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Conference USA Basketball Tournament returns to Birmingham in 2016

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UAB has the early home court advantage for another NCAA tourney bid.

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The C-USA Board of Directors approved the return of the C-USA Men's and Women's basketball tournaments to Birmingham in 2016.

It will be the fourth time Birmingham and UAB have hosted either the Men's or Women's basketball championship.

The Board also announced that all 14 teams will be participating this year on both the women's and men's bracket, last year the top-12 teams in the conference standings clinched a spot.

The tournament will start March 8th, and end Saturday March 12th, games will once again take place at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center, and Bartow arena.

"Birmingham is a wonderful location for our basketball championships," C-USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky said. "We appreciate the two great arenas and the city's proximity to many of our fans. The downtown development is impressive, but most of all, we appreciate the spirit of the community. We look forward to another great tournament week in 2016."

The league also announced championship sites for other sports listed below.

2015-16 CONFERENCE USA CHAMPIONSHIPS

Sport

Dates

Site

Host

Cross Country

October 31

Bowling Green, Ky.

WKU

Women's Soccer

November 4-8

Miami, Fla.

FIU

Volleyball

November 20-22

San Antonio, Texas

UTSA

Football

December 5

Divisional Champion with best record

Indoor Track & Field

February 24-25

Birmingham, Ala.

UAB

Men's & Women's Basketball

March 8-12

Birmingham, Ala.

UAB

Women's Golf

April 18-20

TBD

C-USA

Women's Tennis

April 20-24

Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Middle Tennessee

Men's Tennis

April 21-24

Houston, Texas

Rice

Men's Golf

April 24-27

Texarkana, Ark.

C-USA

Softball

May 12-14

Denton, Texas

North Texas

Outdoor Track & Field

May 12-15

Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Middle Tennessee