- Three championships were settled yesterday. All hail Virginia Commonwealth, double champions of the grand old Colonial, who held off a pesky George Mason team. And congratulations to Niagara, which beat Siena to claim the MAAC tournament championship.
- Oh yeah, andUnnamed Major Program From The Northwest won too, beating Santa Clara. When you win eight of nine league tourneys, isn't that time to find better competition?
- Three finals on tap tonight: the Horizon League, Mid-Continent and Sun Belt. Yes! They're all on TV!
- A relatively light day for non-finals. The MEAC kicks off in Raleigh with their first round, the WAC gets started with an 8-9 bracket equalization game (B.E.G.), and the Big Sky continues with semifinals.
- The power and made-for-TV conferences have joined the Championship Week party with the advent of the 2007 Mountain West tourney. Yuck.
- Autobids: Pennsylvania, Winthrop, Eastern Kentucky, Davidson, Creighton, UMPFN, Virginia Commonwealth, Niagara.
- NIT: Austin Peay, Marist, East Tennessee State, and Southern Illinois (SIU won't need it, though).
" (2) Niagara 83, (4) Siena 79":http://bbstate.com/games/66211 | "GameFlo":http://bbstate.com/games/66211/gameflo
" (1) UMPFN 77, (2) Santa Clara 68":http://bbstate.com/games/66340 | "GameFlo":http://bbstate.com/games/66340/gameflo
" (1) Virginia Commonwealth 65, (6) George Mason 59":http://bbstate.com/games/66183 | "GameFlo":http://bbstate.com/games/66183/gameflo
" (4) North Texas 59, (9) Middle Tennessee State 52":http://bbstate.com/games/66332 | "GameFlo":http://bbstate.com/games/66332/gameflo
" (2) Arkansas State 80, (3) Western Kentucky 73":http://bbstate.com/games/66333 | "GameFlo":http://bbstate.com/games/66333/gameflo
" (1) Oral Roberts 75, (3) IUPUI 54":http://bbstate.com/games/66227 | "GameFlo":http://bbstate.com/games/66227/gameflo
" (2) Oakland 83, (6) Missouri-Kansas City 79":http://bbstate.com/games/66228 | "GameFlo":http://bbstate.com/games/66228/gamefloPreviews
Will turn into boxscores once play is compete.Sun Belt
"North Texas vs. Arkansas State":http://bbstate.com/games/66334Horizon League
"Butler at Wright State":http://bbstate.com/games/66202Mid-Continent
"Oakland vs. Oral Roberts":http://bbstate.com/games/66572Big Sky
"Portland State at Weber State":http://bbstate.com/games/66145
"Montana vs. Northern Arizona":http://bbstate.com/games/66146Mid-Eastern
"Howard vs. Hampton":http://bbstate.com/games/66230
"Bethune-Cookman vs. Coppin State":http://bbstate.com/games/66229Western Athletic
"Idaho at San Jose State":http://bbstate.com/games/66573Good Night
Close your eyes and I'll close mine, good night, sleep tight. Seasons are over for IUPUI, UMKC and GMU (sorry, Johnny
... in a 32-team field, they don't deserve it more than at least one inevitable CAA snub). As the Sun falls below the Belt of the horizon, night has fallen for overachieving Middle Tennessee State and underachieving Western Kentucky. Santa Clara and Siena: dream sweet dreams for me, dream sweet dreams for you.