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

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Appointment

Wednesday and Thursday March 9 and 10 (quarter-finals); Friday March 11 (semi-finals); Saturday March 12 (championship)

Format

Bracket with split double quarterfinals, giving the top two seeds a day off before the semifinals (if they win). However, unlike most tournaments, the quarter-final doubles are further split with a women’s and men’s clash in each. SWAC also schedules the No. 1 seed for the night quarterfinal session.

To place

Bartow Arena, home of member C-USA UAB, will host for the second straight time. This race was scheduled to start in 2020. This will be the fourth consecutive year; however, that the SWAC tournament was scheduled for the conference’s hometown.

TV/streaming information

ESPNU will broadcast the championship game early on the Saturday night of the selection. ESPN+ will broadcast the six preliminary matches.

Speakers

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

Quarter-finals (Wednesday March 9)

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

Quarter-finals (Thursday March 10)

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

Semi-finals (Friday March 11)

ESPN+ will stream both games.

Game 5: (6) Grambling State (12-20, 8-9) 54, (2) South Texas 73
Game 6: (5) Alabama A&M (12-17, 10-8) vs. (1) Alcorn State (16-15, 14-4), approx. 9:30 p.m.
The Braves won the duo’s only road meeting.

Championship (Saturday March 12)

Game 7: (2) Texas Southern (17-12, 13-5) vs Game 6 winner, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)

Data originally published 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 seeds 2, 3 and 4 each taking an equal share of the other six.

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

The years with an NCAA victory have arrived bold.

  • 15 seeds (1): 2015
  • 16 seeds (9): 2011 (first four), 2012 (first four), 2013, 2014 (first four), 2016 (Top Four), 2017, 2018 (Top Four), 2019 (Top Four), 2021 (first four)

Since the field expanded to 68 teams in 2011, the SWAC champion has avoided Dayton only three times, with only the 2015 Texas Southern earning a seed higher than 16th. Going back to his opening-round debut in 2001, the SWAC champion has traveled to Southwest Ohio 13 times.

It is highly likely that the SWAC champion will have to play the extra match again in 2022.

South Texas: 2021 (16 seeds, 1st round)
Prairie View A&M: 2019 (16 seeds, top four)
From South: 2016 (16 seeds, top four)
Mississippi Valley State: 2012 (16 seeds, top four)
State of Alabama: 2011 (16 seeds, top four)
Arkansas Pine Bluff: 2010 (16 seeds, 1st round)
Florida A&M: 2007 (16 seeds, first round, MEAC member)
Jackson State: 2007 (16 seeds, 1st round)
Alabama A&M: 2005 (16 seeds, first round)
Alcorn State: 2002 (16 seeds, first round)

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

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