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2022 March Madness, conference tournament brackets, automatic bids: Fifteen Big Dance tickets up for grabs

The stage is set for a wild Saturday in college basketball, as 15 of the 32 conferences will crown their tournament champions with the countdown to Selection Sunday on CBS dwindling to just one more day. While brand-name conferences such as the ACC, Big 12, Big East and Pac-12 are among those whose tournaments will be decided, the day will also belong to some of the sport’s lesser-known leagues.

Of the 15 leagues with tournament title games Saturday, most are likely to be one-bid conferences for the NCAA Tournament. That means it will be do-or-die for the hopes of many teams in action. One game that could be particularly captivating on Saturday is a Conference USA Tournament title showdown between Louisiana Tech and UAB at 8:30 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network.

Neither is likely to receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, but whichever team gets there can be a threat. UAB (26-7) has won six straight under third-year coach Andy Kennedy, while Louisiana Tech (24-9) appears to have found its stride this week after a rough ending to its regular season.

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Whoever wins it will join the parade of teams securing automatic bids to the Big Dance. Here is the full rundown of those who have punched their tickets so far.

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

Saturday’s conference championship games

America East

Vermont 82, UMBC 43  — Recap


Norfolk State 72, Coppin State 57 — Recap


Monmouth vs. Saint Peter’s, 4 p.m. — GameTracker

Mountain West

Boise State vs. San Diego State, 6 p.m. (CBS)

Big 12

Kansas vs. Texas Tech, 6 p.m. (ESPN)


Alcorn State vs. Texas Southern, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)

Big East

Villanova vs. Creighton, 6:30 p.m. (Fox)


Akron vs. Kent State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

Big Sky

Montana State vs. Northern Colorado, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)


Duke vs. Virginia Tech, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Conference USA

Louisiana Tech vs. UAB, 8:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)


Arizona vs. UCLA, 9 p.m. (Fox)


Texas A&M-Corpus Christi vs. Southeastern Louisiana, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)


New Mexico State vs. Abilene Christian, 10 p.m. (ESPNU)

Big West

Long Beach State vs. Cal-State Fullerton, 11:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

Saturday’s other conference tournaments in action

2022 conference tournament schedules, champions

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) Vermont (28-5)
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) Norfolk State (24-6)
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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