2023 March Madness, Conference Tournaments, Auto Bids: Drake Wins Missouri Valley Crown


The number of teams that have secured applications for the 2023 NCAA tournament rose to five on Sunday. Three conferences crowned the tournament winners, but the number of leagues participating in the post-season promotion hit double digits.

Kennesaw State beat Liberty 67-66 to win the Atlantic Sun Tournament and win its first NCAA tournament appearance — all just three seasons after a 1-28. In the Big South, UNC-Asheville bested Campbell 77-73 to earn a spot in the Big Dance. Eventually, Drake Bradley dominated 77-51 to win the Missouri Valley Tournament and earn the program’s second NCAA tournament appearance under fifth-year coach Darian DeVries.

These three joined OVC’s Southeast Missouri and NEC’s Fairleigh Dickinson as automatic qualifiers at the end of the first weekend of March. Seven other conference tournaments were also held on Sunday, and eight will be played on Monday when the Southern Conference and Sun Belt each crown the champions.

With teams struggling to extend their seasons and Big Dance bids at stake, it’s officially the best time of the year in college basketball. Although the Power Conference tournaments are only a few days away, many of the ongoing tournaments are for one-bid leagues. They’re sure to produce plenty of happy and chaotic scenes to mark the days leading up to Selection Sunday.

Tournament schedule for the Sunday conference, results

2023 Conference Tournament Schedule, Champions

conference tournament page Dates (End TV) Champion 2023
Supported communication Fort Worth, Texas March 9-12 (ESPN)
Acc Greensboro, NC 7th-11th March (ESPN)
America East Campus Locations March 4, 7 & 11 (ESPN2)
Atlantic 10 Brooklyn, NY 7th-9th March 11-12 March (CBSSN)
A SUN Campus Locations 27-28 February, March 2 & 5 (ESPN2) Kennesaw State
Great East new York 8th-11th March (fox)
big sky Boise, Idaho 4th-8th March (ESPN2)
Big South Charlotte, NC March 1, March 3-5 (ESPN2) UNC Asheville
big ten Chicago 8th-12th March (CBS)
big 12 Kansas City 8th-11th March (ESPN)
Great West Henderson, Nev. March 7, 9-11 (ESPN2)
Colonial Washington, D.C 3rd–7th March (CBSSN)
Conference United States Frisko, Texas 8th-11th March (CBSSN)
horizon league Indianapolis Feb 28, Mar 2, 6-7 (ESPN)
Ivy League Princeton, NJ 11-12 March (ESPN2)
MAAC Atlantic City, NJ 7th-11th March (ESPNU)
MAC Cleveland March 9-11 (ESPN2)
MEAC Norfolk, Va. March 8-11 (ESPN2)
Missouri Valley st louis March 2-5 (CBSSN) drake
mountain west Las Vegas 8th-11th March (CBS)
Northeast Campus Locations March 1, 4 & 7 (ESPN2) Fairleigh Dickinson
Ohio Valley Evansville, Ind. 1st-4th March (ESPN2) Southeast Missouri
Pac-12 Las Vegas 8th-11th March (ESPN)
patriot Campus Locations 28 Feb, 2, 5 & 8 Mar (CBSSN)
SEC Nashville 8th-12th March (ESPN)
South Asheville, NC 3rd–6th March (ESPN)
southland Lake Charles, La. 5th-8th March (ESPN2)
summit Sioux Falls, SD March 3-7 (ESPN2)
sunbelt Pensacola, Fla. February 28, March 2, 4 & 6 (ESPN2)
SWAC Birmingham, Ala. 8th-11th March (ESPNU)
WAC Las Vegas March 7, 9-11 (ESPN2)
West Coast Las Vegas 2nd-4th & 6th–7th March (ESPN)

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