/Conference tournament schedules, scores: Loyola Chicago returning to NCAA Tournament after securing MVC bid

Conference tournament schedules, scores: Loyola Chicago returning to NCAA Tournament after securing MVC bid


The darlings of the 2018 NCAA Tournament are headed back to the Big Dance as top-seeded Loyola Chicago locked up an automatic bid Sunday with a 75-65 win over No. 2 seed Drake in the championship game of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. After making the 2018 Final Four, Loyola Chicago won’t be taken lightly this time around, especially after putting together such an impressive season to this point.

With a 24-4 record and a veteran roster led by senior center Cameron Krutwig, who also played a key role on the 2018 team, the Ramblers will likely be a trendy pick to advance in March Madness. They entered Sunday as a projected No. 12 seed, according to Jerry Palm’s Bracketology, but can now rest easy on Selection Sunday after securing their bid. Drake, on the other hand will hope the NCAA Tournament selection committee appreciates the resilience of a team that suffered crushing injuries over the past month.

Drake played Sunday’s game without leading scorer ShanQuan Hemphill, who hasn’t played since breaking his foot in a game on Feb. 10. The Bulldogs also lost starting point guard Roman Penn to a broken foot recently. Penn is out for the season, but there is optimism that Hemphill could still return. Drake was one of Palm’s “last four in” as of Sunday.

Loyola Chicago was one of two teams to secure an automatic bid to the Big Dance on Sunday. Winthrop was the other, as the top-seeded Eagles completed a dominant run through the Big South by knocking off No. 3 seed Campbell 80-51 in the Big South Tournament title game. The victory makes Winthrop 23-1 entering the Big Dance. With three seniors and a junior as its four leading scorers, Winthrop is a veteran team that could also be dangerous in the NCAA Tournament. The Eagles are a deep team, as evidenced by the fact that coach Pat Kelsey deployed 11 players in the first half of Sunday’s win over Campbell.

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We’re keeping up with the various tournament schedules and automatic qualifiers here as the madness of March begins to heat up.

Sunday’s conference tournament schedule, scores

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2021 conference tournament schedules

Conference Tournament site Dates Championship Game, Time, TV
AAC Fort Worth, Texas March 11-14 March 14, 3:15 p.m., ESPN
ACC Greensboro, N.C. March 9-13 March 13, 8:30 p.m., ESPN
America East Campus sites Feb. 27-28, March 6,13 March 13, 11 a.m., ESPN2
Atlantic 10 Richmond,/Dayton March 3-6, 14 March 14, 1 p.m., CBS
ASUN Jacksonville, Fla. March 3-7 March 7, 2 p.m., ESPN
Big East New York March 10-13 March 13, TBA, FOX/FS1
Big Sky Boise, Idaho March 10-13 March 13, 8 p.m., ESPNU
Big South Campus sites Feb. 27, March 1,4,7 Winthrop (23-1)
Big Ten Indianapolis March 10-14 March 14, 3:30 p.m., CBS
Big 12 Kansas City March 10-13 March 13, 6 p.m., ESPN
Big West Anaheim March 9, 11-13 March 13, 11:30 p.m., ESPN2
Colonial Washington D.C. March 6-9 March 9, 7 p.m., CBS Sports Network
Conference USA Frisco, Texas March 9-13 March 13, TBA, CBS Sports Network
Horizon League Indianapolis Feb. 25, March 2, 8-9 March 9, 7 p.m., ESPN
Ivy League No Tournament in 2021
MAAC Atlantic City, N.J. March 9-13 March 13, 4 p.m., ESPNU
MAC Cleveland, Ohio March 11-13 March 13, 7:30 p.m., ESPN2
MEAC Norfolk, Va. March 7, 11-13 March 13, 1 p.m., ESPN2
Missouri Valley St. Louis March 4-7 Loyola Chicago (24-4)
Mountain West Las Vegas March 10-13 March 13, 6 p.m., CBS
Northeast Campus sites March 6 & 9 March 9, 7 p.m., ESPN2
Ohio Valley Evansville, Ind. March 3-6 Morehead State (23-7)
Pac-12 Las Vegas March 10-13 March 13, 10:30 p.m., ESPN
Patriot Campus sites March 3, 6, 10 & 14 March 14, Noon, CBS Sports Network
SEC Nashville, Tenn. March 10-14 March 14, 1 p.m., ESPN
Southern Asheville, N.C March 5-8 March 8, 7 p.m., ESPN2
Southland Katy, Texas March 9-13 March 13, 9:30 p.m., ESPN2
Summit Sioux Falls, S.D. March 6-9 March 9, 9 p.m., ESPN2
Sun Belt Pensacola, Fla. March 5-8 March 8, 7 p.m., ESPN2
SWAC Birmingham, Ala. March 10-13 March 13, 6 p.m., ESPNU
WAC Las Vegas March 10-13 March 13, 10 p.m., ESPNU
West Coast Las Vegas March 4-6 & 8-9 March 9, 9 p.m., ESPN