2021 College Basketball Conference Tournament Schedule: Dates & Locations for Big Ten, ACC, Big 12, SEC and More (Feb. 21)
Porter Binks/Getty Image. Pictured: Madison Square Garden in New York City.
We’re approaching the end of college basketball’s regular season, with conference tournaments coming up quicker than one might think.
The Horizon League will be the first to start things off, beginning Feb. 25. Tournaments continue all the way through March 14, which is Selection Sunday and where the NCAA bracket is unveiled.
Don’t be caught off guard by the tournament schedule. We’ve got the start and end dates for each competition. There are 29 tournaments in total, which gives us plenty of betting opportunities to get us ready for March Madness.
The tournaments below are listed in order of start date. See the bottom of the article for a chart also listed in chronological order.
Horizon League Conference Tournament
The Horizon League begins conference tournament play Feb. 25. The tournament will be played in Indianapolis, with the championship on March 9.
America East Conference Tournament
The tournament begins Feb. 26, with a championship game on March 13. The top two seeds receive byes to the semifinals, which begin March 9.
Big South Conference Tournament
Winthrop will be the top seed in the tournament, which beings March 2. The final is set for March 7. Each game will be hosted at the higher-seed’s campus.
Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament
The A-10 should provide plenty of entertainment, beginning March 3 until the championship game on March 14 on CBS. VCU, Davidson, UMass and St. Bonaventure are the top four teams in terms of conference winning percentage. All games were originally scheduled for Brooklyn but has since been changed to campus sites. The championship game will be at Dayton.
Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament
COVID-19 will have an impact on multiple conference tournaments, including the A-Sun. Bellarmine has a league-best 10 wins but is currently on pause due to COVID. The conference tournament begins March 3, with a championship game scheduled for March 14. The tournament will be held in Jacksonville, Fla.
Ohio Valley Conference Tournament
Taking place in Evansville, Ind., the Ohio Valley tournament runs from March 3 to March 6.
Missouri Valley Conference Tournament
Drake is no longer undefeated, but the against-the-spread star hopes to take down Loyola in the conference tournament, which runs from March 4-7. The tournament is played in St. Louis, with the title game airing on CBS Network.
West Coast Conference Tournament
The Gonzaga Show — or the WCC tournament — beings March 4 and ends March 9. The Bulldogs hope to keep their undefeated season alive and grab the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament. All games will be played in Las Vegas.
Southern Conference Tournament
Taking place in Asheville, N.C., the Southern Conference tournament begins March 5, with a championship game on March 8.
Sun Belt Conference Tournament
The Sun Belt opens play on March 5 in Pensacola, Fla. The championship game is on March 8 on ESPN2.
Colonial Conference Tournament
Led by James Madison and Northeastern, the Colonial tournament begins March 6 at James Madison. and ends March 9.
Northeast Conference Tournament
The regular season ends March 3, with the tournament starting March 6 and ending on March 9.
Patriot League Conference Tournament
From March 3 to March 14, games will be hosted on campus sites rather than a neutral location. Colgate and Navy are the top teams.
Summit Conference Tournament
Played in Sioux Falls, S.D., the tournament starts March 6, with a championship game on March 9.
ACC Conference Tournament
What an event this will be. Starting March 9, with the championship game on March 13 on ESPN, the tournament will be held in Washington D.C. with plenty of storylines. Who could’ve predicted Duke needing a deep run, if not a win, to secure a spot in the NCAA tournament?
Big West Conference Tournament
This starts March 9 and ends March 13. It’s played in Anaheim.
MAAC Conference Tournament
This begins March 9 and finishes with a title game March 13 on ESPNU.
SWAC Conference Tournament
The SWAC is the final tournament, with a March 9 start date. The championship game is on March 13.
Big East Conference Tournament
Played in Madison Square Garden as usual, the Big East tips off on March 10. The title game is March 13.
Big Sky Conference Tournament
The tournament runs from March 10 to March 13 in Boise.
Big Ten Conference Tournament
Played in Indianapolis, the tournament runs from March 10-14, with a usual championship game on Selection Sunday.
Big 12 Conference Tournament
Baylor, like Gonzaga, hopes to be undefeated heading into the NCAA tournament. The Bears will be the top seed in the tournament, set to begin March 10 and ending March 13 in Kansas City.
Conference USA Conference Tournament
The tournament begins March 10 and ends March 13. It will be hosted in Frisco, Texas.
MEAC Conference Tournament
Played in Norfolk, Va., the event starts on March 10 and ends on March 13.
Mountain West Conference Tournament
The Mountain West heads to Las Vegas for its conference tournament, beginning March 10. The championship will air on CBS on March 13. Boise State, Colorado State, San Diego State and Utah State are among the top contenders.
Pac-12 Conference Tournament
There’s no clear front runner in the Pac-12, which begins its tournament March 10 and ends with a title game on March 13 in Las Vegas airing on ESPN.
SEC Conference Tournament
Alabama will enter as the team to beat when the tournament begins March 10. The championship game will be on March 14, which is also Selection Sunday.
Southland Conference Tournament
It looks like a four-team race in the Southland, which begins on March 10 and ends March 13. Abilene Christian, Sam Houston State, Stephen F. Austin and Nicholls State have separated themselves from the rest of the conference. The tournament takes place in Katy, Texas.
WAC Conference Tournament
The WAC tips off March 10 and ends March 13 at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
Conference Tournament Start and End Dates
|Horizon||Feb. 25 – March 9|
|America East||Feb. 26 – March 13|
|Big South||March 2-7|
|Atlantic 10||March 3-14|
|Atlantic Sun||March 3-14|
|Ohio Valley||March 3-6|
|Missouri Valley||March 4-7|
|West Coast||March 4-9|
|Sun Belt||March 5-8|
|Big West||March 9-13|
|Big East||March 10-13|
|Big Sky||March 10-13|
|Big Ten||March 10-14|
|Big 12||March 10-13|
|Conference USA||March 10-13|
|Mountain West||March 10-13|
*change from original date