UPDATE: 11:02 p.m.
Ban charges. You can’t see this dunk and decide it doesn’t count. I don’t care if it’s a good call. It’s a bad call. Give Caleb Martin his points.
Wow. What a CHARGE taken by Utah State. pic.twitter.com/rNndxu66c6— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) March 3, 2019
- Russell Steinberg
Update: 8:10 p.m.
It’s been an up and down season for Loyola Chicago, and some might even consider it disappointing relative to preseason expectations. But despite the hiccups along the way, the Ramblers are regular season champions in the Missouri Valley and will claim the No. 1 seed in Arch Madness.
FINAL: Loyola Chicago 81, Bradley 68— Matt Craig (@MrMattCraig) March 3, 2019
It's been a roller coaster season, but the Ramblers are still cutting down the nets. They repeat as MVC champions for the first time since moving into the conference. Will have the No. 1 seed in Arch Madness.
And it WILL be madness.
The Ramblers finished tied atop the Valley with Drake at a record of 12-6, but swept the head to head matchups during the season, thus earning the top seed and regular season crown.
Update: 7:20 p.m.
No West Coast Conference team had more to gain than Loyola Marymount, which could’ve been seeded anywhere from fifth to eighth in the WCC Tournament depending on how the final day of games panned out.
Luckily for the Lions, their slow pace and methodical defense held off San Francisco in a 74-69 win. James Batemon led the Lions with 19 points, five boards and two assists — because of course he did — while Eli Scott’s 15 points mostly came from critical free-throws down the stretch. With the win, LMU has its first 20-win season since the 2011-2012 team that won 21 games and made the CIT quarterfinals.
The loss all but tanked the Dons’ already-slim at-large tournament hopes. After starting the season with a 12-2 record, the Dons flamed out in conference play by having not one, but two three-game losing streaks against mostly-beatable opponents. BYU is a lock for the three-seed and — most importantly — moves out of Gonzaga’s side of the bracket with the USF loss.
If there’s a silver lining for the Dons, then it’s the play of freshman forward Dzmitry Ryuny, who scored 12 points off of 4-7 3FG off the bench. San Francisco’s teams under Kyle Smith have had incredibly deep benches, so it was no surprise that the one-time, seldom-used freshman helped USF claw back into the game with his perimeter shooting. Conference tournaments favor deeper teams, and it’ll be interesting to see how the Dons fare next weekend in Vegas.
Update: 4:00 pm
Going undefeated in conference play is a tall task for any college basketball team at any level of the sport. It demands a massive amount of consistency and talent, two elements that No. 24 Wofford has displayed all season long.
For Wofford, the dream of an undefeated Southern Conference record became a reality today as the Terriers defeated Samford on the road by a score of 85-64. Today’s victory was thanks, in large part, to Fletcher Magee, who put up an astounding 36 points all while making 8 three-pointers.
While Wofford still has its eyes set on a SoCon Tournament title and an NCAA Tournament run, today’s win is still extremely satisfying, as it places the 2018-19 Terriers in the history books alongside some of the conference’s most storied teams:
Wofford is looking to become only the fifth Southern Conference team since 1975 to finish an unbeaten regular season. Davidson did it three times and College of Charleston once. Only the Davidson in 2007-08 did it with more league games (20). Terriers trying to go 18-0.— Todd Shanesy (@TerrierTracker) March 2, 2019
Update: 3:58 p.m.
In a de facto regular season championship game, it was Campbell who ultimately claimed the No. 1 seed in the Big South tournament with a 64-62 win over Radford. Despite trailing by six at halftime, the Camels were able to chip away in the second half before ultimately taking the lead late in the second half. As one would expect, Chris Clemons was the primary catalyst for the Camels.
Chris Clemons is a 5-foot-9 stick of dynamite, and he's exploding in the second half of this Radford-Campbell game. Up to 23 points but far from done.— Matt Craig (@MrMattCraig) March 2, 2019
Winner gets home court in the Big South tourney! pic.twitter.com/zBA8rdKUPA
CHRIS CLEMONS. GOT. BUNNIES.— Matt Craig (@MrMattCraig) March 2, 2019
Look at the explosiveness! Campbell up 2 late. pic.twitter.com/loV8fVfRks
After Radford tied it at 62 with just under 30 seconds to play, Jordan Whitfield stepped up to the line to sink a pair of free throws to seal the win. The Camels will have home court advantage through the Big South tournament as the No. 1 seed. Radford will be the No. 2 see after losing the tiebreaker.
Update: 2:20 p.m.
RAIDERS WIN! Colgate clinches a share of the regular-season title and the top seed in the Patriot League Tournament!— Colgate Men's Basketball (@ColgateMBB) March 2, 2019
For the first time since 1996, the playoffs will run through Hamilton! #GoGate pic.twitter.com/LxuNVuIwP1
Congrats to Colgate on locking up the 1 seed in the Patriot League Tournament with a win this afternoon. Bucknell, which staged a fun comeback to defeat Army in its finale, will be the 2 seed and Lehigh is the 3. American will be the fourth host team in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.
The Raiders actually trailed most of the afternoon but took the lead with just over nine minutes remaining in the second half. They went ahead for good on a three from Will Rayman with 45 seconds left and iced the game at the line. Rapolas Ivanauskas had 15 to lead four Colgate players in double figures.
We are two days away from having postseason basketball in our lives. Two.
This is, indeed, March.
And with that, 10 conferences wrap up their regular seasons today, and more than half of them do not yet have a 1 seed determined for their league tournaments next week. Needless to say, there’s plenty on the line. We’ll be here all day keeping you updated on what’s going on.
Assuming Bucknell and Colgate don’t both lose, the Patriot League will sort out its top seeds first. Both those teams are in action now and all the Raiders have to do is win to lock up home-court throughout the Patriot League Tournament.
The Patriot League is the appetizer, however, as the day only gets better as it goes on, culminating with a Gonzaga-Saint Mary’s showdown in Moraga. Here are the games to watch (all times Eastern):
Radford at Campbell, 2 p.m., ESPN3 (winner gets 1 seed in Big South tournament)
George Mason at Saint Louis, 3 p.m., NBC Sports
Saint Francis PA at Sacred Heart, 3:30 p.m., NEC Front Row
VCU at Richmond, 4 p.m., CBS Sports
Robert Morris at Wagner, 4 p.m., NEC Front Row
Drake at Missouri State, 4 p.m., ESPN+
Bradley at Loyola University Chicago, 6 p.m. ESPN2
Princeton at Harvard, 7 p.m., ESPN+
Nevada at Utah State, 8:30 p.m., CBS Sports
Gonzaga at Saint Mary’s, 10 p.m., ESPN