We’ve got two teams officially in the NCAA tournament, with Utah State beating San Diego State in the Mountain West tournament, and Belmont topping Murray State in the Ohio Valley tournament. Both of them were quite the thrilling end to the game. First, here’s Sam Merrill’s shot that won the MW title for the Aggies:
SAM MERRILL DOESN'T WANNA WAIT UNTIL SUNDAY. HE WANTS HIS TOURNEY BID NOW. pic.twitter.com/yyuPKlacRU— Mid-Major Madness (@mid_madness) March 8, 2020
Here’s the play that won Belmont the OVC championship:
I swear that I have seen Belmont run that exact play to win a conference tournament at some point in the past. It all felt very familiar to me.
The Missouri Valley continued to be a bit bonkers, as #7 Valparaiso advanced out of the semifinals. That’s not that big of a deal, as they beat #6 Missouri State because that entire tournament lost its mind on Friday, but it’s still a #7 seed in the conference title game. They’ll face #4 Bradley in one of three title games that we’ll see today. The other two were set up previous to yesterday. The ASun and the Big South uses campus sites for their event, so there needed to be some time off between games.
The SoCon went sideways in the quarterfinals yesterday, with top seeded East Tennessee State coming out as the the only favored seed to win. The #5, #7, and #6 seeds all join the Buccaneers in the semifinals, which is pretty wild. ETSU is still the heavy favorite to win, I would imagine, but hey, anything’s possible.
What else do we heave? #2 South Dakota State got bounced in the Summit League. #10 Coastal Carolina advanced past #7 UT-Arlington in the Sun Belt first round. #5 San Francisco bumped out #4 Pacific in the West Coast quarterfinals. Upsets, but not whackadoodle stuff like the MVC and the SoCon.
NIT Automatic Bids
NCAA Tournament Automatic Bids
Here’s the schedule for the day, with all times Central as always.
ASUN CHAMPIONSHIP (ESPN)
BIG SOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP (ESPN)
CAA QUARTERFINALS (FloHoops)
11am: #1 Hofstra (23-8) vs #8 Drexel (14-18)
1:30pm: #4 College of Charleston (17-13) vs #5 Delaware (21-10)
5pm: #2 William & Mary (21-10) vs #7 Elon (12-20)
7:30pm: #3 Towson (19-12) vs #6 Northeastern (15-15)