Great South: Winthrop (23-1)

The Eagles, whose only two-point defeat to UNC Asheville on January 29th, are back in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2017. Winthrop acts quickly on the offensive and forcing quite a number of turnovers on the defensive will be a trendy surprise as No. 12 or 13 seeds.

Missouri Valley: Loyola-Chicago (24-4)

Porter Moser has the Ramblers back in the NCAA tournament for the first time since their sweeping Final Four run in 2018. Loyola has the best defense in the nation, according to Ken Pomeroy, winning all three MVC tournament games by double digits. The great Cameron Krutwig was named MVC Player of the Year and was the first team all-conference for the third year in a row. Expect to see the hikers in area # 8 or 9.

Ohio Valley: Morehead State (23-7)

The Eagles started season 4-6 but have only lost once since the calendar was turned to 2021. The great man Johni Broome (whose first name is pronounced “JUH-nye”) hit a career high of 27 points and scored 12 rebounds in Morehead’s excitement at Belmont in the OVC tournament finals; He might be the best newcomer to the state of Kentucky. When the Eagles last played the NCAA tournament in 2011, they angered Louisville as number 13 in the first round. Morehead is likely to see a similar crop this year.

Conference tournament schedule

AAC: Thursday-Sunday (final is Sunday at 3:15 p.m., ESPN)

ACC: Tuesday-Saturday (final is Saturday at 8:30 p.m., ESPN)

America East: The final between UMass.-Lowell and Hartford is Saturday at 11 a.m., ESPN2

Atlantic 10: Final between VCU and St. Bonaventure is Sunday at 1 p.m., CBS

Big East: Wednesday-Saturday (final is Saturday at 6:30 p.m., Fox)

Big Sky: Wednesday-Saturday (final is Saturday at 8 p.m., ESPNU)

Big Ten: Wednesday-Sunday (final is Sunday at 3:30 p.m., CBS)

Big 12: Wednesday-Saturday (final is Saturday at 6 p.m., ESPN)

Big West: Tuesday, Thursday-Saturday (final is Saturday at 11:30 p.m., ESPN2)

Colonial Time: Monday through Tuesday (final is Tuesday at 7 p.m., CBS Sports Network)

Conference USA: Tuesday-Saturday (Final is Saturday at 8 p.m., CBS Sports Network)

Horizon: Monday to Tuesday (final is Tuesday at 7 p.m., ESPN)

MAAC: Tuesday-Saturday (final is Saturday at 4 p.m., ESPNU)

MAC: Thursday-Saturday (final is Saturday at 7:30 p.m., ESPN2)

MEAC: Thursday-Saturday (final is Saturday at 1 p.m., ESPN2)

Mountain West: Wednesday-Saturday (final is Saturday at 6 p.m., CBS)

Northeast: The final between Bryant and Mount St. Mary’s is Tuesday at 7 p.m., ESPN2

Pac-12: Wednesday-Saturday (final is Saturday at 10:30 p.m., ESPN)

Patriot: Wednesday and Saturday (final is Saturday at 12 p.m., CBS Sports Network)

SEC: Wednesday-Sunday (final is Sunday at 1 p.m., ESPN)

South: Final between UNC Greensboro and Mercer is Monday at 7 p.m., ESPN)

Southland: Tuesday-Saturday (final is Saturday at 9:30 p.m., ESPN2

Summit: Monday to Tuesday (final is Tuesday at 9 p.m., ESPN2)

Sun Belt: The Georgia State-Appalachian State final is Monday at 7 p.m., ESPN2

SWAC: Wednesday-Saturday (final is Saturday at 6 p.m., ESPNU)

WAC: Wednesday-Saturday (final is Saturday at 10 p.m., ESPNU)

West Coast: Monday to Tuesday (final is Tuesday at 9 p.m., ESPN)

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