Before the madness of March begins, college basketball teams must face familiar foes one last time in conference tournaments. It's a chance for some teams to improve their NCAA Tournament seeding, while for others, it's one last chance to Dance. Here's a look at this year's top conference tourneys, including the ACC, Big Ten, Big East, Big 12, SEC and Pac-12.
The Atlantic Coast Conference is one of the most decorated in all of college basketball, and in turn, the tournament to crown the yearly league champion is typically one of the most hard-fought battles of the year. Powerhouses in the sport like Duke, North Carolina and Miami help make the ACC one of the deepest conferences in college hoops, and it is that depth that results in arguably the best conference tournament in basketball. Add in the fact that this is the last year of the ACC as we know it—Syracuse and possibly Notre Dame (h/t ESPN) look to join the conference in the 2013-14 season—and the excitement around this year’s tournament is through the roof. If you love college basketball, you won’t want to miss a second of the ACC action. Full preview here
Where: Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, N.C.
When: March 14-17
Watch: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU
Live Stream: ACC Network Live
Mobile Stream: ACC Network Live App
There are a lot of conference tournaments heading into March Madness, but there might not be any more exciting than the 2013 Big Ten Tournament. The Big Ten has been arguably the toughest conference in America this season. Teams like Michigan and Michigan State could end up getting higher seeds in the NCAA tournament than they do in their conference tournament. With these schools, plus Final Four contenders Indiana and Ohio State, this should be a great event to watch from beginning to end. Full preview here
Where: United Center, Chicago, Ill.
When: March 14 - 17
Watch: Big Ten Network, ESPN, ESPN2, CBS
Live Stream: ESPN3 (First Two Rounds) CBS Sports Online (Last Two Rounds)
The Big East conference tournament has become one of the most prestigious events in college basketball. Winning will be a challenge for any of the 14 teams involved. This year's tournament will be the last of an era, with some teams going to the ACC after the season and others forming their own conference. This is the last chance for fans to see Georgetown, Syracuse, Villanova and others all in the same place. With teams fighting for seeds in the NCAA tournament, this should be one great event to watch. Full preview here
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
When: March 12-16
Watch: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU
Live Stream: BIGEAST.TV
The No. 4 Kansas Jayhawks are in familiar territory. With a 26-5 overall record and a 14-4 mark in the Big 12, they enter the Big 12 Tournament with prime opportunity to run the table and represent the conference in the NCAA tournament. No. 9 Kansas State (25-6, 14-4) isn’t far behind, though, and with the conference showdown taking place in Kansas City, both teams have a significant advantage over the rest of the field. While the two Kansas teams are odds-on favorites to meet in the championship game, both should expect some stiff competition along the way. Iowa State, Baylor and Oklahoma are all on the bubble with a chance to secure an at-large bid in the Big Dance. A strong tournament showing will go a long way toward catching the collective eye of the selection committee, and the second-round matchup between Iowa State and Oklahoma could be one of the most exciting games to watch in the tournament. Full preview here
Where: Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO
When: March 13-16
Watch: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, Big 12 Network
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
One of the best things that could have happened to the SEC was a down season, because it makes for a wide-open field in the conference tournament that begins on Wednesday in Nashville. Florida earned the No. 1 seed in the tournament thanks to a 14-4 SEC record (24-6 overall). The Gators have been ranked in the top 10 most of the season and will be the prohibitive favorite to win the SEC for the first time since 2007, when they also won the national championship. Kentucky, Mississippi and Alabama were the other teams that earned a double bye in this tournament, though all three of those teams have significant question marks. Kentucky, which just defeated Florida in the final game of the regular season, is still adjusting to life without Nerlens Noel.Mississippi can put up a lot of points, despite not being a good shooting team. It also hurts the Rebels' case that they have lost non-conference games to Middle Tennessee and Indiana State. Alabama doesn't have a victory over a ranked team this season with losses against Mercer, Tulane, LSU and Auburn.So much chaos in the SEC, with so little time left to settle the madness. Here is a look at all the information you need to find the SEC Tournament on your television or streaming device. Full preview here
Where: Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
When: Wednesday, March 13 thru Sunday, March 17
Watch: SEC Network, ESPN U, ABC (Semifinals and Championship)
Live Stream: All games stream live on ESPN3.com
The 2013 Pac-12 Tournament is going to be an exciting competition, as so many teams in this conference are evenly matched. In fact, the top eight seeds could all wind up being within four games of one another in the final standings. Because of this, any single program could get hot at the right time and make a run to the championship. Let’s take a look at where you can watch all the thrilling action, highlight the complete schedule and TV listings, point out a few teams to keep an eye on and more in our 2013 Pac-12 Tournament preview. Full preview here
When: Wednesday, March 13 through Saturday, March 16
Where: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nev.
Watch: Pac-12 Network, ESPN, ESPNU
Live Stream: Pac-12 Network, ESPN3
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