It's 'Championship Week' but with 32 conference tournaments going on across the country it's impossible to keep up with all the action.
Thankfully, that's why we're here. There's no need to spend a bunch of time doing Google deep dives, or asking friends which are the best tournaments to check out. We've got you covered.
From best to worst here are our rankings of all 32 conference tournaments.
SWAC (March 9th-11th)
Want a good redemption story? Mike Davis – who once replaced Bobby Knight at Indiana – is now in his fifth year at Texas Southern, where he’s already won four SWAC regular season titles and is looking to get the Tigers to their third NCAA Tournament during that stretch.
WAC (March 9th-11th)
Unfortunately, the best story in the WAC – Dan Majerle’s Grand Canyon Antelopes – won’t be in town, as they aren’t eligible for the NCAA Tournament (and therefore, the conference tournament) until next year.
Instead, the intrigue will fall on Bakersfield, which had won 15 in a row before falling to GCU this weekend.
A-Sun (completed Sunday)
Florida Gulf Coast was the league’s best team during the regular season and proved it by cruising through the conference tournament, beating North Florida by 16 points in the championship game Sunday.
This certainly wasn’t the most entertaining league tournament. But it did produce a champion good enough to pull off an upset in the Big Dance.
Southland (March 8th-11th)
A league that has been dominated by Stephen F. Austin over the last three years has become pretty dull with Brad Underwood now at Oklahoma State.
But if there is one intriguing story in the Southland, it’s Houston Baptist. The school made the NCAA Tournament in 1984, then dropped all the way down to the NAIA ranks before rejoining Division I a decade ago. The Huskies are in search of their first tourney bid since rejoining DI, and have won nine straight entering this one.
Patriot (final on Wednesday)
The Patriot League has given us the single greatest storyline that isn’t really a storyline heading into its title game. Lehigh’s Tim Kempton is a two-time Patriot League Player of the Year who was in line to win the award for the third straight season. Then, Bucknell’s Nana Foulland stole an award that was rightfully Kempton’s, and let me tell ya, the Lehigh student newspaper is very upset by this.
Thankfully, the Patriot League’s version of the Westbrook vs. Durant feud will be settled on the court when these two teams get together in the title game Wednesday.
Mountain West (March 8th-11th)
What was once one of the premiere mid-major tournaments in the country has fallen on hard times with former powers San Diego State, New Mexico and last-place UNLV all struggling. The highlight here is the resurgent Nevada Wolfpack, led by projected NBA Draft pick Cam Oliver.
Regardless of outcome, this is still a one-bid league.
MAC (March 9th-11th)
The overwhelming favorite here should be Akron, which is coached by Keith Dambrot (LeBron James’ high school coach) and was a full three games better than anyone else in the league this season.
But considering that the Zips haven’t actually won the league’s automatic bid since 2013 (despite winning at least 21 games in each season since) this one is more wide-open than it appears on paper.
Ivy (March 11th and 12th)
History is on the line at the Palestra, where for the first time ever, the Ivy League is hosting a conference tournament. The folks in the league decided to take it slow, with only the top four teams advancing, and it’d be shocking if a team other than Princeton – which went undefeated in league play – won this.
The one threat to the Tigers appears to be Tommy Amaker’s Harvard Crimson, which nearly upset Princeton last week.
Big Sky (March 7th-11th)
For a one-bid league, this is a deceptively good tournament featuring two of the Top 10 scorers in college basketball and six Big Sky teams finished within three games of the regular season league title.
North Dakota won the regular season title, but the high risk/high reward pick here is Eastern Washington, which has won nine of their last 11 as they head to Reno.
Sun Belt (March 8th-11th)
Last year the Fun Belt gave us NCAA Tourney darling Little Rock and they could do the same this year with UT-Arlington. The Mavericks have won nine in a row entering the conference tourney and proved that they aren’t afraid to play the big boys in out-of-conference play. Scott Cross’ club stunned Texas in Austin back in November.
Big West (March 9th-11th)
This league has given us some fun tourney teams the last few years (Mamadou N’Diaye and UC-Irvine nearly upset Louisville in 2015 and Hawaii upset Cal last year) but it isn’t as strong at the top as it once was.
The favorite here is Irvine, which finished 12-4 in the regular season and is led by senior guards Luke Nelson and Jaron Martin.
MAAC (championship game, Monday, 9 p.m. ET)
For the second year in a row, Monmouth entered the MAAC Tournament as a heavy favorite and was shocked, losing to Siena in Saturday’s semifinals. The game was played on Siena’s home court, which certainly played a part.
The Saints will face Iona in the final and barring something truly bizarre happening with Monmouth next week, this will be a one-bid league.
On Thursday, Last-place North Carolina A&T beat first-place North Carolina Central, proving that anything can happen in the MEAC.
So this one should be entertaining and Savannah State could make things particularly interesting. The Tigers are the Jekyll and Hyde of college basketball, ranking No. 8 in scoring nationally (85.7 per game) and 350th out of 351 Division I teams in points allowed (91 per game).
Missouri Valley (completed Sunday)
Everyone wanted a Wichita State-Illinois State final and everyone got what they wanted Sunday. Unfortunately the matchup itself didn’t quite live up to the hype, as the Shockers cruised to a 20-point win to close out Arch Madness.
At 27-6 overall, has Illinois State done enough to warrant an at-large berth when the brackets are revealed next week?
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Southern (championship game, Monday, 7 p.m. ET)
The league’s two best teams (East Tennessee State and UNC-Greensboro) will meet in the final on Monday and unless you’re a Greensboro alum it’ll be hard to root against ETSU.
The Buccaneers are coached by Steve Forbes, who was fired because of Bruce Pearl’s bogus barbecue and had to go down to junior college ranks to remain in coaching. Four years later he’s got ETSU on the brink of their first NCAA Tournament since 2010.
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Colonial (championship game, Monday, 7 p.m. ET)
This one has been everything any fan would want a mid-major conference tournament to be: The top two seeds (UNC-Wilmington and College of Charleston) have advanced to the final with each playing their best basketball. Wilmington specifically has been red-hot in the tournament with an average of 98 points in their first two games.
The two teams split their regular season meetings, which should lead to a fun final Monday night.
Big South (completed Sunday)
Winthrop claimed the Big South championship on Sunday, but the story was the team they beat, Campbell.
The Fighting Camels (yes, that’s their real nickname) stunned No. 2 seed UNC-Asheville and No. 6 seed Radford to get to the finals, thanks to two dynamic performances by Chris Clemons. The 5’9 guard put up 51 and 33 points respectively in those two wins and finished with 29 in a title game loss to Winthrop.
Conference USA (March 8th-11th)
The intrigue here is at the top, with Middle Tennessee State. At 27-4 overall and 17-1 in conference play, the Blue Raiders are going for their second-straight conference title.
If they fail to win the conference, it will be interesting to see if the Selection Committee thinks a team that upset Michigan State in last year’s NCAA Tournament has done enough to warrant an at-large berth.
Summit (semifinals, Monday; final Tuesday)
This league nearly lost its top two teams Saturday night when top-seed South Dakota needed overtime to beat Western Illinois and No. 2 seed North Dakota State fell to IUPUI in a wild 96-92 loss.
It now leaves South Dakota as the overwhelming favorite in this tournament, but don’t sleep on their cross-state rivals South Dakota State. The Jackrabbits have forward Mike Daum, who is the second-leading scorer in all of college basketball at 24.9 ppg. The two squads will meet in Monday’s semifinal.
Ohio Valley (completed Saturday)
This tournament was everything March Madness is truly all about, as No. 4 seed Jacksonville State shocked No. 1 seed Belmont and No. 2 UT-Martin on the way to clinching the school’s first ever NCAA Tournament bid.
It was also the latest feather in the cap of coach Ray Harper, who has won national championships at the DII and NAIA level, and in his last stop, took Western Kentucky to two NCAA Tournaments. This is his first season at Jacksonville State.
Horizon (semifinals Monday, championship Tuesday)
Motor City Madness has certainly lived up to the nickname this year. During this weekend's quarterfinals, No. 1 seed Oakland was shocked by No. 9 seed Youngstown State on a last second shot, while No. 2 Valparaiso was bounced by No. 10 Milwaukee. Third-seeded Green Bay was also tripped up by No. 6 seed Illinois-Chicago.
It’s led to a scenario where the No.’s 4, 6, 9 and 10 seeds have advanced to the semifinals. Three of those teams had sub-500 regular season records, while the other, Northern Kentucky, is in search of their first NCAA Tournament bid. You want madness? We’ve got it in the Horizon.
American (March 9th-12th)
The AAC is a two-bid league and it’d be shocking to see anyone other than Cincinnati or SMU take home the title, although UConn is somewhat of a wild card. The conference tournament is being played in Hartford, and Kevin Ollie’s club made a run through this tourney last year. Can lightning strike twice?
(As a UConn alum, I can tell you the answer is definitely no.)
America East (semifinals, Monday; final, Saturday)
Can you name the team in college basketball with the longest active win-streak in the country? It’s Vermont, which has won 19 games entering the semifinals.
Despite that impressive feat, Vermont needs to win this tournament to get into the Big Dance, so there's plenty of pressure on John Becker’s club heading into Monday night.
Atlantic 10 (March 8th-12th)
Another top-heavy league where two teams (Dayton and VCU) are unquestionably better than the rest. Therefore, the only intrigue lies with Rhode Island. The Rams went from off-the-bubble to back on it with a win over VCU a week ago, followed by victories over St. Joe’s and Davidson.
Still, with bubble teams like Wake Forest, Marquette and others picking up big wins last week, the Rams might need to win the A-10 tourney to clinch their bid to the Big Dance.
WCC (semifinals, Monday; final Tuesday)
Everyone (including Gonzaga) got exactly what they wanted, with all four of the top seeds advancing to Monday night’s semifinals.
Assuming the Zags can get through, it sets up a fascinating final where Mark Few’s club will either face Saint Mary’s for a third time or BYU, the team that beat them a week ago.
SEC (March 8th-11th)
There’s a reason they call it Catsville during Championship Week, as Kentucky fans will easily outnumber every other fanbase in the city combined this weekend.
It will lead to a wild atmosphere in Bridgestone Arena and the action on the court won’t be bad either. The 'Cats and Florida Gators are the favorites, but don’t sleep on Arkansas and South Carolina, which are playing well down the stretch.
Big 12 (March 8th-11th)
This one always has the feel of The Jayhawk Invitational and with Bill Self’s club running away with another regular season conference title, it won’t be any different this season.
The intrigue here is in the middle, where any number of bubble teams are still battling for tournament berths. Can Kansas State, TCU or Texas Tech play their way into the field of 68?
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Big Ten (March 8th-12th)
The Big Ten’s oberall performance has been dreadful this year, but there will be plenty of major storylines this week in Washington D.C.
Can Purdue further cement its place as a legit Final Four threat? Can struggling teams like Wisconsin and Maryland find their mojo heading into the Big Dance? Is this the last stand for hot seat coaches like Tom Crean and John Groce? And what about those plucky underdogs from Northwestern? There might not be a title contender in the Big Ten but there will certainly be drama at the Verizon Center.
Big East (March 8th-11th, FOX/FS1)
Key injuries on Creighton and Xavier have opened the door for schools like Providence, Marquette and Seton Hall to move into the tourney discussion.
It has also left a fascinating dynamic in New York this week, where there could be upwards of seven NCAA Tournament teams playing in a field of 10, and where every one of them needs wins to help with seeding for the Big Dance.
ACC (March 7th-11th)
The ACC has been the best overall conference all year long and there’s no doubt they’ll give us the best conference tournament at Barclays Center this week.
It’s a league featuring everything from title contenders in Duke, North Carolina and Louisville to bubble teams desperate for a win, like Georgia Tech and Wake Forest. After No. 15 seed Boston College nearly upset No. 1 seed North Carolina earlier this season, it's clear that anything can happen.
To quote Terrell Owens, “Get ya popcorn ready.” This one is going to be wild right from opening tip on Tuesday.
Pac-12 (March 8th-11th)
From a pure depth perspective, the ACC is probably the most interesting. But from a pure “holy crap the teams at the top are good” perspective, the Pac-12 takes the cake.
Oregon, UCLA and Arizona are all teams that believe they can take home the national championship. And all three will be battling for not only a conference tourney title in Vegas, but seeding as well.
Add in solid bubble teams like Cal and USC, plus star power across the board -- Lonzo Ball, Dillon Brooks and Lauri Markannen -- and the Pac-12 is must-see TV this week.