2024 March Madness scores, conference tournament brackets: Saint Mary's tops Gonzaga for WCC title

Saint Mary’s would have made the NCAA Tournament as an at-large team, but it snagged the WCC’s automatic bid for good measure by edging No. 2 seed Gonzaga 69-60 to win their season series 2-1. The No. 1 seed Gaels are projected as a No. 7 seed in Jerry Palm’s Bracketology after defeating their conference rival.

South Dakota State clinched the Summit League’s automatic bid for the seventh time in the last 13 seasons by outlasting No. 7 seed Denver 76-68. The No. 1 seed Jackrabbits have won eight straight entering the Big Dance, where they are projected as a No. 15 seed in Jerry Palm’s Bracketology.

Three more automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament will be secured Wednesday as Selection Sunday approaches with conference tournaments both ramping up and winding down across the country. The top six league tournaments will all be underway by night’s end, but the stakes are highest in the Big Sky, Patriot League and Southland Conference.  

No. 6 seed Wagner upset No. 2 seed Merrimack 54-47 in the NEC Tournament final to secure the program’s first NCAA Tournament bid since 2003. By leading his program to the Big Dance, second-year Seahawks coach Donald Copeland has now accomplished something even Dan Hurley never did in his two-year stint Wagner stint from 2010-12.

No. 1 seed Charleston is going dancing for the second year in a row after besting No. 7 seed Stony Brook 82-79 in overtime for the CAA Tournament title. The Cougars have won 12 straight entering Selection Sunday and won’t be intimidated in any matchup after taking No. 5 seed and eventual Final Four team San Diego State down to the wire in last year’s first round.

Top-seeded Oakland secured its first NCAA Tournament bid since 2011 and third overall under veteran coach Greg Kampe by winning the Horizon League final 83-76 over No. 6 seed Milwaukee. Trey Townsend led the way with a career-high 38 points and 11 rebounds for the Golden Grizzlies. 

As automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament are secured, we’ll be noting each of them here.  

Tuesday’s conference tournament scoreboard

Coastal Athletic Association: Championship 
(1) College of Charleston  82, (7) Stony Brook 79

Horizon League: Championship
(1) Oakland 83, (6) Milwaukee 76

NEC: Championship
(6) Wagner 54, (2) Merrimack 47

Summit League: Championship
(1) South Dakota State  76, (7) Denver 68

WCC: Championship
(1) Saint Mary’s 69, (2) Gonzaga 60


2024 conference tournament schedules, champions

All times ET

Conference City Dates Final (TV) / Champion
ACC Washington D.C. March 12-16 Saturday, March 16
8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
America East Campus Sites March 9, 12, 16 Saturday, March 16
11 a.m. (ESPN2)
American Fort Worth, Texas March 13-17 Sunday, March 17
3:15 p.m. (ESPN)
ASUN Campus Sites March 4-5, 7, 10 Stetson (22-12)
Atlantic 10 Brooklyn March 12-14, 16-17 Sunday, March 17
1 p.m. (CBS)
Big 12 Kansas City March 12-16 Saturday. March 16
6 p.m. (ESPN)
Big East New York City March 13-16 Saturday, March 16
6:30 p.m. (Fox)
Big Sky Boise, Idaho March 9, 10-13 Wednesday, March 13
11:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Big South High Point, North Carolina March 6, 8-10 Longwood (21-13)
Big Ten Minneapolis March 13-17 Sunday, March 17
3:30 p.m. (CBS)
Big West Henderson, Nevada March 13-16 Saturday, March 16
9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Coastal Athletic Washington, D.C. March 8-12 Charleston (27-7)
Conference USA Huntsville, Alabama March 12-16 Saturday, March 16
8:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
Horizon League Campus sites | Indianapolis March 5, 7, 11-12 Oakland
Ivy New York City March 16-17 Sunday, March 17
12 p.m. (ESPN2)
MAAC Atlantic City, New Jersey March 12-16 Saturday, March 16
7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
MAC Cleveland March 14-16 Saturday, March 16
7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
MEAC Norfolk, Virginia March 13-16 Saturday, March 16
1 p.m. (ESPN2)
Missouri Valley St. Louis March 7-10 Drake (28-6)
Mountain West Las Vegas March 13-16 Saturday, March 16
6 p.m. (CBS)
Northeast Campus Sites March 6, 9, 12 Wagner
Ohio Valley Evansville, Indiana March 6-9 Morehead State (26-8)
Pac-12 Las Vegas March 13-16 Saturday, March 16
9 p.m. (Fox)
Patriot Campus Sites March 5, 7, 10, 13 Wednesday, March 13
7 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
SEC Nashville March 13-17 Sunday, March 17
1 p.m. (ESPN)
Southern Asheville, North Carolina March 8-11 Samford (29-5)
Southland Lake Charles, Louisiana March 10-13 Wednesday, March 13
5 p.m. (ESPN2)
Summit Sioux Falls, South Dakota March 8-12 South Dakota State
Sun Belt Pensacola, Florida March 5, 7, 9, 10-11 James Madison (31-3)
SWAC Birmingham, Alabama March 13-16 Saturday, March 16
5:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
WAC Las Vegas March 13-16 Saturday, March 16
11:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
WCC Las Vegas March 7-9, 11-12 Saint Mary’s

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