Three champions were crowned on Tuesday night. Please give it up for: Butler of the Horizon League, which crushed Wright State in that league's title game; the Sun Belt's North Texas, which has now split the last four championships with Western Kentucky; and Oakland, long-suffering G'Grizzlies of the Badlands Conference. We salute you all!BracketsSun Belt North Texas 66,  Troy 63 Star of the Game: George Odufuwa
The MEAC first round played out in Winston-Salem with a minor upset (No. 9 N.C A&T over No. 8 Howard), but the Atlantic 12 provided a true shock. Charlotte, a real contender for an NCAA at-large back in January, completed its collapse by losing as a No. 5 seed to No. 12 UMass.
Higher seeds were 7-4 on Tuesday.
The Big Sky's semifinals produced a Wednesday pairing of top seed Weber State and Montana, a No. 4 that upset the second-seeded BEAR BEDLAM of Northern Colorado. Also on the SNL schedule for this evening is the Northeast championship: Robert Morris at Quinnipiac.
But that's not all! Four tourneys swing into action tonight: the Big West first round at Anaheim, the Southland quarterfinals at Katy, Texas, the SWAC quarters at Shreveport, La. (two of them), and the inaugural Great West opening round.
The MEAC continues with three quarterfinals. Also today in W-S, it's High School Day. There will be a College Fair in the morning and an unrelated Meet and Greet Mixer tonight, for MEAC alumni who have already been to college. The seasons of our lives.
And with that, each of Hoops Nation's tourneys are either under way or completed. There are 16 elimination games tonight.
11 Pts (4-7 FG, 3-3 FT), 17 RebNorth Texas Wins SBC Title And Is Headed Back To The NCAA Tourney
- The smallest man on the floor came up bigger than everyone and North Texas is headed to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in the last four seasons. Josh White scored with 22 seconds left and hit a free throw with 2.9 seconds remaining in the game to lift North Texas (24-8) to a 66-63 win over the Troy Trojans (20-12) in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament Championship game. Eric Tramiel was named the Most Outstanding Player for the Tournament after his second double-double of the tournament as he poured in 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the win. George Odufuwa, who grabbed 17 rebounds to go along with 11 points, was also named to the All-Tournament team. (via North Texas)Horizon Leagueat  Butler 70,  Wright State 45Star of the Game: Matt Howard
14 Pts (6-8 FG, 2-2 FT), 9 RebBulldogs Capture Horizon League Tournament Crown
- Junior Matt Howard and sophomore Shelvin Mack each scored 14 points and top-seeded Butler unleashed a smothering defense to dispatch 2 Wright State, 70-45, in the title game of the 2010 Speedway Horizon League Men's Basketball Championship at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Tuesday (Mar. 9). The win extended Butler's nation-leading winning streak to 20 in a row. (via Butler)
 Oakland 76,  IUPUI 64
Star of the Game: Derick Nelson 36 Pts (15-23 FG, 3-5 FT), 9 Reb, 2 Stl
Nelson Carries Oakland To Badlands Title, NCAA Berth - Derick Nelson scored a career-high 36 points and slow-starting Oakland, Mich., defeated IUPUI 76-64 in the Badlands Conference championship game to advance to the NCAA tournament Tuesday night. The Grizzlies earned their second NCAA berth with their school-record 11th consecutive win. Their only other NCAA appearance was in 2005. Playing with a broken nose he suffered in Oakland's first-round win over UMKC, Nelson provided a spark after top-seeded Oakland missed its first eight shots against the No. 2 Jaguars. Nelson turned a steal into a layup for Oakland's first field goal five minutes into the game and then scored 11 straight points for his team. (via Oakland)
 Montana 68,  Northern Colorado 63
Star of the Game: Anthony Johnson 19 Pts (5-12 FG, 7-8 FT), 3 Stl
Griz top Northern Colorado, on to title game - Will Cherry hit a floater with at 24 seconds to play and Anthony Johnson got a steal and drew a foul with 11 seconds to play to help Montana seal a 68-63 semifinal victory over Northern Colorado and punch its ticket into the Big Sky Conference title game. The game was a series of streaks for both teams. Montana had a 14-point lead with 8 minutes to play but the Bears fought back to take a 63-62 lead with 1:47 remaining. The Griz then scored six straight points to close out the victory. Johnson led the Grizzlies with 19 points, while Cherry and Ryan Staudacher both scored ten. Will Figures paced Northern Colorado with 23 points to lead all scorers. Sophomore Mike Proctor came off the bench to score ten, the only other Bear in double figures. (via Montana)
at  Weber State 69,  Portland State 60
Star of the Game: Damian Lillard 23 Pts (6-16 FG, 8-9 FT)
Damian Lillard's 23 Points Leads Weber State to a 69-60 Win Over Portland State In The Semifinal Game of the 2010 America First Credit Union / Big Sky Conference Men's Basketball Tournament - Weber State overcame a horrendous shooting night from the field by rebounding, defending and making some timely free throws, to post a 69-60 win over the 6 seed, Portland State University, in the second semifinal game of the 2010 America First Credit Union / Big Sky Conference Men's Basketball Tournament in Ogden, Utah. The Wildcats made just 20-60 shots from the floor (.333) and 7-26 (.269) from the three-point line, but out rebounded the Vikings 48-32, which included a 17-5 margin in offensive rebounds. WSU's defense held PSU to 24-53 (.453) from the floor but the Vikings were just 6-17 (.353) from the free throw line while the Wildcats made 22-31 (.710). (via Weber State)
at  Saint Bonaventure 83,  Duquesne 71
Star of the Game: Chris Matthews 28 Pts (8-11 FG, 6-6 FT), 2 Stl
Dukes Fall to St. Bonaventure in First Round of Atlantic 14 Championship - Senior Chris Matthews equaled a career-high with 28 points and sophomore Andrew Nicholson turned in his third straight 20-point outing to lead St. Bonaventure to a 83-71 win over Duquesne Tuesday night in the first round of the Atlantic 14 Championship at the Reilly Center. The win is the fifth in six games for the Bonnies, who improve to 15-15 on the season. The Brown and White's A-14 postseason win is their first since 2002, when they also defeated Duquesne in the first round. St. Bonaventure advances to Friday's quarterfinal round of the A-14 Championship in Atlantic City and will take on top-seeded and two-time defending tournament champion Temple. Gametime at Boardwalk Hall is set for noon. (via Saint Bonaventure)
at  Dayton 70,  George Washington 60
Star of the Game: Rob Lowery 11 Pts (3-4 FG, 2-2 FT)
Flyers Advance To A-14 Quarterfinals In 70-60 Win Over Gw - Marcus Johnson scored 16 points and Dayton used a late 15-2 run to defeat George Washington 70-60 Tuesday night in the First Round of the Atlantic 14 Conference Men's Basketball Championship. Dayton (20-11) led 44-33 in the second half, but the Colonials (16-14) chipped away at the lead and tied the game at 55 on Damian Hollis' jumper with 5:58 left. The Flyers responded by going 8-for-10 from the line, fueling the spurt that included 6-0 and 9-0 runs to close the game. Kurt Huelsman was 6-for-8 at the line in the final seven minutes. Chris Johnson and Rob Lowery added 11 points apiece for Dayton. Paul Williams was the fourth Flyer in double digits with 10. Lowery also had four assists against zero turnovers, while Marcus Johnson had three assists with zero turnovers and also went six-for-six from the line. Williams was seven-for-eight at the charity stripe. (via Dayton)
 Massachusetts 59, at  Charlotte 56
Star of the Game: Ricky Harris 24 Pts (5-13 FG, 11-12 FT)
UMass Moves On To A-14 Quarters With 59-56 Win - UMass won an Atlantic 14 Tournament game for the first time since 2002 with a 59-56 triumph over Charlotte on Tuesday night at Halton Arena. The 11th-seeded Minutemen (12-19) were led by a game-high 24 points from senior Ricky Harris to top the 6th-seeded 49ers in a back and forth game that featured nine lead changes and 10 ties. UMass advances to Atlantic City and A-14 Quarterfinals to face No. 3 seed Richmond on Friday night at 9 p.m.> (via Massachusetts)
at  Rhode Island 87,  Saint Joseph's 76
Star of the Game: Keith Cothran 15 Pts (4-8 FG, 5-6 FT)
Rhody Defeats Saint Joseph's 87-76 in the A-14 Tournament The Rhode Island men's basketball team (22-8) defeated Saint Joseph's 87-76 Tuesday night at the Ryan Center to advance to the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 14 Tournament. Rhody's win at the Ryan Center marked its 13 victory at home this season, which marked a single-season record. Seniors Keith Cothran and Lamonte Ulmer scored 15 points apiece. Ulmer also pulled down six rebounds and had two blocked shots. During the game, Ulmer recorded his 1,000th career point and 100th career block. Ulmer becomes just the second player in school history to record 1,000 points, 600 rebounds, 100 steals and 100 blocks. Antonio Reynolds-Dean ('99) is the other. (via Rhode Island)
 Bethune-Cookman 64,  Florida A&M 53
Star of the Game: Clifford J. Reed 23 Pts (6-17 FG, 11-12 FT), 2 Stl
Rival Game Win, B-CU Advances In MEAC Tournament With 64-53 Win Over FAMU - Bethune-Cookman forced 17 FAMU turnovers and scored 18 points off turnovers to beat the Rattlers 64-53 in the opening round of the MEAC Tournament Tuesday night. B-CU (17-15) secures its second straight winning season (the only two ever in Division I play) with the win and sets up a Wednesday night matchup with MEAC nemesis Delaware State. DSU has beat the Wildcats twice this year, both by 17 points. The win Tuesday night avenged the 69-64 loss at FAMU last Thursday in Tallahassee to close the regular season. (via Bethune-Cookman)
 North Carolina A&T 65,  Howard 55
Star of the Game: Nic Simpson 21 Pts (6-10 FG, 7-8 FT), 2 Stl
Aggies Advance With FT Shooting - The Aggies went to the free throw line 39 times. They went a combined 31 times in the previous two meetings. That coupled with strong bench play from sophomore Nic Simpson and redshirt senior James Porter led the Aggies to a 65-55 win over the Bison in a play-in round game at the 2010 MEAC Tournament played at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Tuesday. The win puts the Aggies in the quarterfinal round against top-seed Morgan State Wednesday night at 7. N.C. A&T also avoided its first three-game sweep by Howard in more than 30 years. Simpson led the Aggies with 21 points off the bench. Porter added 12 points and six rebounds in a reserve role. (via North Carolina A&T)
On Tap Tonight
 Robert Morris at  Quinnipiac - 7:00 pm ET | BBState Preview/Box
RMU - 22-11 (15-3) [RPI: 146 State: 172] SOS: 269 Last 10: 7-3 Form: LWLWW PF/PA: 69.0/66.2
QUIN - 23-8 (15-3) [RPI: 131 State: 153] SOS: 332 Last 10: 9-1 Form: WWWWW PF/PA: 74.3/66.5
Recent meetings: 02/20/2010 QUIN 87 @RMU 79 03/08/2009 QUIN 48 @RMU 75