill out the small tournament grouping.
Watch: Every game of the tournament can be found live on NEC Front Row, the conference's digital broadcasting arm.
Bracket: None immediately available.

Ohio Valley
Where: Oxford, Alabama (neutral site)
Seeding: Jacksonville State earned the top seed, followed in quick succession by Eastern Illinois, Eastern Kentucky, SIU-Evansville, UT-Martin, Tennessee Tech, Morehead State, and Murray State.
Watch: Every game of the tournament will be streamed online via the OVC Digital Network.
Bracket: Find it here.

Patriot League
Where: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (Lehigh host)
Seeding: #1 Lehigh, #2 Army-West Point, #3 Boston, and #4 Bucknell will vie for the tournament crown & the league's automatic NCAA bid.
Watch: All games from the double-elimination tournament will be broadcast live on the Patriot League Network (online).
Bracket: Find the seedings & game list here.

SEC
Where: Starkville, Mississippi (Mississippi State host)
Seeding: Twice-defending National Champions Florida holds the #1 seed, a spot they've held frequently nationally. Kentucky, Tennessee, and Auburn earn the remaining top-four seeds and first-round byes. Higher seeds playing the first round, #s 5-8, include Alabama, Missouri, LSU, and Georgia, followed on the lower end by Ole Miss, Texas A&M, South Carolina, and host Mississippi State.
Watch: Every game of the SEC tournament will be seen on an ESPN network with two different (daytime/primetime) broadcast teams. The preliminary rounds up to the quarterfinals will be seen on the SEC Network beginning on Wednesday, while the semifinals will be found on ESPNU and the championship game will be on ESPN at 4:00 pm Central time Saturday.
Bracket: Find it here.

SoCon
Where: Greensboro, North Carolina (UNCG host)
Seeding: Regular-season champ Samford holds the #1 seed and are the only team with a bye to the second day of play. #2 Furman falls in line behind, themselves followed by #3 Western Carolina, #4 UNCG, #5 ETSU, #6 Chattanooga, and #7 Mercer.
Watch: The SoCon Digital Network will broadcast all of the tournament's preliminary games. Saturday's action, including the championship game and if-necessary championship game, will be broadcast on ESPN3.com and the WatchESPN app.
Bracket: S

Southland
Where: Lake Charles, Louisiana (McNeese State host)
Seeding: Top seed McNeese also hosts at their own Cowgirl Diamond... fellow Louisiana squad Nicholls State earned the #2 seed. The top two seeds both get first-round byes, while #3 seed Lamar takes on #6 Sam Houston State and #4 Central Arkansas faces #5 Stephen F. Austin in the first round of the double-elimination tournament. 
Watch: The preliminary games of the tournament will be broadcast on the conference's digital platform, available at southland.org/watch. The championship games can be seen on ESPN3.com and WatchESPN Friday at 2:00 pm Central.
Bracket: Find it here.

Summit
Where: Fargo, North Dakota (North Dakota State host)
Seeding: Host North Dakota State hosts the six-team tournament and earned the #1 overall seed; the Bison earned a first-round bye, as did #2 seed Omaha. #3 Western Illinois, #4 South Dakota, #5 South Dakota State, and #6 IUPUI make up the remainder of the field.
Watch: Not immediately available.
Bracket: Find it here.

Sun Belt
Where: Mobile, Alabama (South Alabama host)
Seeding: Regular-season champ and #1 seed Louisiana-Lafayette and host and #2 seed South Alabama earn first-round byes and avoid the  single-elimination preliminaries. #3 Texas State and #4 Georgia State must play a single game on single-elimination Wednesday, playing the winners of the tournament's first two games. These matchups will include the lowest four seeds, Georgia Southern, Troy, UT-Arlington, and Louisiana-Monroe.
Watch: The full tournament can be found on SunBeltSports.org, via the /watch extension. From the semifinals on, including the championship game, will be aired on ESPN3.com and WatchESPN.
Bracket: Find it here.

SWAC
Where: Irondale, Alabama (neutral site)
Seeding: Alcorn State vs. Prairie View A&M leads off the first-round matchups, while Texas Southern and Alabama A&M battle, followed by Southern vs. Mississippi Valley State and Alabama State vs. Arkansas Pine-Bluff.
Watch: The championship game will be seen on ESPN3.com and the WatchESPN app on Saturday.
Bracket: Find it here.

WAC
Where: Seattle, Washington (Seattle host)
Seeding: #5 Utah Valley and #4 Seattle play a single-game play-in to be the fourth team to enter the double-elimination tournament. They'll play #1 seed New Mexico State in the first round, with #2 UMKC and #3 CSU Bakersfield making up the rest of the field.
Watch: Links to watch live online can be found here.
Bracket: Find it here.

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