A might victory whoop! for our four newest Hoops Nation champions. Old Dominion dropped William & Mary in the Colonial, to return to the Dance after three years away. Siena won the Metro Atlantic for the third straight year, but the Saints needed overtime to fight off brave Fairfield. Saint Mary's finally achieved the peak of the WCC, removing the obstacle that's been in the way for the past decade: Gonzaga. And Wofford, the little school in Spartanburg, S.C., is going to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in its history. The Terriers fought off Appalachian State in the SoCon title game.BracketsColonial Old Dominion 60,  William & Mary 53Star of the Game: Ben Finney
Higher seeds were 7-1 on Monday, the Saint Mary's upset being the only exception.
Two semifinal rounds set up two of Tuesday's championships. Prepare for neutral-site top-seed matchups in the Sun Belt (Troy and North Texas), as well as the Badlands (Oakland and IUPUI).
The Horizon League, dormant since Saturday, will return for its title game tonight. If Butler defeats Wright State to take the conference's dubl-championship, the Bulldogs will likely get a fantastic seeding arrangement next Sunday.
The Big Sky is in semifinal mode tonight, with two games at Weber State's home floor.
Two more tourneys get underway this evening. The MEAC will begin first round play at Winston-Salem, N.C. in an event-ful gathering. Today is Youth Day, and congratulations to North Carolina A&T for winning the 2010 MEAC cheerleading championship yesterday.
Finally, we set about finding 2010's Atlantic One. The Atlantic 12 will hold four first-round games at campus sites; the four top seeds lay in wait in Atlantic City.
There are 11 elimination games today.
9 Pts (3-7 FG, 1-1 FT), 8 Reb, 4 StlOld Dominion Wins CAA Championship - Earns 10th NCAA Bid
- Old Dominion will be making its 10th trip to the NCAA Tournament after topping William & Mary, 60-53, to capture the 2010 Virginia 529 College Savings Plan CAA Men's Basketball Championship Monday evening. The Monarchs (26-8), who also captured the CAA regular season title, earn the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship. ODU will be making its sixth straight post-season appearance, including its third trip to the NCAA's in the last six years. The CAA championship is the fifth for Old Dominion, which is the most of any league member. ODU will be making its first NCAA Tournament appearance since the 2006-07 season, when the Monarchs received an at-large bid. Old Dominion's 26 wins this season are the second most in school history, trailing only the 28 wins posted by the 2004-05 team that also won the CAA crown. (via Old Dominion)Metro Atlanticat  Siena 72,  Fairfield 65 (OT)Star of the Game: Alex Franklin
22 Pts (10-18 FG, 2-5 FT), 12 Reb, 2 StlTournament Tested. Tournament Approved!
- Siena rallied from a 13-point second half deficit to defeat Fairfield 72-65 in overtime in the MAAC title game Monday night in Albany. The Saints earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament where they have won First Round games each of the last two years. Edwin Ubiles scored 27 points and Alex Franklin added 22 points and 12 rebounds as Siena (27-6) pushed its home court win streak to 38 games, and equaled a program record with 27 victories. The second-seeded Stags (22-10) put up a game fight before losing to the Saints for the third time this season. (via Siena)AP/Tim RoskeSouthern[S1] Wofford 56, [N1] Appalachian State 51Star of the Game: Cameron Rundles
20 Pts (5-8 FG, 9-13 FT)Wofford Men's Basketball Wins SoCon Championship
- The Wofford men's basketball team survived a second-half push by the Appalachian State Mountaineers to claim the 2010 Southern Conference Championship by a score of 56-51. The win marks the Terriers' first Southern Conference championship. Wofford has won thirteen in a row and is 26-8 on the season and 15-3 in the SoCon. Appalachian State is 22-12 overall and 13-5 in the conference. The Terriers were led by junior Cameron Rundles, who recorded a game high 20 points. Junior Noah Dahlman added 10 points and junior Tim Johnson paced the team with 13 rebounds, including 11 defensive boards. Senior Ryan Abraham led the Mountaineers with 12 points while sophomore Andre Williamson added 12 points and notched a double-double with 12 rebounds. (via Wofford)West Coast Saint Mary's 81,  Gonzaga 62 Star of the Game: Mickey McConnell
26 Pts (10-17 FG, 2-2 FT), 6 Ast, 4 StlMen's Basketball Wins WCC Tournament With 81-62 Win Over No. 18 Gonzaga
- Mickey McConnell matched his career high with 26 points, Ben Allen added a career-best 20 and Saint Mary's upset No. 18 Gonzaga in an 81-62 victory Monday night in the West Coast Conference tournament title game. Jorden Page scored 11 points and Omar Samhan had nine points and seven rebounds for the Gaels (26-5), who earned the sixth NCAA tournament berth in the small Bay Area school's history with a remarkable shooting performance against the top-seeded Zags (26-6), the 10-time regular-season WCC champions. McConnell and Allen hit four 3-pointers apiece, propelling the Gaels to a first-half lead before an electric 18-7 run down the second-half stretch. Saint Mary's won the WCC tournament for just the second time since it began in 1987, beating Gonzaga for the first time in 10 tourney meetings. (via Saint Mary's)Badlands Conference Oakland 71,  IUPU-Fort Wayne 58Star of the Game: Keith Benson
17 Pts (5-12 FG, 7-7 FT), 17 RebOakland Fights Past IPFW, 71-58, in Badlands Conference Tournament
- Oakland University (25-8) went a perfect 19-for-19 from the free throw line and got a double-double from junior Keith Benson with 17 points and 17 rebounds to defeat IPFW (16-15), 71-58, in Badlands Conference Tournament semifinal action on Monday night in Sioux Falls Arena. (via Oakland) IUPUI 69,  Oral Roberts 65Star of the Game: Billy Pettiford
6 Pts (3-6 FG), 8 Reb, 5 StlJags Survive Furious Second Half Rally; Move On To Badlands Conference Title Game
- SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – In a semi-carbon copy of the earlier meeting between the two schools, the IUPUI basketball team built a huge lead and had to cling for dear life down the stretch before surviving with a 69-65 win over Oral Roberts in The Badlands Conference Semifinals on Monday night. With the victory, the Jaguars move on to a Badlands Conference finals matchup with Oakland on Tuesday night at 9:00 p.m. on ESPN2. (via IUPUI)Sun Belt  Troy 54,  Western Kentucky 48Star of the Game: Antywan Jones
7 Pts (3-6 FG), 7 RebTroy Holds On, Will Play for Title
- Troy built a big first half lead, then held on as Western Kentucky battled back in the second half for a 54-48 win on Monday night in Sun Belt tournament action. The win moves the Trojans into Tuesday's Sun Belt title game and one victory away from a berth in the 2010 NCAA Tournament. Troy is already guaranteed a berth in the NIT due to its regular season conference title. Troy improved its record to 20-11 overall on the year - the program's 17th 20-win season and ninth under Maestri. Troy's last 20-win season came in 2004. That year Troy won the Atlantic Sun regular season title, but fell in the league tournament and faced Niagara in the NIT. (via Troy) North Texas 63,  Denver 56 Star of the Game: George Odufuwa
16 Pts (6-7 FG, 4-7 FT), 13 RebMean Green Advance To The SBC Title Game With 63-56 Win Over Pioneers
- The trio of Josh White, George Odufuwa, and Tristan Thompson powered North Texas to a 63-56 win over the Denver Pioneers in the semifinals of the Sun Belt Tournament and into the championship game for the second time in four years. North Texas (23-8) will face the Troy Trojans tomorrow night at 6 p.m. on ESPN2 with a bid to the NCAA Tournament on the line. The win by North Texas is its 10th straight and it ties the school record for most wins in a single season with 23. White, Odufuwa, and Thompson combined for 49 of the 63 points by North Texas. (via North Texas)On Tap TonightBadlands Conference  Oakland vs.  IUPUI
- 9:00 pm ET | BBState Preview/Box
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75.0/67.0Recent meetings: 01/28/2010 OAK 54 @IUPUI 78 01/02/2010 IUPUI 82 @OAK 85