What to Know About Conference Tournaments

MIKEDROPSPORTS is excited for coverage of the 2019 NCAA Tournament and March Madness, also known as MIKEDROP MADNESS.

This article highlights what to know about some of the top contenders in each conference and some general fun facts about other teams.

You can also view the MIKEDROPSPORTS crew’s picks for each conference tournament championship


Virginia has only won 3 ACC Tournament Championships since joining the conference in 1954 (most recently won in 2018). They are seeking their first Final Four since 1984 and first ever National Championship

Duke has a league-high 20 Tournament championships (20-12 overall record in championship games)

UNC is second with 18 championships

Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Louisville are three of the six schools who have never won ACC Tournament Championship

Big 12

Texas Tech and Kansas State are two of 6 schools who have never won the Big 12 Championship. The co-regular season champions, each have the worst tournament win % (13-21, 38%)

TCU is squarely on the bubble and is the only Big 12 team never to appear in the championship game

Iowa State is a perfect 4-0 in championship games

Kansas is 11-2 in Big 12 Championship games, which represents the most appearances and wins

Big Ten

Michigan State has won the most championships with 5 (5-1 all-time)

Michigan has won the last two championships

Ohio State has highest tournament win % (26-14, 65%)

Maryland and Indiana are among seven teams who have never won the B1G title game, and Maryland is one of four to never appear in the game

Purdue’s lone championship came in 2009


No one other than Washington is likely to claim an at-large bid, so if someone other than the Huskies wins, they will steal a spot from a bubble team

Arizona State is one of five teams who have never won PAC-12 Tournament Championship and are a fringe bubble team.

Arizona has won the championship the last 2 years and 3 of the last 4 years. They have the most championships (7), but will need an 8th to make the 2019 NCAA Tournament.


Kentucky is seeking their 5th consecutive SEC Tournament championship. They have won 31 all-time

Tennessee, who is seeking the program’s first Final Four, has the third most SEC championships (4)

LSU has just one Tournament championship, back in 1980


Houston is seeking their first AAC title, after losing 2018 championship game and first conference Tournament Championship since 2010 (Conference-USA)

Cincinnati has a chance to make their third consecutive championship game (1-1)

UCF, with wins over Houston and Cincinnati in the last week, seem like a lock to make the NCAA Tournament. The appearance would be their first since 2005 and they are 0-4 all-time. All four of their previous tournament bids coincide with their four conference tournament championships (2005, 2004, 1996, 1994).

SMU is the only school with more than one championship (2)

Big East

Marquette is one of 5 schools who have never won Big East title and the Eagles have not won a conference Tournament Championship since 1997 (Conference-USA)

Villanova has won the last 2 Big East Tournament Championships and 3 of the last 4. They have won 4 Championships all-time

Georgetown has won the most Tournaments, among active Big East members with 7

Other Conferences

A look at some of the top contenders in the smaller conferences and what to know about their conference tournament history.

Atlantic 10 – Top seeds, VCU (2015) and Davidson (2018) have only won one A10 Tournament championship (haven’t been in A10 that long either)

Big SkyMontana is the favorite to win 2019 Tournament – they are tied with Weber State for most Championships (10) and Montana has the most Championship game appearances (19)

Mountain WestUtah State and Nevada are both 5-5 in MWC Tournament history. Nevada has 1 Championship (2017) and Utah State has yet to appear in the Championship game

WCC – Gonzaga seeks their 7th straight tournament championship and 18th all-time (16th under Mark Few)

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Mike is a member of the FWAA (Football Writers Association of America) and an alum of the University of Cincinnati.

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