2023 NCAA men's basketball conference tournaments: schedule and how to watch

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The road to March Madness starts with the 2023 NCAA men's basketball conference tournaments. Championship Week, which spans close to two weeks, is when all 32 men's basketball conferences compete in their conference championships to determine which team punches an automatic bid to March Madness.

The 2022-2023 college basketball season has seen its share of ups and downs. Currently, Houston and Alabama top the AP Top 25 polls with Marquette climbing the ladder and Pitt closing in. Northwestern also broke into the AP Top 25 in the final week, and perennial WCC powerhouse Gonzaga fought back to the top 10 after a big win against No. 17 Saint Mary's. 

We're here to help you keep tabs on all of the 2023 NCAA men's basketball conference tournaments. 

How to watch the 2023 NCAA men's basketball conference tournaments

Unlike March Madness, which airs on CBS, TNT and TBS, the NCAA men's basketball conference championships are found around almost all of the networks. Generally speaking, you can find many of them on ESPN, ESPN2, CBS, CBS Sports, Fox and Fox Sports 1.

CBS and Fox are broadcast networks, so they will be available to you in your cable TV package, but if you've cut the cord you can watch them on a number of live TV streaming services including  FuboTV, Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV

ESPN is a cable TV channel that's included in many cable TV subscriptions or in one of the streaming services listed above, as well as on Sling TV. Certain games are also available to stream on ESPN Plus.

You can also watch CBS and CBS Sports on Paramount Plus

You can use the guide below to find the championship you want to watch and see where it's playing. 

2023 NCAA men's basketball conference tournaments schedule

America East

American Athletic

Atlantic 10



Big 12

Big East

Big Sky

Big South

Big Ten

Big West


Conference USA

Horizon League

Ivy League




Missouri Valley

Mountain West


  • Northeast Bracket
  • Championship: March 7, 7 pm ET/4 pm PT
  • Automatic Bid: Fairleigh Dickinson (in by default, as Merrimack is not eligible for tournament)

Ohio Valley


Patriot League





Summit League

Sun Belt

West Coast


2023 NCAA men's basketball conference tournaments FAQs

How many conference tournaments are there?

There are 32 NCAA men's basketball conference tournaments. The winners of the tournaments help to shape the field of teams that will compete in March Madness.

How do conference tournaments and automatic bids work?

The winners of the conference championship automatically advance to the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

March Madness consists of 68 teams, which means that the conference tournament automatic qualifiers make up just under half of the teams in the field. The remaining 36 teams are at-large selections by the tournmanet committee based on their rankings, win-loss records and strength of schedule. 

When does March Madness begin?

The 2023 Selection Sunday show where March Madness teams are announced is on Sunday, March 12. From there, the First Four games are March 14-15, with the First Round of the NCAA men's basketball tournament taking place March 16-17. 

The NCAA national championship game is April 3. 

You can print a blank March Madness bracket here.

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