Hey all! Surprise! My airport has free WiFi, so we're getting a delayed Never-Made-The-Tourney post up in here. LET'S GO.
Saturday's Never-Made-The-Tourney action
We had four teams here - four teams! But only one stayed alive: No. 1 seed Stony Brook did not succumb to the SUNYfight, beating Binghamton comfortably behind four players in double digits, so the SeaWolves are still alive.
And then we have three losses. Maine was up 33-24 at the break, but Albany - I'M A GREAT DANE. I WEAR EIGHT CHAINS - stormed back for a 50-49 win with Sam Rowley hitting a game-winning jumper. (It's always the Rowleys. Always.) No. 6 UMBC upset No. 3 Hartford, scoring 47 points in the second half. And New Hampshire got straight rocked, leading by six at the half but losing by 19. Man, what's up with never-made-the-tourney teams from the America East and halftime leads?
Man, Liberty sucks. First they knock out No. 1 seed High Point, then they take out No. 2 Gardner-Webb yesterday, knocking the Runnin' Bulldogs out of the trouney, and a league with some serious Never-Made-The-Tourney hopes produced nothing. Liberty beat Charleston Southern for the conference title today, and you can count on me rooting against the Flames in the NCAA Tournament.
William & Mary fought hard, but the OG members will be back next year: James Madison beat the Tribe 72-67 in a game they led by a pretty nice amount for most of the way. Marcus Thornton had 25 for the Tribe, which is impressive, considering I'm pretty sure he plays fo rthe Kings.
No. 1 Army gave Mike Muscala and the top-seeded Bucknell Bison a fight, geing the score to 57-55 with a few minutes to go. But Bucknell went on a decent run to put this one out of reach, getting 21 points and 14 rebounds from Muscala. Only two games away for Army, and a lot of their players were centers, so don't count on better things.
Lucas Troutman had 14 points and 10 boards for Elon, as the No. 2 Phoenix moved past UNC-Greenboro and onto the semifinals thanks to an 8-0 run to start the second half.
Sunday's never-made-the-tourney action
7 p.m. No. 1 Stony Brook vs. 4 Albany: The SEAWOLVES will try to down Never-Made-The-Tourney killer Sam Rowley and avenge Maine's loss. Seawolves vs. Great Danes is an interesting battle - curious to see whether the aquatic canines can lure their land-bound friends into the ocean or the other way around. This semifinal's on ESPN3.
8:30 p.m. No. 2 Elon vs. No. 3 Charleston: The Phoenix take on College of Charleston, which I wrongly assumed until eight seconds ago was still coached by Bobby Cremins. The only regular season game between these two was a comeback win with C of C's Willis Hall dropping 19 and 12 on the Phoenix. This is also a semifinal, and also on ESPN3. I'm done calling you a weirdo if you want to watch it, because these games are between modestly okay teams that are only two games away from a tourney.
7 p.m.: No. 5 IPFW vs. No. 4 Oakland: Oakland? Boring. IPFW? MASTODONS. THEY'RE EXTINCT AND READY TO KILL. Or at least lose to Nate Wolters and South Dakota State in the next round.
Back next year
Chicago State Cougars
Texas Pan-American Broncs
Utah Valley Wolverines
Presbyterian Blue Hose
Cal-State Bakersfield Roadrunners
Kennesaw State Owls
Sacred Heart Pioneers
Jacksonville State Gamecocks
North Florida Ospreys
St. Francis (NY) Terriers
High Point Panthers
Youngstown State Penguins
The Citadel Bulldogs
Eulogies for the dead when I get around to em.