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Conference Tournament Go-Round: March 10

Tuesday night saw three bids handed out. The Sun Belt final turned out to be the championship game of the night, as the Horizon and Summit finals resulted in comfortable wins for the top seeds.

Sun Belt: Second seed North Texas claimed its third-ever NCAA bid with a thrilling 66-63 win over top-seeded Troy. (recap)

Horizon: Butler pounded Wright State, 70-45, to ensure one bid from the Horizon. (recap)

Summit: Top-seeded Oakland had a relatively easy time with two seed IUPUI, winning 76-64 to advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2005. It's the Golden Grizzlies' second trip ever. (recap)

After the jump, I'll look ahead to Wednesday's busy slate of action.

Two more teams will book their places in the field of 65 this evening. All times are p.m. Eastern.


Second-seeded Robert Morris visits top seed Quinnipiac for the conference's lone bid (7, ESPN2). The two tied for the regular season crown, but the Bobcats host as they won the only head-to-head meeting, 87-79 in Moon Township, Pa. on February 20.

Big Sky

The No. 1 seed Weber State will face fourth-seeded Montana for the title (9, ESPN2). The Grizzlies upset two seed Northern Colorado, keeping them from booking their first-ever bid. The Wildcats defeated two-time defending champion Portland State in the late semifinal.

Tuesday's Semifinals
(4) Montana 68, (2) Northern Colorado 63
(1) Weber State 69, (6) Portland State 60

Atlantic 10

The A10 Tournament is off until Friday, when Tuesday's four winners will face the top four seeds in the quarterfinals. Three of the four hosts won, with Charlotte's bubble now officially burst after a home loss to UMass.

Tuesday's Opening Round
(8) St. Bonaventure 83, (9) Duquesne 71
(7) Dayton 70, (10) George Washington 60 
(11) Massachusetts 59, (6) Charlotte 56
(5) Rhode Island 87, (12) St. Joseph's 76

Big East

The Big East field is down to 12. St. John's was the only lower seed to win Tuesday, as they knocked UConn out of the Tournament race. While the Red Storm and USF claimed relatively easy wins in the afternoon session. Seton Hall and Cincinnati won evening thrillers. Seeds 5 through 8 jump into the fray today. For more information, check out SB Nation's preview.

Tuesday's First Round
(9) South Florida 58, (16) DePaul 49 (recap)
(13) St. John's 73, (12) Connecticut 51  (recap)
(10) Seton Hall 109, (15) Providence 106 (recap)
(11) Cincinnati 69, (14) Rutgers 68 (recap)

Wednesday's Second Round (All four games on ESPN.)
(8) Georgetown vs. (9) South Florida, 12
(13) St. John's vs. (5) Marquette, 2:30
(10) Seton Hall vs. (7) Notre Dame, 7
(11) Cincinnati vs. (6) Louisville, 9:30

Big 12

The Big 12 Tournament opens up in Kansas City with four opening round games. The winners advance to meet Kansas, Kansas State, Baylor and Texas A&M Thursday in the quarterfinals. Check out the SB Nation preview.

Wednesday's First Round (All games on Big 12 Network/Full Court.)
(8) Colorado vs. (9) Texas Tech, 12:30
(5) Missouri vs. (12) Nebraska, 3
(7) Oklahoma State vs. (10) Oklahoma, 7
(6) Texas vs. (11) Iowa State, 9:30

Big West

The Big West begins its final tournament at the Anaheim Arena. This is another league where the top two seeds get a double-bye. Plus, winners are re-seeded after each round.

Wednesday's Opening Round
(5) Cal State Fullerton vs. (8) Cal State Northridge, 9
(6) Cal Poly vs. (7) UC Irvine, 11:30

Conference USA

Events get started in Tulsa with four opening round games. UTEP, Memphis, UAB, and Marshall await in Thursday's quarterfinal round.

Wednesday's Opening Round
(7) Houston vs. (10) East Carolina, 1
(6) Southern Mississippi vs. (11) Tulane, 3:30
(5) Tulsa vs. (12) Rice, 7
(8) SMU vs. (9) UCF, 9:30


The MEAC Tournament continues in Winston-Salem with the third first-round game. On Tuesday, Bethune-Cookman advanced by knocking off their archrival FAMU and North Carolina A&T upended Howard.

Tuesday's Opening Round
(7) Bethune-Cookman 64, (10) Florida A&M 53 
(9) North Carolina A&T 65, (8) Howard 55

Wednesday's Opening Round
(6) Maryland-Eastern Shore vs. (11) Coppin State, 3

Mountain West

As there are nine teams in the MWC, an opening game is required to determine New Mexico's quarterfinal opponent for Thursday. Wyoming and Air Force managed to go 4-28 in conference play this season. Head over to SB Nation to check out a tournament preview.

Wednesday's Opening Round
(8) Wyoming vs. (9) Air Force, 5 (the mtn.)


Normally, there would be two opening round games in Los Angeles, but since USC's athletic department banned the basketball team from this postseason, only one is on the schedule for tonight.

Wednesday's Opening Round
(8) Oregon vs. (9) Washington State, 11 (FSN/Comcast SportsNet)


The Southland Conference sends eight teams to its tournament and they'll all be in action Wednesday in Katy, Texas.

Wednesday's Quarterfinals
(2) Stephen F. Austin vs. (7) Texas-Arlington, 1
(3) Texas A&M-Corpus Christi vs. (6) Texas-San Antonio, 3:30
(1) Sam Houston State vs. (8) Nicholls State, 7
(4) Southeastern Louisiana vs. (5) Texas State, 9:30

Southwestern Athletic

The SWAC Tournament opens in Shreveport with two quarterfinals, featuring the top two seeds. Only eight of the 10 members advanced to the postseason.

Wednesday's Quarterfinals
(1) Jackson State vs. (8) Grambling State, 8
(2) Arkansas Pine Bluff vs. (7) Mississippi Valley State, 2:30