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2022 SWAC Tournament: Schedule, Bracket, Recent History, TV/Streaming Info

The now 12-team SWAC still only features eight teams in its conference tournament. It begins in Birmingham, Alabama today with a pair of quarterfinal contests.

The 2022 SWAC Tournament field in logos.
Graphic by Chris Dobbertean using logos from SportsLogos.net (teams) and Wikipedia.(conference).

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2022 Southwestern Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament Basics

Dates

Wednesday and Thursday, March 9 and 10 (quarterfinals); Friday, March 11 (semifinals); Saturday, March 12 (championship)

Format

Bracket with split quarterfinal doubleheaders, giving the top two seeds a day off before the semifinals (should they win). However, unlike most tournaments, the quarterfinal doubleheaders are further split with a women’s and men’s matchup in each. The SWAC also schedules the No. 1 seed for the night quarterfinal session.

Site

Bartow Arena, home of C-USA member UAB, will host for the second consecutive time. That run was supposed to begin in 2020. This will be the fourth year in a row; however, that the SWAC Tournament has been scheduled for the conference’s home city.

TV/Streaming Info

ESPNU will air the championship game early on Selection Saturday evening. ESPN+ will stream the six preliminary games.

Participants

With Bethune-Cookman and Florida A&M joining the SWAC from the MEAC, the league is up to 12 members. However, just the top eight traveled to Birmingham to play for the auto bid. Alabama State (10-21, 8-10, 9th), Bethune-Cookman (9-21, 7-11, 10th), Arkansas-Pine Bluff (7-24, 5-13, 11th), and Mississippi Valley State (2-26, 2-16, 12th) all miss out for 2022.

Downloadable Bracket

Schedule

Quarterfinals (Wed., March 9)

Game 1: (7) Jackson State (11-19, 9-9) 50, (2) Texas Southern 54
Game 2: (8) Prairie View A&M (8-19, 8-8) 63, (1) Alcorn State 64 (OT)

Quarterfinals (Thurs., March 10)

Game 3: 6) Grambling State 60, (3) Southern (17-14, 11-6) 58
Game 4: (5) Alabama A&M 61, (4) Florida A&M (13-17, 11-7) 56

Semifinals (Fri., March 11)

Game 5: (6) Grambling State (12-20, 8-9) 54, (2) Texas Southern 73
Game 6: (5) Alabama A&M (12-18, 10-8) 64, (1) Alcorn State 69

Championship (Sat., March 12)

Game 7: (2) TEXAS SOUTHERN (18-12, 13-5) 87, (1) Alcorn State (17-16, 14-4) 62

Mayhem Potential

Data originally posted by Bob Vetrone Jr. on Twitter in 2020 with my own additions for 2021 and 2022.

In the past 10 SWAC Tournaments, the No. 1 seed has won four titles, with the 2, 3, and 4 seeds each taking an equal share of the other six.

  • 1 seed (4): 2012, 2015, 2017, 2019
  • 2 seed (2): 2013, 2014
  • 3 seed (2): 2018, 2021
  • 4 seed (2): 2011, 2016

NCAA Seeding Record Since 2011

Years with an NCAA win are in bold.

  • 15 seed (1): 2015
  • 16 seed (9): 2011 (First Four), 2012 (First Four), 2013, 2014 (First Four), 2016 (First Four), 2017, 2018 (First Four), 2019 (First Four), 2021 (First Four)

Since the field expanded to 68 teams in 2011, the SWAC champion has only avoided Dayton three times, with only 2015’s Texas Southern earning a seed higher than 16th. Going back to the debut of the Opening Round in 2001, the SWAC champ has traveled to southwestern Ohio 13 times.

It’s quite likely that the SWAC champion once again has to play the extra game in 2022.

Last NCAA Tournament Appearances

Texas Southern: 2021 (16 seed, 1st Round)
Prairie View A&M: 2019 (16 seed, First Four)
Southern: 2016 (16 seed, First Four)
Mississippi Valley State: 2012 (16 seed, First Four)
Alabama State: 2011 (16 seed, First Four)
Arkansas Pine Bluff: 2010 (16 seed, 1st Round)
Florida A&M: 2007 (16 seed, Opening Round, MEAC member)
Jackson State: 2007 (16 seed, 1st Round)
Alabama A&M: 2005 (16 seed, Opening Round)
Alcorn State: 2002 (16 seed, Opening Round)

Newcomer Bethune-Cookman and SWAC stalwart Grambling State are the only conference members without an NCAA appearance.