NCAA Basketball: Big Ten Conference Tournament Championship-Penn State vs Purdue

Selection Sunday in college basketball is mostly about revealing the 68-team bracket for the NCAA Tournament, but there was some unfinished business to take care of on the court first. Five conferences still needed to crown a tournament champion entering the day, and those results helped shape the final spots for the Big Dance.

Princeton secured its first NCAA Tournament bid since 2017 by beating Yale 74-65 to win the Ivy League Tournament. Tosan Evbuomwan led the Tigers with 21 points in a revenge game for a pair of regular-season losses to the Bulldogs. Princeton is an elite rebounding team, and at 6-foot-7, Evbuomwan could be a matchup problem in the Big Dance.

VCU is going dancing for the the second time in the past three seasons ,and for the third time under sixth-year coach Mike Rhoades, after beating Dayton 68-56 to win the Atlantic 10 Tournament. The Rams trailed 36-30 at halftime, but held Dayton to just 20% shooting in the second half as the Flyers missed their final 15 shots from the floor. With an elite defense and wins over the likes of Pittsburgh and Vanderbilt on its résumé, VCU will be a tough draw in the NCAA Tournament.

From a power conference standpoint on Sunday, Alabama won the SEC Tournament, Purdue won the Big Ten Tournament and Memphis upended No. 1 Houston in the AAC Tournament.

The two weeks leading up to Selection Sunday brought 32 conference tournaments that produced results ranging from predictable to entirely unexpected. Here is the full rundown of who secured automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament by winning their conference tournament.

Sunday's conference tournament championships

Ivy – No. 2 Princeton 74, No. 1 Yale 65 -- Recap

Atlantic 10 – No. 1 VCU 68, No. 2 Dayton 56 -- Recap

SEC: No.1 Alabama 82, No. 2 Texas A&M 63 – Recap

American: No. 2 Memphis 75, No.1 Houston 65 -- Recap

Big Ten:   No. 1 Purdue 67, No. 10 Penn State 65 -- Recap

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2023 conference tournament schedules, champions

Conference Tournament site Dates (Final TV) 2023 Champion 
AAC Fort Worth, Texas March 9-12 (ESPN) Memphis
ACC Greensboro, N.C.March 7-11 (ESPN) Duke
America East Campus sites March 4, 7 & 11 (ESPN2) Vermont
Atlantic 10 Brooklyn, NYMarch 7-9, 11-12 (CBSSN) VCU
ASUN Campus sites Feb. 27-28, March 2, 5 (ESPN2) Kennesaw State
Big East New York March 8-11 (Fox) Marquette
Big Sky Boise, Idaho March 4-8 (ESPN2) Montana State
Big South Charlotte, N.C. March 1, 3-5 (ESPN2) UNC-Asheville
Big Ten ChicagoMarch 8-12 (CBS) Purdue
Big 12 Kansas City March 8-11 (ESPN) Texas
Big West Henderson, Nev. March 7, 9-11 (ESPN2) UC Santa Barbara
Colonial Washington D.C. March 3-7 (CBSSN) Charleston
Conference USA Frisco, Texas March 8-11 (CBSSN) Florida Atlantic
Horizon League Indianapolis Feb. 28, March 2, 6-7 (ESPN) Northern Kentucky
Ivy League Princeton, N.J.March 11-12 (ESPN2) Princeton
MAAC Atlantic City, N.J. March 7-11 (ESPNU) Iona
MAC Cleveland March 9-11 (ESPN2) Kent State
MEAC Norfolk, Va. March 8-11 (ESPN2) Howard
Missouri Valley St. Louis March 2-5 (CBSSN) Drake
Mountain West Las Vegas March 8-11 (CBS) San Diego State
Northeast Campus sites March 1, 4 & 7 (ESPN2)Fairleigh Dickinson-x
Ohio Valley Evansville, Ind. March 1-4 (ESPN2)Southeast Missouri
Pac-12 Las Vegas March 8-11 (ESPN) Arizona
Patriot Campus sites Feb. 28, March 2,5 & 8 (CBSSN) Colgate
SEC NashvilleMarch 8-12 (ESPN) Alabama
Southern Asheville, N.C March 3-6 (ESPN) Furman
Southland Lake Charles, La.March 5-8 (ESPN2) Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Summit Sioux Falls, S.D. March 3-7 (ESPN2) Oral Roberts
Sun Belt Pensacola, Fla.Feb. 28, March 2, 4 & 6 (ESPN2) Louisiana
SWAC Birmingham, Ala. March 8-11 (ESPNU) Texas Southern
WAC Las Vegas March 7, 9-11 (ESPN2) Grand Canyon
West Coast Las Vegas March 2-4 & 6-7 (ESPN) Gonzaga

x - Merrimack won the NEC Tournament but isn't eligible for the NCAA Tournament; Fairleigh Dickinson is awarded the league's automatic bid.

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