Yesterday was totally insane.
First, Saint Francis (PA) did this to poor Wagner in the NEC semifinals:
LOOK AT THIS ROLL! ST FRANCIS WINS! pic.twitter.com/jsJBZaKz8q— Mid-Major Madness (@mid_madness) March 4, 2017
That’s an underrated win for Marquette, since they beat the Red Flash back in December. That jumped St. Francis up nine spots in the ol’ RPI, and while #253 is nothing to write home about, any kind of a boost for the Golden Eagles (waaaaay down there at #55) is welcome.
DID I MENTION IT'S MARCH!!!! 9 SEED YOUNGSTOWN STATE STUNS TOP SEED OAKLAND IN THE HORIZON QUARTERS!!! IT'S MUCH BETTER W/TITANIC MUSIC! pic.twitter.com/QkDVjK62Ic— Titanic Hoops (@TitanicHoops) March 5, 2017
Congrats go out to Jacksonville State, the tournament champions in the Ohio Valley conference and the first team officially into the NCAA tournament. We’ll get three more bids handed out today, in chronological order: Big South, Missouri Valley, and Atlantic Sun. All three #1 seeds are in the title games there, but it’s the Missouri Valley that presents the most interesting question once the game is over.
As of last night, Bracket Matrix has Wichita State as a #9 seed while appearing in 115 of 119 brackets, while Illinois State is the very last at-large team in the field, and they’re only appearing in 87 of 119 projections. I feel like it’s safe to say that if the MVC wants to be a two-bid league, it’s actually best for Illinois State to win today. Even if that happens, it’s still not a guarantee that the Shockers will get into the tournament.
There’s a ton of semifinal and quarterfinal action elsewhere, and there’s even a few regular season games on TV in the AAC and the Big Ten as well. Not for nothing, but there is a very real chance that Minnesota wins in the Kohl Center today, giving Wisconsin six losses in their last seven games. That will be very funny.
Oh, and there’s also Marquette women’s basketball playing Georgetown in the Big East quarterfinals. That’s at 2:30pm Central on FS2, and it is at the McGuire Center if you’re in town looking for something to do.
NCAA Automatic Bids: Jacksonville State (OVC)
NIT Automatic Bids: Belmont (OVC), Oakland (Horizon League)
All times Central
ATLANTIC SUN CHAMPIONSHIP (ESPN)
2pm: #3 North Florida at #1 Florida Gulf Coast
BIG SOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP (ESPN)
12pm: #7 Campbell vs #1 Winthrop
CAA SEMIFINALS (CAA.tv)
1pm: #1 UNC Wilmington vs #4 William & Mary
3:30pm: #2 College of Charleston vs #3 Towson
HORIZON LEAGUE QUARTERFINALS (WatchESPN)
4pm: #3 Green Bay vs #6 Illinois-Chicago
6:30pm: #4 Northern Kentucky vs #5 Wright State
MAAC SEMIFINALS (WatchESPN)
3:30pm: #1 Monmouth vs #4 Siena
6pm: #2 Saint Peter’s vs #3 Iona
MISSOURI VALLEY CHAMPIONSHIP (CBS)
1pm: #1 Illinois State vs #2 Wichita State
PATRIOT LEAGUE SEMIFINALS (CBS Sports Network)
11am: #3 Lehigh at #2 Boston University
1pm: #4 Navy at #1 Bucknell
SOCON SEMIFINALS (WatchESPN)
4pm: #1 UNC Greensboro vs #5 Wofford
6:30pm: #3 East Tennessee State vs #7 Samford
SUMMIT LEAGUE QUARTERFINALS (WatchESPN)
6pm: #4 South Dakota State vs #5 Denver
8:30pm: #3 Nebraska-Omaha vs #6 Fort Wayne
ELSEWHERE IN THE COUNTRY
11am: #18 Cincinnati at Connecticut, CBS
12pm: Penn State at Iowa, Big Ten Network
1pm: Temple at South Florida, ESPNU
3pm: East Carolina vs Houston, CBS Sports Network
3pm: Tulsa at Tulane, ESPNU
3:30pm: #16 Purdue vs Northwestern, CBS
5pm: Minnesota at #22 Wisconsin, Big Ten Network
7pm: Michigan at Nebraska, Big Ten Network