Championship Week Coverage Archive

UNI defeats Indiana State 73-69

ST. LOUIS – Top seeded Northern Iowa can take a deep breath -  at least for now. After being behind for most of the second half, the Panthers survived a scare from ninth-seeded Indiana State by using a late 9-2 run over the last five minutes to earn a 73-69 victory in its Missouri Valley… more »

Drake Eliminated on Day One of MVC Tournament

The first game of the Arch Madness has already sent a 2008 NCAA Tournament team home. Ninth-seeded Indiana State knocked out eighth-seeded and defending Missouri Valley Conference Tournament champion Drake 62-55 Thursday evening. The Sycamores (11-20) jumped out to a 44-23 lead with 15:38 left in the second half after a three-pointer by senior forward… more »

MVC Tournament Preview – Welcome to Arch Madness.

Two big firsts are the big stories heading into the 2009 State Farm MVC Tournament, starting Thursday. 1. If you take the wacky world of the Missouri Valley Conference regular season as a litmus test, nine different teams can make a serious argument that they can take home the championship trophy and the automatic bid… more »

Key Thoughts Heading into Selection Sunday

1) UPDATE: I agree with Joe Lunardi, the Big XII champion will be a #1 seed in the Midwest.  The loser gets the #2 in the South. We saw last year that the Big XII Final has essentially no impact on the seeding of the final bracket, given that the game finished about 11 minutes… more »

The Official 2008 Tournament Bubble Breakdown

Here’s the article I’ll be updating throughout Championship Week to reflect the ever-changing landscape in BubbleLand. I would encourage BracketNation to post its thoughts on teams’ chances on making the NCAA Tournament, as well as seeding discussion, in the comments below. Updated Saturday March 15, 1:00 PT The biggest stories on The Bubble…where to begin?… more »

Big East semis Georgetown-West Virginia

“I’m a monster!” screamed Georgetown center Roy Hibbert after converting his final basket of a 72-55 win over the resurgent West Virginia Mountaineers. Hibbert played like Dilbert in the quarterfinals. Thanks to a colossal mismatch in the post and increased motivation, Hibbert showed extraordinarily well in the third most lopsided game of the 2008 Big… more »

Big 12 Tournament (Day 2 and Weekend Analysis)

Talk about an opening day to remember in Kansas City. A&M looked sloppy and won, while Baylor looked sharp and lost. It’s what you expect when the conference tournaments s Friday’s games bring more of the same uncertainty. For A&M, there is the chance to fully secure a tournament bid with a win over Kansas… more »

2008 Big East Tournament Recap

Quarterfinal Games Georgetown 82, Villanova 63 Let the bodies hit the floor! Recording artists Drowning Pool years ago concocted an apt anthem for the Villanova-Georgetown rivalry with “Bodies (Let the Bodies Hit the Floor).” Anything would have been better for ESPN to choose than the contrived, faux-frightening urban montage which accompanies every Aeropostale Big East… more »

Big 12 Tournament Preview (Day 1)

The Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri is the place to be today when Texas A&M, Baylor and a host of other possible bubble teams take their first step into the great beyond better known as the Big 12 Tournament. For most, the conference tournament is nothing more than one last chance to prove you… more »

Big Ten Tournament Preview

Regardless of what happens in Indianapolis at this week’s Big Ten Tournament, Wisconsin, Purdue, Indiana and Wisconsin all are dancing. One team – Ohio State – still has realistic dreams of a landing on the right side of the Selection Sunday bubble. That makes this year’s Big Ten Tournament a little mundane, but there are… more »

The Lighter Side of the MVC Tournament

Slumpbuster Evansville went 7:53 without making a field goal in the first half. The Aces then began the second half with a 7:30 scoring drought. To give an idea of how long eight minutes is, two Northern Iowa fans almost figured out how to pay for their parking when no attendant was on duty. Almost…. more »

2008 MVC Tournament Recap: Drake 79, Illinois State 49

Normally subdued, Keno pumped his fist in the air right around the time Drake took only its second lead of the afternoon. Little did he know the game would open up almost immediately. Playing with trademarked balance, DU knocked the Redbirds from the windowsill early. The hungry Bulldogs closed the first half with a protracted… more »

MVC Tournament Recap: Illinois State 56, Northern Iowa 42

When “Little O” nailed a 3-pointer with two on the shot clock all hopes of the first ever All-Iowa MVC Final were dashed. The Osiris Eldridge shot came from 22 feet out with 2:18 to play. Trying to rebound from an off night in the Illinois State tournament opener, Eldridge came out possessed. The super… more »

MVC Tournament Recap: Drake 75, Creighton 67

No worries. Drake defeated Creighton 75-67 to reach the nationally televised Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Final. The one team that did not need a strong conference tournament showing, Drake is starting to regain the air of invincibility they established earlier and seemingly lost in late February. Led by an incredibly reserved coaching staff, DU plays… more »

MVC Tournament Recap: Illinois State 63, Missouri State 58

Illinois State needed to win or it risked seeing its bubble burst. Without a win, Missouri State would lose its coach. Suffice it to say a sense of urgency was in the air. As usual, the underdog came out swinging–the winners from Day One tend to ride a wave of passion to a first half… more »

MVC Tournament Recap: Drake 68, Indiana State 46

“We have to work at putting teams away,” said Drake forward Jonathan Cox one month ago following a depressingly narrow defeat of Evansville. His dream came true in Drake’s 68-46 drubbing of a worn down Indiana State team. Despite sharing a color scheme, 100 seconds of basketball left no doubt which team was the favorite…. more »

ACC Tournament Day 1&2 Recap

Summary: The first round of the ACC Tournament produced four lower seeds as victors. Florida State pulled out a one-point victory over fellow bubble team Clemson in the opening game. Miami followed that up with an upset of red-hot Maryland, controlling the game throughout and holding on for the win. The nightcap started with an… more »

Mid-Continent Tournament Final Recap

For about 30 minutes, the game plan of Oakland head coach Greg Kampe worked.The Golden Grizzlies’ all-time leader in wins knew he had no answer for Oral Roberts forward Caleb Green, but the goal was to stop the other four guys on the floor from contributing. His biggest fear had to be ORU guard Ken… more »

Horizon League Tournament Final Recap

Anybody confused as to why Wright State’s Dashaun Wood was named Horizon League Player of the Year found out Tuesday night in his team’s biggest game.The senior guard ended the game with 27 points, nine rebounds and made the two crucial plays that allowed the Raiders to earn their second-ever NCAA Tournament berth by beating… more »

WCC Tournament Recap

#1 Gonzaga 77, #2 Santa Clara 68 For the ninth consecutive year, the Gonzaga Bulldogs (23-10, 11-3) are dancing into the NCAA Tournament after defeating Santa Clara 77-68 in the West Coast Conference Tournament final Monday night. Gonzaga, the WCC regular season champion, has persevered through early-season injuries and an indefinite suspension of star forward… more »

CAA Tournament Recap

#1 VCU 65, #6 George Mason 59 And exhale. George Mason won’t even make the 2007 NCAA Tournament but Jim Larranaga’s team found a way to scare about 20 BCS conference bubble teams into holding their breaths. Virginia Commonwealth guard Eric Maynor was the catalyst for his team’s comeback 65-59 win Monday evening. “For about… more »

The Seven Most Important Things to Remember During Championship Week

ALL RPI DATA FROM KEN POMEROY (WWW.KENPOM.COM) 1) The RPI is not a script for selecting and seeding teams. It is merely a framework, from which there is often significant deviation. Remember the following when you hear coaches, fans, and members of the media complaining in advance about the Selection Committee’s over-reliance on RPI data:… more »

2007 Missouri Valley Tournament Recap: Day 4

#2 Creighton 67, #1 Southern Illinois 61 There can be only one. There can be only one Highlander. A 12-year old girl only gets to dub one person her “best friend.” And the very format of a single-elimination tournament necessitates only one champion. March 4th, 2007, Creighton defeated SIU 67-61 to claim the MVC Championship…. more »

Southern Conference Tournament

Recap March 3, 6:00 EST, North Charleston Coliseum ESPN2 Champion: Davidson Wildcats Runner-Up: College of Charleston Cougars All-Tournament Second Team: Nick Aldridge, Western Carolina Jeremy Clayton, Appalachian State Kyle Hines, UNC-Greensboro Josh Jackson, College of Charleston Demetrius Scott, Appalachian State All-Tournament First Team: Stephen Curry, Davidson Dontaye Draper, College of Charleston Jermaine Johnson, College of… more »

Atlantic Sun Tournament Final Preview

#2 Belmont (22-9) at #1 East Tennessee State (23-8) 284 miles separates the two schools that will decide a conference tournament championship and an NCAA Tournament bid Saturday afternoon. Needless to say both programs know each other well and understand what a win would mean. “We talk about it all the time but 40 minutes… more »

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