Vermont and North Carolina Central advance, heartbreak for Penn and Harvard

Vermont held off Albany in the America East title game 56-53 to extend the nation’s current winning streak to 21 games.  However, Texas-Arlington was not so lucky in the Sun Belt semifinal in New Orleans.  UTA had some big wins at Texas and St. Mary’s, but it was the three pointers that got them in the end as Texas Southern blasted UT-Arlington 83-62.  Their final opponent will be Troy, 74-63 winners over Georgia State.

In the Ivy League, Penn led in regulation but the top seed of Princeton caught up and won in overtime 72-64.  The second game was close throughout, but Yale upended Harvard 73-71.  Princeton puts its’ undefeated Ivy League record on the line Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Eastern time on ESPN2 for the inaugural Ivy League Championship game.

Derrick Walton, Jr. keeps Michigan’s bubble hopes alive entering final day

“Basketball was the furthest thing in my mind…It’s all about the team…I’m blessed.”

In thoughts given to Tracy Wolfson of CBS Sports after Michigan’s 84-77 Big Ten semifinal win over Minnesota

The magic ride for Michigan continues, as Walton was mostly the man in charge lighting up the Golden Gophers with 29 points, 5 rebounds, and 9 assists.  In the second semifinal, Wisconsin got sweet revenge from their surprising loss at home a few weeks ago to Northwestern as Nigel Hayes had 18 points and Bronson Koenig dominated both inside and outside.  The Wildcats were out of sync as they were never in the contest, losing 76-48.  Sunday’s title game will air at 3 p.m. Eastern on CBS.

The SEC will have Kentucky battling Arkansas, after UK survived a very gutty effort from Alabama before finally persevering 79-74.  Sadly, the magic ran out for Bryce Drew and Vanderbilt as they were outscored in the second half 41-31 in losing to the 3 seed of Arkansas by a score of 76-62.

Finally, congratulations to North Carolina Central for winning the MEAC title for the first time since 2014 winning at Norfolk State 67-59 in a come from behind effort.

And if you did not notice my blog from this morning, the SWAC title was already decided many hours before tip off as Texas Southern earned the automatic bid since Alcorn State was ruled ineligible.

See you later tonight with the brief wrap-ups from the Big 12, Big East, Mountain West, and Pac 12 as a possible number 1 seed could be up for grabs in Las Vegas between the Pac-12’s co-regular season champions of Arizona and Oregon.

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