Austin Peay shocks Belmont in overtime

SONG SELECTION:
LaSera, “A Thousand Ways” along with “Too Little, Too Late”

From the newly released CD, Music For Listening To Listen To

Released March 4, 2016 via Polyvinyl Records.

One too many rebounds cost Belmont the chance to repeat

This game had everything–

21 ties, 18 lead changes, a few offensive goaltending calls, and in the end–a missed rebound off a three-point attempt and that second extra rebound clearly was not released as the buzzer sounded at the Municipal Coliseum in Nashville.

Call them Cardiac Kids, call them resilient, but the Austin Peay Governors at .500 (17-17) became the first 8 seed in history to advance to the OVC title game with a dramatic 97-96 victory over the top seed in the Belmont Bruins.

Evan Braggs nearly matched Christian Laettner’s perfect shooting record from 1992–going 15 for 16 from the field.  But the last rebound did not count as the officials waved it off shortly after going to video review.

Austin Peay’s opponent on Saturday will be first time entrant Tennessee-Martin, who outdistanced the third seed in Morehead State 83-70 in the second semfinal game.

Ivy League update

The former Ivy League kings of Harvard dealt Princeton a possible crushing blow on Friday night, edging out the Tigers 73-71 after two shots from point blank range missed the mark as time expired.  Key shots kept the game close, but Harvard’s two free throws inside 15 seconds proved to be the winning margin.

This means that Yale could end the second longest drought between NCAA Tournament appearances if they beat Columbia on Saturday.

If not, Princeton would have to win their final two regular season contests to force a one-game playoff, since fyi–the Ivy League is the only conference without a post-season tournament.

Close shaves at Arch Madness, but higher seeds prevail

The afternoon session saw two close games at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, but Wichita State and Northern Iowa are poised for a 3:35 p.m. Eastern time showdown Saturday on the CBS Sports Network–this after both the Shockers and Panthers edged out Loyola (Chicago) and Southern Illinois by single digit margins.

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