March 10, 2008 9:28 am ET by Kyle Whelliston
Drake stepped on the gas late in the first half and never looked back, shooting 56 percent for the game. At least they could have let the Redbirds into the game so we could have a two-bid Valley. Not to be. Adam Emmenecker followed up a regular-season POY award with a tourney MVP. Like the guard said in Caligula: "He's a god now!"
UMBC staved off a late Vermont push to earn the right to host next Saturday's title game, and Hartford won a sloppy mess of a game in the undercard to advance.
Laimis Kisielius' layup with three ticks left lifted the Tribe to an improbable title game -- they were in second place for much of the year, but few who follow the league took W&M's chances seriously because of an easier schedule. VCU now waits for its inevitable heartbreak; we'd put their at-large chances at about 33 percent. Will Thomas is good at "rebounding the basketball" - his 14 helped Mason hold off UNCW for the Patriots' first win in the series since January 2007.
Siena trailed for 32 minutes but came back from a 17-point deficit to stun Loyola, the Saints' first win in three tries over the Greyhounds. Rider, playing without injured Ryan Thompson, got 32 points and 18 rebounds from brother Jason to edge the upstart Red Foxes.
The Mount shot 54 percent and outrebounded Robert Morris in an NEC shocker, snapping the Colonials' 14-game win streak. RMU will still get to play in the NIT, though. Sacred Heart stormed to an early lead and held off the No. 2 Seahawks in Staten Island, so the Pioneers will host the title game and could celebrate a first-ever NCAA berth at home.
After a wild quarterfinal round, a fairly tame semis. Both remaining top seeds rolled to double-digit wins, setting up a final at American later this week.
Elon held C of C to 39 percent shooting and shot 49 percent themselves, and will face Davidson tonight. Stephen Curry had 26 points as the Wildcats brought the career of UNCG's Kyle Hines (10 points, 7 rebounds) to a close.
Oakland rolled WIU to set up a date with IUPUI, and new league member IPFW will play Oral Roberts tonight after forcing a minor upset on Southern Utah. SUU's Dax Crum, a/k/a the dude with one hand, finished his career with an eight-point night.
The Belt seems to keep moving towards its inevitable two-bid conclusion, as all top seeds won yesterday. But Team USA found a lot more than it thought it'd need to handle, as UNO's Bo McCalebb (25 points) refused to have his career end quietly.
at  South Alabama 81,  New Orleans 77 | GameFlo
 Middle Tennessee State 65,  Troy 59 | GameFlo
 Arkansas-Little Rock 66,  Florida Atlantic 60 | GameFlo
 Western Kentucky 84,  North Texas 70 | GameFlo
Saint Mary's Like VCU, Saint Mary's gets a whole week to contemplate its future before Selection Sunday. We think they have a better chance of getting in, but losing three of five to close the season hurts.
On Tap Tonight
George Mason has won 10 of its last 11 meetings with William & Mary.
Both teams won on each other's floors this season. Tonight's game will be in Albany's house, but the location was pre-determined years ago..
If Davidson loses to the SoCon's No. 7 seed in the title game, that would give the committee all the reason it'd need to exclude the Wildcats. Not like that's going to happen, though.
USD upset Gonzaga 72-63 in the 2003 WCC championship game, the last time the event was held in San Diego. This might be mentioned on tonight's telecast. A few times.
Oakland was the last team to beat IUPUI, which has won 12 of its last 13. ORU has only played IPFW twice (earlier this season), and cruised both times.
7:00 pm ET -  IUPU-Fort Wayne 13-17 (9-9) vs.  Oral Roberts 22-8 (16-2) | Preview
Recent: 02/09/2008 IPFW 56 @ORU 88 01/10/2008 ORU 68 @IPFW 56
9:30 pm ET -  Oakland 17-13 (11-7) vs.  IUPUI 25-6 (15-3) | Preview
Recent: 02/21/2008 IUPUI 69 @OAK 84 01/24/2008 OAK 69 @IUPUI 82
Remember that MTSU was the team that beat Team USA on Valentine's Day, the last time the Jaguars lost (six games ago). Also remember that WKU is the three-seed because Arkansas-Little Rock won the Western Division. So the Trojans will have the immense psychological advantage of wearing the white togs. The Hilltoppers have not lost to a Sun Belt team not named South Alabama since last season, though.
7:30 pm ET -  Middle Tennessee State 16-14 (11-7) at  South Alabama 26-5 (16-2) | Preview
Recent: 02/14/2008 USA 70 @MTSU 76 12/22/2007 MTSU 61 @USA 75
10:30 am ET -  Arkansas-Little Rock 20-10 (11-7) vs.  Western Kentucky 25-6 (16-2) | Preview
Recent: 01/31/2008 UALR 47 @WKU 71 01/17/2007 WKU 69 @UALR 71
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