2022 March Madness, conference tournament brackets, automatic bids: Gonzaga, Delaware punch tickets

2022 March Madness, conference tournament brackets, automatic bids: Gonzaga, Delaware punch tickets

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No. 1 Gonzaga claimed his third straight WCC Tournament title and ninth in the last 10 seasons on Tuesday night by knocking off No. 17 St. Mary’s 82-69 behind a strong effort from its back court. The Bulldogs got 19 points from Andrew Nembhard and 18 from Rasir Bolton — the duo combined for 23 of the team’s 44 second half points — as the Zags avenged a Feb. 26 losses to the Gaels. The outcome puts Gonzaga on solid footing to potentially be the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament with Selection Sunday on CBS just days away, according to CBS Sports Bracketology Expert Jerry Palm.

The WCC Tournament title game was one of six league tournament championship games on a busy Tuesday in college basketball. Wright State is headed to its second NCAA Tournament in the last five seasons after beating Northern Kentucky 72-71 in the Horizon League final. The Raiders stormed back from a 16-point deficit in the second half behind the play of Tanner Holden and Trey Calvin. Holden scored 15 of his 19 points after halftime, and Calvin hit the game-winner with 10 seconds left.

Delaware took the CAA Tournament title with a 59-55 victory over UNC Wilmington after trailing 39-32 early in the second half. Jyare Davis led the way for the Blue Hens with 18 points, including the go-ahead jumper with 1:01 remaining. It will be the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2014.

Bellarmine won the ASUN Tournament title with a 77-72 victory over Jacksonville, but the Knights will not be going to the NCAA Tournament since they are still transitioning from Division II. Instead, it will be the ASUN’s regular season champion, Jacksonville State, that receives the league’s automatic bid.

In the NEC Tournament championship, Bryant crushed Wagner 70-43 to secure the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament bid. The game wasn’t close, but there was some drama in the stands as play was halted for several minutes amid an altercation between the Bryant student section and Wagner fans.

Finally, the Summit League Tournament produced a thriller as South Dakota State followed up on an undefeated run through league play by also winning the conference tournament title with a 75-69 victory over North Dakota State. This marks the Jackrabbits’ sixth NCAA Tournament appearance in the past 11 seasons and first under third-year coach Eric Henderson.

As automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament get handed out, we’re tracking all the action here.

Tuesday’s conference tournaments in action

2022 conference tournament schedules

Conference Tournament website Dates (Final TV) 2022 Champions
AAFC Fort Worth, TX March 10-13 (ESPN)
ACC Brooklyn, NY March 8-12 (ESPN)
America East campus locations March 6, 9 & 12 (ESPN2)
Atlantic 10 washington d.c. March 9-13 (CBSSN)
ASUN campus locations March 1, 3, 5 & 8 (ESPN) Bellarmine (20-13) – x
Big East new York March 9-12 (Fox)
BigSky Boise, Idaho March 9-12 (ESPN)
BigSouth Charlotte, NC March 2, 4-6 (ESPN2) Longwood (26-6)
Big Ten Indianapolis March 9-13 (CBS)
Big 12 Kansas City March 9-12 (ESPN)
Big West Henderson, Nev. March 8, 10-12 (ESPN2)
Colonial washington d.c. March 5-8 (CBSSN) Delaware (22-12)
Conference USA Frisco, TX March 8-12 (CBSSN)
Horizon League Indianapolis March 1, 3, 7 & 8 (ESPN) Wright State (21-13)
Ivy League Cambridge, Mass. March 12-13 (ESPN2)
MAAC Atlantic City, NJ March 8-12 (ESPN)
Mac Cleveland, Ohio March 10-12 (ESPN2)
CAEM Norfolk, Va. March 9-12 (ESPN2)
missouri valley St. Louis March 3-6 (CBS) Loyola-Chicago (25-7)
Mountain West Vegas March 9-12 (CBS)
Nord Est campus locations Feb. 28, March 2, 5 & 8 (ESPN) Bryant (22-9)
Ohio Valley Evansville, Ind. March 2-5 (ESPN2) Murray State (30-2)
Pac-12 Vegas March 9-12 (Fox)
Patriot campus locations March 1, 3, 6 & 9 (CBSSN)
DRY Tampa March 9-13 (ESPN)
Southern Asheville, NC March 4-7 (ESPN) Chattanooga (27-7)
Southland Katy, TX March 9-12 (ESPN2)
Summit Sioux Falls, SD March 5-8 (ESPN2)
Sun Belt Pensacola, Fla. March 3, 5-7 (ESPN2) Georgia State (18-10)
SWAC Birmingham, Ala. March 9-12 (ESPN)
WAC Vegas March 8-12 (ESPN)
West Coast Vegas March 3-5 & 7-8 (ESPN)

X – Bellarmine is ineligible for the NCAA Tournament so ASUN regular season champion Jacksonville State is awarded the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.