NCAA Basketball Conference Championship Week: Dates, Schedule, Where To Watch

By Ryan Mayer

It’s March, which means one thing: March Madness is here. Conference tournaments began at the end of last week and we will see school’s hopes and dreams either fulfilled or dashed over the next six days heading into Selection Sunday. With 30 conferences, there’s a lot to try and keep track of as you get ready to fill out your bracket. To help, we’ve compiled a full list of all of the conference tournament dates, and the times of their championship games.

Before we begin, there are four teams that have already punched their tickets to the dance. Florida Gulf Coast (Atlantic Sun), UNC-Asheville (Big South), Northern Iowa (Missouri Valley Conference), Austin Peay (Ohio Valley Conference) all get to kick their feet up with the rest of us and watch the insanity unfold having won their conference tournaments over the weekend. Three more conferences will crown their champions tonight and that is where we begin.

Colonial Athletic Association- #1 Hofstra vs #2 UNC Wilmington: 7:00 pm NBC Sports Network

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference- #1 Monmouth vs #2 Iona: 7:00 pm ESPN

Southern Conference- #1 Chattanooga vs #2 East Tennessee State: 9:00 pm ESPN2

Now, onto the conference tournaments that will unfold over the course of the rest of this week, sorted by the date of their championship games. Once again, a reminder, all times Eastern.

Horizon League- Semis 3/7, Final 3/8 7 pm ESPN2 or ESPN 3. Favorite: Valparaiso

Northeast Conference- #1 Wagner vs #2 Fairleigh Dickinson: 7:00 pm 3/8 ESPN2/ESPN3

Summit League- Semis 3/7, Final 3/8 8 pm ESPN2/WatchESPN. Favorite: IPFW

West Coast Conference- Semis 3/7, Final 3/8 6 pm ESPN/WatchESPN. Favorite: St. Mary’s

Patriot League- #9 Holy Cross vs #2 Lehigh: 7:30 PM 3/9 CBS Sports Network

ACC- Starts 3/8, Final 3/12 9 pm ESPN. Favorite: UNC

America East- Final 3/12 11:00 am ESPN2. Favorite: Stony Brook

Big 12- Starts 3/9, Final 3/12 5 pm ESPN. Favorite: Kansas

Big East- Starts 3/9, Final 3/12 5:30 pm FOX. Favorite: Villanova

Big West- Starts 3/9, Final 3/12 8:30 pm ESPN2. Favorite: Hawaii

Conference USA- Starts 3/8, Final 3/12 1:30 pm Fox Sports 1  Favorite: UAB

MAC- Starts 3/7, Final 3/12 7:30 pm ESPN2. Favorite: Akron

MEAC- Starts 3/7, Final 3/12 1 pm ESPN2. Favorite: Hampton

Mountain West Conference- Starts 3/9, Final 3/12 3 pm. Favorite: San Diego State

Pac-12- Starts 3/9, Final 3/12 7 pm Fox Sports 1. Favorite: Oregon

Southland- Starts 3/9, Final 3/12 8:30 pm ESPN2. Favorite: Stephen F Austin

SWAC- Starts 3/8, Final 3/12 5:30 pm ESPNU. Favorite: Alcorn State

WAC- Starts 3/10, Final 3/12 8 pm ESPNU. Favorite: New Mexico State

American Athletic Conference- Starts 3/10, Final 3/13 3:15 pm ESPN. Favorite: Temple

Atlantic 10- Starts 3/9, Final 3/13 12:30 pm CBS. Favorite: Dayton

Big Ten- Starts 3/9, Final 3/13 3 pm CBS. Favorite: Indiana

SEC- Starts 3/9, Final 3/13 12 pm ESPN. Favorite: Kentucky

Sun Belt- Starts 3/10, Final 3/13 1 pm ESPN2. Favorite: Arkansas Little Rock

Favorites will go down, Cinderella runs will be made, and contenders will assert themselves. Welcome to the hectic, crazy, insane glory that is NCAA Basketball Conference Championship Week. Enjoy the ride.

Ryan Mayer is an Associate Producer for CBS Local Sports. Ryan lives in NY but comes from Philly and life as a Philly sports fan has made him cynical. Anywhere sports are being discussed, that’s where you’ll find him.

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