2021 College Basketball Conference Tournaments Schedule
Let the games (hopefully) begin.
What is the 2021 college basketball conference tournaments schedule, you may ask?
This year, we are back down to 31 tournaments for an automatic bid to the 2021 NCAA Tournament. The Ivy League, who only in recent years instituted a four-team playoff, cancelled their season outright. There will be no Ivies in the Big Dance this year, and the bubble thanks them because that frees up one more at-large bid.
31 teams will play their way into the NCAA Tournament off of these smaller tournaments, which are a lot of the fun of March Madness in and of themselves. Most will start in March, anyway.
As for when they will end? Most will be prior to Selection Sunday, March 14, 2021, but some will push the envelope and wait to crown their champion on the final day. Isn’t this always the way.
The college basketball world was robbed of an NCAA Tournament in 2020, yes, but it’s easy to forget that most conference tournaments were scrubbed as well. In fact, some were cancelled mid-tournament. Most conferences will be crowning their first tournament champions since 2019. The lesson of all this is to take none of your sports for granted, even March Madness.
Updated 2021 College Basketball Conference Tournaments Schedule
Power Conference Tournaments
ACC: Greensboro, North Carolina. The ACC lost their tournament mid-event in 2020, so Duke is the defending conference tournament champion. Florida State got the (theoretical) 2020 automatic bid despite the tournament not having completed.
Big 12: Kansas City, Missouri. Just two games were played in the Big 12 Tournament in 2020, which was also taking place in Kansas City.
Big Ten: Indianapolis, Indiana. This year’s tournament is at Lucas Oil Stadium, the home to this year’s Final Four. The 2020 tournament, which also only saw two games played, was in Indianapolis.
Pac-12: Paradise, Nevada. The Pac-12 should count themselves lucky that they got in four games in their 2020 tournament. This year’s tournament will take place at the same venue.
SEC: Nashville, Tennessee. Both the 2020 and 2021 SEC Tournaments will be hosted at the Bridgestone Arena. It hardly got off the ground in 2020, with just two first-round games played. Auburn won the most recent completed tournament in 2019.