Championship Week: A guide to the 2nd wave of conference tournaments
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Eighteen conference tournaments go full bore this week, a hearty appetizer ahead of Selection Sunday.

Here's a primer to get you ready for all of them, from the ACC to the WAC:

ACC

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When: Tuesday, March 10 - Saturday, March 14
Where: Greensboro, North Carolina

Regular-season standings

Team Record Conference record Last 10
Florida State 26-5 16-4 8-2
Virginia 23-7 15-5 9-1
Louisville 24-7 15-5 6-4
Duke 25-6 15-5 7-3
Georgia Tech 17-14 11-9 7-3
NC State 19-12 10-10 5-5
Syracuse 17-14 10-10 4-6
Notre Dame 19-12 10-10 6-4
Clemson 15-15 9-11 4-6
Miami (Fla.) 15-15 7-13 4-6
Boston College 13-18 7-13 3-7
Virginia Tech 16-15 7-13 2-8
Wake Forest 13-17 6-14 4-6
Pittsburgh 15-16 6-14 2-8
North Carolina 13-18 6-14 3-7

Teams to watch

Florida State: Some expected the Seminoles to take a step back after last year's Sweet 16 run, but Leonard Hamilton's squad was the steadiest in the ACC this season, never losing back-to-back games. Florida State is among the tallest teams in the country.

Duke: It's a bit strange seeing the Blue Devils seeded fourth, but Duke lost three of its final six games to fall out of first in the ACC. Still, most predictive analytics like the Blue Devils as the best team in the conference.

Virginia: The Cavaliers rank 235th in adjusted offensive efficiency, according to KenPom, but first in defense. After spending January on the bubble, they won 11 of 12 to finish second in the league.

Players to watch

Vernon Carey, Duke: The 6-foot-10 freshman is a force, averaging 17.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.

Cole Anthony, North Carolina: He may play for the 14th-seeded team, but if he gets hot … the Tar Heels are 4-0 when he shoots 50% or better from the field.

Big East

When: Wednesday, March 11 - Saturday, March 14
Where: New York

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Regular-season standings

Team Record Conference record Last 10
Creighton 24-7 13-5 8-2
Villanova 24-7 13-5 7-3
Seton Hall 21-9 13-5 5-5
Providence 19-12 12-6 8-2
Butler 22-9 10-8 5-5
Marquette 18-12 8-10 4-6
Xavier 19-12 8-10 6-4
Georgetown 15-16 5-13 3-7
St. John's 16-15 5-13 3-7
DePaul 15-16 3-15 2-8

Teams to watch

Creighton: The Bluejays clinched the tournament's top seed with a 77-60 victory over Seton Hall on the final day of the regular season. They'll be without second-leading scorer Marcus Zegarowski because of a knee injury.

Seton Hall: The Pirates have the conference's best player in Myles Powell and one of the Big East's best shot-blockers in Romaro Gill.

Providence: The Friars lost to St. John's on Feb. 12 to drop to 13-12 overall. One month later, Providence has won six in a row and could make some noise in both the Big East and NCAA tournaments.

Players to watch

Markus Howard, Marquette: The Golden Eagles lost six of seven to end the regular season, but Howard (27.8 points per game) can heat up at any moment.

Kamar Baldwin, Butler: Baldwin sometimes gets lost in the discussion of great Big East guards, but he's a senior leader for a Bulldogs team that began the season 15-1.

Big Ten

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When: Wednesday, March 11 - Sunday, March 15
Where: Indianapolis

Regular-season standings

Team Record Conference record Last 10
Wisconsin 21-10 14-6 9-1
Michigan State 22-9 14-6 6-4
Maryland 24-7 14-6 7-3
Illinois 21-10 13-7 5-5
Iowa 20-11 11-9 5-5
Penn State 21-10 11-9 5-5
Ohio State 21-10 11-9 7-3
Rutgers 20-11 11-9 4-6
Michigan 19-12 10-10 6-4
Purdue 16-15 9-11 5-5
Indiana 19-12 9-11 4-6
Minnesota 14-16 8-12 3-7
Northwestern 8-22 3-17 2-8
Nebraska 7-24 2-18 0-10

Teams to watch

Wisconsin: An improbable 1-seed, Wisconsin was 13-10 overall and 6-6 in conference play following a Feb. 5 loss to Minnesota. The Badgers have caught fire of late, though, winning eight in a row to close the season. This slow-tempo squad shares the basketball, with seven players averaging between eight and 14 points per game.

Michigan State: The country's top-ranked team in the preseason, the Spartans lost more regular-season games than anyone expected. Like Wisconsin, however, Michigan State finished strong, winning six of its final seven games. The Spartans led the country in percentage of baskets coming off an assist for the third consecutive season, according to KenPom. They also hold teams to a third-ranked effective field-goal percentage of 43.3.

Michigan: The Wolverines have a new coach in Juwan Howard, but they bring a track record of conference tournament success to Indianapolis. Michigan won the event in 2017 and 2018 and has at least one victory in the Big Ten Tournament in 13 consecutive seasons.

Players to watch

Luka Garza, Iowa: The 6-foot-11 senior dominated the toughest conference in the country this season, averaging 23.9 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.

Cassius Winston, Michigan State: Winston has averaged 20.8 points and 6.8 assists during Michigan State's current five-game winning streak.

Big 12

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When: Wednesday, March 11 - Saturday, March 14
Where: Kansas City

Regular-season standings

Team Record Conference record Last 10
Kansas 28-3 17-1 10-0
Baylor 26-4 15-3 7-3
Oklahoma 19-12 9-9 5-5
Texas 19-12 9-9 5-5
Texas Tech 18-13 9-9 5-5
West Virginia 21-10 9-9 4-6
TCU 16-15 7-11 3-7
Oklahoma State 17-14 7-11 7-3
Iowa State 12-19 5-13 3-7
Kansas State 10-21 3-15 1-9

Teams to watch

Kansas: The Jayhawks haven't lost since Jan. 11 and look like the team to beat in March. Good luck scoring inside against this squad, which blocks a higher percentage of shots than any other team in the Big 12.

Baylor: The Bears should still get a 1-seed in the NCAA Tournament despite losing three of five to end the regular season. They'd love a rubber match against Kansas in the conference championship.

Texas: The Longhorns play Texas Tech at 12:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday in one of the most interesting games of the week. A win could push Texas through to the NCAA Tournament. A loss will only increase the speculation around Shaka Smart's job status.

Players to watch

Udoka Azubuike, Kansas: The 7-foot senior has played the best basketball of his life over the past month: He put up 23 points and 19 rebounds at Baylor, 19 and 16 at Oklahoma State, and 31 and 14 against TCU.

Desmond Bane, TCU: If there's any player who can spark a lower-seeded team to an upset or two, it's Bane. The senior is averaging 16.6 points per game and shoots 44.1% from 3-point range.

Pac-12

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When: Wednesday, March 11 - Saturday, March 14
Where: Las Vegas

Regular-season standings

Team Record Conference record Last 10
Oregon 24-7 13-5 7-3
UCLA 19-12 12-6 8-2
Arizona State 20-11 11-7 7-3
USC 22-9 11-7 5-5
Arizona 20-11 10-8 5-5
Colorado 21-10 10-8 5-5
Stanford 20-11 9-9 4-6
Oregon State 17-13 7-11 5-5
Utah 16-14 7-11 4-6
California 13-18 7-11 3-7
Washington State 15-16 6-12 3-7
Washington 15-16 5-13 3-7

Teams to watch

Oregon: The Ducks have reached the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament in three of the last four years and could do it again this season. They rank second in the nation in 3-point shooting (39.6%).

UCLA: Had the Bruins won their last game against USC, they would've earned a share of the Pac-12 regular-season crown. Instead, they likely need at least one win in the conference tournament to feel good about their at-large bid chances.

Stanford: No team needs a better performance in Vegas than the Cardinal. Stanford went 5-9 over its final 14 games, slipping to seventh in the league. A first-round loss to California would probably send the Cardinal to the National Invitation Tournament.

Players to watch

Payton Pritchard, Oregon: A four-year starter, Pritchard ascended to All-American status this season, averaging 20.5 points, 5.5 assists, and 4.3 rebounds per game.

Zeke Nnaji, Arizona: The 6-foot-11 freshman averaged 16.3 points and 8.6 rebounds per game and led the Pac-12 in fouls drawn per 40 minutes, according to KenPom.

SEC

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When: Wednesday, March 11 - Sunday, March 15
Where: Nashville

Regular-season standings

Team Record Conference record Last 10
Kentucky 25-6 15-3 9-1
Auburn 25-6 12-6 6-4
LSU 21-10 12-6 4-6
Mississippi State 20-11 11-7 6-4
Florida 19-12 11-7 6-4
South Carolina 18-13 10-8 5-5
Texas A&M 16-14 10-8 6-4
Tennessee 17-14 9-9 5-5
Alabama 16-15 8-10 4-6
Missouri 15-16 7-11 5-5
Arkansas 19-12 7-11 3-7
Mississippi 15-16 6-12 5-5
Georgia 15-16 5-13 3-7
Vanderbilt 11-20 3-15 3-7

Teams to watch

Kentucky: Some bad losses might affect Kentucky's tournament seeding, but this team is certainly the class of the SEC. The Wildcats lead the country in free-throw percentage (79.7).

Florida: A title contender in the preseason, Florida has yet to put together a winning streak of more than four games. That said, the Gators have shot the ball well for the better part of a month.

South Carolina: The Gamecocks held SEC opponents to a 28.3% clip from 3-point range this season. Their wins include victories over Kentucky and Virginia.

Players to watch

Mason Jones, Arkansas: The Razorbacks will need a big tournament from the 6-foot-5 junior to reach the Big Dance. Jones enters the week averaging 32.3 points over his last four outings.

Kira Lewis, Alabama: The Crimson Tide play fast, with Lewis at the head of the attack. He averages 18.5 points and 5.2 assists per game.

American

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When: Thursday, March 12 - Sunday, March 15
Where: Fort Worth, Texas

Regular-season standings

Team Record Conference record Last 10
Cincinnati 20-10 13-5 7-3
Houston 23-8 13-5 6-4
Tulsa 21-10 13-5 6-4
Wichita State 23-8 11-7 6-4
UConn 19-12 10-8 8-2
Memphis 21-10 10-8 5-5
SMU 19-11 9-9 4-6
UCF 16-14 7-11 5-5
South Florida 14-17 7-11 5-5
Temple 14-17 6-12 3-7
East Carolina 11-20 5-13 2-8
Tulane 12-18 4-14 2-8

Teams to watch

Cincinnati: Have the Bearcats done enough to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament? Despite claiming a share of the regular-season title, they'll want to improve their resume in the AAC tourney. Cincinnati has lost to four teams ranked outside KenPom's top 100.

Houston: Kelvin Sampson's incredible work with the Cougars continues. Houston ranked just 297th in experience this season but is a top-25 team in both offensive and defensive efficiency.

Wichita State: The Shockers are a top-notch defensive squad, but they haven't had the offense to do better than 11-7 in conference play. They potentially need a run to the AAC championship game to feel confident about an at-large bid.

Players to watch

Precious Achiuwa, Memphis: The 6-foot-9 freshman thrived in a leading role after the departure of James Wiseman, averaging 15.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game.

Christian Vital, UConn: Vital could be the single most important player for any team in the conference. He averaged 24.6 points per game while guiding the Huskies to a five-game winning streak to end the season.

Atlantic 10

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When: Wednesday, March 11 - Sunday, March 15
Where: Brooklyn, New York

Regular-season standings

Team Record Conference record Last 10
Dayton 29-2 18-0 10-0
Richmond 24-7 14-4 9-1
Rhode Island 21-9 13-5 6-4
Saint Louis 23-8 12-6 7-3
St. Bonaventure 19-12 11-7 6-4
Duquesne 21-9 11-7 6-4
Davidson 16-14 10-8 6-4
UMass 14-17 8-10 5-5
VCU 18-13 8-10 2-8
La Salle 15-15 6-12 5-5
George Washington 12-19 6-12 2-8
George Mason 16-15 5-13 3-7
Saint Joseph's 6-25 2-16 2-8
Fordham 8-22 2-16 1-9

Teams to watch

Dayton: The Flyers are the only team in the country yet to lose in regulation - their only losses came in overtime against Kansas and Colorado. They make an incredible 62.3% of their 2-point attempts.

Richmond: The Spiders haven't been to an NCAA Tournament since a Sweet 16 run in 2011. They might need a couple of wins in Brooklyn to earn an at-large berth.

Davidson: Teams seeded third or worse have won the A-10 tourney six years running. Why not Davidson, the best 3-point team in the league?

Players to watch

Obi Toppin, Dayton: Among the future lottery pick's many accolades is the fact he leads the country in dunks.

Tre Mitchell, UMass: The Minutemen will be an interesting team next preseason thanks to Mitchell; the freshman averages 17.7 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.

Big Sky

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When: Wednesday, March 11 - Saturday, March 14
Where: Boise, Idaho

Regular-season standings

Team Record Conference record Last 10
Eastern Washington 23-8 16-4 8-2
Northern Colorado 22-9 15-5 8-2
Montana 18-13 14-6 7-3
Portland State 18-14 12-8 8-2
Montana State 16-15 10-10 5-5
Northern Arizona 16-13 10-10 4-6
Southern Utah 16-15 9-11 3-7
Weber State 12-19 8-12 4-6
Sacramento State 15-14 8-12 4-6
Idaho 8-23 4-16 2-8
Idaho State 7-22 4-16 1-9

Teams to watch

Eastern Washington: Winners of seven straight, the Eagles won the Big Sky regular-season crown by playing fast and shooting a ton of 3-pointers.

Northern Colorado: The Bears force teams away from the 3-point line. Northern Colorado's opponents shoot just 23.5% of their field-goal attempts from beyond the arc, the lowest such mark in the nation.

Players to watch

Jonah Radebaugh, Northern Colorado: A 6-foot-3 senior, Radebaugh averaged 16.5 points, 6.5 assists, and 6.3 rebounds per game this season while posting seven double-doubles.

Sayeed Pridgett, Montana: Pridgett scored 27, 26, and 24 points over his final three regular-season games. The 6-foot-5 senior averages 19.8 points per game.

Big West

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When: Thursday, March 12 - Saturday, March 14
Where: Anaheim

Regular-season standings

Team Record Conference record Last 10
UC Irvine 21-11 13-3 8-2
Cal State Northridge 15-17 10-6 7-3
UC Santa Barbara 21-10 10-6 8-2
Hawaii 17-13 8-8 3-7
UC Davis 14-18 8-8 6-4
UC Riverside 17-15 7-9 4-6
Cal State Fullerton 11-20 6-10 3-7
Long Beach State 11-21 6-10 4-6
Cal Poly 7-23 4-12 2-8

Teams to watch

UC Irvine: The Anteaters won a game in the NCAA tourney a year ago and dominated the Big West in the regular season. Teams shoot just 40.8% inside the arc against UC Irvine.

UC Santa Barbara: The Gauchos split their season series with UC Irvine and won eight of 10 after a 2-4 start to league play.

Players to watch

Lamine Diane, Cal State Northridge: The 6-foot-7 sophomore has only played in 18 games this season, but he's made them count. He scored at least 25 points in 12 games, including a 34-point, 15-rebound outing against Hawaii in the regular-season finale.

Evan Leonard, UC Irvine: The Anteaters are balanced and have a strong bench, but Leonard has been a standout of late, scoring in double digits in 16 of his last 17 games.

Conference USA

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When: Wednesday, March 11 - Saturday, March 14
Where: Frisco, Texas

Regular-season standings

Team Record Conference record Last 10
North Texas 20-11 14-4 7-3
Western Kentucky 20-10 13-5 6-4
Louisiana Tech 22-8 13-5 7-3
Charlotte 16-13 10-8 4-6
Marshall 16-15 10-8 7-3
FIU 18-13 9-9 4-6
UAB 18-13 9-9 6-4
Old Dominion 13-18 9-9 5-5
Florida Atlantic 16-15 8-10 4-6
UTEP 17-14 8-10 5-5
UTSA 13-18 7-11 3-7
Rice 15-16 7-11 6-4
Southern Miss 9-22 5-13 3-7
Middle Tennessee 8-23 4-14 3-7

Teams to watch

North Texas: The Mean Green are the conference's best offensive team, scoring efficiently at all levels. North Texas also ranks 350th among 353 teams in adjusted tempo, according to KenPom.

Louisiana Tech: Despite nine consecutive winning seasons, the Bulldogs haven't been to an NCAA Tournament since 1991. They haven't lost a game in regulation since Feb. 6.

Players to watch

Jhivvan Jackson, UTSA: The Roadrunners might not last long in the conference tournament, but Jackson is worth a watch any time he takes the floor. He's averaged 27.2 points per game this season while making 676 field-goal attempts - a whopping 21.8 per tilt.

Javion Hamlet, North Texas: The 6-foot-4 junior is North Texas' top player, averaging 14.6 points and 4.7 assists per game.

Ivy

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The Ivy League announced Tuesday it has canceled its men's and women's conference tournaments due to the ongoing coronavirus situation. Yale, the regular-season champion, receives the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.

MAAC

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When: Tuesday, March 10 - Saturday, March 14
Where: Atlantic City, New Jersey

Regular-season standings

Team Record Conference record Last 10
Siena 19-10 15-5 9-1
Saint Peter's 17-12 14-6 8-2
Rider 18-12 12-8 6-4
Monmouth 18-13 12-8 5-5
Quinnipiac 15-15 10-10 4-6
Niagara 11-20 9-11 4-6
Iona 11-16 9-11 6-4
Fairfield 12-19 8-12 3-7
Manhattan 12-17 8-12 3-7
Canisius 12-19 7-13 4-6
Marist 7-22 6-14 2-8

Teams to watch

Siena: The Saints haven't been to an NCAA Tournament since 2010 when they reached the end of a three-year run that included two wins in the Big Dance. Siena's won 12 of its last 13 games entering the MAAC tourney.

Iona: The Gaels might only be this tournament's 7-seed, but they've been one of the best teams in the league over the last month. Iona won six of its last 10 games after a slow start - with all four losses coming either by three points or less or in overtime.

Players to watch

Jalen Pickett, Siena: One of the best mid-major guards in the country, Pickett averaged 15.3 points and six assists per game this season.

Kevin Marfo, Quinnipiac: The 6-foot-8 Marfo is a rebounding machine. He led the country with 13.3 boards per game this season while averaging 10.2 points.

MAC

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When: Monday, March 9; Thursday, March 12 - Saturday, March 14
Where: First round played at campus sites; quarterfinals, semifinals, and championship in Cleveland.

Regular-season standings

Team Record Conference Record Last 10
Akron 24-7 14-4 8-2
Bowling Green 21-10 12-6 5-5
Ball State 18-13 11-7 6-4
Northern Illinois 18-13 11-7 6-4
Buffalo 20-11 11-7 6-4
Kent State 19-12 9-9 4-6
Toledo 16-15 8-10 5-5
Ohio 16-15 8-10 6-4
Central Michigan 14-17 7-11 1-9
Western Michigan 13-18 6-12 4-6
Eastern Michigan 16-15 6-12 5-5
Miami (Ohio) 12-19 5-13 3-7

Teams to watch

Akron: The Zips are one of the most experienced teams in the country and have won eight of their last nine games.

Ball State: The Cardinals beat Georgia Tech in nonconference play and finished the regular season with four wins in their last five. They haven't been to the NCAA Tournament since 2000.

Players to watch

Loren Cristian Jackson, Akron: The 5-foot-8 junior leads the Zips with 19.8 points and 4.5 assists per game.

Marreon Jackson, Toledo: One of the most indispensable players in the MAC, Jackson increased his scoring from 11.7 to 19.7 points per game this season.

MEAC

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When: Tuesday, March 10 - Saturday, March 14
Where: Norfolk, Virginia

Regular-season standings

Team Record Conference record Last 10
North Carolina Central 17-13 13-3 9-1
North Carolina A&T 16-15 12-4 7-3
Norfolk State 16-15 12-4 6-4
Bethune Cookman 16-14 10-6 7-3
Florida A&M 12-15 10-6 7-3
Morgan State 15-16 9-7 6-4
Coppin State 11-20 7-9 6-4
South Carolina State 11-17 6-10 2-8
Delaware State 5-25 4-12 2-8
Maryland Eastern Shore 5-26 4-12 3-7
Howard 3-28 1-15 1-9

Teams to watch

North Carolina Central: The league's most consistent program enters as the No. 1 seed as the Eagles shoot for a fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament bid.

Norfolk State: The Spartans last won this tournament in 2012, when they went on to upset Missouri as a 15-seed in the Big Dance. They'll enjoy the advantage of playing in their home city.

Players to watch

Jibri Blount, North Carolina Central: The 6-foot-7 senior is flourishing in his first season as a starter, averaging 19.2 points and 9.2 rebounds per game.

Damani Applewhite, South Carolina State: The 6-foot-8 senior is one of the conference's more efficient players and averages 13.9 points and 6.5 rebounds.

Southland

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When: Wednesday, March 11 - Saturday, March 14
Where: Katy, Texas

Regular-season standings

Team Record Conference record Last 10
Stephen F. Austin 28-3 19-1 10-0
Abilene Christian 20-11 15-5 8-2
Nicholls 21-10 15-5 7-3
Sam Houston State 18-13 11-9 3-7
Northwestern State 14-15 11-9 6-4
Lamar 16-15 10-10 6-4
McNeese State 15-16 10-10 3-7
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 14-17 10-10 5-5
Central Arkansas 10-21 9-11 4-6
Incarnate Word 9-22 6-14 4-6
New Orleans 9-21 5-15 3-7
Southeastern Louisiana 8-23 5-15 2-8
Houston Baptist 4-25 4-16 2-8

Teams to watch

Stephen F. Austin: The Lumberjacks beat Duke, won 19 of 20 conference games … and still need to win the conference tournament to earn an NCAA bid. Stephen F. Austin leads the nation in forcing turnovers on 27.8% of opponents' possessions and ranks third in D-1 for offensive rebounding.

Abilene Christian: Last year's Southland champion forces the second-most turnovers of any team in the country. The Wildcats lost to Stephen F. Austin twice in the regular season by a combined 15 points.

Players to watch

Kevon Harris, Stephen F. Austin: The 6-foot-6 senior made 45.1% of his 3s in conference play.

Sha'markus Kennedy, McNeese State: Kennedy is a double-double machine, averaging 18.6 points and 10.8 rebounds per game.

Sun Belt

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When: Monday, March 9; Wednesday, March 11; Saturday, March 14 - Sunday, March 15
Where: Rounds 1 and 2, quarterfinals at campus sites; semifinals and championship in New Orleans

Regular-season standings

Team Record Conference record Last 10
Little Rock 21-10 15-5 7-3
South Alabama 20-11 13-7 8-2
Texas State 20-11 13-7 8-2
Georgia State 19-12 12-8 5-5
Georgia Southern 18-13 12-8 6-4
Appalachian State 17-14 11-9 6-4
UT Arlington 14-18 10-10 5-5
Louisiana 14-18 8-12 5-5
Arkansas State 16-16 8-12 1-9
Coastal Carolina 16-16 8-12 5-5
Louisiana Monroe 9-20 5-15 3-7
Troy 9-22 5-15 1-9

Teams to watch

Little Rock: The Trojans won a game in the NCAA Tournament four years ago with Chris Beard as their head coach. They won the league this season with an offense that led the conference in effective field-goal percentage (54.8).

Texas State: This looks like the Bobcats' best chance to earn a bid to the NCAA tourney since their last appearance in 1997. After a 1-4 start to conference play, they ended the season with 12 wins in 15 conference matchups.

Players to watch

Nijal Pearson, Texas State: The Bobcats are 11-4 when they get 20 or more points from Pearson, a 6-foot-5 senior averaging 19.3 points per game.

Kane Williams, Georgia State: The defending champion Panthers are a dangerous 4-seed partly because of Williams, who averages 14.6 points per game and gets to the free-throw line at a high rate.

SWAC

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When: Tuesday, March 10; Friday, March 13 - Saturday, March 14
Where: Quarterfinals at campus sites; semifinals and championship in Birmingham, Alabama

Regular-season standings

Team Record Conference record Last 10
Prairie View A&M 18-13 14-4 8-2
Southern 16-15 13-5 8-2
Texas Southern 15-16 12-6 5-5
Jackson State 14-17 11-7 7-3
Alcorn State 15-14 11-7 5-5
Grambling State 17-14 11-7 7-3
Alabama State 8-23 7-11 4-6
Alabama A&M 8-21 5-13 3-7
Arkansas Pine Bluff 4-26 3-15 1-9
Mississippi Valley State 4-27 3-15 2-8

Teams to watch

Prairie View A&M: The Panthers force more turnovers than any other team in the SWAC. They're 31-5 in conference play over the last two seasons.

Southern: The Jaguars enter the tournament hot after winning seven in a row and 13 of 15. They foul at a higher rate than all but one team, though, and will need to correct that to survive in March.

Players to watch

Devonte Patterson, Prairie View A&M: The 6-foot-7 senior has one of the highest usage rates in the SWAC and averages 15.9 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.

Ivy Smith, Grambling State: Grambling State won eight of 11 to end the regular season, and Smith was a huge reason why. He averaged 13.8 points and five assists across those wins.

WAC

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When: Thursday, March 12 - Saturday, March 14
Where: Las Vegas

Regular-season standings

Team Record Conference record Last 10
New Mexico State 25-6 16-0 10-0
Cal Baptist 21-10 10-6 6-4
UT Rio Grande Valley 14-16 9-7 8-2
Kansas City 16-14 8-7 7-3
Seattle 14-15 7-7 4-6
Grand Canyon 13-17 8-8 5-5
Utah Valley 11-19 5-10 3-7
Cal State Bakersfield 12-19 6-10 2-8
Chicago State 4-25 0-14 0-10

Teams to watch

New Mexico State: The Aggies have won 34 consecutive conference games, including last year's conference tournament. New Mexico State is perhaps the biggest favorite to win a conference tourney in Division I.

Seattle: The Redhawks could be the top challengers to New Mexico State after losing both regular-season meetings with the Aggies by eight points. Seattle hasn't played since Feb. 29 after its final two games of the regular season were canceled due to concerns over the coronavirus.

Players to watch

Terrell Brown, Seattle: The 6-foot-1 junior averages 20.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game.

Lesley Varner, UT Rio Grande Valley: Varner is peaking for the second-seeded Vaqueros, who are 8-3 when he scores at least 20 points.

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