MAC and MEAC tournaments start

A very busy week, even with NFL football legend Peyton Manning announcing his retirement from the gridiron after 18 glorious years on Monday.

Before I mention the three postseason bids up for tonight, there are two other tournaments that are beginning:

Mid-American Conference, all games except First Round at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland

All first round games on ESPN3 online, championship game on March 12 on ESPN2.

8. Eastern Michigan vs. 9. Toledo, 7:30 p.m.

5. Kent State vs. 12. Bowling Green, 7 p.m.

Winners play 1. Akron on Thursday, March 10

7. Northern Illinois vs. 10. Western Michigan, 8 p.m.

Winner plays 4. Central Michigan

6. Ball State vs. 11. Miami (Ohio), 7 p.m.

Winner plays 2. Ohio

Semifinals on Friday, March 11 with 3. Buffalo playing the top bracket winner.

Skinny:  Expect a wide open tournament.

Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

All games to take place in Norfolk, Virginia

Best to check conference website for exact streaming information.

First Round:

8. Maryland-Eastern Shore vs. 9. Morgan State, 4 p.m. on Tuesday

Winner plays 1. Hampton on Wednesday or Thursday

5. Savannah State vs. 12. Delaware State, 5 p.m. on Monday

Winner plays 4. Bethune-Cookman on Wednesday or Thursday

6. North Carolina A&T vs. 11. Coppin State, 7 p.m. on Monday

Winner plays 3. South Carolina State on Wednesday or Thursday

7. North Carolina Central vs. 10. Howard, 6 p.m. on Tuesday

Winner plays 2. Norfolk State on Wednesday or Thursday

Semifinals will take place on Friday, March 11

Championship game on Saturday, March 12, ESPN channel TBD

AUTOMATIC BIDS TO BE DECIDED TONIGHT:  3

CAA–2. UNC Wilmington vs. 1. Hofstra, 7 p.m. on NBCSN

MAAC–2. Iona vs. 1. Monmouth, 7 p.m. on ESPN

The nasty rivalry adds another chapter.

Southern Conference–2. East Tennessee State vs. 1. Chattanooga, 9 p.m. on ESPN2

Other games to keep an eye on

Valparaiso opens up Horizon League play in the semifinal round vs. the four seed in Wisconsin-Green Bay at 7 p.m., while the second seed of Oakland takes on the 3 seed of Wright State at around 9:30 p.m.  Both games will air on ESPNU.

West Coast Conference resumes in Las Vegas after taking Sunday off, as some titanic matchups will surface:  9 p.m. on ESPN has Pepperdine squaring off with the top seed of St. Mary’s.  Pepperdine has beaten the Gaels twice already this season.  And for you late night buffs, second seeded Gonzaga draws the late owl assignment once again against the three seed in Brigham Young.  That game will air around 11:30 p.m. Eastern on ESPN2.

Four more conferences will decide bids on Tuesday, and action will tip off in the ACC (minus Louisville), the Big Sky, the formerly great Conference USA, and the SWAC.

If any upsets occur, I will blog them later tonight.  Enjoy the rest of your Monday.

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