Conference Tournaments 2021: Schedules, Brackets, NCAA Tournament Autobids

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It's conference tournament season in college basketball, which means championships—as well as automatic bids for the 2021 NCAA tournament—are about to be handed out. Conference tourneys come in two waves, with some underway this week and others kicking off next week. 

For most mid-major teams, winning the league tournament is the only way to earn a bid to the Big Dance. And for Power 5 teams lacking the résumé for at-large bid, a surprising conference tournament run is an opportunity to make up for an otherwise disappointing season.

Below, Sports Illustrated is tracking every men's conference championship winner, along with a schedule of title games and which channel they will be broadcast on. Conference finals will begin on Saturday, March 6 and wrap up on the afternoon of March 14, which is also Selection Sunday.

Morehead State became the first team to clinch an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament via a conference tournament championship, beating top-seeded Belmont 86–71 in Saturday's Ohio Valley Conference final.

All times are Eastern. Click on a league name to view full bracket and tournament schedule.

CONFERENCESTART DATETITLE GAME INFOCHAMPION

Ohio Valley

March 3

March 6 (7 p.m. ESPN2)

Morehead State

Big South

Feb. 27

March 7 (12 p.m. ESPN)

Winthrop

Atlantic Sun

March 3

March 7 (2 p.m., ESPN)

Liberty

Missouri Valley

March 4

March 7 (2:10 p.m, CBS)

Loyola Chicago

Southern

March 5

March 8 (7 p.m., ESPN)

Mercer

Sun Belt

March 5

March 8 (7 p.m., ESPN2)

Appalachian State

Horizon

Feb. 25

March 9 (7 p.m., TBD)

Cleveland State

CAA

March 6

March 9 (7 p.m., CBSSN)

Drexel

Northeast

March 6

March 9 (7 p.m., ESPN2)

Mount St. Mary's

Summit

March 6

March 9 (9 p.m., ESPN2)

Oral Roberts

WCC

March 4

March 9 (9 p.m., ESPN)

Gonzaga

America East

Feb. 27

March 13 (11 a.m., ESPN2)

Hartford

MEAC

March 7

March 13 (1 p.m., ESPN2)

Norfolk State

MAAC

March 8

March 13 (4 p.m., ESPNU)

Iona

Big 12

March 10

March 13 (6 p.m., ESPN)

Texas

SWAC

March 10

March 13 (6 p.m., ESPNU)

Texas Southern

Mountain West

March 10

March 13 (6 p.m., CBS)

San Diego State

Big East

March 10

March 13 (6:30 p.m., FOX)

Georgetown

MAC

March 11

March 13 (7:30 p.m., ESPN2)

Ohio

Big Sky

March 10

March 13 (8 p.m., ESPNU)

Eastern Washington

ACC

March 9

March 13 (8:30 p.m., ESPN)

Georgia Tech

C-USA

March 10

March 13 (9 p.m., CBSSN)

North Texas

Southland

March 10

March 13 (9:30 p.m., ESPN2)

Abilene Christian

WAC

March 11

March 13 (10 p.m., ESPNU)

Grand Canyon

Pac-12

March 10

March 13 (10:30 p.m., ESPN)

Oregon State

Big West

March 9

March 13 (11:30 p.m., ESPN2)

UC Santa Barbara

Patriot

March 3

March 14 (12 p.m., CBSSN)

Colgate

SEC

March 10

March 14 (1 p.m., ESPN)

Alabama

Atlantic 10

March 3

March 14 (1 p.m., CBS)

St. Bonaventure

American

March 11

March 14 (3:15 p.m., ESPN)

Houston

Big Ten

March 10

March 14 (3:30 p.m., CBS)

Illinois