College Basketball Conference Championship Odds
College basketball conference championship week has arrived and there are 32 automatic bids ready to be handed out for the 2019 NCAA tournament. A few mid-major teams that have dominated their league schedules have postured themselves as qualified for an at-large bid even if they fail to win their conference crown. Schools such as Buffalo, Wofford and Nevada are the trio that have earned a mid-major invitation without winning their league’s postseason event.
Ohio Valley Postseason Champions
This Monday morning found four schools officially earning an automatic bid to go dancing. Murray State of the Ohio Valley was the first to qualify. Sophomore guard Ja Morant scored 36 points leading to the fall of top seed Belmont in the OVC championship game.
Big South Postseason Champions
In the Big South Gardner-Webb will make their first appearance in the college basketball national championship tourney. The Bulldogs are led by senior guard David Efianayi. Gardner-Webb not only won their league playoff affair they did it with road wins against the top seeds, Campbell and Radford.
Missouri Valley Postseason Champions
Head coach Brian Wardle and sophomore forward Elijah Childs will likely be a 16 seed in “The Dance” representing a down year for the Missouri Valley Conference. Bradley overcame an 18-point deficit to defeat Northern Iowa 57–54 on Sunday. The automatic bid places the Braves into the NCAA championship bracket for the first time in 13 years. Bradley earned a spot in the conference final by brushing aside No. 1 seed Loyola-Chicago in the semis and NIU in the final as a No. 5 seed.
Atlantic Sun Postseason Champions
The Sun’s Liberty earned a spot in the championship tournament for the first time since 2013. Coach Ritchie McKay and his junior forward Scottie James are in line to be awarded a No. 12 seed. The Flames most notable 15-minutes this 2018-19 season was their win at Pauley Pavilion defeating the UCLA Bruins by 15 in December. The victory for Liberty and the loss for the Bruins sent UCLA coach Steve Alford packing and the Bruins from receiving an invite.
The rest of the field of 68 will be determined by the this week’s conference tourney winners followed by the committee’s at-large decisions that will be announced on Selection Sunday.
College Basketball Conference Tournament (Time/Broadcast)
Monday, March 11
Tuesday, March 12
- CAA (7 p.m. ET, CBSSN)
- Northeast (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
- Horizon (7 p.m. ET, ESPN)
- Summit (9 pm. ET, ESPN2)
- WCC (9 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Wednesday, March 13
- Patriot League (7:30 p.m. ET, CBSSN)
Saturday, March 16
- America East (11 a.m. ET, ESPN2)
- MEAC (1 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
- Big 12 (6 p.m. ET, ESPN)
- Mountain West (6 p.m. ET, CBS)
- SWAC (6 p.m. ET, ESPNU)
- Big East (6:30 p.m. ET, FOX)
- MAC (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
- Big Sky (8 p.m. ET, ESPNU)
- C-USA (8:30 p.m. ET, CBSSN)
- ACC (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
- Southland (9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
- WAC (10 p.m. ET, ESPNU)
- Pac-12 (10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
- Big West (11:59 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
Sunday, March 17
- Ivy League (12 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
- SEC (1 p.m. ET, ESPN)
- Atlantic 10 (1 p.m. ET, CBS)
- Sun Belt (2 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
- American (3:15 p.m. ET, ESPN)
- Big Ten (3:30 p.m. ET, CBS)
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