Friday, February 24, 2012

Conference Tournament Viewer's Guide

You can always look here and here for info, but here's a brief primer:

America East - Semifinals on ESPN3 on 3/4 (a change from previous years) and the final again on ESPN2 on 3/10.

Atlantic 10 - Same as last couple years.  Quarterfinals will be syndicated by CBS Sports Network on 3/9, semifinals on CBS Sports Network on 3/10 and the championship on CBS on 3/11.

ACC - With the new ESPN contract, ESPN Networks now have full access to the conference tournament.  Raycom's ACC Network will continue to carry the tournament as well, but it no longer has exclusivity in ACC markets, so if you live in NC for example, you'll have two different broadcasts to look at.  ESPNU will carry 1st round action on 3/8, ESPN2 has the quarterfinals on 3/9, ESPN with the semis on 3/10 and the championship on 3/11.

Atlantic Sun - ESPN3, as part of a new deal with the conference, will exclusively air the quarterfinal games on 2/29 & 3/1.  CSS will carry the semifinals 3/2 and ESPN2 has the championship on 3/3 in the evening.

Big 12 - As the conference realigned this past offseason, so did the basketball tournament.  Only two 1st round games available and those will air on Big 12 Network syndication on 3/7.  On 3/8 the afternoon quarterfinals will air on ESPN2 and the evening quarterfinals are available through the Big 12 Network.  The semifinals on 3/9 will air on ESPNU in markets outside of the Big 12 areas and on Big 12 Network in Big 12 areas.  The final will air on ESPN on 3/10 in the early evening.

Big East - No changes to this conference tournament yet.  ESPN Networks will air the entire tournament.  ESPN2 with the afternoon 1st round games & ESPNU with the evening ones on 3/6, then all other games on ESPN from 3/7 - 3/10.  The Big East tournament will also be televised in 3D though the ESPN3D channel.

Big Sky - Same as last few years.  The semifinals will air on Altitude on 3/6 with the final the following evening on ESPN2.

Big South - Same as last few years.  The semifinals will air on ESPNU on 3/8 with the final on 3/10 in the afternoon on ESPN2.

Big Ten - Conference realignment has changed the format slightly with the tournament now resembling how other 12 team conferences handle their tournaments.  A hodgepodge of entities have the tournament this year.  BTN will take the 1st two 1st round games and ESPN2 has the evening games on 3/8.  The order will reverse for the quarterfinal games on 3/9 with ESPN taking the afternoon games and BTN the evening ones. Then CBS comes in for the semifinals on 3/10 and the championship the following day.

Big West - Same as the last few years.  ESPN3 will air the early semifinal game on 3/9 and ESPNU has the 2nd semifinal (the early semifinal will air on ESPNU on delay after the 2nd one).  ESPN2 again has the championship in the late evening on 3/10.

CAA - The quarterfinals and semifinals will air on various Comcast regional entities on 3/3 & 3/4 with the championship the following night on ESPN.  This will be the final year that ESPN will air the championship as it moves to NBC Sports Network next year, along with the semifinal games.

C-USA - EDITED For the 1st time, the entire tournament will be televised.  CSS will regionally televise the 1st round games on 3/7.  CBS Sports Network will air all quarterfinal games on 3/8 and the semifinals on 3/9.  FOX does own the rights to the championship game, but elected to continue licensing the game to CBS, who will again air it in the late morning on 3/10.

Horizon League - Same as last year.  Horizon League syndication will air the two 2nd round in the evening on 3/2.  ESPN3 will air the 1st semifinal and ESPNU will have the 2nd semifinal on 3/3 with the 1st semifinal airing tape delayed on ESPNU after the 2nd one completes.  ESPN will air the final again on 3/6 in the evening.

MAAC - A slight change, besides moving to the completely neutral court of Springfield, MA, is that all quarterfinal games on 3/3 and semifinal games on 3/4 will air exclusively on ESPN3.  The championship will air in the evening on ESPN2 on Monday 3/5.

MAC - A change to the MAC tournament has shifted around a portion of the telecasts.  The tournament will now grant the top two seeds byes to the semifinals and seeds 3-4 directly go to the quarterfinals.  The quarterfinals are now essentially a two game round (more info here).  STO will have the two evening 2nd round games on 3/7, the two quarterfinals on 3/8 and the semifinals on 3/9.  ESPN2 will again air the championship on 3/10 in the evening.

MEAC - The MEAC championship will air on ESPN2 on 3/10 in the afternoon.

MVC - All games from the tournament, including the 1st round games, will again be televised.  CBS will carry the championship on 3/4 in the afternoon, while the MVC TV Network (FOX Sports Midwest & CSN Chicago) will televise the 1st round on 3/1, quarterfinals on 3/2 and semifinals on 3/3.

MW - The MW will continue to have all tournament games televised.  The quarterfinal games will be televised by the mtn. on 3/8, with the 2nd and 4th games simulcast on CBS Sports Network.  CBS Sports Network will carry the semis on 3/9 in the late evening with NBC Sports Network taking the championship on 3/10.

NEC - The semifinals will air on MSG Network on 3/4 with the championship airing on ESPN2 on 3/7.

OVC - The 1st semifinal will air on ESPNU and the 2nd on ESPN3 on 3/2 with the championship on ESPN2 the following afternoon.

Pac-12 - With a increase in conference membership, the conference tournament will have four 1st round games.  FSN will have all games of the tournament from 3/7 - 3/9 (check local listings) with the championship on CBS on 3/10.

Patriot League - CBS Sports Network will air the semifinals on 3/3 and the championship on 3/7.

SEC - SEC Network syndication will air the 1st round games (3/8) and the quarterfinals (3/9).  The 1st two semifinals will air on ESPNU in non-SEC markets as well.  The semifinals on 3/10 and championship on 3/11 will air on ABC.

SoCon - The quarterfinals on 3/3 will air exclusively on ESPN3, the semifinals on 3/4 on the SoCon's syndication network with the championship on 3/5 on ESPN2.

Southland - The Southland's syndication network will air the semifinals on 3/8 with the championship airing on ESPN2 on 3/10.

SWAC - The SWAC championship will air on ESPNU on 3/10 in the evening.

Summit League - The quarterfinal games on 3/3 & 3/4 will air through MidCo Sports Network and be available through FOX College Sports, along with the semifinals on 3/5.  The championship will air on 3/6 in the evening.

Sun Belt - Two quarterfinals on 3/4 will air on the Sun Belt Network syndication along with the semifinals on 3/5.  The championship will air on ESPN in the evening on 3/6.

WCC - With the addition of BYU as a member, the format has changed slightly along with the dates of the non-championship rounds to accomodate BYU's stance regarding Sundays and athletic competition.  The 2nd round games will air on BYUtv on 3/1 and the quarterfinals on ESPNU on 3/2.  The semifinals on ESPN2 on 3/3 with the championship on ESPN on 3/5.

WAC - ESPN dropped coverage of the quarterfinals and one of the semifinals as part of membership changes.  WAC Sports Network syndication on 3/9 will carry the semifinals and the championship will air on ESPN2 on 3/10 in late night.

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