Shout out to Coastal Carolina for their first NCAA Tournament bid since 1995 and Mercer for getting revenge on FGCU and getting to the dance for the first time since 1985. Also congrats to Wichita State, 34-0 in the regular season is pretty cool too, I guess. Two more bids go out on Monday night.
In keeping with the theme Delaware hasn't been to the NCAA Tournament this millennium and William & Mary haven't been there in any millennium. Delaware took care of business against Northeastern to get here, W&M knocked off Towson in a thriller. The Blue Hens swept the season series against the Tribe, but then again so did Towson and William & Mary seemed to over come that. This is the two best offenses in the CAA and two of the worst defenses so expect some scoring.
#3 William & Mary vs. #1 Delaware - 7:00 NBCSports
Iona and Manhattan were 1 and 2 throughout the MAAC season and now get a showdown in Springfield for the championship. Manhattan had a tournament breakthrough in our first year when Luis Flores was leading the Jaspers. Iona is looking for a third straight Tournament invite. The Gaels won this same match up for the title last year. This year the two squads won on their home floor in the regular season.
#1 Iona vs. #2 Manhattan - 7:00 ESPN 2
Davidson went 15-1 in the regular season, but only got one of the three wins they needed in Asheville to win the league tournament title. The upset leaves us with the 3 and 5 seeds Wofford and Western Carolina. Wofford was in the tournament in 2011, while WCU hasn't been since 1996. The Terriers of Wofford won at home in the only regular season meeting this season. Both teams are pretty evenly matched, but there is a huge gap in temp as WCU looks to push the pace way more than the methodical Wofford.
#5 Western Carolina vs. # Wofford - 9:00 ESPN 2
Opening rounds on campus sites start the basketball MACtion. The top two teams receive byes to the semi-finals and teams 3 and 4 to the quarterfinals. Everyone else starts today with winners facing off at the Q on Wednesday before we move on to the quarters.
#12 Ball State vs. #5 Ohio -7:00 p.m.
#9 Kent State vs. #8 Miami- 7:00 p.m.
#11 Central Michigan vs. #6 Eastern Michigan - 7:30 p.m.
#10 Bowling Green vs. #7 Northern Illinois - 8:00 p.m.
Top seeds have all taken care of business, with very little drama, so far which leaves us with a top four semi-final.
#4 Denver vs. #1 North Dakota State -7:00
#2 Fort Wayne vs. #3 South Dakota State -9:30
Same thing goes in the WCC where the top four teams get going again after taking Sunday off.
#1 Gonzaga vs. # 4 Saint Mary's - 9:00 ESPN
#2 BYU vs. #3 San Francisco - 11:00 ESPN2
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