Furman had the worst record, and if they had won the Southern Conference–it would have been the worst team to reach the NCAA’s since 1961.
But a step-back three with four minutes left spelled victory again for Wofford (4th appearance overall), as they repeat–along with Manhattan (8th appearance all-time) in a convincing 79-69 decision over their arch-rivals in Iona.
The CAA final in Baltimore had Northeastern edging out William & Mary 72-71, who is one of only five Division I schools who have never reached the NCAA Tournament (two military institutions and Northwestern are in that rather dubious group).
The Mid-American Conference began on Monday night, which I forgot to highlight earlier in the day. All of the higher seeds won.
Finally, in the West Coast Conference in Las Vegas–Gonzaga broke open a tight contest in the opening minutes of the second half to scorch Pepperdine by a 79-61 count. Next up in the final on Tuesday will be BYU, whom is still on the proverbial “bubble” as the Cougars easily dispatched of Portland led by the NCAA-tying record sixth triple double of the season by Kyle Collinsworth.
Tuesday night, we will have three more bids to be sewn up:
The Horizon League at now springlike Valparaiso, Indiana against Wisconsin-Green Bay along with the Summit League and the West Coast Conference in Las Vegas.
Two more tournaments will also begin on Tuesday, including the one with the most talent laden group of players and coaches. More on that in my next blog tomorrow morning. Have a good night.