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Conference tournament schedules, scores: Morehead State, Winthrop win automatic bids, head to NCAA Tournament

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Winthrop completed a dominant run through the Big South on Sunday, when the top-seeded Eagles knocked off No. 3 seed Campbell 80-51 in the Big South Tournament title game to lock up the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The victory makes Winthrop 23-1 entering the Big Dance, with its only loss a 2-point defeat against UNC Asheville that occurred on Jan. 29.

Even if the Eagles lose in the first round of the NCAA Tournament — they are a projected No. 13 seed in Jerry Palm’s Bracketology — this will still go down as perhaps the best team in school history. No Winthrop team has ever lost fewer than five games in a season, and the most these Eagles can finish with is two.

The historic success is a credit to ninth-year coach Pat Kelsey, who will be making his second NCAA Tournament appearance with the program after Winthrop made it as a No. 13 seed in 2017 and lost to Butler in the first round. The program did win a game in the NCAA Tournament back in 2007 under Gregg Marshall, though, and whoever draws the Eagles in the first round should be on high alert.

With three seniors and a junior as its four leading scorers, Winthrop is a veteran team. It’s also a deep team, as evidence by the fact that Kelsey deployed 11 players in the first half of Sunday’s win over Campbell.

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By week’s end 15 conference tournaments will be underway or complete as more teams start securing automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament. 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 March 7, 2 p.m., CBS Sports Network
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