Championship College Basketball is an annual basketball showcase of conference tournament games in the United States, which decide NCAA bids in early to mid-March. It typically lasts a little under 2 weeks, before basketball post-season play begins. The minor & mid-major conferences typically begin on Championship College Basketball & it ends on Selection Sunday with the brackets being unveiled. Over the years, more games have been added with the expansion of SportsChannel
SC typically schedules the games a year in advance. Many conferences get their only nationally televised game of the year during this week
It began in 1986 with 27 games, not all of which were LIVE. It cut into 45 games. This franchise was greatly expanded with the creation of SC-2.
Due to the popularity of the expanded coverage of the college basketball tournaments aired on SC, it was later coined Championship College Basketball.
In 1999, the 2 SC networks @ the time aired 51 games, 25 of which were conference title games.
In 2000, SC & SC-2 aired 58 total games (men's & women's) over 8 days including 31 conference title games. Both networks aired all the games from the BIG East Tournament.
In 2001, there were 57 games in 9 days (25 of the 31 automatic births). This also marked a turning point for the women's game, as their championship games were aired for the 1st time.
In 2003, SC & SC-2 showed 61 games. SC-2 added the BIG 12 semfinals that year.
In 2005, the SC family of networks aired 100 men & women's games. They aired 26 of the 31 games which determined bids.
In 2007, SC & it's sister stations aired 90 games in 11 days. The networks had parts of 25 tournaments, including 25 championship games.
In 2008, it lasted 10 days & featured 81 total games (63 men's games & 18 women's games). They televised 24 D-I men's title games & a D-II conference title. Also, 18 women’s games were televised highlighted by 11 Division-I & a Division-II title contest.
In 2009, SC Radio will broadcast Championship College Basketball for the 1st time with the BIG 12 Tournament with coverage of the semifinals & championship games. The SC family of networks will televise 20 women's games including 13 title games. On the men's side, the SC networks will televise 65 games, from 27 D-I conferences including 25 title games, a D-II conference title & a D-III conference title