Boston University earned its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2011 on Wednesday night with a 64-61 win over Colgate in the Patriot League championship game. The victory avenged the Terriers' two losses to Colgate from the regular season denied it a second consecutive Patriot League Tournament title.
The Patriot League was the only league playing its final on Wednesday as most of the country's major conference tournaments got started. The Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, SEC and Pac-12 all tipped off their first rounds on Wednesday while the ACC continued with its second round.
Wednesday's action followed a busy Tuesday night that saw five teams across college basketball punch their ticket to the NCAA Tournament by way of automatic bids. All told, the tally of teams that have secured automatic bids is up to 13 after Boston University's victory.
Of those 13, only West Coast Conference Tournament champion Gonzaga was a lock for the NCAA Tournament field regardless of its conference tournament results. Southern Conference champion East Tennessee State and Mountain West Conference champion Utah State were both considered bubble teams by CBS Sports Bracketology Expert Jerry Palm before they won their league tournaments.
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2020 conference tournament schedules
|Conference||Tournament site||Dates||2020 Champion|
|AAC||Fort Worth, Texas||March 12-15|| |
|ACC||Greensboro, N.C.||March 10-14|| |
|America East||Campus sites||March 7, 10 & 14|| |
|Atlantic 10||Brooklyn, N.Y.||March 11-15|| |
|ASUN||Campus sites||March 3, 5 & 8||Liberty (30-4)|
|Big East||New York||March 11-14|| |
|Big Sky||Boise, Idaho||March 11-14|| |
|Big South||Campus sites||March 3, 5, 6 & 8||Winthrop (24-10)|
|Big Ten||Indianapolis||March 11-15|| |
|Big 12||Kansas City||March 11-14|| |
|Big West||Anaheim||March 12-14|| |
|Colonial||Washington D.C.||March 7-10||Hofstra (26-8)|
|Conference USA||Frisco, Texas||March 11-14|| |
|Horizon League||Indianapolis||March 3, 5, 9 & 10||Northern Kentucky (23-9)|
|Ivy League|| || ||Yale (23-7)|
|MAAC||Atlantic City, N.J.||March 10-14|| |
|MAC|| Campus sites|
|March 9, 12-14|| |
|MEAC||Norfolk, Va.||March 10-14|| |
|Missouri Valley||St. Louis||March 5-8||Bradley (23-11)|
|Mountain West||Las Vegas||March 4-7||Utah State (26-8)|
|Northeast||Campus sites||March 4, 7 & 10||Robert Morris (20-14)|
|Ohio Valley||Evansville, Ind.||March 4-7||Belmont (26-7)|
|Pac-12||Las Vegas||March 11-14|| |
|Patriot||Campus sites||March 3, 5, 8 & 11||Boston University (21-13) |
|SEC||Nashville, Tenn.||March 11-15|| |
|Southern||Asheville, N.C||March 6-9|| East Tennessee State (30-4)|
|Southland||Katy, Texas||March 11-14|| |
|Summit||Sioux Falls, S.D.||March 7-10||North Dakota State (25-8)|
|Sun Belt|| Campus sites|
|March 7, 9, 11, 14-15|| |
|SWAC||Birmingham, Ala.||March 10, 13-14|| |
|WAC||Las Vegas||March 12-14|| |
|West Coast||Las Vegas||March 5-7 & 9-10||Gonzaga (31-2)|