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2017 Championship “Week” Update: March 1st

THIS. IS. MARCH. (for real this time)

NCAA Basketball: Vermont at Providence
Shoutout to Vermont’s Anthony Lamb.
Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

There’s only one downside of all of these conference tournament being hosted on campus sites. I’ve got no problems with the conferences rotating in and out for a few days, that’s fine. The only downside is that we don’t get any Daytime Basketball. Oh well, the Big South will rescue us tomorrow.

What we’ve got today is three new conferences jumping into action. The most important game of the day is the Vermont/Maine game in the American East quarterfinals. The Catamounts have won 18 straight, which is the longest active winning streak in the country now that Gonzaga lost the other day, plus they’re the first team to ever go 16-0 in America East play. Heck, it’s been 25 years since someone in that conference went 14-0, and no one’s done better since they expanded the league schedule by two games.

I will openly admit that I have a weird affectation for the Catamounts. Shoutouts to Taylor Coppenrath’s broken wrist and T.J. Sorrentine burying Syracuse from the parking lot.

All times Central

AMERICA EAST QUARTERFINALS (WatchESPN)

6pm: #8 Maine at #1 Vermont
6pm: #7 Binghamton at #2 Stony Brook
6:30pm: #6 Hartford at #3 Albany
6:30pm: #5 UMBC at #4 New Hampshire

NEC QUARTERFINALS (NEC Front Row)

6pm: #8 Sacred Heart at #1 Mount St. Mary’s
6pm: #6 Fairleigh Dickinson at #3 Wagner
6pm: #5 Bryant at #4 St. Francis-Brooklyn
8pm: #7 Robert Morris at #2 LIU-Brooklyn

OHIO VALLEY FIRST ROUND (OVC Digital Network)

6:30pm: #5 Southeast Missouri vs #8 Tennessee State
9pm: #6 Tennessee Tech vs #7 Murray State