Central Connecticut State from the NEC is going dancing, and so is Weber State of the Big Sky. Both are double champions of their respective leagues, and both just plain rock.Brackets(1) Weber State 88, (2) Northern Arizona 80
No autobids tonight. Deep breath...
No surprises in the MAC quarters, or the SWAC and MEAC early rounds, but No. 7 seed Pacific beat No. 6 Cal State Northridge in the Big West first round. Since they're the three-time BWC champs, you have to chalk that one up to championship experience.
The big boys are dominating the airwaves now, but there's still plenty of great mid-major action. Lots of quarterfinals today: the MAC, MEAC, Southland, SWAC and WAC begin or continue efforts to make eight into four. The Big West continues with its ladder-step second round.
Autobids: Pennsylvania, Winthrop, Eastern Kentucky, Davidson, Creighton, Virginia Commonwealth, Niagara, Wright State, Oral Roberts, North Texas, Central Connecticut State, Weber State.
NIT: Austin Peay, Marist, East Tennessee State, South Alabama and Southern Illinois (SIU won't need it, though).
| GameFlo(1) Central Connecticut State 74, (2) Sacred Heart 70
| GameFlo(5) Ohio 69, (12) Bowling Green 59
| GameFlo(6) Western Michigan 67, (11) Northern Illinois 62
| GameFlo(7) Central Michigan 80, (10) Buffalo 74
| GameFlo(8) Eastern Michigan 51, (9) Ball State 48
| GameFloFirst Round(6) Norfolk State 81, (11) Maryland-Eastern Shore 70
| GameFloQuarterfinals(1) Delaware State 68, (8) Coppin State 49
| GameFlo(2) Florida A&M 61, (6) Hampton 58
| GameFlo(2) Jackson State 74, (7) Southern 65
| GameFlo(1) Mississippi Valley State 62, (8) Alabama State 52
Note: the Big West reshuffles the seeds going into the second round and the semifinals. The high seed gets to play the lowest remaining seed from the previous round.(5) California-Irvine 53, (8) California-Riverside 52
| GameFlo(7) Pacific 71, (6) Cal State Northridge 54
Will turn into boxscores once play is compete.Mid-American
QuarterfinalsCentral Michigan vs. AkronEastern Michigan vs. ToledoOhio vs. MiamiWestern Michigan vs. Kent StateMid-Eastern
QuarterfinalsMorgan State vs. South Carolina StateNorfolk State vs. North Carolina A&TSouthland
QuarterfinalsTexas-Arlington vs. McNeese StateLamar vs. Sam Houston StateStephen F. Austin vs. Northwestern StateSoutheastern Louisiana vs. Texas A&M-Corpus ChristiSouthwestern Athletic
QuarterfinalsArkansas-Pine Bluff vs. Grambling StateTexas Southern vs. Alcorn StateWestern Athletic
QuarterfinalsIdaho vs. NevadaHawaii vs. Utah StateBoise State vs. Fresno StateLouisiana Tech vs. New Mexico StateBig West
Second RoundCalifornia-Irvine vs. California-Santa BarbaraPacific vs. Cal State FullertonGood Night
Regretfully they tell us (cuckoo, cuckoo), but firmly they compel us (cuckoo, cuckoo) to say goodbye. So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, good night to defending SWAC and MEAC conference champions Southern and Hampton. Adieu, adieu, to Northern Arizona and Sacred Heart and Bowling Green and Northern Illinois and Buffalo and Ball State and Maryland-Eastern Shore and Coppin State and Alabama State and UC Riverside and Cal State Northridge. That doesn't sound as good when you try to sing it.
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