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sent two teams to the Dance.

In what could easily be dubbed an “instant classic,” Eastern Michigan kept trying to put away Central Michigan, but they would not stay gone. It came down to a missed free throw and a last second layup, and EMU wins the MAC. Heartbreak, obviously, for the Chippewas, but yikes — look at all the players they get back next year. Bowling Green’s gotta be hearing footsteps.

In the battle of the H’s, Howard couldn’t get over the hump that is Hampton. Again, a hard-fought game decided by a last second layup sends the Pirates to their third straight MEAC championship.

It’s not that I forgot about them (though I kinda did): Congrats to North Dakota, which proved the third time is the charm by finally winning the Big West Conference title. They’ll play in the WBI, and the Big Sky next year.

Look, up in the air! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a Fresno State threeeee! A tournament record 15, to be precise. There wasn’t a lot of fight in LaTech, and the Bulldogs roared to the WAC title, 89-61.

In a battle of the unexpected finalists, the Midshipmen of Navy fitted themselves with dancing shoes courtesy of a 57-49 win over Holy Cross (their first win over the Crusaders in seven tries).

It was a dogfight in the Am.East Finals, but eventually the Great Danes of Albany overcame the Retrievers of UMB, 69-61,  earning their first trip to the NCAA tournament.

The victory, of course, means UAlbany women’s basketball has arrived as a bona fide Division I program, and that’s great for the school.

But just as important, there was excitement for women’s basketball Saturday night, and it’s been a long time since you could say that around here. That’s great for the sport.

Alcorn State had the lead at the half, but they could hold on against Prairie View. The 63-50 win gives Toyelle Wilson’s Panthers their second consecutive Southwestern Conference tournament championship.

It wasn’t particularly elegant, but Mountain West COY Beth Burns will take it: San Diego State takes down New Mexico and wins the conference championship, 57-43.

It wasn’t particularly pretty, but never underestimate the power of your home court: Idaho State took the Big Sky final with a 49-46 win over Northern Colorado.

Here’s a game Debbie and Beth would have liked: Down 11 with 5:30 left, CS Bakersfield fought back until Lauren Carter’s three pointer with just over a minute left gave them the lead over Seattle University. They held on and secured a 89-87 win – and, oddly enough, completes their worst season ever.

Long Beach didn’t have one last upset in them, and so it’s the UCSB Gauchos who win the Big West Championship and get the chance to dance in the Tournament.

UTEP won the program’s first C-USA title, but it wasn’t easy. They were down 12 with 15 minutes to go in the second, but rallied back to take the 69-65 win. Tulane is going to kick themselves all the way home: The missed 10 of 25 free throws.

The Battle of the Bays, redux, wasn’t all wet, but it was pretty damp. The Nerd City Kids made sure the Cal Bears didn’t get any ideas, and Stanford won its “first” Pac-12 Championship. Writes Michelle:

Less than a minute into Saturday’s Pac-12 championship game against Cal at Staples Center, Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike took an elbow to the face.

She bent over at the waist under the basket in obvious pain.

Nneka Ogwumike went straight to her younger sister, lifted her face in her hands, wiped her tears and gave her a talk. She got Chiney straightened out and headed to the bench before the trainer could even get there.

Maybe it’s not a stretch to say that Nneka Ogwumike really does do everything for Stanford.

Baylor said fare-the-well to Texas A&M with a mauling, 73-50, and it wasn’t all Big BG. Writes Mechelle:

Wherever it’s played in the future, though, it’s hard to imagine there will be a more dominant performance in the title game than the one Baylor had Saturday. The No. 1 seed, after an 18-0 regular-season record in Big 12 play, won its three league tournament games by an average of 22.7 points. The Bears’ 23-point margin of victory over Texas A&M was the largest in a Big 12 title game, surpassing Oklahoma’s 19-point win over Texas in 2004.

Superstar Griner — the Big 12 Player of the Year and favorite for that honor nationally, too — had season lows in points (11) and rebounds (three) in her 26 minutes Saturday. But it didn’t even matter.

Check out Charlie’s latest bracketology and see what you think about the College Sports Madness bracket.

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last night’s game in Jersey was either gutty or gut-wrenching.

Depleted DePaul rode the hot hand of Anna Martin to a nice lead over Rutgers. Then turnovers, a missed field goal and Khadijah Rushdan’s end of game scoring streak spelled disaster for the Blue Demons: the Scarlet Knights win.

Hard to cheer against Gary Blair. Harder to cheer against Oklahoma State. Cowgirls pull off the 57-53 upset of # 14 Texas A&M.

Mechelle says the Big 12 about more than just Baylor, but I’m not sure of the overall (NCAA-level) quality of the teams.

Graham has his mid-majors poll and, picking up on Doug “The APWBall King”‘s theme, notes: Zags, BYU give WCC two entries

Speaking of the Zags: from the Spokesman-Review: Gonzaga’s Redmon proves her dedication

Ooops. Will this undermine the Miners? 2 UTEP guards suspended indefinitely

So, has there been some shaky play this season, or do we get to pull out the p-word? LSU had to go to overtime to escape with a 71-68 win over East Tennessee State.

From the Observer: ND’s Peters comfortable in her role and I missed this Hoops Across America entry from espnW: Love of the Irish drives volunteers

Xavier’s misery continues: Temple 64, Musketeers 38.

About those Idaho State Bengals: Ashleigh Vella: the wonder from “down under”

Ouch: BG coach Miller’s health ‘not 100 percent’

San Diego State remains undefeated in the MWC, and Nick Canepa writes: SDSU women’s basketball deserves show of support

What Beth Burns needs is a show to call her own. To be square, not necessarily The Show, the roaring, cunning group of San Diego State’s men’s basketball wackos, but maybe something along the lines of The Showups.

Speaking of San Diego — a little WATN? with Charity Shira of then-Southwest Missouri State’s Final Four team of 1992: Elliott has her NCAA Division II California-San Diego Tritons ranked No. 1 in the country

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Coach Hatchell says her team didn’t quit, they just got frustrated. I can understand why UNC might have been frustrated — getting blown out on national television can do that to you (and goodness knows, every ranked team has pummeled one team or another into dust).

But, when you are getting beaten every which way but loose, viewers start to assess you by how you handle it — and I think Lobo’s comment in the first half about “not sprinting back on defense” says a lot about the state of mind of the Tar Heels.

I’m also thinking Hatchell may regret her “Stringer-esque” ramble about “physical play,” if only for the reason that it will probably inspire some “you want some whine with that cheese” responses. Like, say, this one from Jeff Jacobs

She said she wasn’t criticizing officiating. She was talking philosophically. And on and on she went … about scoring in volleyball and soccer.

It was all well and good, but here’s the problem. This game wasn’t physical at all. At some point, you had to wonder, was she using the occasion as a soapbox to change the game or, more probably to deflect attention away from a truly hideous beating.

In other (more interesting) games:

Maine got a huge win, beating Vermont 70-60. This doesn’t make the Black Bears world beaters (they’re 1-4 in the Am. East), but it may be indications that they’re moving in the right direction.

Another fun name to type: The Retrievers moved to 4-1 in the American East with their 71-59 win over Hartford. The Hawks are having no fun this year – they’re 10-9, 1-4 in conference play.

In a match up of American East undefeated, it was BU using a strong second half to take down Albany, 58-54.

New head coach Jenny Palmateer (Hey – did we catch this WATN? Olympian and Maryland great Jazz Perazic – who I had the pleasure to meet at the WBHOF induction a couple of years ago – is an assistant) has Monmouth at 4-2 in the NEC (of course, it was courtesy of the victory-challenged St. Francis (NY)).

It looks like Sacred Heart has (for the moment) displaced perennial NEC champ St. Francis (PA) — the Pioneers stomped the Red Flash by 29.

Joy for first round tourney attendees – Hampton is 5-0 in the MEAC. Don’t pack your dancing shoes too early (’cause Hampton does have a fab band), Florida A&M is also 5-0, while Howard sits at 5-1. Hampton faces Howard on the 23rd and will have to wait until Feb 25th to battle FAMU.

The Lady Flames gave the Buccaneers their first Big South loss – both stand at 4-1 in conference play. New head coach Jennifer Hoover (ex-Cal assistant) has High Point atop the league at 5-0.

Ouch. The Illini missed their first Big 10 win by the hair of their chinny-chin-chin.

Eastern Illinois now stands at 4-0 in the Ohio Valley conference. Morehead State (yes, THAT Morehead State) sits at 4-1, and they’ll meet Feb 4th.

In the meeting of the Dakotas del sur, it was the Jackrabbits over the Coyotes. SD State is 7-1 in the Summit with Oral Roberts (who have the Jacks their one conference loss) lurking at 5-2.

That’s the Bengals of Idaho State (hey, if you’re a Judy Garland fan, you get a kick out of games being played in Pocatello) sitting at 5-0 in the Big Sky with their 78-63 win over Portland State.

The Terps shook off their post-loss hangover and defeated Virginia, 68-61.

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