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Posted on: March 16, 2008 3:31 am
 

Conference Tournament Daily Dose (3/16/08)

UMBC, Temple, Pittsburgh, Cal State Fullerton, Memphis, Kent State, Coppin State, UNLV, UCLA, Mississippi Valley State, and Boise State all won their conference tournament to earn automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament. The ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, SEC, and Southland conference tournament finals are all today.

Game sites are in parenthesis. All times are in Eastern time.

America East

Yesterday's score:

(1) Maryland-Baltimore County 82, (2) Hartford 65

UMBC won the America East Tournament to earn the first NCAA Tournament bid in school history.

ACC

Yesterday's scores:

(1) North Carolina 68, (4) Virginia Tech 66
(3) Clemson 78, (2) Duke 74

March 16- Championship (Charlotte, NC)

(1) North Carolina vs. (3) Clemson (ESPN, 1 P.M.)

Clemson spoiled what looked to be a North Carolina/Duke final. Virginia Tech gave North Carolina a scare, but the Tar Heels survived. Clemson and UNC play for the ACC title later today.

Atlantic 10

Yesterday's score:

(2) Temple 69, (5) St. Joseph's 64

Temple won the Atlantic 10 Tournament to get into the field. Temple probably needed it more than St. Joe's, who looks to be in decent position for an at-large.

Big 12

Yesterday's scores:

(1) Texas 77, (4) Oklahoma 49
(2) Kansas 77, (6) Texas A&M 71

March 16- Championship (Kansas City, MO)

(1) Texas vs. (2) Kansas (ESPN, 3 P.M.)

Texas and Kansas both advanced with wins yesterday. A number 1 seed is on the line because of Tennessee's loss. Texas beat Kansas at home in their only meeting of the regular season.

Big East

Yesterday's score:

(7) Pittsburgh 74, (1) Georgetown 65

Pittsburgh won the Big East tournament by upsetting top seed Georgetown. Georgetown will still get a very high seed, and Pittsburgh greatly increased their seed by winning the conference tournament.

Big Ten

Yesterday's scores:

(1) Wisconsin 65, (4) Michigan State 63
(10) Illinois 54, (6) Minnesota 50

March 16- Championship (Indianapolis, IN)

(10) Illinois vs. (1) Wisconsin (CBS, 3:30 P.M.)

Illinois won again to keep their NCAA Tournament hopes alive. Wisconsin won a tough game against Michigan State, and now faces the Illini for the Big Ten championship.

Big West

Yesterday's score:

(3) Cal State Fullerton 81, California-Irvine 66

Cal State Fullerton won the Big West tournament and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Conference USA

Yesterday's score:

(1) Memphis 77, (7) Tulsa 51

Memphis dominated through the Conference USA tournament and won the automatic bid. Memphis is most likely the only team from this conference to make the dance.

Mid-American

Yesterday's score:

(1) Kent State 74, (3) Akron 55

Kent State won the MAC Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament via the automatic bid. This will not be the year for the MAC to get 2 bids. Bubble nation is very proud of the effort put forth by the Golden Flashes.

Mid-Eastern

Yesterday's score:

(7) Coppin State 62, (1) Morgan State 60

Coppin State won last night to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. This is their fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in school history.

Mountain West

Yesterday's score:

(2) UNLV 76, (1) BYU 61

UNLV won against BYU yesterday for their second straight MWC tournament title. UNLV also beat BYU in the MWC final last year.
Pac-10

Yesterday's score:

(1) UCLA 67, (2) Stanford 64

UCLA won their second Pac-10 conference tournament in three years by beating Stanford last night. UCLA will be getting a #1 seed, while Stanford could get either a 2 or 3.
SEC

Yesterday's scores:

(E6) Georgia 60, (E2) Kentucky 56
(W2) Arkansas 92, (E1) Tennessee 91
(E6) Georgia 64, (W1) Mississippi State 60

March 16- Championship (Atlanta, GA)

(E6) Georgia vs. (W2) Arkansas (ESPN2, 3:30 P.M.)

Georgia shocked the college basketball world by sweeping their doubleheader today, beating two NCAA Tournament teams in the process. They now face Arkansas, who upset Tennessee in the semifinals.

Southland

March 16- Championship (Katy, TX)

(5) Northwestern State vs. (7) Texas-Arlington (ESPN2, 1 P.M.)

Both top seeds lost as 5th seed Northwestern State and 7th seed Texas-Arlington won their semifinal matchups to play in the Southland championship game for an automatic bid.

Southwest

Yesterday's score:

(2) Mississippi Valley State 59, (4) Jackson State 58

Mississippi Valley State beat Jackson State on a pair of last-second free throws to advance to the NCAA Tournament, where they will most likely play in the play-in game.

WAC

Yesterday's score:

(4) Boise State 107, (3) New Mexico State 102 (3OT)

Boise State won a thriller in Las Cruces last night to advance to their first NCAA Tournament since 1994, when they won the Big Sky automatic bid.
Posted on: March 15, 2008 2:49 am
 

Conference Tournament Daily Dose

American won the Patriot League Tournament to get an automatic bid. The finals of the America East, Atlantic 10, Big East, Big West, Conference USA, Mid American, Mid-Eastern, Mountain West, Pac-10, SWAC, and WAC are all today.

Game sites are in parenthesis. All times are in Eastern time.

America East

March 15- Championship (higher seed)

(2) Hartford at (1) Maryland-Baltimore County (ESPN2, 12 P.M.)

The America East championship game features the top 2 seeds. UMBC and Hartford split the season series, with each team winning at home by 1. UMBC has home-court because they are the highest seed remaining, so they have an advantage.

ACC

Yesterday's scores:

(1) North Carolina 82, (9) Florida State 70
(4) Virginia Tech 63, (5) Miami 49
(2) Duke 82, (7) Georgia Tech 70
(3) Clemson 82, (11) Boston College 48

March 15- Semifinals (Charlotte, NC)

(1) North Carolina vs. (4) Virginia Tech (ESPN, 1:30 P.M.)
(2) Duke vs. (3) Clemson (ESPN, 4 P.M.)

Virginia Tech got a big win to better position themselves for NCAA Tournament consideration. Duke and North Carolina won by the same score. Clemson also won yesterday.

Atlantic 10

Yesterday's scores:

(5) St. Joseph's 61, (1) Xavier 53
(2) Temple 60, (6) Charlotte 45

March 15- Championship (Atlantic City, NJ)

(2) Temple vs. (5) St. Joseph's (ESPN, 6 P.M.)

Temple and St. Joseph's will meet in the finals later today. Both teams are doing very well, and don't be surprised if both teams get into the NCAA Tournament.

Big 12

Yesterday's scores:

(1) Texas 66, (9) Oklahoma State 59
(4) Oklahoma 54, (12) Colorado 49
(2) Kansas 64, (7) Nebraska 54
(6) Texas A&M 63, (3) Kansas State 60

March 15- Semifinals (Kansas City, MO)

(1) Texas vs. (4) Oklahoma (ESPN2, 2 P.M.)
(2) Kansas vs. (6) Texas A&M (ESPN2, 4:20 P.M.)

Texas A&M upset Kansas State to move closer to lock status. The other higher seeds won to advance to the semifinals. Every team left is safe to get into the NCAA Tournament.

Big East

Yesterday's scores:

(1) Georgetown 72, (5) West Virginia 55
(7) Pittsburgh 68, (6) Marquette 61

March 15- Championship (New York, NY)

(1) Georgetown vs. (7) Pittsburgh (ESPN, 9 P.M.)

Georgetown advanced to the finals as expected, but Pittsburgh has had a surprise run during the Big East Tournament. They are much better than their seed indicates because of injuries. Both of these teams are already tournament locks, so they are playing for a seed.

Big Ten

Yesterday's scores:

(1) Wisconsin 51, (9) Michigan 34
(4) Michigan State 67, (5) Ohio State 60
(10) Illinois 74, (2) Purdue 67 (OT)
(6) Minnesota 59, (3) Indiana 58

March 15- Semifinals (Indianapolis, IN)

(1) Wisconsin vs. (4) Michigan State (1:40 P.M.)
(6) Minnesota vs. (7) Illinois (4:05 P.M.)

Minnesota and Illinois keep winning as they continue to surprise many people. Unfortunately, one of them will lose tomorrow. Ohio State lost a critical game against Michigan State, so the Buckeyes will have to wait until Sunday to find out if they are in. Wisconsin easily beat Michigan.

Big West

Yesterday's scores:

(5) California-Irvine 55, (1) California-Santa Barbara 50
(3) Cal State Fullerton 83, (2) Cal State Northridge 68

March 15- Championship

(5) California-Irvine vs. (3) Cal State Fullerton (ESPN2, 11 P.M.)

Both of the lower seeds won last night, and UC-Irvine and CSU Fullerton will battle for the Big West title and an NCAA Tournament bid.

Conference USA

Yesterday's scores:

(7) Tulsa 64, (6) UTEP 62 (OT)
(1) Memhpis 69, (5) Southern Mississippi 53

March 15- Championship (Memphis, TN)

(7) Tulsa at (1) Memphis (CBS, 11:30 A.M.)

Tulsa's cinderella run continued yesterday as they beat UTEP by 2 in overtime. Memphis won their game as well, so they will face Tulsa on their home court for the automatic bid.

Mid-American

Yesterday's scores:

(3) Akron 73, (2) Western Michigan 62
(1) Kent State 49, (5) Miami-Ohio 47

March 15- Championship (Cleveland, OH)

(1) Kent State vs. (3) Akron (ESPN2, 7 P.M.)

Kent State and Akron meet again, this time in the conference tournament finals. Kent State pretty much has an at-large bid wrapped up in case they slip up against Akron, who got robbed of any postseason appearance depite having 26 wins. Bubble nation wants Kent State to win for obvious reasons.

Mid-Eastern

Yesterday's scores:

(7) Coppin State 67, (3) Norfolk State 65
(1) Morgan State 61, (4) Delaware State 55

March 15- Championship (Raleigh, NC)

(1) Morgan State vs. (7) Coppin State (ESPN Classic, 8 P.M.)

Coppin State keeps upsetting teams in this tournament. They knocked off 3rd seed Norfolk State, and now have a chance to beat top seed Morgan State for the automatic bid.

Mountain West

Yesterday's score:

(1) BYU 63, vs. (4) San Diego State 54

Today's score:

(2) UNLV 61, (6) Utah 55

March 15- Championship (Las Vegas, NV)

(1) BYU at (2) UNLV (Versus, 7 P.M.)

Both  top seeds advanced to play in the championship game. Both teams are safe regarding making the NCAA Tournament. It is unfortunate that some people will not be able to watch this game because they do not have Versus.
Pac-10

Yesterday's scores:

(1) UCLA 57, (4) Southern California 54
(2) Stanford 75, (3) Washington State 68

March 15- Championship (Los Angeles, CA)

(2) Stanford at (1) UCLA (CBS, 6:15 P.M.)

Stanford gets another shot at UCLA with both top seeds advancing to the championship. Stanford got robbed because of a bad call by the refs, so the Cardinal are hungry for revenge.

Patriot

Yesterday's score:

(1) American 52, (3) Colgate 46

This is American's first NCAA Tournament appearance in school history. They will probably be a 16 seed.
SEC

Yesterday's scores:

(E1) Tennessee 89, (E5) South Carolina 87 1
(W2) Arkansas 81, (E3) Vanderbilt 75
(W1) Mississippi State 69, (W5) Alabama 67 (OT)
(E6) Georgia vs. (E2) Kentucky (postponed)

March 15- Quarterfinals (Atlanta, GA)

(E6) Georgia vs. (E2) Kentucky (TBA)

March 15- Semifinals (Atlanta, GA)

(E1) Tennessee vs. (W2) Arkansas (1 P.M.)
(W1) Mississippi State vs. (E6) Georgia/(E2) Kentucky (3:15 P.M.)

The teams will probably have to find a different place to play due to the weather around the Atlanta area. Kentucky or Georgia might have to play two games in one day because of the postponed quarterfinal game. All of the other top seeds advanced.

Southland

Yesterday's scores:

(7) Texas-Arlington 72, (3) Sam Houston State 66
(5) Northwestern State 69, (1) Stephen F. Austin 66

Both top seeds lost as 5th seed Northwestern State and 7th seed Texas-Arlington won their semifinal matchups to play in the championship game, which is on Sunday.

Southwest

Yesterday's scores:

(2) Mississippi Valley State 56, (6) Arkansas-Pine Blff 40
(4) Jackson State 77, (1) Alabama State 72 (OT)

March 15- Championship (Birmingham, AL)

(2) Mississippi Valley State vs. (4) Jackson State (ESPNU, 7 P.M.)

The SWAC Tournament winner is a lock to make the play-in game, most likely against the MEAC winner. Jackson State beat top seeded Alabama State to advance, while MVSU beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff to advance.

WAC

Yesterday's scores:

(4) Boise State 88, (1) Utah State 78
(3) New Mexico State 83, (2) Nevada 75

March 15- Championship (Las Cruces, NM)

(4) Boise State at (3) New Mexico State (ESPN2, 9 P.M.)

Both lower seeds advanced to the finals with wins yesterday. New Mexico State is the favorite to win since they have the tournament on their home court.
Posted on: March 14, 2008 4:57 pm
Edited on: March 14, 2008 6:17 pm
 

Conference Tournament Daily Dose (3/14/08)

The Patriot League automatic bid is on the line tonight.

Game sites are in parenthesis. All times are in Eastern time.

Even though I may be doing this after the completion of some games, I am predicting this as I would this morning.

ACC

Yesterday's scores:

(9) Florida State 70, (8) Wake Forest 60
(5) Miami 63, (12) North Carolina State 50
(7) Georgia Tech 94, (10) Virginia 76
(11) Boston College 71, (6) Maryland 68

March 14- Quarterfinals (Charlotte, NC)

(1) North Carolina vs. (9) Florida State (ESPN, 12 P.M.)
(4) Virginia Tech vs. (5) Miami (ESPN2, 2:30 P.M.)
(2) Duke vs. (7) Georgia Tech (ESPN2, 7 P.M.)
(3) Clemson vs. (11) Boston College (ESPN2, 9:30)

Maryland and Wake Forest lost, so most likely they are done. Florida State won yesterday, which gives them some hope, but they have to face North Carolina today. Virginia Tech is now in the best position to get the 5th bid from the ACC, and a win over Miami today is a must. Duke and Clemson also play tonight.

Atlantic 10

Yesterday's scores:

(1) Xavier 74, (8) Dayton (12 P.M.) 74-65
(5) St. Joseph's 61, (4) Richmond 47
(2) Temple 84, (7) La Salle 75
(6) Charlotte 69, (3) Massachusetts 65

March 14- Semifinals (Atlantic City, NJ)

(1) Xavier vs, (5) St. Joseph's (6:30 P.M.)
(2) Temple vs. (6) Charlotte (9 P.M.)

Dayton and Massachusetts both lost, which means both teams are in serious trouble. St. Joe's keeps creeping closer towards the NCAAs, but they may need a win tonight against Xavier. Could the A-10 only get one bid if Xavier wins the conference tournament? It's looking quite possible now.

Big 12

Yesterday's scores:

(9) Oklahoma State 76, (8) Texas Tech 72
(12) Colorado 91, (5) Baylor 84 (2OT)
(7) Nebraska 61, (10) Missouri 56
(6) Texas A&M 60, (11) Iowa State 47

March 14- Quarterfinals (Kansas City, MO)

(1) Texas vs. (9) Oklahoma State (ESPNU, 12:30 P.M.)
(4) Oklahoma vs. (12) Colorado (ESPNU, 3 P.M.)
(2) Kansas vs. (7) Nebraksa (7 P.M.)
(3) Kansas State vs. (6) Texas A&M (9:20 P.M.)

For the first time in Big 12 Tournament history, a 5 seed lost to a 12 seed. This loss could be devastating to Baylor, who was on the bubble entering yesterday's game. Nebraska and Texas A&M picked up much-needed wins yesterday. Texas A&M pretty much locked up a spot, and Nebraska's hopes are still alive. Kansas and Texas both start their tournament run tonight, with both teams in the hunt for a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Kansas State gets locked in with a win today.

Big East

Yesterday's scores:

(1) Georgetown 82, (8) Villanova 63
(5) West Virginia 78, (4) Connecticut 72
(7) Pittsburgh 76, (2) Louisville 69 (OT)
(6) Marquette 89, (3) Notre Dame 79

March 14- Semifinals (New York, NY)

(1) Georgetown vs. (5) West Virginia (ESPN, 7 P.M.)
(6) Marquette vs. (7) Pittsburgh (ESPN, 9:30 P.M.)

Villanova lost yesterday, but so did many other bubble teams. The Wildcats better hope that the committee heavily factors in their two losses due to questionable late foul calls. In the other three games, the lower seed won. Every one of the top 7 teams should be at least an 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament. A championship game with Georgetown against a healthy Pittsburgh team would be fun to watch.
Big Ten

Yesterday's scores:

(9) Michigan 55, (8) Iowa 47
(10) Illinois 64, (7) Penn State 63
(6) Minnesota 55, (11) Northwestern 52

March 14- Quarterfinals (Indianapolis, IN)

(1) Wisconsin vs. (9) Michigan (ESPN, 12 P.M.)
(4) Michigan State vs. (5) Ohio State (ESPN, 2:30 P.M.)
(2) Purdue vs. (10) Illinois (6:30 P.M.)
(3) Indiana vs. (6) Minnesota (9 P.M.)

Minnesota won to keep their very slim NCAA Tournament hopes alive. Michigan and Illinois won yesterday as well, but they are not going anywhere. A key bubble game is on tap for today as Ohio State faces Michigan State. A loss for the Buckeyes will mean a long 2 days until Selection Sunday. The top 4 teams are playing for their seed.

Big West

Yesterday's scores:

(3) Cal State Fullerton 81, (7) California-Riverside 69
(5) California-Irvine 57, (4) Pacific 56

March 14- Semifinals (Anaheim, CA)

(1) California-Santa Barbara vs. (5) California-Irvine (ESPNU, 8:30 P.M.)
(2) Cal State Northridge vs. (3) Cal State Fullerton (ESPNU, 11 P.M.)

Cal State Northridge and California-Santa Barbara finally play after having long layoffs. Pacific got upset by UC-Irvine, so one of the 20-win teams are eliminated. Cal State Fullerton won their game as well.

Conference USA

Yesterday's scores:

(7) Tulsa 78, (2) UAB 68
(6) UTEP 80, (3) Houston 77
(1) Memphis 75, (9) Tulane 56
(5) Southern Mississippi 68, (4) Central Florida 62

March 14- Semifinals (Memphis, TN)

(6) UTEP vs. (7) Tulsa (4:30 P.M.)
(1) Memhpis vs. (5) Southern Mississippi (7 P.M.)

Conference USA was one of the biggest losers yesterday when it came to conferences. Both of their at-large hopefuls, UAB and Houston, lost yesterday to pretty much end their chances at getting an NCAA Tournament bid. Memphis did win easily, so now bubble nation will be cheering for Memphis even more. The Tigers play Southern Mississippi tonight. UTEP plays Tulsa in the other semifinal.

Mid-American

Yesterday's scores:

(2) Western Michigan 70, (7) Eastern Michigan 61
(3) Akron 81, (6) Central Michigan 60
(1) Kent State 77, (8) Toledo 57
(5) Miami-Ohio 74, (4) Ohio 61

March 14- Semifinals (Cleveland, OH)

(2) Western Michigan vs. (3) Akron (7 P.M.)
(1) Kent State vs. (5) Miami-Ohio (9:30 P.M.)

All of the top seeds advanced yesterday except Ohio. Any remaining team is good enough to get the automatic bid. Could this be the year that the MAC gets 2 bids? It could happen if Kent State wins a few games, but does not win the conference tournament.

Mid-Eastern

Yesterday's scores:

(3) Norfolk State 69, (6) Florida A&M 61
(4) Delaware State 64, (5) North Carolina A&T 62

March 14- Semifinals (Raleigh, NC)

(7) Coppin State vs. (3) Norfolk State (6 P.M.)
(1) Morgan State vs. (4) Delaware State (8 P.M.)

The MEAC winner will probably get the SWAC winner in the play-in game. Both top seeds won yesterday to advance to the semifinals.

Mountain West

Yesterday's scores:

(1) BYU 89, (9) Colorado State 62
(4) San Diego State 53, (5) Air Force 49
(2) UNLV 89, (7) Texas Christian 88
(6) Utah 82, (3) New Mexico 80 (OT)

March 14- Semifinals (Las Vegas, NV)

(1) BYU vs. (4) San Diego State (9:35 P.M.)

March 15- Semifinals (Las Vegas, NV)

(6) Utah at (2) UNLV (12:05 A.M.)

BYU easily won yesterday. UNLV barely escaped TCU last night, so that win should be good enough to get in. New Mexico lost a heartbreaker in overtime, so their hopes for an NCAA Tournament bid are pretty much over. Watch out for San Diego State, who is capable of pulling the upset.
Pac-10

Yesterday's scores:

(4) Southern California 59, (5) Arizona State 55
(1) UCLA 88, (9) California 66
(3) Washington State 75, (6) Oregon 70
(2) Stanford 75, (7) Arizona 64

March 14- Semifinals (Los Angeles, CA)

(1) UCLA vs. (4) Southern California (9 P.M.)
(2) Stanford vs. (3) Washington State (11:30 P.M.)

The Pac-10 was the other big loser yesterday. All three bubble teams that needed a win lost, so Arizona, Arizona State, and Oregon will all have to sweat it out on Selection Sunday. UCLA did not need any help from the refs today, as they easily handled Cal. Washington State survived a late run by Oregon to advance to the semifinals. The refs did call a questionable foul late on Arizona State, so ASU might get the benefit of the doubt there. The Pac-10 can get anywhere from 4-7 teams into the NCAA Tournament, but I think they have 5 for now.
Patriot

March 14- Championship (higher seed)

(3) Colgate at (1) American (ESPN2, 4:45 P.M.)

It has been a long time since both teams last played a game, but all of the players should be nice and fresh. American is the favorite to win, but anything can happen in a championship game. This is the only automatic bid up for grabs today.
SEC

Yesterday's scores:

(E5) South Carolina 77, (W4) LSU 73
(E3) Vanderbilt 93, (W6) Auburn 82
(W5) Alabama 80, (E4) Florida 69
(E6) Georgia 97, (W3) Mississippi 95 (OT)

March 14- Quarterfinals (Atlanta, GA)

(E1) Tennessee vs. (E5) South Carolina (1 P.M.)
(E3) Vanderbilt vs. (W2) Arkansas (3:15 P.M.)
(W5) Alabama vs. (W1) Mississippi State (7:30 P.M.)
(E6) Georgia vs. (E2) Kentucky (9:45 P.M.)

Florida and Mississippi both lost must-win games, so both of them will most likely be disappointed on Selection Sunday. Florida fell behind quickly, and they were unable to recover. Mississippi lost a much closer game in overtime, but it is still a loss. Tennessee plays South Carolina, which should be an easy win. Kentucky could use a win too, which would get them into the field for sure. Mississippi State also benefits from an upset yesterday by playing Alabama.

Southland

Yesterday's scores:

(7) Texas-Arlington 81, (2) Lamar 75
(3) Sam Houston State 64, (6) McNeese State 62
(1) Stephen F. Austin 71, (8) Texas-San Antonio 60
(5) Northwestern State 71, (4) Southeastern Louisiana 51

March 14- Semifinals (Katy, TX)

(7) Texas-Arlington vs. (3) Sam Houston State (7 P.M.)
(1) Stephen F. Austin vs. (5) Northwestern State (9:30 P.M.)

Top seed Stephen F. Austin won yesterday to advance to the semifinals, where they will take on Northwestern State. Lamar had an embarrassing loss to Texas-Arlington, who finished 7th overall in the Southland. Sam Houston State also won yesterday, but barely. Stephen F. Austin is the favorite to win.

Southwest

Yesterday's scores:

(6) Arkansas-Pine Bluff 72, (3) Alabama A&M 59
(4) Jackson State 56, (5) Southern 55

March 14- Semifinals (Birmingham, AL)

(6) Arkansas-Pine Blff vs. (2) Mississippi Valley State (3:30 P.M.)
(1) Alabama State vs. (4) Jackson State (9 P.M.)

The SWAC Tournament winner is a lock to make the play-in game, most likely against the MEAC winner. Alabama State is the favorite to win the conference tournament.

WAC

Yesterday's scores:

(4) Boise State 80, (5) Hawaii 74
(1) Utah State 85, (8) San Jose State 65
(2) Nevada 64, (7) Fresno State 57
(3) New Mexico State 73, (6) Idaho 53

March 14- Semifinals (Las Cruces, NM)

(4) Boise State vs. (1) Utah State (8 P.M.)
(2) Nevada at (3) New Mexico State (10:30 P.M.)

The WAC is probably only a one-bid league, but all 4 remaining teams are capable of getting that one bid. Nevada, Utah State, New Mexico State, and Boise State all won yesterday, which is a good sign for the conference. Utah State has the best chance to get an at-large if the WAC was to get a second team A Utah State close loss to Nevada in the final may be necessary for the WAC to get two teams in, but even that probably won't be enough.
Posted on: March 13, 2008 4:02 pm
Edited on: March 13, 2008 6:03 pm
 

Conference Tournament Daily Dose (3/13/08)

Mount St. Mary's and Portland State won their respective conference tournament final yesterday to get automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament. The ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, SEC, and Southland Conference Tournaments start today.

Game sites are in parenthesis. All times are in Eastern time.

ACC

March 13- First round (Charlotte, NC)

(8) Wake Forest vs. (9) Florida State (12 P.M.)
(5) Miami vs. (12) North Carolina State (2:30 P.M.)
(7) Georgia Tech vs. (10) Virginia (ESPN2, 7 P.M.)
(6) Maryland vs. (11) Boston College (9:30 P.M.)

The ACC Tournament should be one of the best tournaments during championship week. They have 4 teams on the bubble, and 4 teams currently into the field. Maryland, Virginia Tech, Florida State, and Wake Forest all need big runs to either the finals or semifinals to give themselves a chance to make the dance. North Carolina and Duke are the favorites to win, but anything can happen in a very competitive ACC. Clemson and Miami could also sneak up on some teams.

Atlantic 10

Yesterday's scores:

(8) Dayton 63, (9) St. Louis 62 (OT)
(5) St. Joseph's 80, (12) Fordham 62
(7) La Salle 82, (10) Duquesne 79
(6) Charlotte 75, (11) Rhode Island 73

March 13- Quarterfinals (Atlantic City, NJ)

(1) Xavier vs. (8) Dayton (12 P.M.)
(4) Richmond vs. (5) St. Joseph's (2:30 P.M.)
(2) Temple vs. (7) La Salle (6:30 P.M.)
(3) Massachusetts vs. (6) Charlotte (9 P.M.)

Dayton survived against St. Louis, which means they get a game against Xavier today. The Flyers probably have to win this game to get in, but depending on how the tournament weights the injuries, Dayton might only need to stay close. St. Joseph's, Temple, and Massachusetts need to win today to keep their at-large hopes alive, although all three would rather settle for the automatic bid.

Big 12

March 13- First round (Kansas City, MO)

(8) Texas Tech vs. (9) Oklahoma State (ESPN2, 12:30 P.M.)
(5) Baylor vs. (12) Colorado (ESPNU, 3 P.M.)
(7) Nebraska vs. (10) Missouri (7 P.M.)
(6) Texas A&M vs. (11) Iowa State (9:30 P.M.)

The Big 12 might be the best conference in the nation, and they have 6 teams capable of making the NCAA Tournament. Kansas and Texas are the favorites, as they are both playing for a top seed in the NCAAs. Texas A&M and Baylor could have the most on the line though. A loss means that the team will be very nervous for the rest of the week leading to the Selection Show.

Big East

Yesterday's scores:

(8) Villanova 82, (9) Syracuse 63
(5) West Virginia 58, (12) Providence 53
(7) Pittsburgh 70, (10) Cincinnati 64
(6) Marquette 67, (11) Seton Hall 54

March 13- Quarterfinals (New York, NY)

(1) Georgetown vs. (8) Villanova (ESPN, 12 P.M.)
(4) Connecticut vs. (5) West Virginia (ESPN, 2:30 P.M.)
(2) Louisville vs. (7) Pittsburgh (ESPN, 7 P.M.)
(3) Notre Dame vs. (6) Marquette (ESPN, 9:30 P.M.)

Syarcuse is probably done after a loss to Villanova yesterday. Villanova can now be the 8th Big East team in with a win over Georgetown today. A loss for the Wildcats means they will put their fate into the committee's hands, which is not a good thing. All of the top seeds advanced. West Virginia and Pittsburgh locked up bids to the NCAA Tournament with wins yesterday. All of the other 7 teams remaining are playing for seeds.

Big Sky

Yesterday's score:

(1) Portland State 67, (2) Northern Arizona 51

Portland State won the Big Sky Tournament with a win over Northern Arizona last night in Portland. They should expect a 15 or 16 seed in the NCAA Tournament with an early exit.

Big Ten

March 13- First round (Indianapolis, IN)

(8) Iowa vs. (9) Michigan (12 P.M.)
(7) Penn State vs. (10) Illinois (ESPN2, 2:30 P.M.)
(6) Minnesota vs. (11) Northwestern (5 P.M.)

The Big Ten Tournament starts today, and there isn't much going on today. None of these teams will be playing in the NCAA Tournament unless a team makes a miracle conference tournament run. Wisconsin, Indiana, Purdue, Michigan State, and Ohio State all have chances to win the Big Ten Tourney. Ohio State needs to win against Michigan State tomorrow.

Big West

Yesterday's scores:

(5) California-Irvine 77, (8) Long Beach State 63
(7) California-Riverside 62, Cal Poly 54

March 13- Second round (Anaheim, CA)

(3) Cal State Fullerton vs. (7) California-Riverside (9 P.M.)
(4) Pacific vs. (5) California-Irvine (11:30 P.M.)

The top 2 teams (Cal State Northridge and California-Santa Barbara) get byes to the semifinals. UC-Riverside pulled a mini upset by beating 6 seed Cal Poly. UC-Irvine won their game. Fullerton and Pacific are both good teams, so expect both to advance to the semis.

Conference USA

Yesterday's scores:

(7) Tulsa 66, (10) East Carolina 49
(6) UTEP 71 (11) Southern Methodist 49
(9) Tulane 48, (8) Marshall 47
(5) Southern Mississippi 59, (12) Rice 50

March 13- Quarterfinals (Memphis, TN)

(2) UAB vs. (7) Tulsa (1 P.M.)
(3) Houston vs. (6) UTEP (3:30 P.M.)
(1) Memphis vs. (9) Tulane (7 P.M.)
(4) Central Florida vs. (5) Southern Mississippi (9:30 P.M.)

Memphis, UAB, and Houston all play today, and all three teams need wins. Like most people, I think a Memphis slip up can cost them a #1 seed. UAB and Houston both need to keep winning in order to keep their NCAA Tournament hopes alive. Both could meet in the semifinals, which would be the best case scenario for the conference. Houston plays a UTEP team that beat them the last game of the regular season, so don't be surprised if the Cougars lose. A loss by either team all but eliminates them from NCAA Tournament consideration.

Mid-American

Yesterday's scores:

(7) Eastern Michigan 59, (10) Ball State 55
(6) Central Michigan 83, (11) Northern Illinois 71
(8) Toledo 52, (9) Bowling Green State 48
(5) Miami-Ohio 69, (12) Buffalo 68

March 13- Quarterfinals (Cleveland, OH)

(2) Western Michigan vs. (7) Eastern Michigan (12 P.M.)
(3) Akron vs. (6) Central Michigan (2:30 P.M.)
(1) Kent State vs. (8) Toledo (7 P.M.)
(4) Ohio vs. (5) Miami-Ohio (9:30 P.M.)

All of the top seeds advanced yesterday to play in today's quarterfinals. Miami-Ohio survived a scare from lowly Buffalo to play Ohio today. Any one of the top 5 seeds has a chance to win the conference tournament. Could this be the year that the MAC gets 2 bids? It could happen if Kent State wins a few games, but does not win the conference tournament.

Mid-Eastern

Yesterday's scores:

(6) Florida A&M 70, (11) Maryland-Eastern Shore 61
(1 Morgan State 77, (8) South Carolina State 68
(7) Coppin State 75, (2) Hampton 74 (OT)

March 13- Quarterfinals (Raleigh, NC)

(3) Norfolk State vs. (6) Florida A&M (6 P.M.)
(4) Delaware State vs. (5) North Carolina A&T (8:30 P.M.)

The MEAC winner will probably get the SWAC winner in the play-in game. Everyone caught a huge break with Hampton losing to Coppin State yesterday. Morgan State and Coppin State advanced to tomorrow's semifinals.

Mountain West

Yesterday's score:

(9) Colorado State 68, (8) Wyoming 63

March 13- Quarterfinals (Las Vegas, NV)

(1) BYU vs. (9) Colorado State (3 P.M.)
(4) San Diego State vs. (5) Air Force (5:30 P.M.)
(7) TCU at (2) UNLV (9 P.M.)
(3) New Mexico vs. (6) Utah (11:30 P.M.)

Colorado State got their first conference win of the season yesterday when they beat Wyoming. They now face BYU, who is an NCAA Tournament lock. UNLV should be in for now, but some people think they need a win to have a good chance of getting in. They have the tournament on their home floor, so a loss is more damaging to the RPI. New Mexico has even more on the line. With their weak SOS, they probably need at least 2 wins to feel safe. BYU, UNLV, and New Mexico are the favorites, but San Diego State could sneak up on some teams.

Northeast

Yesterday's score:

(4) Mount St. Mary's 68, (3) Sacred Heart 55

Mount St. Mary's won against Sacred Heart last night to win the automatic bid for the NEC. This is a one bid league, and Mount St. mary's is probably going to be a 15 or 16 seed.

Pac-10

Yesterday's scores:

(9) California 84, (8) Washington 81
(7) Arizona 87, (10) Oregon State 56

March 13- Quarterfinals (Los Angeles, CA)

(5) Arizona State ay (4) Southern California (3 P.M.)
(9) California at (1) UCLA (5:30 P.M.)
(3) Washington State vs. (6) Oregon (9 P.M.)
(2) Stanford vs. (7) Arizona (11:30 P.M.)

Cal took advantage of Jon Brockman not playing, and won to get a re-match with UCLA. Arizona got the win they were looking for, and it was a very impressive win by scoring a Pac-10 Tournament record 59 points in the first half. Arizona might need one more win to lock themselves in. Oregon needs a win over Washington State to probably get them in, although Oregon may need to win 2. Arizona State needs to beat USC to get in. Any of the remaining teams can win it, so it should be an exciting tournament.
SEC

March 13- First round (Atlanta, Georgia)

(W4) LSU vs. (E5) South Carolina (1 P.M.)
(E3) Vanderbilt vs. (W6) Auburn (3:15 P.M.)
(E4) Florida vs. (W5) Alabama (7:30 P.M.)
(W3) Mississippi vs. (E6) Georgia (9:45 P.M)

The SEC Tournament has a lot on the line. There are plenty of bubble teams looking for wins to solidify their position or play their way in. Florida, Mississippi, Kentucky and Arkansas all need wins, some more than others. This might be the conference tournament with the most on the line because the SEC could get anywhere from 4-7 bids pending the results of the conference tournament. Tennessee and Vanderbilt are the favorites, but Mississippi State could win because of their good play as of late.
Southland

March 13- Quarterfinals (Katy, TX)

(2) Lamar vs. (7) Texas-Arlington (1 P.M.)
(3) Sam Houston State vs. (6) McNeese State (3:30 P.M.)
(1) Stephen F. Austin vs. (8) Texas-San Antonio (7 P.M.)
(4) Southeast Louisiana vs. (5) Northwestern State (9:30 P.M.)

The Southland has been under the radar all season long, but this conference has a few good teams. Stephen F. Austin is having a solid season with 21 wins so far and the regular season championship. Lamar led the conference most of the season, but collapsed late. Sam Houston State is also good despite being the 3 seed. Any one of those 3 teams can win the conference tournament, but Stephen F. Austin is the favorite to win.
Southwest

Yesterday's scores:

(2) Mississippi Valley State 79, (7) Grambling State 73
(1) Alabama State 67, (8) Texas Southern 49

March 13- Quarterfinals- (Birmingham, AL)

(3) Alabama A&M vs. (6) Arkansas-Pine Bluff (3:30 P.M.)
(4) Jackson State vs. (5) Southern (9 P.M.)

The SWAC Tournament winner is a lock to make the play-in game, most likely against the MEAC winner. Both top seeds advanced to the semifinals with wins last night.

WAC

March 13- Quarterfinals (Las Cruces, NM)

(4) Boise State vs. (5) Hawaii (2 P.M.)
(1) Utah State vs. (8) San Jose State (4:30 P.M.)
(2) Nevada vs. (7) Fresno State (8 P.M.)
(6) Idaho at (3) New Mexico State (10:30 P.M.)

The WAC is probably only a one-bid league, but there are many teams that could get that one bid. Nevada, Utah State, New Mexico State, and Boise State could all come away with the conference tournament title and go to the NCAA Tournament. Utah State has the best chance to get an at-large if the WAC was to get a second team.
Posted on: March 12, 2008 3:48 pm
Edited on: March 12, 2008 4:41 pm
 

Conference Tournament Daily Dose (3/12)

Western Kentucky and Butler won their conference tournaments last night, and bubble nation can breathe a little easier as two potential at-large teams are out of the pool. The Big Sky conference tournament is on the line tonight.

Game sites are in parenthesis. All times are in Eastern time.

Atlantic 10

March 12- First round (Atlantic City, NJ)

(8) Dayton vs. (9) St. Louis (12 P.M.)
(5) St. Joseph's vs. (12) Fordham (2:30 P.M.)
(7) La Salle vs. (10) Duquesne (6:30 P.M.)
(6) Charlotte vs. (11) Rhode Island (9 P.M.

The A-10 has been railing as of late. Dayton, Xavier, and Rhode Island both got off to very fast starts, but Xavier is the only team to come out with a good shot at the NCAA Tournament. Massachusetts has been hot lately; they have won 6 straight to take 3rd in the conference. Temple had a quiet second place finish in a tough conference that may get multiple bids. The Owls have won 4 straight entering the conference tournament. St. Joe's has been very inconsistent, beating Xavier and then losing to Dayton. There are a lot of bubble teams in this conference tournament, but the tourney should clear things up a bit.

Big East

March 12- First round (New York, NY)

(8) Villanova vs. (9) Syracuse (ESPN, 12 P.M.)
(5) West Virginia vs. (12) Providence (ESPN, 2:30 P.M.)
(7) Pittsburgh vs. (10) Cincinnati (ESPN, 7 P.M.)
(6) Marquette vs. (11) Seton Hall (ESPN, 9:30 P.M.)

The Big East is arguably the best conference in the nation. The Big East has the most teams, and should get at least 7 teams in the tournament. There are a lot of good teams at the top in Georgetown, Louisville, Connecticut, and Notre Dame. The Syracuse/Villanova game today is huge, with the loser of that game most likely headed for postseason basketball, but not the NCAA Tournament. Pittsburgh has struggled to be consistent, but getting Fields back healthy will make them a much better team.
Big Sky

Yesterday's scores:

(2) Northern Arizona 75, (3) Weber State 70
(1) Portland State 72, (4) Idaho State 61

March 12- Finals (Portland, OR)

(2) Northern Arizona at (1) Portland State (ESPN2, (9 P.M.)

Both top seeds advanced to set-up a 1 vs. 2 final in Portland. Portland State beat NAU in both meetings this season by a combined 17 points.

Big West

March 12- First round (Anaheim, CA)

(5) California-Irvine vs. (8) Long Beach State (9 P.M.)
(6) Cal Poly vs. (7) California-Riverside (11:30 P.M.)

The Big West was very tight at the top with one game separating 4 teams. All four of the top teams had 20+ wins, and all four have a shot at winning the Big West Tournament. The Big West is a one-bid league despite all of the good teams in the conference.

Conference USA

March 12- First round (Memphis, TN)

(7) Tulsa vs. (10) East Carolina (1 P.M.)
(6) Texas-El Paso vs. (11) Southern Methodist (3:30 P.M.)
(8) Marshall vs. (9) Tulane (7 P.M.)
(5) Southern Mississippi vs. (12) Rice (9:30 P.M.)

Memphis, Houston, and UAB do not play until tomorrow, but they will be keeping an eye out for who they will be playing tomorrow. Memphis is a tournament lock, regardless of what they do in the C-USA Tourney. Houston and UAB both need to reach the semifinals in order to have a chance. A loss before this game for either team (or both) puts them in big trouble. If UAB and Houston meet in the semifinals, the loser of that game might not be happy on Selection Sunday. UTEP could provide a major problem to Houston if they make it to the quarters.

Horizon

Yesterday's score:

(1) Butler 70, (2) Cleveland State 55

Bubble nation, rejoice! Butler won their conference tournament to keep themselves out of the at-large pool where the number of available bids is slowly decreasing. Horizon League POY Mike Green and A.J. Graves control one of the best backcourts in the nation. Butler could go even further than last year's team that lost to Florida in the Regional Semifinals.

Mid-American

March 12- First round (higher seeds)

(10) Ball State at (7) Eastern Michigan (12:30 P.M.)
(11) Northern Illinois at (6) Central Michigan (3 P.M.)
(9) Bowling Green State at (8) Toledo (5:30 P.M.)
(12) Buffalo at (5) Miami-Ohio (8 P.M.)

The MAC Tournament is another conference tournament that bubble teams will keep an eye on. Kent State has a good chance at an at-large bid if they do not win. The MAC has 5 legit teams that could win. 4 of them are from the MAC East (Kent State, Akron, Ohio, Miami-Ohio), while Western Michigan ran away with the MAC West.. Kent State is the favorite, but any of the 5 teams mentioned above has a good shot.
Mid-Eastern

Yesterday's scores:

(7) Coppin State 55, (10) Howard 54
(8) South Carolina State 78, (9) Bethune-Cookman 69

March 12- First round (Raleigh, NC)

(6) Florida A&M vs. (11) Maryland-Eastern Shore (3 P.M.)

March 12- Quarterfinals (Raleigh, NC)

(1 Morgan State (8) South Carolina State (7 P.M.)
(2) Hampton vs. (7) Coppin State (9:30 P.M.)

The MEAC winner will probably get the SWAC winner in the play-in game. The MEAC is just not a good conference. Morgan State and Hampton are the favorites to win. The winner of the MEAC Tournament will most likely play the SWAC winner in the play-in game.

Mountain West

March 12- First round (Las Vegas, NV)

(8) Wyoming vs. (9) Colorado State (2 P.M.)

The Mountain West has a lot on the line in this conference tournament. UNLV should be in for now, but some people think they need a win to have a good chance of getting in. They have the tournament on their home floor, so a loss is more damaging to the RPI. New Mexico has even more on the line. With their weak SOS, they probably need at least 2 wins to feel safe. BYU is the top seed and an NCAA Tournament lock, so they are just playing for their seed. BYU, UNLV, and New Mexico are the favorites, but San Diego State could sneak up on some teams.

Northeast

March 12- Championship (higher seed)

(4) Mount St. Mary's at (3) Sacred Heart (ESPN2, 7 P.M.)

Neither of the top 2 seeds advanced to the finals, so the next best thing is a 3 vs. 4 game, and that's what happened. Sacred Heart won at Mount St. Mary's by 8 earlier in the year, and this game should be easier for Sacred Heart with home court advantage.

Pac-10

March 12- First round (Los Angeles, CA)

(8) Washington vs. (9) California (9 P.M.)
(7) Arizona vs. (10) Oregon State (11:30 P.M.)

The Pac-10 Tournament should be the best of all of them postseason tournaments. 9 of the 10 teams are very competitive, and there are 3 teams on the bubble. The top 6 teams get a first round bye, so we won't be seeing UCLA, Stanford, or any of the top teams until tomorrow. Arizona needs one win to get in, and they should get it against Oregon State, who has been absolutely terrible this year. Two wins for the Cats will definitely do it. Oregon needs a win over Washington State to probably get them in., although Oregon may need to win 2. Arizona State needs to beat USC to get in. The Washington/Cal game should be a good game, but neither team is going to the NCAAs unless they win the Pac-10 Tourney. The top 9 teams will all be playing postseason basketball, but not all in the NCAA Tournament. Any of the top 9 teams have a shot at winning, but I like UCLA to win.

Summit

Yesterday's score:

(1) Oral Roberts 71, (2) IUPUI 64

Oral Roberts win their third straight conference tournament to advance to the NCAA Tournament. They will be a dangerous team in the NCAA Tournament. They lost to Washington State as a 14 seed last year. The Eagles should expect a 14 seed again, while IUPUI goes to the NIT even though they had a good season.

Southwest

March 12- Quarterfinals- (Birmingham, AL)

(2) Mississippi Valley State vs. (7) Grambling State (3:30 P.M.)
(1) Alabama State vs. (8) Texas Southern (9 P.M.)

Alabama State rolled through the SWAC with a 15-3 conference record. They are the heavy favorites considering they won the conference by 3 games. The SWAC Tournament winner is a lock to make the play-in game, most likely against the MEAC winner.

Sun Belt

Yesterday's score:

(3) Western Kentucky 67, (4) Middle Tennessee State 57

Western Kentucky won the Sun Belt conference tournament, so they get the conference's automatic bid instead of waiting until Sunday to find out if they are in. If they lost this game, I would think they would be out. Anyway, WKU should get a 13 seed in the NCAA Tournament. They will be a dangerous low seed in the tournament capable of pulling an upset.
WAC

Yesterday's score:

(8) San Jose State 64, (9) Louisiana Tech 62

San Jose State won yesterday for the right to play Utah State in the quarterfinals. This league is probably only a one-bid league, but there are many teams that could get that one bid. Nevada, Utah State, New Mexico State, and Boise State could all come away with the conference tournament title and go to the NCAA Tournament.
Posted on: March 11, 2008 4:03 pm
 

Conference Tournament Daily Dose (3/11/08)

Davidson, George Mason, San Diego, and Siena all won their respective conference tournaments to clinch automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament. South Alabama and Gonzaga both lost in their conference tournaments, so both will take at-large bids away.

Game sites are in parenthesis. All times are in Eastern time.
Big Sky

March 11- Semifinals (Portland, OR)

(2) Northern Arizona vs. (3) Weber State (8:30 P.M.)
(1) Portland State vs. (4) Idaho State (11 P.M.)

Portland State should win their game easily. The other semifinal can go either way, but I like Weber State in this game.

Colonial

Yesterday's score:

(3) George Mason 68, (5) William & Mary 59

George Mason won the CAA Tournament to win the conference's automatic bid. They made the NCAA Tournament back in 2006 and had their miraculous Final Four run. Virginia Commonwealth can get an at-large bid, but with all of the at-large bids being taken quickly, the Rams might come up short.

Horizon

March 11- Championship (higher seed)

(2) Cleveland State at (1) Butler (ESPN, 9 P.M.)

Bubble nation will be keeping a close eye on this one. Butler has home court, and they should win this game. However, in their two meetings in the regular season, Cleveland State won at home by 4, and Butler won at home by 5. This should be a great game, and many teams hope that Butler does not have the same fate as last year. I think Cleveland State will pull the upset.

MAAC

Yesterday's score:

(1) Siena 74, (2) Rider 53

Siena beat Rider by more than 20 to advance to the NCAA Tournament. They are a potential upset threat in the NCAA Tournament. After all, they did beat Stanford earlier in the year.
MEAC

March 11- First round (Raleigh, NC)

(7) Coppin State vs. (10) Howard (6:30 P.M.)
(8) South Carolina State vs. (9) Bethune-Cookman (9 P.M.)

The MEAC winner will probably get the SWAC winner in the play-in game. The MEAC is just not a good conference. Morgan State and Hampton are the favorites to win.

Southern

Yesterday's score:

(1) Davidson 65, (7) Elon 49

Davidson has now won 22 in a row to win the Southern Conference Tournament. They could be looking at a single-digit seed in the NCAA Tournament, which is great for the Wildcats. Their tough non-conference schedule prepared them for conference play, and they could carry that momentum into the dance.

Summit

Yesterday's scores:

(1) Oral Roberts 58, (5) IPFW 42
(2) IUPUI 80, (3) Oakland 65

March 11- Championship (Tulsa, OK)

(1) Oral Roberts vs. (2) IUPUI (ESPN, 7 P.M.)

The top two seeds advanced to the finals as expected, and it should be a great game. Oral Roberts has been considered on the bubble if they don't win the conference tournament, but that is a longshot because of the limited number of at-large bids available and their loss to Creighton in BracketBusters. I think ORU is going to win, but IUPUI has a good chance to win as well.

Sun Belt

Yesterday's scores:

(4) Middle Tennessee State 82, (1) South Alabama 73
(3) Western Kentucky 70, (2) Arkansas-Little Rock 55

March 11- Championship (Mobile, AL)

(4) Middle Tennessee State vs. (3) Western Kentucky (ESPN2, 9 P.M.)

Both top seeds lost, and that means South Alabama is probably going to get an at-large bid. Western Kentucky has been playing well all year, but Middle Tennessee State has been coming on as of late. The #1 non-conference SOS for Middle Tennessee State looks to be paying of right now. I like Western Kentucky in this game, but Middle Tennessee State has just as good as a shot.

WAC

March 11- First round (Las Cruces, NM)

(8) San Jose State vs. (9) Louisiana Tech (9:30 P.M.)

The WAC has been one of the best non-major conferences in the nation over the past decade, but they did not seem to get the job done this year. This league is probably only a one-bid league, but there are many teams that could get that one bid. Nevada, Utah State, New Mexico State, and Boise State could all come away with the conference tournament title and go to the NCAA Tournament.

West Coast

Yesterday's score:

(3) San Diego 69, (1) Gonzaga 62

I'm not surprised at all that San Diego won yesterday. They played the tournament at home, and they are a good team. This means that the WCC is going to get 3 bids for the first time ever.
Posted on: March 10, 2008 5:55 pm
Edited on: March 10, 2008 5:57 pm
 

Conference Tournament Daily Dose (3/10/08)

Drake won the Missouri Valley final yesterday, which makes them the 5th team locked into the NCAA Tournament. The WCC, CAA, MAAC, and Socon automatic bids are on the line tonight. Many bubble teams will be watching closely and cheering for the top seeds to win in the WCC and Socon finals.

Game sites are in parenthesis. All times are in Eastern time.

America East

Yesterday's scores:

(1) Maryland-Baltimore County 73, (4) Vermont 64
(2) Hartford 59, (6) Boston University 52

Both high seeds advanced to the championship game, which will be played on Saturday. Both teams will have a long rest period, so both teams should be fresh and ready to go. UMBC is the favorite to win the America East championship.

Colonial

Yesterday's scores:

(5) William & Mary 56, (1) Virginia Commonwealth 54
(3) George Mason 53, (2) UNC-Wilmington 41

March 10- Championship (Richmond, VA)

(5) William & Mary vs. (3) George Mason (ESPN, 7 P.M.)

VCU lost to 5th seeded William & Mary, which puts the Rams into the bubble pool. Fellow bubble teams cannot like that because the CAA now has a chance at 2 bids. George Mason is the favorite to win it tonight, but William & Mary could pull the upset. They have won their 3 conference tournament games by a combined 6 points.

MAAC

Yesterday's scores:

(1) Siena 65, (4) Loyola-Maryland 63
(2) Rider 76, (6) Marist 71

March 10- Championship (Albany, NY)

(1) Siena vs. (2) Rider (ESPN2, 7 P.M.)

The top two seeds advanced to the conference tournament final in the MAAC as well, although neither team won handily. Siena survived a desperation shot by Loyola-Maryland. Rider and Siena split the season series with the road team winning both games. That is a good sign for Rider because the tournament is being played on Siena's home court.

Missouri Valley

Yesterday's score:

(1) Drake 79, (2) Illinois State 49

Drake easily beat Illinois State yesterday to win the MVC Tournament. Illinois State is now in the at-large pool as well, but they lost to Drake 3 times this season. Drake should have a 4 or 5 seed in the NCAAs, while Illinois State will have a long week ahead of them.

Northeast

Yesterday's scores:

(4) Mount St. Mary's 83, (1) Robert Morris 65
(3) Sacred Heart 55, (2) Wagner 49

Both top seeds lost yesterday, which sets up a 3 vs. 4 matchup in the finals on Wednesday. Robert Morris had a great regular season with 25 wins, but their NCAA Tournament dreams are over as the NEC is a one-bid league. Robert Morris has an automatic bid to the NIT for winning the regular season title. Sacred Heart will be the favorite to win on Wednesday, but the way Mount St. Mary's has been playing, don't be surprised if they win.

Southern

Yesterday's scores:

(1) Davidson 82, (5) UNC Greensboro 52
(7) Elon 75, (6) College of Charleston 61

March 10- Championship (North Charleston, SC)

(1) Davidson vs. (7) Elon (ESPN2, 9 P.M.)

Davidson has been catching huge breaks this tournament by the lower seeded teams winning. Davidson should easily win this one, although they only beat Elon by a combined 12 points in their two previous matchups this season. All bubble teams are cheering for Davidson, who may get consideration for an at-large bid if they lose.

Summit

Yesterday's scores:

(5) IPFW 66, (4) Southern Utah 62
(3) Oakland 80, (6) Western Illinois 66

March 10- Semifinals (Tulsa, OK)

(1) Oral Roberts vs. (5) IPFW (7 P.M.)
(2) IUPUI vs. (3) Oakland (9:30 P.M.)

Oral Roberts is the favorite to win the Summit League Tournament. A win in the semis would match them up against Oakland or IUPUI. Oral Roberts lost to IUPUI earlier in the season, and Oakland lost both games to Oral Roberts by a combined 13 points. Oral Roberts will also be in the bubble discussion if they fail to win the conference tournament.

Sun Belt

Yesterday's scores:

(1) South Alabama 81, (8) New Orleans 77
(4 Middle Tennessee State 65, (12) Troy State 59
(2) Arkansas-Little Rock 66, (7) Florida Atlantic 60
(3) Western Kentucky 84, (6) North Texas 70

March 10- Semifinals (Mobile, AL)

(4) Middle Tennessee State at (1) South Alabama (7:30 P.M.)
(2) Arkansas-Little Rock vs. (3) Western Kentucky (10 P.M.)

The top 4 seeds advanced to the semifinals with wins yesterday. Top seed South Alabama barely won against a good New Orleans team that beat North Carolina State earlier in the year. Any one of these teams can end up winning the conference tournament, but South Alabama and Western Kentucky are still the favorites.

West Coast

Yesterday's scores:

(1) Gonzaga 52, (4) Santa Clara 48
(3) San Diego 75, (2) St. Mary's 69 (2OT)

March 10- Championship (San Diego, CA)

(1) Gonzaga at (3) San Diego (ESPN, 9 P.M.)

I mentioned yesterday that San Diego had a very good chance against St. Mary's and they won. San Diego now plays Gonzaga in the WCC finals, and many bubble teams hope that Gonzaga wins. If San Diego wins, another at-large bid will be taken.
Posted on: March 9, 2008 1:41 am
Edited on: March 9, 2008 3:26 pm
 

Conference Tournament Daily Dose (3/9/08)

Winthrop, Austin Peay, and Belmont all won their respective conference tournaments to become the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th teams into the NCAA Tournament. The Missouri Valley championship is today.

Game sites are in parenthesis. All times are in Eastern time.

America East

Yesterday's scores:

(1) Maryland-Baltimore County 76, (8) Stony Brook 60
(4) Vermont 65, (5) Binghamton 57
(2) Hartford 68, (7) New Hampshire 65
(6) Boston University 68, (3) Albany 64 (OT)

March 9- Semifinals (Vestal, NY)

(1) Maryland-Baltimore County vs. (4) Vermont (12 P.M.)
(2) Hartford vs. (6) Boston University (2:30 P.M.)

All of the top seeds advanced except Albany. Boston University is much better than their seed indicates, and I think they will beat Hartford. UMBC should beat Vermont, but you never know.

Atlantic Sun

Yesterday's score:

(1) Belmont 79, (2) Jacksonville 61

This is Belmont's 3rd straight Atlantic Sun tournament title and 3rd straight NCAA Tournament appearance. They lost to UCLA in 2006 and Georgetown in 2007. Both times, Belmont was a 15 seed. I expect that to be no different this year, but they could sneak in as a 14 seed.

Big Sky

Yesterday's scores:

(3) Weber State 65, (6) Montana State 49
(4) Idaho State 67, (5) Montana 65

March 9- Semifinals (Portland, OR)

(2) Northern Arizona vs. (3) Weber State (8:30 P.M.)
(1) Portland State vs. (4) Idaho State (11 P.M.)

Both top seeds advanced yesterday to play the top 2 seeds in Portland.
Big South

Yesterday's score:

(2) Winthrop 66, (1) UNC Asheville 48

I hit the nail right on the head when I said that Michael Jenkins would be a key factor. He tied a Big South Championship Game record with 33 points. This is Winthrop's 8th NCAA Tournament appearance in the last 10 years, and 4th straight.

Colonial

Yesterday's scores:

(1) Virginia Commonwealth 57, No. 9 Towson 46
(5) William & Mary 63, No. 4 Old Dominion 60
(2) UNC Wilmington 82, No. 7 Delaware 59
(3) George Mason 63, No. 6 Northeastern 52

March 9- Semifinals (Richmond, VA)

(1) Virginia Commonwealth vs. (5) William & Mary (3 P.M.)
(2) UNC Wilmington vs. (3) George Mason (5:30 P.M.)

Old Dominon was the only high seed to lose, but other than that, everything else when as expected. Could George Mason make another run towards the NCAA Tournament? We'll see. I expect George Mason and VCU to win.

Horizon

Yesterday's scores:

(2) Cleveland State 78, (6) Valparaiso 73
(1) Butler 66, (4) Illinois Chicago 50

Both top seeds advanced to the championship game. Bubble nation will be cheering their hearts out for Butler. This seems to be a one-bid league unless Butler doesn't win the conference tournament.

MAAC

Yesterday's scores:

(4) Loyola-Maryland 64, (5) Fairfield 59
(1) Siena 66, (8) Manhattan 58
(2) Rider 75, (7) Canisius 71
(6) Marist 66, (3) Niagara 62

March 9- Semifinals (Albany, NY)

(4) Loyola-Maryland vs. (1) Siena (6 P.M.)
(2) Rider vs. (6) Marist (8 P.M.)

I'm not surprised at the Niagara loss. I mentioned yesterday that any of the top 6 seeds were capable of winning this tournament, and sure enough, the 6 seed won. The other top seeds advanced to play another game. Siena is still my pick to win.

Missouri Valley

Yesterday's scores:

(1) Drake 75, (4) Creighton 67
(2) Illinois State 56, (6) Northern Iowa 42

March 9- Championship (St. Louis, MO)

(1) Drake vs. (2) Illinois State (CBS, 2 P.M.)

Illinois State just might have secured an NCAA bid with the win yesterday. Drake and Illinois State keep winning, and it looks like the Valley is going to get two bids after all. The game today should be a dandy.

Northeast

March 9- Semifinals (higher seeds)

(4) Mount St. Mary's at (1) Robert Morris (3 P.M.)
(3) Sacred Heart at (2) Wagner (7 P.M.)

Robert Morris continues their winning streak as it reaches 14 games. Any of these teams are capable of winning the NEC Tournament, but I still like Robert Morris to win. All of the higer seeds advanced from the quarterfinals on Thursday.

Ohio Valley

Yesterday's score:

(1) Austin Peay 82, (6) Tennessee State 64

Austin Peay gets revenge from last year's last second loss to Eastern Kentucky in the OVC finals. The Governors will probably be a 16 seed in the tournament.

Patriot

March 9- Semifinals (higher seeds)

(5) Army at (1) American (2 P.M.)
(7) Bucknell at (3) Colgate (2 P.M.)

Bucknell is much better than their seed indicates. I think they can win today and advance to the conference tournament finals, most likely against American. American is clearly the favorite now that Navy is gone.

Southern

Yesterday's scores:

(1) Davidson 82, (8) Wofford 49
(5) UNC Greensboro 63, (4) Appalachian State 46
(7) Elon 60, (2) Chattanooga 57
(6) College of Charleston 87, (3) Georgia Southern 73

March 9- Semifinals (North Charleston, SC)

(1) Davidson vs. (5) UNC Greensboro (6 P.M.)
(7) Elon vs. (6) College of Charleston (8:30 P.M.)

Davidson was the only top seed to advance, which should be an easy road to the conference title. Davidson only beat UNC Greensboro twice by a combined 14 points, so Davidson might not have it so easily.

Summit

Yesterday's scores:

(1) Oral Roberts 84, (8) Centenary 56
(2) IUPUI 69, (7) Missouri-Kansas City 65

March 9- Quarterfinals (Tulsa, OK)

(4) Southern Utah vs. (5) IPFW (7 P.M.)
(3) Oakland vs. (6) Western Illinois (9:30 P.M.)

Both top seeds advanced in the first day of the quarterfinals. The second day of the quarterfinals is today.

Sun Belt

March 9- Quarterfinals (Mobile, AL)

(1) South Alabama vs. (8) New Orleans (1:30 P.M.)
(4) Middle Tennessee State vs. (12) Troy State (4 P.M.)
(2) Arkansas-Little Rock vs. (7) Florida Atlantic (7:30 P.M.)
(3) Western Kentucky vs. (6) North Texas (10 P.M.)

All of the top seeds are the favorites to win, but look out for North Texas. They beat South Alabama earlier in the year, something that Western Kentucky couldn't do. Expect a tight game against Western Kentucky.

West Coast

Yesterday's scores

(4) Santa Clara 51, (5) San Francisco 50
(3) San Diego 73, (6) Pepperdine 55

March 9- Semifinals (San Diego, CA)

(1) Gonzaga vs. (4) Santa Clara (9:30 P.M..)

March 10- Semifinals (San Diego, CA)

(2) Saint Mary's vs. (3) San Diego (12 A.M.)

March 10- Championship (San Diego, CA)

(1) Gonzaga/(4) Santa Clara vs. (2) St. Mary's/(3) San Diego (ESPN, 9 P.M.)

The heavyweights of the WCC finally play today, and this should be one of the most intriguing mid-major tournaments in the nation. The winner of the San Diego/St. Mary's game will have to play 2 games in less than 24 hours. Any of these teams are capable of winning the conference tournament. I like Gonzaga and San Diego to win the semifinal games.
 
 
 
 
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