Three More Conference Tournaments Begin

Action in the America East, Northeast, and Ohio Valley begin tonight

All games on Watch ESPN and campus radio.

America East, all games at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted:

  1. Vermont vs. 8. Maine

4. New Hampshire vs. 5. UMBC, 7:30 p.m.

3. Albany vs. 6. Hartford

2. Stony Brook vs. 7. Binghamton

Winners advanced to Semifinals on Monday, March 6 and

the final game will be Saturday, March 11.

Fast Analysis:  Vermont looks to unseat perennial winner Albany, but Stony Brook is defending champion.

Northeast Conference:

All games start at 7 p.m. except the last game listed is at 9 p.m.

  1. Mt. St. Mary’s vs. 8. Sacred Heart

4. St. Francis (PA) vs. 5. Bryant

The final two games will air on NESN:

3. Wagner vs. 6. Fairleigh Dickinson

2. LIU-Brooklyn vs. 7. Robert Morris

Winners play in the Semifinals on Saturday, March 4 and the automatic bid will be decided on Tuesday, March 7.

Fast Analysis:  Mt. St. Mary’s won their first regular season NEC title since 1996 and their intimate crowd setting will make life miserable for their opponents.  Look for The Mount to advance.

Ohio Valley Conference, all games in Nashville.

Action can be seen on OVCN in Tennessee and each game up to the final is online:

First Round
5. Southeast Missouri State vs. 8. Tennessee State, 7:30 p.m.

Winner plays 4. Jacksonville State on Thursday.

6. Tennessee Tech vs. 7. Murray State

Winner plays 3. Morehead State on Thursday.

Earning double byes to the Semifinal round beginning on Friday, March are the two top seeds of 1. Belmont and 2. Tennessee-Martin.

The championship game will be the first conference to decide who will be heading to the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, March 4.  You can see that game on ESPN2.

Fast Analysis:  Belmont is on a mission to repeat, after barely hanging on against Murray State in halting their huge winning streak in the 2016 OVC title game.

Tuesday night’s results

Outside of Vanderbilt squandering a 19 point loss in losing at Kentucky by six points, the Big South continued as Campbell raced to a 45-17 halftime lead en route to an easy 81-62 win over Preysbertian.  Up next for Campbell, a trip to second seed UNC Asheville.  The other game had Charleston Southern squeak by Longwood (a school which had only six wins all year) by a score of 79-74.  Next up as a reward for winning their first conference tournament game since March 5, 2014 is a trip to the top seed of Winthrop.

In the America East, Army got by American University (Washington, DC) 74-58 while Loyola of Maryland barely escaped with a 67-64 close shave victory over Lafayette (Pennsylvania).

Thursday will have the MAAC, Missouri Valley, and Patriot League starting their tournaments.  I will give a brief primer on those matchups tomorrow.

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