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2018 Championship “Week” Update: March 5

5 teams are already in the NCAA tournament. Today, we get two more.

Iona v Oregon Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Shoutouts to Lipscomb, Loyola-Chicago, Michigan, and Radford on their automatic bids to the NCAA tournament!

Radford’s was particularly exciting.

Hard to top a buzzer-beater in your own building to lock in your first NCAA tournament appearances since 2009.

With Lipscomb getting the autobid, that means Florida Gulf Coast is consigned to a spot in the NIT with the loss in the A-Sun title game. That moves us to four spots taken up out of the 32 possible in the NIT.

That brings us to today, where two more bids will be handed out. In the MAAC, Iona and Fairfield, neither of them in the top three seeds in the league, will battle it out for an NCAA tourney spot. The other berth comes out of the SoCon, and top seeded UNC-Greensboro has their season on the line against #2 seed East Tennessee State. This game ought to be a hoot, as KenPom currently lists it as a 50/50 game.

We get the continuation of four other conferences today, plus the MAC and the MEAC get their tournaments started today. It will be a very busy Monday, and but we have to wait until 4pm Central before we get to watch any hoops today.

NCAA AUTOMATIC BIDS

Lipscomb (Atlantic Sun)
Loyola-Chicago (Horizon)
Michigan (Big Ten)
Murray State (OVC)
Radford (Big South)

NIT AUTOMATIC BIDS

Florida Gulf Coast (Atlantic Sun)
Northern Kentucky (Horizon)
UNC-Asheville (Big South)
Rider (MAAC)


CAA SEMIFINALS (CBS Sports Network)

5pm: #1 College of Charleston vs #4 William & Mary
7:30pm: #2 Northeastern vs #6 UNC Wilmington

HORIZON LEAGUE SEMIFINALS (ESPNU)

6pm: #4 Oakland vs #8 Cleveland State
8:30pm: #2 Wright State vs #6 Milwaukee

MAAC CHAMPIONSHIP (ESPN)

5pm: #4 Iona vs #6 Fairfield

MAC FIRST ROUND (WatchESPN)

6pm: #9 Bowling Green at #8 Central Michigan
6pm: #12 Northern Illinois at #5 Kent State
6pm: #10 Ohio at #7 Miami (OH)
6:45pm: #11 Akron at #6 Western Michigan

MEAC FIRST ROUND (WatchESPN)

4pm: #4 North Carolina A&T vs #13 Delaware State
6:30pm: #5 Norfolk State vs #12 Maryland-Eastern Shore

SOCON CHAMPIONSHIP (ESPN)

8pm: #1 UNC-Greensboro vs #2 East Tennessee State

SUMMIT LEAGUE SEMIFINALS (WatchESPN)

6pm: #1 South Dakota State vs #5 North Dakota State
8:30pm: #2 South Dakota vs #3 Denver

WCC SEMIFINALS

8pm: #1 Gonzaga vs #4 San Francisco (ESPN)
10:30pm: #2 Saint Mary’s vs #3 BYU (ESPN2)