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Your Championship “Week” Update: Thursday, March 5, 2020

The Missouri Valley and the West Coast Conference join the party!

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: FEB 25 Colorado State at San Diego State
Malachi Flynn and San Diego State continue their Gary Parrish-inspired quest to reach Selection Sunday undefeated.
Photo by Alan Smith/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Well, the big news of yesterday was #11 Wyoming knocking off #6 Colorado State in the first round of the Mountain West tournament. Hey, look, they can’t all be massive upsets. Still, that’s the last place team in the MW throwing a wrench into things, and that’s never a bad thing. Heck, the Mountain West also gave us a #9 over a #8, so I’m not about to look down my nose at things veering towards the weird in Las Vegas.

Everything went chalk in the NEC yesterday, as all four home teams won. However, there were some nailbiters as top seeded Robert Morris and #4 LIU both just barely escaped with one point wins.

Today we bring back those tourneys that started on Tuesday for more fun. In addition to those, we also get the start of action in the Missouri Valley and West Coast tournaments. It’s first round/back end action from both of those leagues, but hey: this is the last shot at the NCAA tournament for those guys, so don’t sell their efforts short.

ASUN SEMIFINALS (ESPN+)

6pm: #4 Stetson (16-16) at #1 Liberty (28-4)
6pm: #3 Lipscomb (15-15) at #2 North Florida (21-11)

BIG SOUTH QUARTERFINALS (WatchESPN)

11am: #2 Winthrop (21-10) vs #7 USC Upstate (13-19)
1:30pm: #3 Gardner-Webb (15-15) vs #6 UNC-Asheville (15-15)
5pm: #1 Radford (20-10) vs #8 Charleston Southern (14-17)
7:30pm: #4 Longwood (14-17) vs #5 Hampton (13-18)

HORIZON LEAGUE QUARTERFINALS (ESPN+)

7pm: #6 Oakland (14-18) at #3 Green Bay (16-15)
7pm: #5 Youngstown State (18-14) at #4 UIC (16-16)

MISSOURI VALLEY FIRST ROUND (ESPN+)

6pm: #8 Drake (18-13) vs #9 Illinois State (10-20)
8:30pm: #7 Valparaiso (16-15) vs #10 Evansville (9-22)

MOUNTAIN WEST QUARTERFINALS (CBS Sports Network)

1:30pm: #1 San Diego State (28-1) vs #9 Air Force (12-19)
4pm: #4 UNLV (17-14) vs #5 Boise State (19-11)
8pm: #2 Utah State (23-8) vs #7 New Mexico (19-13)
10:30pm: #3 Nevada (19-11) vs #11 Wyoming (8-23)

OHIO VALLEY QUARTERFINALS (ESPN+)

6:30pm: #4 Eastern Kentucky (15-16) vs #5 Tennessee State (18-14)
9pm: #3 Austin Peay (20-11) vs #6 Eastern Illinois (17-14)

PATRIOT LEAGUE QUARTERFINALS (Patriot League Network)

6pm: #8 Lehigh (11-20) at #1 Colgate (23-8)
6pm: #5 Lafayette (18-11) at #4 Army (15-14)
6pm: #7 Bucknell (13-19) at #2 American (16-13)
6pm: #6 Navy (14-15) at #3 Boston University (18-13)

WEST COAST FIRST ROUND (WCC Network)

8pm: #8 Loyola Marymount (10-20) vs #9 San Diego (9-22)
10:30pm: #7 Santa Clara (19-12) vs #10 Portland (9-22)