Friday night has big shoes to fill as the A-Fun was bananas last night with Florida Gulf Coast surviving against a very game ETSU squad and Mercer needing two OT's to advance past Upstate setting up a championship rematch.
On to today:
After a day off it is on to the quarterfinals in the Big South. Charleston Southern pulled a mild upset to make it to the final 8, but aside from the 6-10 in conference Buccaneers this looks like its up for grabs. High Point finished at 12-4 while everyone else left clocked in at 11-5 or 10-6.
#1 (North) High Point vs. #4 (South) Winthrop -12:00 p.m.
#2 (South) UNC Asheville vs. #3 (North) Radford - 2:00 p.m.
#1 (South) Coastal Carolina vs. #5 (South) Charleston Southern - 6:00 p.m.
#2 (North) VMI vs. #3 (South) Gardner-Webb - 8:00 pm.
The first round of the CAA tournament tips off in its new home of Baltimore, which gives Towson a bit of a hometown advantage (although the tournament isn't played at the Tigers home arena). Towson and regular season league champ Delaware have to wait until Saturday to get going. Friday is reserved for the CAA PIG.
#9 UNCW vs. #8 Hofstra - 7:00 p.m.
The Horizon tournament moves from home sites to Green Bay for the weekend with six teams remaining. Top two seeds Green Bay and Cleveland State will play the winners of today's games on Saturday. The first round went according to seed, although Oakland needed overtime and a near miracle in regulation to make it past Youngstown St.
#3 Wright State vs. #6 Oakland - 7:00 p.m.
#4 Valparaiso vs. #5 Milwaukee - 9:30 p.m.
The 14 game tournament that is the regular season in the Ivy could name a winner on Friday night. Harvard is up two games with two to play and at Yale, who is the only team to beat the Crimson in league play this season. A Harvard win clinches the championship, a loss puts some serious pressure on the final night of the season.
#ArchMadness really gets going on Friday with a full day of quarterfinals. Let me tell you about this Wichita State team. I really think they could bust some brackets this year (/sportz). Evansville beat Drake to earn the unenviable task of taking on the Shockers while Loyola knocked down a buzzer beater to eliminate Bradley.
#1 Wichita State vs. #9 Evansville 12:05
#4 Missouri State vs. #5 Illinois State 2:35
#2 Indiana State vs. #10 Loyola 6:05
#3 Northern Iowa vs. #6 Southern Illinois 8:35
Getting down to the nitty gritty in the Ohio Valley. Eastern Kentucky took out Southeast Missouri and Morehead State did the same to Tennessee Tech to keep the status quo. The top four teams are now down to the final 4. Belmont and Murray State swept their opponents during the regular season, but the rest vs. rust question always comes up in the stepladder style bracket.
#4 Morehead State vs. #1 Belmont 6:30 ESPNU
#3 Eastern Kentucky vs. #2 Murray State 9:00 ESPNU
The bottom six teams start their quest to win four games in four nights in Asheville on Friday. Early tip times makes for some breakfast basketball if you are on the left coast. Games are on the ESPN3 pixlvision
#8 Samford vs. #9 Appalachian State 11:00 a.m.
#7 Georgia Southern vs. #10 Furman 1:30 p.m.
#6 UNCG vs. #11 The Citadel 4:00 p.m.
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