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On The Menu: Monday, March 7, 2016

The CAA, MAAC, and SoCon all crown conference champions tonight, with the game in Albany and the two WCC semifinals in Las Vegas the most attractive to the watching eyes of bubble fans. Amazingly, in this wacky season, we have three title games tonight that feature the top two seeds.

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Game information courtesy Matt College Sports on TV Website, which has even more games listed and more specific info on coverage for regional sports networks and American Sports Network telecasts.

All times listed are Eastern, adjust accordingly.

For full information on this year's conference tournaments, visit Conference Tournament Central.

CAA Championship

Game 9: No. 2 UNC Wilmington Seahawks (24-7, 14-4) vs. No. 1 Hofstra Pride (24-8, 14-4), 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
The pair split their season series with each winning on the road.

After holding off the Northeastern Huskies and William & Mary Tribe, respectively, in yesterday's semifinals in Baltimore, we have a rematch of the 2006 CAA title game. The Pride will have revenge for that night on their minds, as that loss 10 years ago cost them an NCAA bid in a great year for the Colonial. This season, each team won a one-possession game on the other's home floor, after the host coughed up a seemingly insurmountable lead. KenPom has this as a coin flip game, though Hofstra's depth, or lack thereof, might cost them tonight.

MAAC Championship

Game 10: No. 2 Iona Gaels (21-10, 16-4) vs. No. 1 Monmouth Hawks (27-6, 17-3), 7 p.m. (ESPN)
The pair split their season series with each winning on the road.

The Gaels and Hawks meet for the third time this season and the stakes couldn't be higher, especially for Monmouth. Thanks in part to the struggles of Georgetown and UCLA and also to a couple of bad losses in conference play, King Rice's squad isn't the heavy favorite for an at-large bid they were just a month ago. So, a win tonight in the rubber match of what's been at times an ill-tempered series will be vital. Monmouth won a thrilling 110-102 game in New Rochelle on January 15th—with scuffles souring the postgame atmosphere. A little more than a month later, Iona returned the favor with an 83-67 victory in West Long Branch that wasn't really that close.

This is another pick'em matchup per KenPom.

SoCon Championship

Game 9: No. 2 ETSU Buccaneers (23-10, 14-4) vs. No. 1 Chattanooga Mocs (28-5, 15-3), 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
The Mocs swept the season series.

Like Monmouth, Chattanooga, who won at Dayton, Georgia, and Illinois during the season's first few weeks, would be a heavy favorite to secure an at-large without a couple of bad league losses weighing down its profile. So, Matt McCall's squad will attempt to defeat in-state rival ETSU for a third time to set themselves up as a potential upset pick when the actual bracket is revealed. The Mocs defeated the Bucs by 10 and eight this season, so there isn't a dramatic backstory for this one.

America East Semifinals

ESPN3 will stream both games.

Game 5: No. 7 Hartford Hawks (10-22, 4-12) at No. 1 Stony Brook Seawolves (24-6, 14-2), 7 p.m.
The Seawolves swept the season series.
Game 6: No. 4 New Hampshire Wildcats (19-11, 11-5) at No. 3 Vermont Catamounts (20-12, 11-5), 7:30 p.m.
The Catamounts swept the season series.

With the Albany Great Danes eliminated, it might be now or never for the Seawolves to finally break their way in to the NCAA Tournament. Stony Brook should win easily tonight, as they dominated the Hawks on two occasions this season. The matchup between neighbors in Burlington should be much closer, even if the Catamounts topped the Wildcats twice. UNH only fell by six at Patrick Gymnasium in the penultimate game of the regular season.

Horizon Semifinals

ESPNU will air both games.

Game 7: No. 4 Green Bay Phoenix (21-12, 11-7) vs. No. 1 Valparaiso Crusaders (26-5, 16-2), 7 p.m.
The Crusaders swept the season series, including a 70-68 win at Green Bay on February 28th.
Game 8: No. 3 Wright State Raiders (21-12, 13-5) vs. No. 2 Oakland Golden Grizzlies (21-10, 13-5), approx. 9:30 p.m.
The Golden Grizzlies swept the season series.

The first two days of the Horizon League Tournament were chalkier than antacid from the 80s, with no game closer than Green Bay's nine-point win over in-state rival Milwaukee Panthers in yesterday's quarterfinals. We might be in for more of the same tonight in Detroit, although the Phoenix will have to fancy their chances against a Valpo team they tested just a little more than a week ago. Game two is even more intriguing, as the Raiders are the biggest threat to the Crusaders in the field, thanks to the season sweep they own. However, to get a chance at a third win over the regular season champs, Wright State has to face its own kryptonite, Oakland, tonight.

Summit Semifinals

Midco SN will air and ESPN3 will stream both games.

Game 5: No. 5 North Dakota State Bison (19-12, 8-8) vs. No. 1 Fort Wayne Mastodons (24-8, 12-4), 7 p.m.
The pair split their season series with each winning at home.
Game 6: No. 6 Denver Pioneers (16-14, 7-9) vs. No. 2 South Dakota State Jackrabbits (24-7, 12-4), approx. 9:30 p.m.
The Jackrabbits swept the season series.

While the top two seeds swept Saturday's quarterfinal doubleheader, the lower seed claimed both of Sunday's contests. A rematch of last season's all-Dakota final is possible, considering the Bison did win their home game over Fort Wayne, and NDSU should have a crowd advantage—not only because of the presence of their own fans but also those of South Dakota State, who will be out in force.

WCC Semifinals

Game 6: No. 4 Pepperdine Waves (18-12, 10-8) vs. No. 1 Saint Mary's Gaels (26-4, 15-3), 9 p.m. (ESPN)
The Waves swept the season series.
Game 7: No. 3 BYU Cougars (23-9, 13-5) vs. No. 2 Gonzaga Bulldogs (24-7, 15-3), approx. 11:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
The pair split their season series with each winning on the road.

Both the Gaels and Bulldogs need to win tonight to maximize their at-large chances, but both face tricky opposition. Not only did the Waves take both meetings against Saint Mary's this season, a pair of results that hurt the Gaels' at-large hopes, but you could say that BYU should have a pair of wins over Gonzaga too. But this doubleheader is the only one that matters, and a loss for either of the top seeds might send them to the NIT.

MAC First Round

ESPN3 will stream all four games.

Game 1: No. 9 Toledo Rockets (17-14, 8-10) at No. 8 Eastern Michigan Eagles (17-14, 9-9), 7:30 p.m.
The Eagles swept the season series.
Game 2: No. 12 Bowling Green Falcons (14-17, 5-13) at No. 5 Kent State Golden Flashes (19-12, 10-8), 7 p.m.
The Falcons swept the season series.
Game 3: No. 10 Western Michigan Broncos (13-18, 7-11) at No. 7 Northern Illinois Huskies (20-11, 9-9), 8 p.m.
The pair split their season series with each winning at home.
Game 4: No. 11 Miami (Ohio) RedHawks (12-19, 6-12) at No. 6 Ball State Cardinals (19-12, 10-8), 7 p.m.
The Cardinals swept the season series.

The MAC's top four seeds will await in Cleveland for Thursday's quarterfinal, as the conference dumped its ladder bracket for a more traditional one. Still, the bottom eight teams meet on the floors of seeds five through eight to determine who makes the trip to Quicken Loans Arena.

MEAC First Round, Night One

ESPN3 will stream both games.

Game 4: No. 12 Delaware State Hornets (7-24, 5-11) vs. No. 5 Savannah State Tigers (14-14, 9-7), approx. 5:30 p.m.
The Tigers won the pair's lone meeting 64-47 at home on January 18th.
Game 5: No. 11 Coppin State Eagles (8-21, 6-10) vs. No. 6 North Carolina A&T Aggies (10-21, 7-9), approx. 8 p.m.
The Eagles won the pair's lone meeting 73-68 at home on January 27th.

The MEAC Tournament is a five-day long series of doubleheaders that aim to protect the conference's better teams. So, tonight's winners will have two days off before they meet the three and four seeds in the second quarterfinal doubleheader on Thursday. The 8 vs. 9 and 7 vs. 10 games are scheduled for tomorrow, since those winners will turn right around to meet the top two seeds in the first quarterfinal games on Wednesday.

Got it? Good. Note that the event's numbering accounts for the women's tournament, which is being held at the same site.

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