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College Conference Tournaments

by Transition Hoops Report

College conference tournaments are almost here! Some of the best moments in college basketball often take place before the big national tournaments even begin.

Here is a roundup of 19 conferences located throughout the northwest and west region, ranging from the big dogs at the DI level on down through junior colleges and community colleges.

If you are a true basketball junkie, you are going to love checking out how these tournaments come together. We bet you will even learn something you didn’t know before.

For high school players, this also shows you that there is always something to play for no matter what level you are. Every conference will crown a champion.

NCAA Division I

Pac-12 Conference

Conference Standings (click here)

With three teams ranked in the top 10, this is one of the top conferences in the country.

The tournament begins on Wednesday, March 8 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. All 12 teams get in with the top four seeds getting a first round bye. Click here for the bracket.

West Coast Conference (WCC)

Conference Standings (click here)

The tournament begins on Friday, March 3 from The Orleans in Las Vegas. All 10 teams get in with the top six teams getting a first round bye. Click here for an overview of the tournament.

Mountain West Conference

Conference Standings (click here)

The tournament begins on Wednesday, March 8 from the Thomas & Mack Center (UNLV) in Las Vegas. All 11 teams get in with the first five teams getting a first round bye. Click here for an overview of the tournament.

Big Sky Conference

Conference Standings (click here)

The tournament begins on Tuesday, March 7 in Reno. 11 of the 12 teams get in (Northern Colorado is not eligible) with the top five teams getting a first round bye. Click here for an overview of the tournament.

Big West Conference

Conference Standings (click here)

The tournament begins on Thursday, March 9 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Eight of the nine teams get in. Click here for an overview.

Western Athletic Conference

Conference Standings (click here)

The tournament starts on Thursday, March 9 from The Orleans in Las Vegas. Seven of the eight teams will get in with the top seed getting a bye to the semi-finals. Click here to see the bracket.

NCAA Division II

Great Northwest Athletic Conference

Conference Standings (click here)

Tournament begins on Thursday, March 2 from Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, Washington. Six of the 11 teams get in and the top two teams get a bye in to the semi-finals. Click here for an overview of the tournament.

Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference

Conference Standings (click here)

The tournament begins on Tuesday, February 28. While the conference doesn’t provide a bracket, their basic outline and history leads you to believe that 8 of the 15 teams get in to the tournament. Seeds 1-4 host the first round. The highest remaining seed after the first round hosts the semi-finals and championship game. Click here to see for yourself.

California Collegiate Athletic Association

Conference Standings (click here)

The tournament beings on Tuesday, February 28. Eight of the 13 teams get in to the first round (Cal Stat San Macros is not currently eligible) and will be hosted at the higher seeded team’s court. The semi-finals and finals are then hosted at Cal State San Macros in San Macros, California. Click here and scroll to the bottom of the article to get an idea (their tournament page still lists the 2016 tournament).

The Pacwest Conference

Conference Standings (click here)

The tournament begins on Thursday, March 2 in Irvine, California. While we are kind of left guessing at this year’s format, piecing together various articles and looking at last year’s bracket would suggest that the top six of the 14 teams get in to the tournament, with the top two seeds getting a bye in to the semi-finals.

NCAA Division III

Northwest Conference

Conference Standings (click here)

The tournament begins on Thursday, February 23. Four of the eight teams get in, with the top two teams hosting their semi-final games. The championship game is on Saturday, February 25 and is hosted at the highest remaining seed. Click here for a tournament overview.

NAIA Division I

Frontier Conference

Conference Standings (click here)

The tournament begins on Wednesday, March 1. While the conference provides little more than a placeholder in their schedule, it appears that all 7 teams get in. The top 3 teams get a bye in to the semi-finals.

Golden State Athletic Conference

Conference Standings (click here)

The tournament begins Friday, March 3 at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. Six of the nine teams get in with the top two teams getting a bye to the semi-finals. Click here for details.

NAIA Division II

Cascade Collegiate Conference

Conference Standings (click here)

The tournament begins on Wednesday, February 22. Eight of the eleven teams get in with the highest seeds hosting the tournament games. Click here to see the conference’s championship site.

California Pacific Conference

Conference Standings (click here)

The tournament begins on Sunday, February 26 at Cal State University, Maritime Academy in Vallejo, California. Four of the eight teams get in. Click here for details.

National Junior College Athletic Association

Region 9 – North Division

Conference Standings (click here)

Region 9 – South Division

Conference Standings (click here)

The Region 9 tournament starts on Saturday, March 4 with sub-regional play-in games, where the top 8 teams in each region have a playoff. The four winning teams from both the north and south qualify for the Region 9 tournament. This 8 team tournament begins Thursday, March 9 at the highest seed in the north division.

Region 18 – Scenic West Athletic Conference

Conference Standings (click here)

The tournament begins on Thursday, March 2 from Salt Lake Community College in Utah. All five teams qualify, with the first three seeds getting a bye to the semi-finals. Click here to see the bracket.

Northwest Athletic Conference – NWAC

Conference Standings (click here)

The tournament begins Thursday, March 9 at Everett Community College in Everett, Washington. The top four teams in each region qualify for the tournament, which is made up of 16 teams. Click here to see the bracket.

California Community College Athletic Association – CCCAA

Conference Standings (click here)

The tournament starts with regional rounds on February 22. There are three regional rounds that will find the top four teams each from the north and south regions. The eight team championship tournament begins on Thursday, March 9 at Las Positas College in Livermore, California. Click here for the tournament handbook.