BRIDGEPORT, CT - MARCH 07: The St. Peter's Peacocks celebrate with the championship conference trophy after they won 62-57 against the Iona Gaels during the final of the MAAC men's conference basketball tournment at Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard on March 7, 2011 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)
Eight is not yet enough...
60 spots remain to be filled...
Monday night started with two epic championship games on the Eastern Seaboard.
In the Metro Atlantic No. 4 St. Peter's Peacocks followed up their upset of top seed (and host) Fairfield by holding off No. 2 Iona62-57 The Peacocks topped Alabama at the Paradise Jam back before Thanksgiving, so they could give someone a game next week. Down in Richmond in the CAA final, Old Dominion had an 18-point lead on No. 4 VCU at one point, but the Rams' comeback fell short, despite the best efforts of an energetic pro-VCU crowd at Richmond Coliseum. The Monarchs take the auto bid, and likely send their archrivals down the NIT, with a 70-65 victory.
Later in the evening, action moved South and West. Wofford, the defending Southern Conference champ and two seed in the South Division topped division champ College of Charleston, 77-67, to earn their second trip in a row, and ever, to the Tournament. Remember the Terriers gave four seed Wisconsin all they could handle in the First Round in Jacksonville last year.
After the jump, a look at the Tuesday schedule, which features three conference finals.
Sun Belt Final
at Hot Springs, AR
The Mean Green, preseason favorites, are in the final after taking care of Western Kentucky, 81-62, in Monday's first semifinal. They'll take on West Division rivals UALR, who stunned Middle Tennessee, the only bye team who made the semifinals. North Texas won both meetings between the two during the regular season.
Horizon League Final
The Panthers will look to defeat the Bulldogs for a third time this season and book the Horizon's automatic bid . If Butler loses, will it have enough on its profile to earn an at-large?
Summit League Final
at Sioux Falls, SD
The Big Sky conference reaches its semifinal stage with the doubleheader to be played at top seed Northern Colorado. The Bears are looking for their first ever NCAA bid. The other three teams involved have all made the Tournament before, including defending champion Montana, the two seed.
Big Sky Semifinals
at Greeley, CO
Both games air on Altitude and CSN Northwest.
The bottom half of the Big East begins that conference's marathon tournament with a quadruple-header this afternoon and evening at Madison Square Garden.
Big East Opening Round
at New York
No. 16 DePaul Blue Demons vs. No. 9 Connecticut Huskies, ESPN2 (12 p.m. ET)
No. 13 Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. No. 12 Seton Hall Pirates, ESPN2 (approx 2:30 p.m. ET)
No. 15 South Florida Bulls vs. No. 10 Villanova Wildcats, ESPNU (7 p.m. ET)
No. 14 Providence Friars vs. No. 11 Marquette Golden Eagles, ESPNU (approx. 9:30 p.m. ET)
The Atlantic 10 and Mid-American Tournaments open with campus site first round action today. Winners in the A-10 advance to Friday's quarterfinals in Atlantic City, while the MAC teams will play in quarterfinals in Cleveland on Thursday.
Atlantic 10 Opening Round
No. 9 Dayton Flyers at No. 8 UMass Minutemen, 9 p.m. ET (CBS College Sports)
No. 12 St. Joseph's Hawks at No. 5 George Washington Colonials, 7 p.m. ET (CBS College Sports)
No. 10 La Salle Explorers at No. 7 St. Bonaventure Bonnies, 5 p.m. ET (CBS College Sports)
No. 11 Saint Louis Billikens at No. 6 Rhode Island Rams, 7 p.m. ET
MAC Opening Round
No. 9 Central Michigan Chippewas at No. 8 Buffalo Bulls, 7 p.m. ET
No. 12 Toledo Rockets at No. 5 Ohio Bobcats, 7 p.m. ET
No. 10 Northern Illinois Huskies at No. 7 Bowling Green Falcons, 7 p.m. ET
No. 11 Eastern Michigan Eagles at No. 6 Akron Zips, 7 p.m. ET
The MEAC Tournament also opens this evening in Winston-Salem, with the two opening round winners moving on to quarterfinals on Wednesday.
MEAC Opening Round
at Winston-Salem, NC
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