UNCW, ETSU, and Iona all return

Monday night’s action featured one exciting game in the MAAC.

Iona and Siena dueled, but Iona seemed to have an edge in the paint and they also converted on all six of their free throws in overtime to outlast pesky Siena by a very slim 87-86 socre.  It is the Gaels’ 11th NCAA appearance and second in a row.

They were the #3 seed, of which the last #1 seed to win the MAAC postseason tournament was Siena back in 2010.

The other two games featured UNCW repeating again in the CAA, winning 78-69 at the College of Charleston–for North Carolina Wilmington, this will be their sixth trip to the Big Dance.  Finally, in the Southern Conference–East Tennessee State outlasted North Carolina Greensboro 79-74.  ETSU trailed 38-31 at the half.  The Buccaneers join Iona and Winthrop as ten time NCAA participants.

Two unlikely pairings line up the docket for Tuesday’s foursome set of bids

Both games air on ESPN and ESPN2:

Horizon League in final ever basketball game at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit:

Wisconsin-Milwaukee vs. Northern Kentucky, 7 p.m. on ESPN

NEC, Saint Francis (Pennsylvania) at Mount St. Mary’s, 7 p.m. on ESPN2

West Coast Conference in Las Vegas:  St. Mary’s (California) vs. Gonzaga, in this position for the 20th straight year, 9 p.m. on ESPN

Summit League:  Nebraska Omaha vs. South Dakota State, 9 p.m. on ESPN2

Of note earlier on Tuesday:

Clemson kept their slim bubble hopes alive with a nice 75-61 win over North Carolina State at the ACC Tournament in Brooklyn, New York.

It was Mark Gottfried’s last game as coach of the Wolfpack, and NC State pretty much looked lifeless in the second half.  Next up for Clemson, a grudge match with the 5 seed of Duke, 2 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday which you can see on ESPN.

Also, Wake Forest knocked off Boston College by double digits–and that game was not even close.

I will try to share my brief thoughts of the ESPN Tournament Challenge Marathon scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday to 7 p.m. Tuesday in another blog.  See you tonight with the latest action from around the country, as action begins in the MEAC, the SWAC, and the Big Sky conference out west.

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