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3.12.16 Championship "Week" Update

LET'S GET AUTOBID CRAZY

Hey, check it out! A picture of the Weber State mascot!
Hey, check it out! A picture of the Weber State mascot!
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Yesterday was totally nanners, wasn't it?

First, the Connecticut-Cincinnati game that went to 4 overtimes because of this exchange with 0.8 seconds left.

Then Kansas' Wayne Selden killed a guy.

Then AAC 10 seed Tulane won after news broke that head coach Ed Conroy was getting fired right around halftime of the game.  God bless Gary Parrish for reporting something that people gave him to report, but DUDE, how do you give Parrish the thumbs up to report it while the game is still going on???

Then Oregon blew a 4 point lead with 10 seconds left.

Don't worry, the Ducks won in overtime to advance to today's Pac 12 title game.

If you read that tweet, I suppose you're wondering what "Buddy's near heroics" means.  Well, it means this bananas shot that did not count.

That not counting is almost more disappointing because of Hield's celebration, which had him about five rows up into the Oklahoma cheering section on the sideline.

Oh, and we lost #1 seeds in the Big Ten and the SWAC.

A grand total of 14 automatic bids will get handed out today, although I suppose technically that Big West title game isn't going to end until Sunday morning in half the country.  That's okay.  That gives us nearly 15 straight hours of championship hoops on TV somewhere today, and that's okay by me.  If you do need a break and you're in Milwaukee, may I suggest heading out to Valley Fields to watch Marquette lacrosse take on Robert Morris at 1pm?

NCAA Automatic Bids: Austin Peay (OVC), Chattanooga (SoCon), Fairleigh Dickinson (NEC), Florida Gulf Coast (Atlantic Sun), Gonzaga (WCC), Green Bay (Horizon League), Holy Cross (Patriot League), Iona (MAAC), UNC-Asheville (Big South), UNC-Wilmington (CAA), Northern Iowa (MVC), South Dakota State (Summit League), Yale (Ivy)

NIT Automatic Bids: Belmont (OVC), Bucknell (Patriot League), High Point (Big South), IPFW (Summit League), Hofstra (CAA), North Florida (Atlantic Sun), Texas Southern (SWAC), UAB (Conference USA), Wagner (NEC)

Regular Season Champs Forced To Wait: Wichita State (MVC), Monmouth (MAAC), Saint Mary's (WCC), Valparaiso (Horizon League)

All times Central

AMERICA EAST CHAMPIONSHIP (ESPN2)

10am: #1 Stony Brook (25-6) vs #2 Vermont (21-12)

AAC SEMIFINALS (ESPN2)

2pm: #1 Temple (21-10) vs #5 Connecticut (22-10)
4:30pm: #6 Memphis (18-14) vs #10 Tulane (12-21)

ATLANTIC 10 SEMIFINALS (CBS Sports Network)

12:30pm: #1 Dayton (25-6) vs #4 Saint Joseph's (25-7)
3pm: #2 VCU (23-9) vs #6 Davidson (20-11)

ACC CHAMPIONSHIP (ESPN)

8pm: #1 North Carolina (27-6) vs #2 Virginia (26-6)

BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP (ESPN)

5pm: #1 Kansas (29-4) vs #2 West Virginia (26-7)

BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIP (Fox)

4:30pm: #1 Villanova (29-4) vs #3 Seton Hall (24-8)

BIG SKY CHAMPIONSHIP (ESPNU)

7:45pm: #1 Weber State (25-8) vs #2 Montana (21-10)

BIG TEN SEMIFINALS (CBS)

12pm: #4 Purdue (25-7) vs #8 Michigan (22-11)
2:30pm: #2 Michigan State (27-5) vs #3 Maryland (25-7)

BIG WEST CHAMPIONSHIP (ESPN2)

10:30pm: #1 Hawaii (26-5) vs #3 Long Beach State (20-13)

CONFERENCE USA CHAMPIONSHIP (FS1)

1:30pm: #2 Middle Tennessee (23-9) vs #5 Old Dominion (22-12)

MAC CHAMPIONSHIP (ESPN2)

6:30pm: #1 Akron (26-7) vs #3 Buffalo (19-14)

MEAC CHAMPIONSHIP (ESPN2)

12pm: #1 Hampton (20-10) vs #3 South Carolina State (19-13)

MOUNTAIN WEST CHAMPIONSHIP (CBS)

5pm: #1 San Diego State (25-8) vs #2 Fresno State (24-9)

PAC 12 CHAMPIONSHIP (FS1)

9pm: #1 Oregon (27-6) vs #2 Utah (26-7)

SEC SEMIFINALS (ESPN)

12pm: #1 Texas A&M (25-7) vs #4 LSU (19-13)
2:30pm: #2 Kentucky (24-8) vs #6 Georgia (19-12)

SOUTHLAND CHAMPIONSHIP (ESPN2)

8:30pm: #1 Stephen F. Austin (26-5) vs #2 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (25-6)

SWAC CHAMPIONSHIP (ESPNU)

5:30pm: #3 Jackson State (19-14) vs #4 Southern (21-12)

SUN BELT SEMIFINALS (WatchESPN)

1pm: #1 Little Rock (27-4) vs #4 Louisiana-Lafayette (17-13)
3:30pm: #2 Louisiana-Monroe (19-12) vs #3 Texas-Arlington (23-9)

WAC CHAMPIONSHIP (ESPNU)

10pm: #1 New Mexico State (23-9) vs #2 Cal State Bakersfield (23-8)