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2022 March Madness, conference tournament brackets, automatic bids: ACC, Big East tournaments heat up

No conference champ will be crowned on Friday, but a lot can happen to shape the NCAA Tournament field


In a sure sign that we are closing on Selection Sunday and the unveiling of the full 68-team NCAA Tournament bracket on CBS, there are 14 conference tournaments hosting semifinal action during Friday’s loaded slate of college hoops. Among them are several conferences that are expected to be one-bid leagues for the Big Dance.

Several squads have already clinched their spots in the field by winning their conference tournaments over the last several days. By Friday’s end, leagues like the Big Sky, Big West, Conference USA, MAAC, MAC, MEAC, Southland, SWAC and WAC will be one step closer to doing the same over the weekend.

The MAC is one of the conferences that could have a particularly compelling ending to its league tournament as the top four seeds each advanced to the semifinals on CBS Sports Network. No one from the conference is in position for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, but whoever emerges from the conference could be a potential Cinderella to watch next week. 

The top candidate is No. 1 seed Toledo, which plays No. 4 seed Akron at 5 p.m. ET with the winner advancing to Saturday’s championship game. Toledo has not been to the NCAA Tournament since 1980 and is just two wins away from getting back to cap one of the best seasons in program history.

With Selection Sunday rapidly approaching, here’s the full rundown of all those who have secured their spots in the 2022 NCAA Tournament.

Friday’s conference tournaments in action

2022 conference tournament schedules

Conference Tournament site Dates (Final TV) 2022 Champion 
AAC Fort Worth, Texas March 10-13 (ESPN)
ACC Brooklyn, N.Y. March 8-12 (ESPN)
America East Campus sites March 6, 9 & 12 (ESPN2)
Atlantic 10 Washington D.C. March 9-13 (CBSSN)
ASUN Campus sites March 1, 3, 5 & 8 (ESPN) Bellarmine (20-13) – x
Big East New York March 9-12 (Fox)
Big Sky Boise, Idaho March 9-12 (ESPNU)
Big South Charlotte, N.C. March 2, 4-6 (ESPN2) Longwood (26-6)
Big Ten Indianapolis March 9-13 (CBS)
Big 12 Kansas City March 9-12 (ESPN)
Big West Henderson, Nev. March 8, 10-12 (ESPN2)
Colonial Washington D.C. March 5-8 (CBSSN) Delaware (22-12)
Conference USA Frisco, Texas March 8-12 (CBSSN)
Horizon League Indianapolis March 1, 3, 7 & 8 (ESPN) Wright State (21-13)
Ivy League Cambridge, Mass. March 12-13 (ESPN2)
MAAC Atlantic City, N.J. March 8-12 (ESPNU)
MAC Cleveland, Ohio March 10-12 (ESPN2)
MEAC Norfolk, Va. March 9-12 (ESPN2)
Missouri Valley St. Louis March 3-6 (CBS) Loyola-Chicago (25-7)
Mountain West Las Vegas March 9-12 (CBS)
Northeast Campus sites Feb. 28, March 2, 5 & 8 (ESPN) Bryant (22-9)
Ohio Valley Evansville, Ind. March 2-5 (ESPN2) Murray State (30-2)
Pac-12 Las Vegas March 9-12 (Fox)  

Patriot Campus sites March 1, 3, 6 & 9 (CBSSN) Colgate (23-11)
SEC Tampa March 9-13 (ESPN)
Southern Asheville, N.C March 4-7 (ESPN) Chattanooga (27-7)
Southland Katy, Texas March 9-12 (ESPN2)
Summit Sioux Falls, S.D. March 5-8 (ESPN2) S. Dakota State (30–4)
Sun Belt Pensacola, Fla. March 3, 5-7 (ESPN2) Georgia State (18-10)
SWAC Birmingham, Ala. March 9-12 (ESPNU)
WAC Las Vegas March 8-12 (ESPNU)
West Coast Las Vegas March 3-5 & 7-8 (ESPN) Gonzaga (26-3)

X – Bellarmine is ineligible for the NCAA Tournament so ASUN regular season champion Jacksonville State is awarded the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. 

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