On Saturday, Eastern Kentucky claimed the only bid on offer, as the Colonels stunned top-seeded Belmont, 79-73, in the Ohio Valley final. However, that game wasn't the only conference tournament game of bracket impact, as two leagues that take Sunday off -- for radically different reasons -- produced results that will impact the at-large picture.
First, in the Horizon, the home of the final will be different than the quarterfinals/semis site, as fifth-seeded Milwaukee defeated regular season champ Green Bay on its home floor for the second time in the span of a month. The Panthers picked up a 73-66 overtime win that sets up a visit to No. 3 seed Wright State for the auto bid on Tuesday night.
In the WCC, both BYU and Gonzaga advanced to Monday's semifinals. The Cougars had little trouble with Loyola Marymount, earning a place opposite San Francisco in the last four. On the other hand, the Bulldogs got all they could handle in a 77-75 win over Santa Clara, which sets up a semifinal showdown with old rival St. Mary's.
All TV info is courtesy Matt's College Sports on TV site. He has many more games listed, particularly ones broadcast only on local channels and in-house cable sports/local interest channels that are not widely available nationwide. You'll also want to check out his listings for information on which conference regional matchups and CSN, FSN, and Root Sports contests (all games listed in these posts marked with an *) are available on which affiliates.
All times are Eastern.
Big South Championship
Both teams won thrillers in Saturday's semifinals, with the Eagles defeating UNC Asheville Bulldogs by just one and the Chanticleers keeping VMI in check in a 66-62 win. Coastal defeated Winthrop twice this season, winning by 10 in Rock Hill but needing overtime to pick up a 73-72 win at home on January 18th.
Atlantic Sun Championship
After winning their respective semifinals on Thursday night, the Bears and Eagles meet in Fort Myers, where the pair's rubber match will determine which one heads to the NCAAs. Each team won a lopsided affair on its own home floor. This will mark the last A-Sun contest for Mercer before it heads to the Southern Conference next season.
The Sycamores, who were swept by the Shockers, get one more chance at earning a bid on Sunday afternoon in St. Louis. While Wichita State blew past Missouri State in Saturday's first semifinal, Southern Illinois gave Indiana State a fight before falling by just three.
America East Semifinals
Both games on ESPN3
All four higher seeds won fairly handily on Saturday afternoon, though Vermont did get a fight from New Hampshire Wildcats for a little more than a half. Tonight, the biggest challenge is faced by top seed Vermont, who will need to knock off Albany on its home floor -- never an easy task -- to host next Saturday morning's final.
Both games on NBCSN
On Saturday, the top-seeded Blue Hens struggled mightily with a Hofstra team that had played the previous night. This afternoon, they'll face a Husky team they defeated by four in Boston and handled by 13 in Newark. Meanwhile, Towson will attempt to defeat William & Mary for the third time this season. That will be a challenge, considering the Tribe almost knocked off the Tigers at home on March 1st.
Both games on ESPN3
No. 4 Canisius Golden Griffins (21-11, 15-6) vs. No. 1 Iona Gaels (21-9, 18-3), 4:30 p.m.
No. 3 Quinnipiac Bobcats (20-10, 15-6) vs. No. 2 Manhattan Jaspers (23-7, 16-5), approx. 7 p.m.
While the Gaels and Jaspers, rolled through their Saturday quarterfinals, the Golden Griffins struggled to get by Siena and the Bobcats had trouble with bottom-seeded Niagara Purple Eagles. During the regular season, Iona and Canisius split, with each winning on the road and Quinnipiac surprisingly swept Manhattan.
Both games on CSS/ESPN3
No. 5 Western Carolina Catamounts (18-14, 11-6) vs. No. 1 Davidson Wildcats (20-11, 16-1), 6 p.m.
No. 7 Georgia Southern Eagles (15-18, 8-10) vs. No. 3 Wofford Terriers (17-12, 12-5), approx. 8:30 p.m.
The Catamounts and Eagles both pulled upsets on Saturday, with Georgia Southern eliminating a Chattanooga team that looked to be Davidson's closest challenger for the conference crown. WCU actually eliminated Elon, the only SoCon team to defeat the Wildcats this season.
Summit League Quarterfinals
Both games on Midco SN/FCS
No. 5 South Dakota Coyotes (12-17, 6-8) vs. No. 4 Denver Pioneers (15-14, 8-6), 7 p.m.
No. 6 Western Illinois Leathernecks (10-19, 4-10) vs. No. 3 South Dakota State Jackrabbits (18-11, 10-4), approx. 9:30 p.m.
On Saturday night, IPFW (23-9, 11-4) destroyed IUPUI to join top-seeded North Dakota State in Monday's semifinals. Today, the middle teams in the bracket square off to determine their opposition. Denver split its series with South Dakota, while SDSU swept Western Illinois this season.