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2024 March Madness scores, conference tournament brackets: Drake, Stetson, Longwood earn automatic bids

The champions of the Missouri Valley, ASUN and Big South tournaments punch their tickets to the Big Dance

NCAA Basketball: Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Championship Drake at Indiana State
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Three more automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament were punched on Sunday when Drake (Missouri Valley), Stetson (ASUN) and Longwood (Big South) each won their respective conference tournaments.

No. 2 seed Drake defeated top-seeded Indiana State 84-80 behind 27 points from two-time MVC Player of the Year Tucker DeVries. Indiana State erased an 18-point second-half deficit to take a brief lead with just over three minutes remaining before the Bulldogs closed the game on an 8-4 run.

No. 5 seed Longwood shocked No. 2 seed UNC Asheville 85-59 to secure the program’s second bid to the NCAA Tournament in the last three seasons. The Lancers won the Big South regular season and conference title in 2022.

Stetson secured its first NCAA Tournament in program history with a 94-91 win over No. 4 seed Austin Peay. The second-seeded Hatters knocked off Queens, Jacksonville and Austin Peay this week in the conference tournament to secure the third and final automatic bid of the day. Stetson star Jalen Blackmon scored a career-high 43 points in the championship game.

The SoCon will crown a champion Monday night, when No. 1 seed Samford takes on No. 7 seed East Tennessee State. The Bulldogs are seeking their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2000 while the Buccaneers are trying to make it back for the first time since 2017. Samford beat ETSU twice during the regular season, but the Buccaneers will be riding high into the matchup after erasing a 20-point deficit in their semifinal victory over No. 3 seed Chattanooga on Sunday.T

The CAA, Horizon League, Summit League and WCC are in semifinal action Monday, while the Big Sky and Southland tournaments will also be in action as conference tournament action continues heating up around the country.  

As automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament are secured, we’ll be noting each of them here.  

Sunday’s conference tournament scoreboard

ASUN: Championship
(20) Stetson 94, (4) Austin Peay 91

Big South: Championship
(5) Longwood 85, (2) UNC-Asheville 59

Missouri Valley: Championship
(2) Drake 84, (1) Indiana State 80

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2024 conference tournament schedules, champions

All times ET

Conference City Dates Final (TV) / Champion
ACC Washington D.C. March 12-16 Saturday, March 16
8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
America East Campus Sites March 9, 12, 16 Saturday, March 16
11 a.m. (ESPN2)
American Fort Worth, Texas March 13-17 Sunday, March 17
3:15 p.m. (ESPN)
ASUN Campus Sites March 4-5, 7, 10 Stetson (22-12)
Atlantic 10 Brooklyn March 12-14, 16-17 Sunday, March 17
1 p.m. (CBS)
Big 12 Kansas City March 12-16 Saturday. March 16
6 p.m. (ESPN)
Big East New York City March 13-16 Saturday, March 16
6:30 p.m. (Fox)
Big Sky Boise, Idaho March 9, 10-13 Wednesday, March 13
11:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Big South High Point, North Carolina March 6, 8-10 Longwood (21-13)
Big Ten Minneapolis March 13-17 Sunday, March 17
3:30 p.m. (CBS)
Big West Henderson, Nevada March 13-16 Saturday, March 16
9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Coastal Athletic Washington, D.C. March 8-12 Tuesday, March 12
7 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
Conference USA Huntsville, Alabama March 12-16 Saturday, March 16
8:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
Horizon League Campus sites | Indianapolis March 5, 7, 11-12 Tuesday, March 12
7 p.m. (ESPN)
Ivy New York City March 16-17 Sunday, March 17
12 p.m. (ESPN2)
MAAC Atlantic City, New Jersey March 12-16 Saturday, March 16
7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
MAC Cleveland March 14-16 Saturday, March 16
7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
MEAC Norfolk, Virginia March 13-16 Saturday, March 16
1 p.m. (ESPN2)
Missouri Valley St. Louis March 7-10 Drake (28-6)
Mountain West Las Vegas March 13-16 Saturday, March 16
6 p.m. (CBS)
Northeast Campus Sites March 6, 9, 12 Tuesday, March 12
7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Ohio Valley Evansville, Indiana March 6-9 Morehead State (26-8)
Pac-12 Las Vegas March 13-16 Saturday, March 16
9 p.m. (Fox)
Patriot Campus Sites March 5, 7, 10, 13 Wednesday, March 13
7 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
SEC Nashville March 13-17 Sunday, March 17
1 p.m. (ESPN)
Southern Asheville, North Carolina March 8-11 Monday, March 11
7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Southland Lake Charles, Louisiana March 10-13 Wednesday, March 13
5 p.m. (ESPN2)
Summit Sioux Falls, South Dakota March 8-12 Tuesday, March 12
9:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
Sun Belt Pensacola, Florida March 5, 7, 9, 10-11 Monday, March 11
7 p.m. (ESPN2)
SWAC Birmingham, Alabama March 13-16 Saturday, March 16
5:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
WAC Las Vegas March 13-16 Saturday, March 16
11:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
WCC Las Vegas March 7-9, 11-12 Tuesday, March 12
9 p.m. (ESPN)

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