Men’s Champ Week: Conference tournament schedules, auto bids

Championship Week and March Madness are nearly here. Beginning with the ASUN on Feb. 27 and ending with the Ivy, A-10, SEC, American and Big Ten right up until the bracket is revealed on Selection Sunday (March 12), teams across Division I men’s college basketball will be competing for the chance to cut down the nets in the conference championship — and, along with it, one of the 32 automatic bids to the 2023 NCAA tournament.

Which team from each Division I men’s college basketball league is guaranteed a chance to go dancing in March? Bookmark this page, because this is where we’ll be tracking the winners, live, as they punch their tickets.

NEC: Fairleigh Dickinson Knights

Record: 19-14
Title-clincher: 70-50 over St. Francis (PA)*
Leading scorer: Demetre Roberts (16.7 PPG)
NCAA tournament history: 7th appearance (first since 2019)

*Qualified in semifinal because Merrimack is ineligible

Ohio Valley: Southeast Missouri State Redhawks

Record: 19-16
Title-clincher: 89-82 (OT) over Tennessee Tech
Leading scorer: Phillip Russell (18.1 PPG)
NCAA tournament history: 2nd appearance (first since 2000)

Big South: UNC Asheville Bulldogs

Record: 27-7
Title-clincher: 77-73 over Campbell
Leading scorer: Drew Pember (20.9 PPG)
NCAA tournament history: 5th appearance (first since 2016)

Missouri Valley: Drake Bulldogs

Record: 27-7
Title-clincher: 77-51 over Bradley
Leading scorer: Tucker DeVries (18.9 PPG)
NCAA tournament history 6th appearance (second in three seasons; first since 2021)

ASUN: Kennesaw State Owls

Record: 26-8
Title-clincher: 67-66 over Liberty
Leading scorer: Chris Youngblood (14.6 PPG)
NCAA tournament history: 1st appearance in program’s Division I era

Sun Belt: Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns

Record: 26-7
Title-clincher: 71-66 over South Alabama
Leading scorer: Jordan Brown (19.6 PPG)
NCAA tournament history: 11th appearance (first since 2014)

Southern: Furman Paladins

Record: 27-7
Title-clincher: 88-69 over Chattanooga
Leading scorer: Mike Bothwell (18.0 PPG)
NCAA tournament history: 7th appearance (first since 1980)

Horizon League: Northern Kentucky Norse

Record: 22-12
Title-clincher: 63-61 over Cleveland State
Leading scorer: Marques Warrick (19.2 PPG)
NCAA tournament history: 3rd appearance (first since 2019)

CAA: Charleston Cougars

Record: 31-3
Title-clincher: 63-58 over UNC Wilmington
Leading scorer: Dalton Bolon (12.7 PPG)
NCAA tournament history: 6th appearance (first since 2018)

West Coast: Gonzaga Bulldogs

Record: 28-5
Title-clincher: 77-51 over Saint Mary’s
Leading scorer: Drew Timme (21.0 PPG)
NCAA tournament history: 24th consecutive appearance

Summit League: Oral Roberts Golden Eagles

Record: 30-4
Title-clincher: 92-58 over North Dakota State
Leading scorer: Max Abmas (22.0 PPG)
NCAA tournament history: 7th appearance (second in last three seasons)

Southland: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders

Record: 23-10
Title-clincher: 75-71 over Northwestern State
Leading scorer: Trevian Tennyson (15.8 PPG)
NCAA tournament history: 3rd appearance (second consecutive)

Patriot League: Colgate Raiders

Record: 26-8
Title-clincher: 79-61 over Lafayette
Leading scorer: Tucker Richardson (13.9 PPG)
NCAA tournament history: 6th appearance (third straight, fourth in five seasons)

Big Sky: Montana State Bobcats

Record: 25-9
Title-clincher: 85-78 over Northern Arizona
Leading scorer: RaeQuan Battle (17.2 PPG)
NCAA tournament history: 4th appearance (Back-to-back for the 1st time in school history)

America East

March 4, 7, 11
Campus sites


March 8-11
Norfolk Scope Arena (Norfolk, Virginia)


March 8-11
Bartow Arena (Birmingham, Alabama)

Big 12

March 8-11
T-Mobile Center (Kansas City, Missouri)

Mountain West

March 8-11
Thomas & Mack Center (Las Vegas)

Big East

March 8-11
Madison Square Garden (New York City)


March 7-11
Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall (Atlantic City, New Jersey)


March 9-11
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse (Cleveland)

Conference USA

March 8-11
Ford Center at the Star (Frisco, Texas)


March 7-11
Greensboro Coliseum (Greensboro, North Carolina)

Big West

March 7, 9-11
Dollar Loan Center (Henderson, Nevada)


March 8-11
T-Mobile Arena (Las Vegas)


March 7, 9-11
Michelob Ultra Arena/Orleans Arena (Las Vegas)


March 11-12
Jadwin Gymnasium (Princeton, New Jersey)

Atlantic 10

March 7-9, 11-12
Barclays Center (Brooklyn, New York)


March 8-12
Bridgestone Arena (Nashville, Tennessee)


March 9-12
Dickies Arena (Fort Worth, Texas)

Big Ten

March 8-12
United Center (Chicago)

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