Friday, March 4, 2005

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Conference Tournament Watch (ESPNU Debut Edition)

In my infinite stupidity, I forgot to mention the Atlantic Sun yesterday. Their tournament kicked off yesterday and top seed Gardner-Webb, a projected 16 seed in the Big Dance, almost blew it's shot at March Madness. Thankfully, they rebounded to beat Troy 64-62.

Troy is next scheduled to take on the Greek National Team for the rights to Helen of Troy.

Big South: Winthrop had no trouble with Birmingham Southern. Next: Championship vs. Charleston Southern, Tomorrow.
Davidson makes short work of Elon. Next: UNC Greensboro, Today
Horizon: Tournament Resumes today. Wisconsin-Milwaukee faces the winner of Loyola (Ill) and Illinois-Chicago Tomorrow.

Conference Tournaments kicking off today:

  • America East (Vermont)
  • Colonial (Old Dominion)
  • MAAC (Niagra)
  • Missouri Valley (Southern Illnois, Wichita State?, Creighton?, Northern Illinois?)
  • Sun Belt (Denver U., Louisiana-Lafayette)
  • West Coast (Gonzaga, St. Mary's)

Four to Watch

  • Syracuse at UConn (Saturday 3:00 P.M. Central, CBS) - While these two are destined for at large bids, the winner will certainly be helped in the seeding department.
  • Kyocera SoCon Tournament Championship (Saturday, 6:00 P.M., ESPN2) - Nothing like the pressure of a mid-major conference championship: Win or watch your at-large bid go to a mediocre major conference team. Davidson will most likely be under the gun tomorrow.
  • Texas at Oklahoma State (Saturday 8:00 P.M Central, ESPN) - Texas needs this one. Like really needs this one.
  • Duke at North Carolina (Sunday 3:00 P.M. Central, CBS) - Aside from the fact that it's *the* game in the ACC every year, the Tar Heels can clinch the #1 seed in the ACC Tournament with a win.

Tomorrow: Conference Tournament Watch (Yes, we are posting on a saturday)
Monday: Big 12 Conference Tournament Preview.

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