2014 Conference Tournament Schedule for every league

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It’s March, which means that it is time for more brackets and tournaments than you can possibly handle. Here, I give to you a schedule for every conference tournament in the country. Have fun planning your appointment viewing!

AAC TOURNAMENT: March 12-15, FedEx Forum, Memphis

  • March 12: First round games (ESPNU)
  • March 13: Quarterfinals (ESPNU)
  • March 14: Semifinals (ESPN or ESPN2)
  • March 15: Championship (ESPN)

ACC TOURNAMENT: March 12-16, Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, N.C.

  • March 12: First round games (ESPNU)
  • March 13: Second round games (ESPNU)
  • March 14: Quarterfinals (ESPN2)
  • March 15: Semifinals (ESPN)
  • March 16: Championship (ESPN)

AMERICA EAST TOURNAMENT: March 8-9 in Albany, NY; March 15 at higher remaining seed

  • March 8: Quarterfinals
  • March 9: Semifinals
  • March 15: Championship (ESPN2)

ATLANTIC 10 TOURNAMENT: March 12-16, Barclays Center, New York

  • March 12: First Round
  • March 13: Second Round (NBC Sports Network)
  • March 14: Quarterfinals (NBC Sports Network)
  • March 15: Semifinals (CBS Sports Network)
  • March 16: Championship (CBS)

ATLANTIC SUN TOURNAMENT: March 4th, 6th and 9th, at higher seeds

  • March 4: Quarterfinals
  • March 6: Semifinals
  • March 9: Championship (ESPN2)

BIG 12 TOURNAMENT: March 12-15, Sprint Center, Kansas City

  • March 12: First round (Big 12 Network)
  • March 13: Quarterfinals (Early games on ESPN2; late games on Big 12 Network)
  • March 14: Semifinals (ESPNU)
  • March 15: Championship (ESPN)

BIG EAST TOURNAMENT: March 12-15, Madison Square Garden, New York

  • March 12: First round (Fox Sports 1)
  • March 13: Quarterfinals (Fox Sports 1)
  • March 14: Semifinals (Fox Sports 1)
  • March 15: Championship (Fox Sports 1)

BIG SKY CONFERENCE: March 13-15, hosted by regular season champ, likely Weber State

  • March 13th: Quarterfinals
  • March 14th: Semifinals
  • March 15: Championship (ESPNU)

BIG SOUTH TOURNAMENT: March 5-9, Conway, SC

  • March 5: First Round
  • March 7: Quarterfinals
  • March 8: Semifinals
  • March 9: Championship (ESPN2)

BIG TEN CONFERENCE: March 13-16, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis

  • March 13: First round (ESPN2)
  • March 14: Quarterfinals (Early games on ESPN or ESPN2; late games on Big Ten Network)
  • March 15: Semifinals (CBS)
  • March 16: Championship (CBS)

BIG WEST TOURNAMENT: March 13-15, Honda Center, Anaheim, CA

  • March 13: Quarterfinals
  • March 14: Semifinals (ESPNU)
  • March 15: Championship (ESPN2)

CAA TOURNAMENT: March 7-10, Baltimore, MD

  • March 7: First Round
  • March 8:��Quarterfinals
  • March 9: Semifinals (NBC Sports Network)
  • March 10: Championship (NBC Sports Network)

CONFERENCE USA TOURNAMENT: March 11-15, El Paso, Texas

  • March 11: First Round
  • March 12: Second Round
  • March 13: Quarterfinals
  • March 14: Semifinals (CBS Sports Network)
  • March 15: Championship (CBS)

HORIZON LEAGUE TOURNAMENT: March 4, 7, 8 and 11 (all games hosted by higher seeds)

  • March 4: First Round
  • March 7: Quarterfinals
  • March 8: Semifinals (ESPNU)
  • March 11: Championship (ESPN)

MAAC TOURNAMENT: March 6, 8-10, MassMutual Center, Springfield, MA

  • March 6: First Round
  • March 8: Quarterfinals
  • March 9: Semifinals
  • March 10: Championship (ESPN2)

MAC TOURAMENT: March 10, 12-15 in Cleveland

  • March 10: First Round
  • March 12: Second Round
  • March 13: Quarterfinals
  • March 14: Semifinals
  • March 15: Championship (ESPN2)

MEAC TOURNAMENT: March 10-15 in Norfolk, Va.

  • March 10 and 11: First Round
  • March 12 and 13: Quarterfinals
  • March 14: Semifinals
  • March 15: Championship (ESPNU)

MISSOURI VALLEY TOURNAMENT: March 6-9, Scottrade Center, St. Louis

  • March 6: First Round
  • March 7: Quarterfinals
  • March 8: Semifinals
  • March 9: Championship (CBS)

MOUNTAIN WEST TOURNAMENT: March 12-15, Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas

  • March 12: First Round
  • March 13: Quarterfinals (CBS Sports Network)
  • March 14: Semifinals (CBS Sports Network)
  • March 15: Championship (CBS)

NEC TOURNAMENT: March 5, 8 and 11 at higher seeds

  • March 5: Quarterfinals
  • March 8: Semifinals
  • March 11: Championship (ESPN)

OHIO VALLEY TOURNAMENT: March 5-8, Nashville Municipal Auditorium

  • March 5: First Round
  • March 6: Quarterfinals
  • March 7: Semifinals (ESPNU)
  • March 8: Championship (ESPN2)

PAC-12 TOURNAMENT: March 12-15, MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas

  • March 12: First round (Pac-12 Network)
  • March 13: Quarterfinals (Fox Sports 1)
  • March 14: Semifinals (Fox Sports 1)
  • March 15: Championship (Fox Sports 1)

PATRIOT LEAGUE TOURNAMENT: March 3, 5, 8 and 12 at higher seeds

  • March 3: First Round
  • March 5: Quarterfinals
  • March 8: Semifinals
  • March 12: Championship (CBS Sports Network)

SEC TOURNAMENT: March 12-16, Georgia Dome, Atlanta

  • March 12: First round (SEC Network)
  • March 13: Second round (SEC Network)
  • March 14: Quarterfinals (Early games on ESPNU; late games on SEC Network)
  • March 15: Semifinals (ABC)
  • March 16: Championship (ESPN)

SOUTHERN CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT: March 7-10, U.S. Cellular Center, Asheville, N.C.

  • March 7: First Round
  • March 8: Quarterfinals
  • March 9: Semifinals
  • March 10: Championship (ESPN2)

SOUTHLAND TOURNAMENT: March 12-15, Merrell Center, Katy, Texas

  • March 12: First Round
  • March 13: Quarterfinals
  • March 14: Semifinals
  • March 15: Championship (ESPN2)

SUMMIT TOURNAMENT: March 8-11, Sioux Falls Arena, Sioux Falls, S.D.

  • March 8: Quarterfinals
  • March 9: Quarterfinals
  • March 10: Semifinals
  • March 11: Championship (ESPN2)

SUN BELT TOURNAMENT: March 13-16, New Orleans, Lakefront Arena

  • March 13: First Round
  • March 14: Quarterfinals
  • March 15: Semifinals
  • March 16: Championship (ESPN2)

SWAC TOURNAMENT: March 12-15, Toyota Center, Houston

  • March 12: First Round
  • March 13: Quarterfinals
  • March 14: Semifinals
  • March 15: Championship (ESPN2)

WAC TOURNAMENT: March 13-15, Orleans Arena, Las Vegas

  • March 13: Quarterfinals
  • March 14: Semifinals
  • March 15: Championship (ESPNU)

WCC TOURNAMENT: March 6, 8, 10 and 11, Las Vegas

  • March 6: First Round
  • March 8: Quarterfinals
  • March 10: Semifinals (ESPN2)
  • March 11: Championship (ESPN)

Kentucky moves scrimmage to Eastern Kentucky for flood relief

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky will play its annual Blue-White men’s basketball scrimmage in Eastern Kentucky to benefit victims of the devastating summer floods.

The school announced that the Oct. 22 event at Appalachian Wireless Arena in Pikeville will feature a pregame Fan Fest. Ticket proceeds will go through Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief.

Wildcat players will also participate in a community service activity with local organizations in the relief effort.

Kentucky coach John Calipari said the team was excited to play for Eastern Kentucky fans and added, “We hope we can provide a temporary escape with basketball and community engagement.”

The scrimmage traditionally is held at Rupp Arena. It will occur eight days after its Big Blue Madness public workout at Rupp.

Kentucky’s Tionna Herron recovering from open-heart surgery

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky coach Kyra Elzy says freshman Tionna Herron is recovering from open-heart surgery to correct a structural abnormality.

The 6-foot-4 post player learned of her condition after arriving at school in June and received other opinions before surgery was recommended. Senior trainer Courtney Jones said in a release that Herron underwent surgery Aug. 24 at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston and is recovering at home in DeSoto, Texas.

Elzy said Herron “is the definition of a warrior” and all are grateful to be on the other side of the player’s surgery. Herron is expected back on campus early next month and will continue rehabilitation until she’s cleared to return to normal activity.

“Her will and determination to eventually return to the court is inspiring, and it’s that `game-on’ attitude that is what makes her such a perfect fit in our program,” Elzy said in a release. “We are so thrilled for Tionna’s return to our locker room; it’s not the same without our full team together.”

Herron committed to Kentucky during last fall’s early signing period, rated as a four-star prospect and a top-70 player in last year’s class. Kentucky won last year’s Southeastern Conference Tournament and reached the NCAA Tournament’s first round.

Emoni Bates charged with 2 felonies

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SUPERIOR TOWNSHIP, Mich — Emoni Bates, a former basketball prodigy who transferred to Eastern Michigan from Memphis, was charged with two felonies after police found a gun in a car during a traffic stop.

The 18-year-old Bates failed to stop at an intersection Sunday night and a search turned up the weapon, said Derrick Jackson, a spokesman for the Washtenaw County sheriff’s office.

Defense attorney Steve Haney told The Associated Press that the vehicle and the gun didn’t belong to Bates.

“I hope people can reserve judgment and understand there’s a presumption of innocence,” Haney said. “This was not his vehicle. This was not his gun. … We’re still gathering facts, too.”

Bates was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and altering identification marks on a firearm. He was released after his lawyer entered a not guilty plea. Bates’ next court hearing is Oct. 6.

“This is his first brush with the law,” Haney said in court. “He poses no threat or risk to society.”

Less than a month ago, the 6-foot-9 Bates transferred to Eastern Michigan to play for his hometown Eagles. Bates averaged nearly 10 points a game last season as a freshman at Memphis, where he enrolled after reclassifying to skip a year of high school and join the class of 2021.

“We are aware of a situation involving one of our student athletes,” EMU spokesman Greg Steiner said. “We are working to gather more details and will have further comment when more information is available.”

Bates was the first sophomore to win the Gatorade national player of the year award in high school basketball in 2020, beating out Cade Cunningham and Evan Mobley. Detroit drafted Cunningham No. 1 overall last year, two spots before Cleveland took Mobley in the 2021 NBA draft.

Bates committed to playing for Tom Izzo at Michigan State two years ago, later de-committed and signed with Memphis. Bates played in 18 games for the Tigers, who finished 22-11 under Penny Hardaway. Bates missed much of the season with a back injury before appearing in Memphis’ two NCAA Tournament games.

In 2019, as a high school freshman, the slender and skilled guard led Ypsilanti Lincoln to a state title and was named Michigan’s Division 1 Player of the Year by The Associated Press. His sophomore season was cut short by the pandemic and he attended Ypsi Prep Academy as a junior, his final year of high school.

UConn to pay Kevin Ollie another $3.9 million over firing

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STORRS, Conn. — UConn announced Thursday it has agreed to pay former men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie another $3.9 million to settle discrimination claims surrounding his 2018 firing.

The money is in addition to the more than $11.1 million in back salary Ollie has already been paid after an arbitrator ruled in January that he was improperly fired under the school’s agreement with its professor’s union.

“I am grateful that we were able to reach agreement,” Ollie said in a statement Thursday. “My time at UConn as a student-athlete and coach is something I will always cherish. I am pleased that this matter is now fully and finally resolved.”

Ollie, a former UConn point guard who guided the Huskies to a 127-79 record and the 2014 national championship in six seasons as head coach, was let go after two losing seasons. UConn also stopped paying him under his contract, citing numerous NCAA violations in terminating the deal.

In 2019, the NCAA placed UConn on probation for two years and Ollie was sanctioned individually for violations, which the NCAA found occurred between 2013 and 2018. Ollie’s attorneys, Jacques Parenteau and William Madsen, accused UConn of making false claims to the NCAA for the purpose of firing Ollie “with cause.”

The school had argued that Ollie’s transgressions were serious and that his individual contract superseded those union protections.

Ollie’s lawyers had argued that white coaches, including Hall-of-Famers Jim Calhoun and women’s coach Geno Auriemma, had also committed NCAA violations, without being fired, and indicated they were planning to file a federal civil rights lawsuit.

The school and Ollie said in a joint statement Thursday they were settling “to avoid further costly and protracted litigation.”

Both sides declined to comment further.

Ollie, who faced three years of restrictions from the NCAA on becoming a college basketball coach again, is currently coaching for Overtime Elite, a league that prepares top prospects who are not attending college for the pros.

Dream’s McDonald returning to Arizona to coach under Barnes

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TUCSON, Ariz. — Atlanta Dream guard Aari McDonald is returning to Arizona to work under coach Adia Barnes.

The school announced that McDonald will serve as director of recruiting operations while continuing to fulfill her WNBA commitments. She will oversee all recruiting logistics, assist with on-campus visits, manage recruit information and social media content at Arizona.

McDonald was one of the best players in Arizona history after transferring from Washington as a sophomore. She was an All-American and the Pac-12 player of the year in 2020-21, leading the Wildcats to the national championship game, which they lost to Stanford.

McDonald broke Barnes’ single-season scoring record and had the highest career scoring average in school history before being selected by the Dream with the third overall pick of the 2021 WNBA draft.