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Arizona and Gonzaga could meet for a second time this season after getting the top two seeds in the West region. (Photo: Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY Sports)
CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE Best round of 64 matchup Maryland vs. Xavier: Though Maryland earned a No. 6 seed and Xavier snuck into the field as an 11, only wrapping up a bid with a win over Butler in the Big East tournament, the Musketeers are actually five spots higher in the Ken Pomeroy efficiency rankings at No. 40. Xavier had an awful February, losing six in a row at one point shortly after point guard Edmond Sumner tore his ACL. It undoubtedly took some time for the Musketeers to readjust, but this is still a good, experienced core with Trevon Bluiett and J.P. Macura, and Chris Mack is a proven NCAA tournament coach who has won at least one round in four of his six appearances. Maryland has been mediocre on the defensive end this season, and at times they ask too much of point guard Melo Trimble, who averaged 17 points this season. As a result, the Terrapins stumbled down the stretch, losing six of their last 10 after a 20-2 start. Justin Jackson, a 6-7 freshman, has been wildly inconsistent but is capable of putting up big numbers. If he emerges as a No. 2 scorer, Maryland could go on a run. More likely, they’ll have to survive a coin-flip game against Xavier and need Trimble to come up big again down the stretch.
BRACKET CHALLENGE : Create a pool Potential upset Dunk City is back in the field, and don’t be surprised if Florida Gulf Coast does it again, drawing a beatable No. 3 seed in Florida State. Though the Seminoles have a deep bench and a wealth of potential NBA talent, this is a young team with no NCAA experience that laid some absolute eggs this year away from home. While it’s tempting to pick Florida State for a deep run because of its combination of athleticism and high-end skill like swingman Dwayne Bacon (16.9 ppg), coach Leonard Hamilton has made the Sweet 16 just twice in seven appearances. Granted, the matchups here don’t necessarily favor Florida Gulf Coast, especially in the frontcourt, but that’s nothing new for the Eagles, who made their famous run in 2013 by spreading the floor, playing smallball and putting pressure on the opponents’ defense. Though the players and coaching staff are different, the Eagles dominated the Atlantic Sun Conference this season behind an array of dynamic playmakers and bouncy big men. Brandon Goodwin is a high-volume shooter at the point guard position who averages 18.2 points per game, and he’ll need to be excellent to negate the easy buckets Florida State will get from 6-10 freshman Jonathan Isaac. If Florida State’s immaturity pops up at the wrong time, it could be deja vu for FGCU.
The sleeper Until the last week of the regular season, it didn’t seem like Vanderbilt could make up enough ground to even get in the field. But the Commodores closed strong, winning eight of their final 11 games including twice against Florida and on the road at Arkansas to secure their place in history as the first 15-loss team to get an at-large bid. The Commodores are a scary matchup because of their long distance shooting, which ranks 15th nationally in threes made per game (9.9) and 59th in accuracy (37.7%), which is impressive considering the volume they shoot. Vanderbilt’s 7-foot-1 center, Luke Kornet, will bring opposing big men out to the perimeter because he attempts 4.6 threes per game, opening the floor for a group of guards who are solid off the bounce in Matthew Fisher-Davis and Riley LaChance. Kornet is also a tremendous rim protector who rarely gets in major foul trouble (he didn’t foul out of a single game this year), which means easy baskets are hard to come by against the Commodores. Vanderbilt went 3-0 against Florida and had a pair of close losses to Kentucky, which suggests it won’t be an easy out for Gonzaga in a potential Round of 32 matchup. If the Commodores stay hot from the 3-point line, they could be the West’s bracket-buster.
The winner If the West goes according to form, the regional final will pit arguably the two best coaches in the sport who have yet to reach a Final Four in Gonzaga’s Mark Few and Arizona’s Sean Miller. Both programs have had their hopes dashed on the second weekend in recent years, and the West sets up for one of them to finally break through this time. While Gonzaga beat Arizona head-to-head back on Dec. 3, 69-62, look for the Wildcats to turn the tables this time and return to the Final Four for the first time since 2001. A lot has changed for Arizona since December, namely getting sophomore guard Allonzo Trier back on Jan. 21 after he tested positive for a banned performance-enhancing substance and missed Arizona’s first 19 games. The Wildcats went 13-2 with Trier, who averaged 20.6 points in the Pac-12 tournament. Arizona is one of the most complete teams in the field with depth, athleticism on the wings and a highly skilled big man in 7-foot Finnish freshman Lauri Markkanen, who shoots 43% from the 3-point line. After a pair of heartbreaking Elite Eight losses against Wisconsin in 2014 and 2015, it feels like everything is coming together for Arizona this time and deliver Miller a long-overdue chance at the title.
1. Gonzaga Nickname: Bulldogs, Zags. Location: Spokane, Wash.
Record: 32-1, 17-1. Bid: West Coast champ
Last appearance: 2016, lost to Syracuse in round of 16
Coach: Mark Few (21-17 in 17 appearances)
Twitter: @ZagMBB
Overview: The elements are all in place, from the do-everything facilitator (Nigel Williams-Goss) to the athletic big man (Przemek Karnowski) to the support players who know their roles. The Zags don’t always light it up from long range, but they usually make up for it with their athleticism and ability to get to the rim. And they are efficient: Fourth in the nation in points per possession. But an aggressive zone defense could pose a challenge.
Projected starters: G Nigel Williams-Goss, 6-3, Jr. (16.9 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 4.8 apg, .521 fg%, .910 ft%); G Josh Perkins, 6-3, So. (8.4 ppg, 3.4 apg, .406 3fg%); G Jordan Mathews, 6-4, Sr. (10.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg); F Johnathan Williams, 6-9, Jr. (10.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg, .599 fg%); C Przemek Karnowski, 7-1, Sr. (12.6 ppg, 6.0 rpg, .610 fg%).
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2. Arizona Nickname: Wildcats. Location: Tucson.
Record: 30-4, 16-2. Bid: Pac-12 champ
Last appearance: 2016, lost to Wichita State in round of 64
Coach: Sean Miller (17-9 in nine appearances)
Twitter: @APlayersProgram
Overview: Make no mistake — the Wildcats weren’t bad even without Allonzo Trier. But his midseason reinstatement has Arizona fans thinking Final Four. It’s a complete team with perimeter and inside scoring threats, as well as a deep bench led by Kobi Simmons and Parker Jackson-Cartwright. The defense isn’t always sound, meaning Wildcats games can turn into track meets.
Projected starters: G Allonzo Trier, 6-5, So. (16.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.5 apg); G Kadeem Allen, 6-3, Sr. (9.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.1 apg); G Rawle Alkins, 6-5, Fr. (11.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.0 apg); F Lauri Markkanen, 7-0, Fr. (15.2 ppg, 7.5 rpg); C Dusan Ristic, 7-0, Jr. (10.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg)
3. Florida State Nickname: Seminoles. Location: Tallahassee, Fla.
Record: 25-8, 12-6. Bid: ACC at-large
Last appearance: 2012, lost to Cincinnati in Round of 32.
Coach: Leonard Hamilton (6-7 in seven appearances).
Twitter: @fsuhoops
Overview: The Seminoles’ top-line talent could make them a tough out. Dwayne Bacon is a future pro. Freshman Jonathan Isaac is an all-around talent and potent shot blocker, and Xavier Rathan-Mayes’ assist-turnover ratio of 2.76 is among the 25 best in Division I. Florida State beat seven ranked opponents this season, tying a school record. With two more wins overall, they would tie their single-season wins record. The Seminoles had two losses entering a Jan. 25 game at Georgia Tech but are just 7-6 since.
Projected starters: G Dwayne Bacon, 6-7, So. (16.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg); G Terance Mann, 6-6, So. (8.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg); G Xavier Rathan-Mayes, 6-4, Jr. (10.4 ppg, 4.8 apg); F Jonathan Isaac, 6-10, Fr. (12.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg); C Michael Ojo, 7-1, Sr. (5.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg)
4. West Virginia Nickname: Mountaineers. Location: Morgantown, W.Va.
Record: 26-8, 12-6. Bid: Big 12 at-large
Last appearance: 2016, lost to Stephen F. Austin in the Round of 64
Coach: Bob Huggins (29-22 in 22 appearances)
Twitter: @wvuhoops
Overview: A balanced lineup — eight players average between 6.0 and 12.9 points — and Huggins’ frenetic fullcourt defensive pressure propelled the Mountaineers. All the Mountaineers’ regular-season losses were by fewer than 10 points.
Projected starters: G Jevon Carter, 6-2, Jr. (12.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg); G Tarik Phillip, 6-3, Sr. (9.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg); Daxter Miles, 6-3, Jr. (9.1 ppg, 2.2 rpg); Nathan Adrian, 6-9, Sr. (10.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg); Elijah Macon, 6-9, Jr. (6.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg)
5. Notre Dame Nickname: Fighting Irish. Location: South Bend, Ind.
Record: 25-9, 12-6. Bid: ACC at-large.
Last appearance: 2016, lost to North Carolina in Elite Eight.
Coach: Mike Brey (12-13 in 13 appearances).
Twitter: @NDmbb
Overview: Notre Dame plays a clean game. The Irish shoot 81% from the free throw line as a team, best in the nation, and trail only UCLA in assist/turnover ratio. Bonzie Colson is one of the 10 best players in college basketball this season, but as a team the Irish do not have a lot of size in the paint. Notre Dame has win streaks of 11, seven and six games along with a losing streak of four games.
Projected starters: G Steve Vasturia, 6-6, Sr. (13.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.4 apg); G Matt Farrell, 6-1, Jr. (14.2 ppg, 5.5 apg, 42% 3PT); F Bonzie Colson, 6-5, Jr. (17.0 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 1.4 bpg); F V.J. Beachem, 6-8, Sr. (15.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg); G Rex Pflueger, 6-6, So. (4.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg)
6. Maryland Nickname: Terrapins. Location: College Park, Md.
Record: 24-8, 12-6. Bid: Big Ten at-large
Last appearance : 2016, lost to Kansas in the Sweet 16
Coach : Mark Turgeon (8-7 in seven appearances)
Twitter: @TerrapinHoops
Overview: Maryland is one of the more unpredictable teams; three of this season’s losses were to teams playing relatively poorly. It’s hard to know what version of Maryland will show up on any given night — par for the course when a team starts three freshman — but it’s worth pointing out that when Melo Trimble is playing well, he is one of the best players in the nation and can single-handedly take over any game.
Projected starters : G Melo Trimble, 6-3, Jr. (16.9 ppg, 3.7 apg); G Anthony Cowan, 6-0, Fr. (10.4 ppg, 3.7 apg); F Kevin Huerter, 6-7, Fr. (8.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg); F Justin Jackson, 6-7, Fr. (10.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg); C Damonte Dodd, 6-11 Sr. (6.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg)
7. St. Mary’s Nickname: Gaels. Location: Moraga, Calif.
Record: 28-4, 16-2. Bid: West Coast at-large
Last appearance: 2013, lost to Memphis in Round of 64
Coach: Randy Bennett (4-5 in five appearances)
Twitter: @smcgaels
Overview: Denied an at-large opportunity a year ago, the Gaels hope to make the most of this one. They play a stingy man-to-man defense that keeps them in most games, are efficient on offense (No. 3 in points per possession) and if three-point shots fall will be a tough out. The Gaels don’t have the depth to compensate for foul trouble.
Projected starters: C Jock Landale, 6-11, Jr. (16.8 ppg, 9.3 rpg, .609 fg%); F Evan Fitzner, 6-10, So. (5.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg); F Calvin Hermanson, 6-6, Jr. (13.0 ppg, 2.9 rpg, .815 ft%, .437 3fg%); G Emmett Naar, 6-1, Jr. (9.5 ppg, 5.8 apg, .853 ft%, .439 3fg%); G Joe Rahon, 6-2, Sr. (8.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 5.7 apg).
8. Northwestern Nickname: Wildcats. Location: Evanston, Ill.
Record: 23-11, 10-8. Bid: Big Ten at-large
Last appearance : First appearance.
Coach : Chris Collins (first appearance)
Twitter: @NUMensBball
Overview: How cool is this? Northwestern makes its first NCAA tournament appearance. This is what Collins dreamed of when he took over the program nearly four years ago, and this is what he sold his first full recruiting class (now juniors). What’s different between this Northwestern team and teams in the past are, most notably, the style of play and the confidence.
Projected starters : G Bryant McIntosh, 6-3, Jr. (14.5 ppg, 5.3 apg); G Scottie Lindsey, 6-5, Jr. (14.0 ppg, 2.4 apg); F Vic Law, 6-7, So. (12.6 ppg, 5.9 rpg); F Sanjay Lumpkin, 6-6, Sr. (6.4 ppg,5.7 rpg); C Dererk Pardon, 6-8, So. (8.8 ppg, 8.0 rpg)
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9. Vanderbilt Nickname: Commodores. Location: Nashville
Record: 19-15, 10-8. Bid: SEC at-large
Last appearance: 2016, lost to Wichita State in First Four
Coach: Bryce Drew (0-2 in two appearances)
Twitter: @VandyMBB
Overview: At 9-11 overall in late January, it seemed impossible for the Commodores to play their way into the field. But getting hot at the right time matters, and Vanderbilt’s strong finish against the nation’s No. 1 RPI schedule helped build its case. The Commodores can be a scary opponent in tournament play because of their three-point shooting, which led the SEC at 38% and 9.9 made threes per game.
Projected starters: G Riley LaChance, 6-2, Jr. (10.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.0 apg); G Nolan Cressler, 6-4, Sr. (7.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.8 apg); G Joe Toye, 6-7, So. (6.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.1 apg); F Jeff Roberson, 6-6, Jr. (11.2 ppg, 7.1 rpg); C Luke Kornet, 7-1, Sr. (13.8 ppg, 6.2 rpg)
10. Virginia Commonwealth Nickname: Rams. Location: Richmond, Va.
Record: 26-8, 14-4. Bid: Atlantic 10 at-large
Last appearance: 2016, lost to Oklahoma in Round of 32
Coach: Will Wade (1-1 in one appearance)
Twitter: @VCU_Hoops
Overview: The Rams have been and still are known for their tenacious defensive intensity. VCU holds opponents to about 66 points a game, which is among the best in the nation. When opponents do get in the paint, senior forward Mo Alie-Cox protects the rim with 2.2 blocks per game, second in the Atlantic 10. They don’t have great size, but they do have versatility.
Projected starters: G JeQuan Lewis, 6-1, Sr. (14.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.6 apg); G Samir Doughty, 6-4, Fr. (8.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.3 apg); G Doug Brooks, 6-4, Sr. (5.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.1 apg); F Mo Alie-Cox, 6-7, Sr. (10.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.2 bpg); F Justin Tillman, 6-7, Jr. (12.8 ppg, 8.4 rpg)
11. Xavier Nickname: Musketeers. Location: Cincinnati.
Record: 21-13, 9-9. Bid: Big East at-large
Last appearance: 2016, lost to Wisconsin in Round of 32
Coach: Chris Mack (7-6 in six appearances)
Twitter: @XavierMBB
Overview: The Musketeers were hit hard by injuries, never really recovering from the absence of PG Edmond Sumner (knee). Trevonn Bluiett is an exceptional talent who can take over a game. He can’t do it alone against top competition, however, so a lengthy stay is unlikely.
Projected starters: G Trevon Bluiett, 6-6, Jr. (18.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.0 apg); G J.P. Macura, 6-5, Jr. (14.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.8 apg, .810 ft%); G Malcolm Bernard, 6-6, Sr. (6.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg); G Quentin Goodin, 6-4, Fr. (4.5 ppg, 3.3 apg); F Tyrique Jones, 6-9, Fr. (4.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg)
12. Princeton Nickname: Tigers. Location: Princeton, N.J.
Record: 23-6, 14-0. Bid: Ivy champ
Last appearance: 2011, lost to Kentucky in Round of 64
Coach: Mitch Henderson (first appearance)
Twitter: @Princeton_Hoops
Overview: Princeton struggled to begin the season, losing its first two games. But after defeating Bucknell on Dec. 22 the Tigers caught fire and won 16 in a row entering the Ivy League tournament. The team has four players scoring in double figures. The Tigers have the best scoring defense in the conference and led the Ivy in scoring margin.
Projected starters: G Devin Cannady, 6-1, So. (13.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg); G Myles Stephens, 6-5, So. (11.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg); F Pete Miller, 6-11, Sr. (2.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg); F Spencer Weisz, 6-4, Sr. (16.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg); F Steven Cook, 6-5, Sr. (13.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg)
13. Bucknell Nickname: Bison. Location: Lewisburg, Pa.
Record: 26-8, 15-3. Bid: Patriot champ
Last appearance: 2013, lost to Butler in Round of 64
Coach: Nathan Davis (first appearance)
Twitter: @Bucknell_MBB
Overview: Bucknell started conference season with four consecutive victories before resuming its streak and winning seven in a row en route winning the regular-season crown. The Bison led the league in scoring offense and scoring margin and on defense they led the conference in blocked shots.
Projected starters: G Kimbal Mackenzie, 6-1, So. (11.5 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 2.4 apg); G Stephen Brown, 5-11, Jr. (11.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 4.8 apg); G Avi Toomer., 6-3, Fr. (3.3 ppg, 2.1 rpg); F Zach Thomas, 6-7, Jr. (15.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 3.3 apg); C Nana Foulland, 6-9, Jr. (14.8 ppg, 8.0 rpg)
14. Florida Gulf Coast Nickname: Eagles. Location: Fort Myers.
Record: 26-7, 12-2. Bid: Atlantic Sun champ
Last appearance: 2016, lost to North Carolina in the Round of 64.
Coach: Joe Dooley (1-1 in one appearance)
Twitter: @FGCU_MBB
Overview: The program’s reputation has been built on offense, and this year’s team is no exception. FGCU shoots 50.2% from the field with most of those shots coming at close range. The Eagles aren’t as successful from the three-point line, however. While scoring gets noticed, FGCU also does a lot of the dirty work that leads to wins with a strong field-goal percentage defense and rebound margin.
Projected starters: G Brandon Goodwin, 6-2, Jr. (18.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 4.0 apg, 51.6 FG%); G Zach Johnson, 6-2, So. (11.8 ppg, 3.0 apg); G Christian Terrell, 6-5, Jr. (10.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg); F Demetris Morant, 6-9, Sr. (10.7 ppg, 8.0 rpg); F Marc-Eddy Norelia, 6-8, Sr. (8.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 55.3 FG%).
15. North Dakota Nickname: Fighting Hawks. Location: Grand Forks, N.D.
Record: 22-9, 14-4. Bid: Big Sky champ
Last appearance: First appearance
Coach: Brian Jones (first appearance)
Twitter: @UNDmbasketball
Outlook: There is a lot to like about the Fighting Hawks, who are in the Big Dance for the first time (UND transitioned to D-I in 2008). North Dakota can shoot (48.5% from the field, 18th in the nation, including 38.5% from three-point range) and score (80.1 points a game, 35th). Top marksman Quinton Hooker is accurate from everywhere. The competition will be a step up from the Big Sky, but the Hawks should have a fighting chance.
Projected starters: F Drick Bernstine, 6-8, Jr. (7.9 ppg, 7.1 rpg); F Conner Avants, 6-7, So. (9.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 57.5 FG%); G Geno Crandall, 6-3, So. (15.6 ppg, 503 FG%); G Corey Baldwin, 6-4, Sr. (10.1 ppg, 41.4 3FG%); G Quinton Hooker, 6-0, Sr. (19.0 ppg, 47 FG%, 44.6 3FG%, 89.4 FT%)
16. South Dakota State Nickname: Jackrabbits. Location: Brookings, S.D.
Record: 18-16, 8-8. Bid: Summit champ
Last appearance: 2016, lost to Maryland in Round of 64.
Coach: T.J. Otzelberger (first appearance)
Twitter: @GoJacksMBB
Overview: This looked bleak for the Jackrabbits and their first-year coach after winning one of their first six conference games. They’re back in the field after a run in the conference tournament as a No. 4 seed. Mike Daum, the nation’s No. 2 scorer, carries much of the load in a high-powered offense that relies on the three and free-throw shooting.
Projected starters: F Mike Daum, 6-9, So. (25.3 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 87.1 FT%); G/F Reed Tellinghuisen, 6-7, Jr. (11.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 81.7 FT%); G Michael Orris, 6-3, Sr. (8.3 ppg, 4.0 apg, 49.0 FG%); G Chris Howell, 6-5, So. (7.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg); G/F Lane Severyn, 6-5, Jr. (2.9 ppg)
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The Michigan Wolverines defeated Wisconsin to claim the Big Ten tournament title. Geoff Burke, Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen The SMU Mustangs beat Cincinnati to win the AAC tournament title. David Butler II, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Kentucky defeated Arkansas to win the SEC tournament title. Jim Brown, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen The Troy Trojans defeated Texas State for the Sun Belt tournament title. Jonathan Bachman, Getty Images Fullscreen The Rhode Island Rams beat VCU to win the Atlantic 10 tournament title. Charles LeClaire, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Princeton defeated Yale to claim the the Ivy League tournament title. Chris Szagola, AP Fullscreen Arizona celebrates after beating Oregon for the Pac-12 title. Stephen R. Sylvanie, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen UC Davis celebrates after defeating UC Irvine for the Big West title. Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen New Orleans celebrates after beating Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to win the Southland title. Erik Williams, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Duke celebrates after beating Notre Dame to win the ACC title. Anthony Gruppuso, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Middle Tennessee celebrates after defeating Marshall to win the Conference USA championship. Marvin Gentry, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Kent State celebrates after defeating Akron to win the MAC title. Ken Blaze, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Villanova celebrates after defeating Creighton to win the Big East title. Adam Hunger, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen The Iowa State Cyclones celebrate after beating West Virginia to win the Big 12 title. Denny Medley, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen The Nevada Wolf Pack celebrate after defeating Colorado State to win the Mountain West title. Stephen R. Sylvanie, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Texas Southern celebrates after defeating Alcorn State for the SWAC title. Eric Christian Smith, AP Fullscreen Josh Collins celebrates after North Dakota defeated Weber State in overtime to win the Big Sky title. Lance Iversen, AP Fullscreen North Carolina Central celebrates after defeating Norfolk State to win the MEAC title. Bill Tiernan, AP Fullscreen New Mexico State celebrates after beating Cal State Bakersfield for the WAC title. L.E. Baskow, AP Fullscreen The Vermont Catamounts celebrate after defeating Albany to win the America East Conference tournament. Gregory Fisher, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Bucknell players celebrate winning the Patriot League championship game over Lehigh. Chris Knight, AP Fullscreen Gonzaga celebrates after beating Saint Mary’s to win the WCC title. Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen The South Dakota State Jackrabbits celebrate with fans after beating Omaha to win the Summit League title. Steven Branscombe, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Northern Kentucky celebrates after defeating Milwaukee to win the Horizon League title. Raj Mehta, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Mount St. Mary’s head coach Jamion Christian cuts down a net after his team beat Saint Francis (Pa.) to win the NEC title. Steve Ruark, AP Fullscreen Iona celebrates beating Siena in overtime, 87-86, to win the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Gregory J. Fisher, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen East Tennessee State beat UNC Greensboro 79-74 to win the Southern Conference championship. Kathy Kmonicek, AP Fullscreen UNC Wilmington defeated Charleston 78-69 to win the Colonial Athletic Association championship. Mic Smith, AP Fullscreen Wichita State won the Missouri Valley Conference tournament. Jeff Curry, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Florida Gulf Coast won the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament. Rick Osentoski, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Jacksonville State won the Ohio Valley tournament. Mark Zaleski, AP Fullscreen Winthrop won the Big South Conference tournament. Chuck Burton, AP Fullscreen Like this topic? You may also like these photo galleries: Replay 1 of 32 2 of 32 3 of 32 4 of 32 5 of 32 6 of 32 7 of 32 8 of 32 9 of 32 10 of 32 11 of 32 12 of 32 13 of 32 14 of 32 15 of 32 16 of 32 17 of 32 18 of 32 19 of 32 20 of 32 21 of 32 22 of 32 23 of 32 24 of 32 25 of 32 26 of 32 27 of 32 28 of 32 29 of 32 30 of 32 31 of 32 32 of 32 Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last Slide Next Slide CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE

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