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2018 Conference Tourney Primer

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At least one team from the 32 “all-sport” Division I conferences receives an automatic bid to the NCAA March Madness Tournament. Before the college basketball season heats up throughout March, get ready for the craziness with our 2018 Conference Tourney Primer.

CONFERENCE Teams Teams in Conf.
Tourney
Reg. Ssn Conf.
Games
Balanced Schedule Reg. Ssn Ends Tourney Starts Tourney Format* Conf. Tourney
Final
Hashtag
America East 9 8 16 Yes 2/27/18 3/3/18 Reseeded 3/10/18 #aeplayoffs
American 12 12 18 No 3/4/18 3/8/18 Std 3/11/18 #americanhoops
Atlantic 10 14 14 18 No 3/3/18 3/7/18 Staggered – Qtr 3/11/18 #a10mbb
Atlantic Coast 15 15 18 No 3/3/18 3/6/18 Staggered – Qtr 3/10/18 #accmbb
Atlantic Sun 8 8 14 Yes 2/22/18 2/26/18 Std 3/4/18 #asunmbb
Big 12 10 10 18 Yes 3/3/18 3/7/18 Std 3/10/18 #big12mbb
Big East 10 10 18 Yes 3/3/18 3/7/18 Std 3/10/18 #bigeastmbb
Big Sky 12 12 18 No 3/3/18 3/6/18 Std 3/10/18 #bigskymbb
Big South 10 10 18 Yes 2/24/18 2/27/18 Std 3/4/18 #bigsouthmbb
Big Ten 14 14 18 No 2/24/18 2/28/18 Staggered – Qtr 3/4/18 #b1gtournament
Big West 9 8 16 Yes 3/3/18 3/8/18 Std 3/10/18 #bwcmbb
Colonial 10 10 18 Yes 2/24/18 3/3/18 Std 3/6/18 #caachamps
Conference USA 14 12 18 No 3/3/18 3/7/18 Std 3/10/18 #cusambb
Horizon 10 10 18 Yes 2/24/18 3/2/18 Std-2 day Qtrs 3/6/18 #hlmbb
Ivy League 8 4 14 Yes 3/3/18 3/10/18 Std 3/11/18 #oneivy
Metro Atlantic 11 11 18 No 2/24/18 3/1/18 Std-2 day Qtrs 3/5/18 #maachoops
Mid-American 12 12 18 No 3/2/18 3/5/18 Std 3/10/18 #maction
Mid-Eastern 13 12 16 No 3/1/18 3/5/18 Std-2 day Qtrs 3/10/18 #meachoops
Missouri
Valley
10 10 18 Yes 2/24/18 3/1/18 Std 3/4/18 #archmadness
Mountain West 11 11 18 No 3/3/18 3/7/18 Std 3/10/18 #mwmadness
Northeast 10 8 18 Yes 2/24/18 2/28/18 Reseeded 3/6/18 #necmbb
Ohio Valley 12 8 18 No 2/24/18 2/28/18 Staggered -Semi 3/3/18 #ovchoops
Pac-12 12 12 18 No 3/3/18 3/7/18 Std 3/10/18 #pac12mbb
Patriot 10 10 18 Yes 2/24/18 2/27/18 Reseeded 3/7/18 #plmbb
Southeastern 14 14 18 No 3/3/18 3/7/18 Staggered – Qtr 3/11/18 #secmbb
Southern 10 10 18 Yes 2/24/18 3/1/18 Std 3/5/18 #soconhoops
Southland 13 8 18 No 3/3/18 3/7/18 Staggered -Semi 3/10/18 #southlandstrong
Southwestern 10 8 18 Yes 3/3/18 3/6/18 Std 3/10/18 #swachoops
Summit League 8 8 14 Yes 2/24/18 3/3/18 Std-2 day Qtrs 3/6/18 #summitmbb
Sun Belt 12 12 18 No 3/3/18 3/7/18 Std 3/11/18 #sunbeltmbb
West Coast 10 10 18 Yes 2/24/18 3/2/18 Std 3/6/18 #wcchoops
Western
Athletic
8 8 14 Yes 3/3/18 3/8/18 Std 3/10/18 #wacvegas

 

Tournament Formats Key

Reseeded Teams reseeded after
each round with highest seed playing lowest remaining seed.
Staggered – Qtr Top 4 seeds receive
byes to the Quarter Finals.
Staggered -Semi Top 2 seeds receive
byes to the Semi Finals. 3rd and 4th receive byes to the Quarter Finals
Std Standard seed layout
like the NCAA tournament
Std-2 day Qtrs Quarter Finals played
over two days with Top 2 seeds playing on the first day for the benefit of
added rest.