First time since Kennedy Administration in 1962
Yale is going dancing!
The Bulldogs won at Columbia on Saturday night 71-55. It did not matter what happened with Princeton, albeit they won handily in Dartmouth 84-65–Yale breaks the second longest drought between NCAA Tournament berths in history.
The longest drought still belongs to…that school just a few scant miles away from baseball’s longest drought between World Series titles–the Northwestern Wildcats out of the Big Ten.
History also made in the Ohio Valley Conference
Austin Peay for years used to always be the pesky neighbor you could never stand. But even after their star rebounder was injured briefly going after a rebound with 8 minutes left in the first half, the Governors simply dominated from the outside nailing a season high 16 three point baskets. Led by Jared Savage scoring 24 points (including 8 of 14 shots from long distance), to go along with 9 rebounds and two assists, Austin Peay is back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2008.
What a cool birthday present for their head coach, as Dave Loos turned 69 on this day. Even cooler, Jared’s father Jermaine won an OVC title and appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 1996.
But similar to the 1983 North Carolina State Wolfpack, Austin Peay had to win their final two regular season games just to get a chance to play in this OVC Tournament. And now, they are back over .500 and playing very well.
For the Skyhawks, things simply fell apart after scoring 11 of the first 14 points. A 19-2 run pretty much sealed the deal. Chris Horton’s dunk at the 11:38 mark was the turning point. Tennesee Martin was led in scoring by Twymond Howard who shared game high scoring honors with 24 points, while Jacolby Mobley chipped in with 15, and Alex Anderson had 14. The Skyhawks finish their season at 19-14 and await word on which lower tournament they will be heading to in eight nights time.
On Sunday, the Missouri Valley will pit Northern Iowa against Evansville (2 p.m. Eastern time on CBS), along with the Big South (Winthrop vs. UNC Asheville, 2:30 p.m. on ESPN2) and the Atlantic Sun Conference (Stetson vs. Florida Gulf Coast, 7 p.m. on ESPN2) will decide their automatic bids.
Among the Senior Days taking place in the big schools, North Carolina survived a late charge from Duke
Led by senior Brice Johnson’s 18 points and 21 rebounds, the Tar Heels got sweet revenge against their longtime rivals at Cameron Indoor Stadium 76-72 and in the process, UNC clinches the top overall seed entering next week’s ACC Tournament in Washington, D.C.
Expect the Tar Heels to join traditional power Kansas as number one seeds when the brackets are revealed shortly after 5:30 p.m. Eastern time next Sunday on CBS.