Conference tournaments still on schedule despite concerns

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Denis Poroy

San Diego State forward Joel Mensah (35) holds up the Mountain West Championship trophy after the team defeated New Mexico 89-52 in an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

College conferences are still planning to hold basketball tournaments where the winner earns the automatic bid to the NCAAs. But the leagues also have until Feb. 26 to notify the selection committee if there will be any changes in how their bids are awarded. Some coaches are split on the feasibility of having the tournaments and pandemic concerns could still lead to changes. The NCAA has mandated that teams must have seven straight days of negative tests prior to arriving in Indiana for the tournament. There has to be an additional two negatives PCR tests before teams start practice.