Day 2 of Championship Week features America East, Big South, Ohio Valley tournaments tipping off

Photo: Patrick Dodson/Daily Gazette

Photo: Patrick Dodson/Daily Gazette

It’s Day 2 of Championship Week, and that means it’s time to show this glorious video:

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Video courtesy: ESPN, CBS Sports

Music: “Do You Wanna Dance”, The Ramones

Complete Conference Tournament Schedule

Ahhh, that’s beautiful. So is today, as there are games on from noon until (almost) midnight tonight, and things get going in the America East, Big South and Ohio Valley Conferences.

But before we get to those, let’s briefly update you on what happened on Day 1. Three conference tournaments, the A-Sun, Horizon League, and Patriot League, began, and in the A-Sun, we’re already down to a Final Four.

No. 1-seed North Florida cruised past Stetson, 5th-seeded Lipscomb upset 4th-seed Northern Kentucky in OT, No. 3 USC-Upstate manhandled Kennesaw State, 90-54, and Florida Gulf Coast got past Jacksonville, 81-63.

In the Horizon League, Detroit used a second-half comeback to oust Youngstown State, 77-67, while Illinois-Chicago made one of those moments like you see above on agame-winning three by Jay Harris. The 9-23 Flames are moving on.

Meanwhile in the Patriot League, Navy ended Army’s season and recorded its first conference tourney win since 2001. Holy Cross also ousted Loyola-Marymount.

Check out Wednesday’s complete schedule below:

America East–Quarterfinals

All games begin at 7 p.m.

(1) Albany vs.

(8) Maine

Game Note: This one should be over early, as Will Brown’s Great Danes finished regular season play at 15-1 in the league and 21-8 overall, and beat Maine (3-26, 2-14 conf.) like they were the New York Knicks both times they played them during the regular year.


 (4) New Hampshire vs.

 (5) Hartford

Game Note: Hartford’s 7-9 league finish was a little bit disappointing, given the team’s 5-1 start and senior-laden roster. But a run in the A-East tournament would wipe all of that away. These two teams play similar styles and were extremely close all year, with one game being decided by a single point and the other in overtime. They split the series.


(3) Stony Brook  vs.

(6) Binghamton

Game Note: Stony Brook has been arguably the best program in the America East over the past six years, yet the Seawolves have zero NCAA appearances to show for it. They’ve been tantalizingly close to breaking through and winning the conference tourney, yet have fallen short each time. Is this–finally–the year?


 (2) Vermont vs.

(7) UMBC

Game Note: Big surprise, Vermont is near the top of the America East. The sturdy Catamounts finished near the top of the league yet again, and that makes nine years in a row with a winning league mark. In fact, UVM has had just one losing record in the A-East since 2002, and just two years in which it didn’t win at least 11 conference games. Now that’s sustained excellence.


Big South–First Round

 (8) Presbyterian  vs.

(9) Longwood

12:00 p.m.

Game Note: The 6-12 Blue Hose will take on the 5-13 Lancers in the first game of this tournament, which begins at 12 p.m. on Wednesday. Now that’s March Madness! Afternoon games with everything on the line. Both of these teams will be pumped to lace ’em up. PC has two scorers (Jordan Downing, DeSean Murray) who average over 15 points per game.


(7) Gardner-Webb  vs.

(10) Campbell

2:00 p.m.

Game Note: You’ve got to love these afternoon weekday games on campus, with both teams playing for their entire seasons. Gardner-Webb, which went 10-8 in the league during the regular season, should win this game. Campbell was just 4-14. But that’s the thing about March: you never know.


(6) UNC-Asheville  vs.

(11) Liberty

6:00 p.m.

Game Note: Asheville has been a big fish in the Big South pond, having represented the conference in the Big Dance in 2003, ’11, and ’12.


Ohio Valley Conference–First Round

(5) Morehead State  vs.

 (8) Southeast Missouri State

7:00 p.m.

Game Note: Morehead State finished 10-8 in the league, while SEMO State came in at 7-9. MSU handled the Redhawks, 70-57, in their only meeting of the season back on January 8.


(6) Eastern Illinois  vs.

 (7) SIU-Edwardsville

9:00 p.m.

Game Note: These two teams finished within a game of each other in the jumbled-up OVC. At least this tournament doesn’t allow teams with ugly conference records to get in, unlike the A-East, where 2-14 Maine and UMBC each made the conference dance.

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