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2019 Championship “Week” Update: March 12th

FIVE automatic bids being handed out today! PLUS DAYTIME BASKETBALL!

NCAA Basketball: Hofstra at Villanova
You’re going to want to watch the CAA final just to see Justin Wright-Foreman.
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Congrats to Iona and Wofford on their tournament titles in the MAAC and Southern Conference respectively! They’re both in the NCAA tournament as automatic bids now. It’s the fourth straight tournament title for Tim Cluess and Iona, which is pretty impressive. I would have preferred to see UNC-Greensboro come out ahead of Wofford in the SoCon for #TwoBidSoCon purposes, but the Terriers bounced back from a 55-50 deficit with just over five minutes left to win by 12. That’s pretty darned impressive.

We get five, count ‘em, FIVE more bids being handed out today. Isn’t that great? Here’s the chronological order on them so you know what’s what.

6pm CT: CAA
6pm CT: Horizon League
6pm CT: NEC
8pm CT: Summit League
8pm CT: WCC

Three of them feature the top two teams in the respective leagues facing off, so that should lead to some pretty competitive games. Well, at least in two of them. Gonzaga has been mowing everyone in the WCC this season, so that one’s not looking super good right now.

Elsewhere, we get the continuation of the America East and MEAC tournament, while the ACC, Sun Belt, and SWAC join the party today. In fact, the ACC gives us a DAYTIME BASKETBALL~! double header, although it is amongst four of the six worst teams in that league.

NCAA Tournament Automatic Bids

Atlantic Sun: Liberty
Big South: Gardner-Webb
MAAC: Iona
Missouri Valley: Bradley
Ohio Valley: Murray State
SoCon: Wofford

Here’s the schedule for the day! Enjoy!

All times Central.

AMERICA EAST SEMIFINALS (ESPN+)

6pm: #7 Binghamton at #1 Vermont
6pm: #4 Hartford at #3 UMBC

ACC FIRST ROUND

11am: #12 Miami vs #13 Wake Forest (ESPN)
1:30pm: #10 Georgia Tech vs #15 Notre Dame (ESPN)
6pm: #11 Boston College vs #14 Pittsburgh (ESPNU)

CAA CHAMPIONSHIP (CBS Sports Network)

6pm: #1 Hofstra vs #2 Northeastern

HORIZON LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP (ESPN)

6pm: #1 Wright State vs #2 Northern Kentucky

MEAC FIRST ROUND (FloHoops.com)

5pm: #8 Maryland Eastern Shore vs #9 South Carolina State
7:30pm: #7 Coppin State vs #10 Morgan State

NEC CHAMPIONSHIP (ESPN2)

6pm: #1 St. Francis (PA) vs #2 Fairleigh Dickinson

SWAC QUARTERFINALS

7:30pm: #5 Arkansas-Pine Bluff at #4 Grambling State (Grambling stream)
7:30pm: 37 Southern at #2 Texas Southern (Texas Southern stream)
8pm: #8 Alcorn State at #1 Prairie View A&M (Prairie View stream)
8pm: #6 Alabama State at #3 Jackson State (Jackson State stream)

SUMMIT LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP (ESPN2)

8pm: #2 Nebraska-Omaha vs #4 North Dakota State

SUN BELT FIRST ROUND (ESPN+)

7pm: #10 Appalachian State at #7 Louisiana Monroe
7pm: #9 Arkansas State at #8 South Alabama

WEST COAST CHAMPIONSHIP (ESPN)

8pm: #1 Gonzaga vs #2 Saint Mary’s