Congrats to Harvard for earning the first NCAA Tournament bid. One more bid to give out today in the Ohio Valley.
Championship Saturday in the OVC. Belmont has only lost twice in 2014, but one of those loses was at the hands of Eastern Kentucky. As you might expect with a Rick Byrd coached team, Belmont is ridiculously efficient on offense (1.13 PPP, 11th in the nation). What you may not know is that Eastern Kentucky is right behind them (1.126 PPP, 15th in the nation). Neither team is all that great defensively so expect a lot of made baskets.
#3 Eastern Kentucky vs. #1 Belmont - 7:00 p.m. ESPN2
With a 15-1 conference record and 10 straight victories Vermont comes to Albany as the favorite in the AE, but that hasn't always been a great sign. The 1 seed in this tournament hasn't won since Binghampton in 2009. In fact only Stony Brook in 2011 has made the championship game as a 1 seed in that time. At this time we'd like to say thanks to UMass-Lowell. The River Hawks aren't full qualifiers yet so their season is over.
#8 New Hampshire vs. #1 Vermont -12:00 p.m.
#4 Albany vs. #5 UMBC - 2:15 p.m.
#2 Stony Brook vs. #7 Maine - 6:00 p.m.
#3 Hartford vs. #6 Binghampton - 8:15 p.m.
Thoughts with High Point as the Panthers had dreams of their first ever NCAA Tournament bid, but their hearts ripped out by a Winthrop buzzer beater on Friday. On the bottom half of the bracket Coastal Carolina needed 2OT's to take out Charleston Southern. Will they extra energy expended doom them against the go-go Keydets?
#4 (South) Winthrop vs. #2 (South) UNC Asheville -12:00 p.m.
#1 (South) Coastal Carolina vs. #2 (North) VMI - 2:00 p.m.
Hofstra won the CAA PIG last night and now draws the top seeded Blue Hens in the early game in Baltimore.
#8 Hofstra vs. #1 Delaware - 12:00 p.m.
#5 Northeastern vs. #4 Drexel - 2:30 p.m.
#7 James Madison vs. #2 Towson - 6:00 p.m.
#6 Charleston vs. #3 William & Mary - 8:30 p.m.
Down to four in the HL. After today the league takes a break until March 11 with the championship game coming on the highest-seed home floor. Chances are that will mean we stay in Green Bay as the Phoenix are going to be heavy favorites to prevail over Milwaukee on their home floor today.
#2 Cleveland State vs. #3 Wright State - 7:00 p.m.
#1 Green Bay vs. #5 Milwaukee - 9:30 p.m.
The top 4 seeds get to work today and appeared to be a step above the rest of the league during the regular season. If they all can get through Saturday expect a bloodbath on Sunday.
#1 Iona vs. #8 Rider -12:00 p.m.
#4 Canisius vs. #5 Siena - 2:30 p.m.
#2 Manhattan vs. #7 Saint Peter's - 6:30 p.m.
#3 Quinnipiac vs. #11 Niagara - 9:00 p.m.
Wichita State's drive to an Arch Madness title to add to their impressive resume this season seems to be impossible to derail. On the other side of the bracket kudos to Southern Illinois and coach Barry Hinson who have become more than just a viral video.
#1 Wichita State vs. #4 Missouri State - 1:35 p.m.
#2 Indiana State vs. #6 Southern Illinois - 4:05 p.m.
After a couple days break the NEC plays its semi-finals. Winners play for the title on Tuesday night.
#2 Wagner vs. #4 Mount St. Mary's -12:00 p.m.
#1 Robert Morris vs. #6 Saint Francis - 2:00 p.m.
Patriot League is also back after a couple days off. Championship game here isn't until Wednesday night.
#1 Boston U vs. #5 Army -3:30 p.m.
#3 Holy Cross vs. #2 American - 5:30 p.m.
The Citadel went just 2-14 in the regular season, but knocked off UNCG on day 1 in the SoCo.
#1 Davidson vs. #8 Samford - 12:00 p.m.
#4 Elon vs. #5 Western Carolina - 2:30 p.m.
#2 Chattanooga vs. #7 Georgia Southern - 6:00 p.m.
#3 Wofford vs. #11 The Citadel
Thanks Nebraska-Omaha, you aren't invited to Sioux Falls because you aren't a full qualifier yet so your season is over. We hardly knew ye. In a weird scheduling quirk only one game today in the 7 team tournament.
#2 Fort Wayne vs. #7 IUPUI- 7:00 p.m.
Santa Clara and Loyola Marymount both pulled upsets on Thursday night. Can the upset bug continue against teams that you may or may not consider to be a mid-major?
#3 San Francisco vs. #6 San Diego -12:00 p.m.
#2 BYU vs. #10 Loyola Marymount - 2:30 p.m.
#1 Gonzaga vs. #9 Santa Clara - 6:00 p.m.
#4 Saint Mary's vs. #5 Pepperdine - 8:30 p.m.
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