Casual Cheering Guide for Today/Tonight's NCAA Hoops Action

Another full slate of games awaits us today!   Some important ones are already underway so I thought we would start the fun earlier than usual.  The Colonial, West Coast, Metro Athletic, and Southern Conference Tournaments begin today, while the Ohio Valley semifinals, Atlantic Sun semifinals, Horizon quarterfinals, and Missouri Valley quarterfinals forge forward.

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March is the best.  via beat.bodog.com

As far as Georgetown goes, the Big East Women's Tournament kicks off today as well.  The Lady Hoyas have a bye into second round, but two teams are squaring off this afternoon for the right to get beaten by Georgetown tomorrow.

There are also two important Ivy League games tonight as the conference leaders face traps before their showdown on Saturday.  Since there is no conference tournament for the Ivy League, the regular season winner gets into the Dance.

After The Jump, I will provide you with everything you need to know about everything.

Conference Tournaments:

Big East Women's Conference Tournament 1st Round:

  • #9 Syracuse vs. #16 Seton Hall 2pm Winner will face the Hoyas tomorrow at 2pm. Obviously we want Seton Hall to win, since they suck and they're playing Syracuse (not in that order). They're 8-21 while Syracuse is 21-8.  The Hoyas whooped both of these teams, so hopefully it won't really matter who wins. If the Hoyas advance they have a date with UConn on Sunday. The Hoyas were able to keep it close at home last Saturday, but it would take quite an effort to pull off that upset.

Colonial Athletic Association Conference Tournament 1st Round:

  • #8 UNC Willimington vs. #9 Georgia St. 12pm  Winner faces the #1 Seed George Mason tomorrow. These teams split their series, each winning at home.  Each game was close so anything could happen in this rematch.
  • #5 Drexel vs. #12 Towson 2:30pm Winner gets the #4 Seed VCU.  Towson did not win a single game this season in conference.  However, Drexel only won by 3 @ Towson in the last game of the regular season. Everyone loves those classic 5-12 upsets.
  • #7 Delaware vs. #10 North Eastern 6pm Winner gets the #2 Seed, our friends ODU.  Delaware swept the season series.
  • #6 James Madison vs. #11 William & Mary 8:30pm Winner faces the #3 Seed Hofstra.  The teams split their season series each winning on the others home court.

Southern Conference Tournament 1st Round:

  • #4S Davidson vs. #5N UNC Greensboro 2pm Winner faces #1N W. Carolina.  The teams split their season series.  Davidson won at home in the last game of the regular season by 11.
  • #3N App St vs. #6S Georgia Southern 4:30pm Winner faces #2S Wofford, aka the other SoCon team Georgetown played.  We want the Mountaineers to win obviously. App St. won the one meeting this year by 28pts.
  • #3S Furman vs. #6N Samford 7pm Winner faces #2N Chatanooga aka The Fighting Wattads. Furman swept Samford in their season series.
  • #4N Elon vs. #5S The Citadel 9:30 pm Winner faces #1S College of Charleston. Elon won the lone match up @ Citadel by 7.

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament 1st Round:

  • #8 Niagara vs. #9 Marist 7:30pm Winner gets the #1 seed Fairfield.  The teams split the season series. Marist won at home by 8 in early December. Niagara won at home by 17 in early February.
  • #7 Sienna vs. #10 Manhattan 9:30pm Winner gets the #2 seed Iona. The Saints have fallen off after 3 straight NCAA appearances.  The teams split their series.  Both games took place in February and were decided by single digits.

West Coast Conference Tournament 1st Round:

  • #5 Portland vs. #8 Loyola Marymount 9pm ESPN3 Winner faces the #4 seed Santa Clara. Portland Swept the series winning in 2OT at home but blowing out the Lions on the road.
  • #6 Pepperdine vs. #7 San Diego 11:30pm ESPN3 Winner faces the #3 seed San Fransisco. Pepperdine swept the season series.

Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Quarter Finals:

  • #1 Missouri St vs. #8 S. Illinois 1:05pm Missouri St. swept the Salukis by double digits in each game.
  • #4 N. Iowa vs. #5 Creighton 3:35pm The teams split the series each winning at home. Creighton won the rematch in the last game of the regular season. The Panthers are reeling since losing Lucas O'Rear to injury, dropping 6 of their last 7 games.
  • #2 Wichita St. vs. #10 Bradley 7:05pm The Shockers swept Bradley, winning both games by double digits.
  • #3 Indiana St. vs. #6 Evansville 9:35pm Despite being the higher seed, Indiana St. was actually swept by the Aces in the regular season. Each game was decided by single digits.

Horizon League Tournament Quarter Finals:

  • #3 Cleveland St. vs. #6 Wright St. 6pm ESPN3 Winner gets #2 Butler. The Vikings swept both games over Wright St., winning by almost 20 at home and escaping with a 2pt. win on the road.
  • #4 Valpraiso vs. #5 Detroit 8:30pm ESPN3 Winner gets #1 Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  That's right, neither Butler nor Cleveland St. won the Horizon League -  it was the Panthers who claimed the top spot.  Anyway, Valpo swept the season series.

Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament Semi Finals:

  • #1 Belmont vs. #5 Mercer 6:30pm ESPN3 Belmont won both regular season matchups by double digits.
  • #2 E. Tennessee St. vs. #6 N. Florida 9pm ESPN3 The Buccaneers swept N. Florida on the season, but then again so had Jacksonville who the Ospreys upset in the quarterfinals.

Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Semi Finals:

  • #1 Murray St. vs. #4 Tennessee Tech 8pm ESPNU The Racers swept both of their games against Tenn. Tech. The Racers have been dominant in the OVC over the years, winning 14 conference championships.
  • #2 Morehead St. vs. #3 Austin Peay 10pm ESPNU The Eagles split the series with Austin Peay losing on the road in overtime in December but getting the 13pt win at home in January. Morehead's Kenneth Faried is one of the best big men in the country and is the leading rebounder in modern NCAA history.

Other Games of Note:

  • Penn @ Harvard 7pm and Princeton @ Dartmouth 7pm Harvard is 10-2 Princeton is 10-1.  On Saturday they will have their second meeting of the season in a game that will likely determine the Conference Champion.  Princeton won the first matchup.  If the two finish tied at the end of the season there will be a playoff to see who goes to the Dance.  Obviously we want former Georgetown Assistant Sidney Johnson and Princeton to prevail and win the Ivy League.

Phew.

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