First of 32 Automatic Bids to be Handed Out on Saturday Night

In the final game for the 54 year old configuration of the Nashville Veterans Coliseum, it will be Jacksonville State against Tennessee Martin for the Ohio Valley Conference championship.

Both teams have never made the Big Dance before, so we will have a first time participant to kick off the 32 automatic qualifiers and pencil in our first of 68 schools to qualify for the 2017 NCAA Tournament.

The game tips off at 8 p.m. Eastern time on ESPN2.

Summit League kicks off in South Dakota

One tournament begins on Saturday in Sioux Falls.

All games except the final can be seen online on ESPN3:

First Round, note the dates on each side of the bracket.

1. South Dakota vs. 8. Western Illinois, 7 p.m. Eastern Saturday

4. South Dakota State vs. 5. Denver, 7 p.m. Eastern Sunday

3. Nebraska-Omaha vs. 6. IPFW, 9:30 p.m. Eastern Sunday

2. North Dakota State vs. IUPUI, 9:30 p.m. Eastern Saturday

Semifinals on Monday, championship game on Tuesday night on ESPN2.

Other tournaments continuing include:

Colonial, Horizon League with Valparaiso playing UWM, MAAC, Missouri Valley semifinals at 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. on CBSSN, Northeast, Southern, and the West Coast Conferences.

If any major upsets occur, I will try to blog them sometime during the night.
Please have a great Saturday.





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