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UNC got coach Hatchell her 900th win with a healthy stomping of Boston College.

North Carolina women’s basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell never misses an opportunity to market her team, whether it’s printing shirts in her kitchen, buying ads in the student newspaper or driving a car that’s fully wrapped with promotional material.

When it came time to celebrate Hatchell’s own accomplishment Thursday, her players returned the favor. Sophomore guard Erika Johnson designed hats with the words “Sylvia Hatchell 900 wins,” which everyone on the team wore proudly after the Tar Heels defeated Boston College 80-52.

“I am so excited for her,” Johnson said. “It’s just cool to be in the presence of someone who has accomplished so much.”

Mechelle has Hatchell’s milestone moments.

Three ranked SEC teams had surprising battles on their hands, but prevailed.

In OT, it was Kentucky over Arkansas, 80-74.

Auburn served notice, pushing Georgia until the Bulldogs prevails, 61-58.

Graves continues to impress. Her steal and last bucket secured Tennessee’s two-point win over LSU.

Marist is rollin’, rollin’, rollin‘.

Woot! Woot! Da Penguins are at 6-2 in the Horizon.

Hello, Sam Houston — with their win over McNeese St., they get a little revenge (the Cowgirls gave them their only conference loss) and are now 9-1 in the Southland.

That sigh of relief may have come out of Michigan: the Wolverines get back on the winning side with their 72-69 win over Illinois.

Whoa! Lookee here! Ball State took down Central Michigan, 68-61! That puts them in a tie for the best record in the (entire) MAC.

Another upset: North Dakota (5-8 Big Sky) defeats Montana St (8-5).

Montana (10-3) kept pace, though, losing to Northern Colorado (9-3), 54-41.

A near upset: Green Bay(8-0, Horizon) squeaked by Loyola (IL) (2-5), 65-62.

The wheels seem to have come off the Presbyterian (8-4 Big South) bus: they lost to Gardner-Webb (4-7, Big South), 55-38. It was coach Reeves 400th win.

In a key C-USA match up, it was an undermanned Tulane (6-2) over UTEP (5-3). (Contrary to what the ESPN scoreboard said earlier.)

Ouch. Pacific  (8-2, Big West) got some national attention, but couldn’t take down Cal Poly (7-3).

Hawai’i is 7-2 in the Big West. I’m just sayin’.

Jen Azzi’s Dons still have a ways to go: Gonzaga (9-1) dismissed them, 84-46.

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but there’s a lot more slots to assign.

Anyone who’s followed Dawn Evan’s story can’t help but smile at the fact that the James Madison senior (24pts) and her Dukes get a chance to play in the Dance. A stubborn Delaware team tried to derail them (EDD – 23pts), but in the end the better team won. (And don’t talk to coach Brooks about the Virginia opening.)

Green Bay jumped all over the Butler  Bulldogs early and then held on for a 73-64 victory to clinch on their 10th Horizon title and a chance in the Big Dance (though, Butler’s senior Brittany Bowen did everything she could to stop’em.)

Northern Iowa romped to the Missouri Valley title with a 69-41 victory over Missouri State. That’s 19 wins in a row for the Panthers.

“What a joy it has been from start to finish this year,” Northern Iowa coach Tanya Warren said. “And we were so locked in today.”

The Red Flash (PA) won their 11th title in 15 years with a 15-pt win over Monmouth and earned a measure of revenge (and a trip to the NCAA tourney).

“We didn’t harp on it, but we did lose to them twice this year and that was fuel to our fire,” junior point guard Brittany Lilley said. “We weren’t going to let it happen again.”

The Hawks are young, though, so expect them to be around next year.

There’s a first time Dancer from the Big South, but the coach is no stranger the tournament. Rick Reeves helped build  the powerhouse that is Liberty. On his third try in his new job, his team knocked out the proverbial champs. Gardner-Webb finally won the close one, escaping with a 67-66 win.

“For me, I was like, this is our last chance,” said Monique Hudaon, who led the Bulldogs with 23 points. “Even before the game, one of our teammates’ mom came in and prayed a prayer that was so powerful that everyone in the locker room was in tears. I don’t know. Before she even prayed, I was thinking, this is my last game, this is our last chance. … We all wanted it so bad. We deserved it. Liberty’s a great team, and they fought hard. I’m just soaking up the moment.”

There’s news from those awaiting news:

The Falcons clinched the MAC tourney title and John Wagner at the Toledo Blade writes: BG’s Mr. Not-so-nice weighs in

While the Bowling Green State University women’s basketball team celebrated its Mid-American Conference tournament title Saturday, coach Curt Miller went to confession.

“I have never pushed a team this hard,” Miller admitted after the Falcons’ 51-46 victory over Eastern Michigan at Quicken Loans Arena. “I frankly was not the nicest person to them.”

John Evans from Central Michigan Life writes: CMU women’s basketball awaits postseason fate, knows future is bright

The Chippewas will return three starters in 2011, but the biggest story about the future of the team is the recruiting class brought in by Guevara, ranked No. 43 nationally according to ESPN.com’s recruiting site, HoopGurlz.

“With what we have coming in it is a step. We are building,” Guevara said. “We have been making strides every year. I am very happy with the 2011 class that is coming in. I like where we are going.”

More from Michigan as the Spartans get set to hear their fate

John Cummings at the Dayton Daily News writes: Flyers find out NCAA tourney fate tonight

Count University of Dayton women’s basketball coach Jim Jabir among those unsure what he will see tonight when the 64-team field for the NCAA tournament is announced.

“I have no expectations,” Jabir said. “I am happy we had a 21-win season and I think we played a tough schedule. But, we have some couldas and shouldas in there that has made it speculation instead of a sure thing.

“We are going to play again, we just don’t know where.”

More from Ohio as Jim Foster says the Buckeyes deserve a 3-seed.

If the Southern AD does reject a WNIT bid, it will simply add heartache to a team that coach Sandy Pugh says is “one of my best teams ever.”

On a happier note, the coach of the Hatters is enjoying herself: Former Charleston Catholic star Lynn Bria enjoying the moment as Stetson women’s coach

“I really don’t care who we play,” said Bria, who is 34-58 in three seasons at Stetson. “Regardless of what happens, we are one of only 64 teams left. We were picked 10th in our league, which is next to last. We have a great group of players. They are very tight. They go in and give us their best shot every night.

Writes Mechelle: Maya Moore, UConn chase three-peat – Huskies aren’t overwhelming favorite as in ’08-10, but no one would be surprised

A&M coach Gary Blair said. “But I think there’s almost 20 teams that could get to the Final Four. You gotta have breaks. You gotta have upsets.”

Check out Charlie’s latest Bracketology (and his explanation) and then tune in tonight at 7pmEST to see how on point he was.

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