2022 SoCon Men’s Basketball Tournament: Schedule, Bracket, Recent History, TV/Streaming Info

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Appointment

Friday March 4 (first round); Saturday March 5 (quarter-finals); Sunday March 6 (semi-finals); Monday March 7 (championship)

Format

Traditional support

To place

For the eleventh consecutive season, SoCon teams will meet in Asheville, North Carolina at Harrah’s Cherokee Center, which seats just over 7,600 people. The arena hosted the relocated 2020 edition of the Maui Invitational and was the site of the inaugural Asheville Championship tournament in November.

TV/streaming information

ESPN will air the league game on Monday night, while ESPNU will resume Sunday’s semi-finals. Most of you will need to subscribe to ESPN+ watch the first two rounds, but Nexstar-owned stations in the SoCon footprint will air Saturday’s quarterfinals.

Speakers

All 10 SoCon teams will participate.

First round (Friday March 4)

Game 1: (9) The Citadel 84(8) ETSU (15-17, 7-11) 76 (OT)
Game 2: (10) West Carolina (11-21, 5-13) 53, (7) Mercier 81

Quarter-finals (Saturday March 5)

Game 3: (9) The Citadel (13-18, 6-12) 66, (1) Chattanooga (25-7, 14-4) 71
Game 4: (5) VMI (16-15, 9-9) 66, (4) Wofford 68
Game 5: (7) Mercier (16-17, 8-10) 66, (2) Fourman 80
Game 6: (6) UNCG (17-14, 9-9) 64, (3) Samford 66

Semi-finals (Sunday March 6)

ESPNU will broadcast both games.

Game 7: (4) Wofford (19-12, 10-8) at (1) Chattanooga (25-7, 14-4), 4 p.m.
The Mocs won the season series 2-0.
Game 8: (3) Samford (21-10, 10-8) vs. (2) Furman (21-11, 12-6), approx. 6:30 p.m.
The season series was a 1-1 home tie.

Championship (Monday March 7)

Game 9: Semi-final winners, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

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

The Southern Conference Tournament is a rarity in that the No. 1 seed has dominated lately. The No. 3 seed has four consecutive titles and six in the last seven seasons and given the league’s brief period of divisional play, the No. 3 seed has won eight of the last 10. The No. 3 seed has the other two triumphs around this time, so it’s usually a very heavy event.

  • 1 seed (8): 2012 (South), 2013 (South), 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
  • 2 seeds (1): 2011 (South)
  • 3 seeds (2): 2014, 2017

The years with an NCAA victory have arrived bold.

  • 7 seed (1): 2019
  • 12 seeds (2): 2015, 2016
  • 13 seeds (4): 2012, 2017, 2018, 2021
  • 14 seeds (2): 2011, 2013
  • 15 seeds (1): 2014

Wofford is responsible for both the last single-digit SoCon seed and the NCAA victory. The Davidson Wildcats, now in the Atlantic 10, represented the league in 2012 and 2013.

With the No. 1 seed dominating in Asheville, it should come as no surprise that the conference rep avoided the 16-seeded line with a 12 or 13 seed as a possible outcome. Given the improved strength atop the SoCon, don’t be surprised if that’s where Chattanooga or Furman land if they cut the nets. Note that ETSU could have been ranked 11th had the Buccaneers been able to participate in the 2020 NCAA Tournament.

UNCG: 2021 (13 seeds, 1st round)
Wofford: 2019 (7 seeds, 2nd round)
ESU: 2017 (13 seeds, 1st round)—2020 SoCon Tournament Champions
Chattanooga: 2016 (12 seeds, 1st round)
Mercer: 2014 (14 seeds, round of 16, member ASUN)
Samford: 2000 (13 seeds, 1st round, member of TAAC (ASUN))
West Carolina: 1996 (16 seeds, 1st round)
Fourman: 1980 (10 seeds, Round of 16)
VMI: 1977 (Sweet 16)

The Citadel remains the only SoCom member—and one of the original four Division I schools—that has never made it to the field.

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