Conference USA holds an annual men’s basketball tournament with the winner getting an automatic bid to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Conference USA features 14 teams--Charlotte, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Louisiana Tech, Marshall, Middle Tennessee State, North Texas, Old Dominion, Rice, Southern Miss, Texas-Arlington, UAB, UTEP, and Western Kentucky.
The conference’s men’s basketball tournament begins March 11 and runs through March 14.
The conference began its men’s basketball tournament in 1996.
Read below for a list of past champions.
2019: OLD DOMINION
Old Dominion defeated Western Kentucky in 2019, 62-56. Xavier Green was named tournament MVP.
Marshall won its first C-USA title in 2018. The Thundering Herd defeated Western Kentucky, 67-66. Jon Elmore was named tournament MVP.
2017: MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE
The Blue Raiders won back-to-back titles in 2017. They defeated Marshall, 83-72. Giddy Potts was named MVP.
2016: MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE
Middle Tennessee State won its first C-USA title in 2016. They beat Old Dominion, 55-53. Reggie Upshaw was named MVP.
UAB defeated Middle Tennessee State, 73-60, in 2015. The Blazers’ Robert Brown was named tournament MVP.
Tulsa defeated Louisiana Tech, 69-60, in 2014. James Woodard was named MVP.
Memphis needed double overtime to get past Southern Miss in 2013. They won 91-79. Chris Crawford was named MVP.
Memphis won its sixth title in seven years in 2012. The Tigers defeated Marshall, 83-57. Joe Jackson won a second straight MVP.
Memphis picked up a title over UTEP in 2011, 67-66. Joe Jackson was named tournament MVP.
Houston briefly stopped Memphis’ run in 2010. The Cougars defeated UTEP, 81-73. Kelvin Lewis was named MVP.
Memphis clobbered Tulsa for a fourth straight title in 2009, 64-39. Tyreke Evans was named MVP.
Memphis won a third straight C-USA title in 2008. They defeated Tulsa, 77-51. Antonio Anderson was named MVP.
Memphis repeated as champs in 2007. The Tigers defeated Houston, 71-59. Chris Douglas-Roberts was named MVP.
In 2006, Memphis started a brief period of dominance in Conference USA. They defeated UAB, 57-46. Shawne Williams was named tournament MVP.
Louisville won its second title in three seasons in 2005. They defeated Memphis, 75-74. Taquan Dean was named MVP.
Cincinnati won a fourth conference title in 2004. They defeated DePaul, 55-50. Tony Bobbitt was named tournament MVP.
Louisville won its first C-USA title in 2003. The Cardinals defeated UAB, 83-78. Luke Whitehead was named MVP.
Cincinnati defeated Marquette, 77-63, in 2002. Steve Logan was named tournament MVP.
Charlotte defeated Cincinnati, 80-72, in 2001. Rodney White was named MVP.
2000: SAINT LOUIS
In 2000, Saint Louis defeated DePaul 56-49. Justin Love was named MVP.
Charlotte finally broke through in 1999. The 49ers defeated Louisville, 68-59. Galen Young was named tournament MVP.
Cincinnati became the first multi-conference winner in 1998. They defeated Charlotte, 71-57. Eventual No. 1 pick Kenyon Martin was named MVP.
Marquette bounced back and won the conference title in 1997. They defeated Charlotte, 60-52. Aaron Hutchins was named MVP.
Cincinnati won the first Conference USA tournament title in 1996. The Bearcats defeated Marquette, 85-83, in overtime. Danny Fortson was named tournament MVP.