Championship Week continues tonight as three more automatic bids will be earned. Like last night, the chances of a team earning an at-large bid are nonexistent. The Colonial Athletic Conference (CAA) was a multi-bid conference just a few years ago, but the recent losses of VCU, Old Dominion, and George Mason have put an end to those days. The MAAC earned two NCAA bids in 2012, but will not do so this year.
Colonial: (1) Delaware vs. (3) William & Mary, 7pm (NBC Sports)
Talk about a reversal of fortunes. Around this time last season, the Tribe of William & Mary were capping off a third straight sub-.500 season. Tonight, they have a chance to earn their first ever NCAA Tournament bid. Some of Delaware’s seniors found themselves in a similar boat during their first season, when the Blue Hens finished a mere 14-17. A win for them would send the conference favorites to their first NCAA Tournament since 1999. The Blue Hens swept William & Mary during the regular season.
MAAC: (1) Iona vs. (2) Manhattan, 7pm (ESPN 3)
The two teams split their season series with wins at home and now compete for a return trip to the Big Dance. The Gaels of Iona have earned the MAAC’s automatic bid the past two seasons, while Manhattan last made the tournament back in 2004.
SoCon: (5) Western Carolina vs. (3) Wofford, 9pm (ESPN 2)
The SoCon tournament produced its share of upsets leading up to tonight’s final. In the semifinals, Western Carolina defeated tournament favorite Davidson, which went 15-1 in conference play during the regular season. Second-seeded Chattanooga was upset in the quarterfinal by Georgia Southern.
Wofford on the other hand, has cruised through the tournament so far, winning their two games by an average of 15.5 points. The Terriers defeated Western Carolina in their lone regular season meeting, but Western Carolina is still one win away from their first tournament bid since 1996.
Other Notable Tournament Games
West Coast Conference Semifinals
Saint Mary’s vs. Gonzaga, 9pm (ESPN)
San Francisco vs. BYU, 11:30pm (ESPN 2)