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From Vicki (yup, THAT Vicki) and Paul: Mid-Majors conferences look to bite into BCS NCAA bids

For the fans of the teams in the mid-major leagues, conference tournament time is among the most exciting of the season. Supporters of Power-6 conference teams pay attention too, but for entirely different reasons.

Most mid-major conferences will draw only the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament no matter which team wins the title. But in a handful of conferences, a loss by the favorite could result in that league receiving two bids, meaning one less at-large possibility for a BCS conference program.

Speaking of teams on the bubble: A Look At The Teams In The Big East Women’s Basketball Tournament

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the ACC/SEC/BEast Conference tourneys turn out, the #1 and #2 seeds could radically change.

Start your viewing pleasure tonight with Miami v. Duke, 7pm on the 3.

I’m not ignoring North Carolina and Kansas — really I’m not…. BUT:

Harvard has another shot at the Tigers.

Missouri State (18-6, 13-3 MVC) could build on a good season when they play the Sycamores.

Fairfield needs to finish strong if they want to battle Marist – they play Joe Logan’s Greyhounds.

Creighton is dealing with some off-court coach stuff and Northern Iowa is not having the kind of follow-up to the 2010-11 season they wanted — makes for an interesting 9:30pm game on the 3.

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“There are no NCAA Women’s games today” is sprawled across the top of their women’s basketball site AND YET the scoreboard lists 12 games, two of which went to overtime.

Intriguing stuff in the Ivys: Yale is 5-2 (and Gobrecht earned her 500th win. Congrats.), Harvard is 5-1 and they play Princeton this weekend, who is 6-0.

Kind of expected a better game between Northern Iowa (8-4 MVC) and Illinois State (8-3), but the Redbirds took down the Panthers with ease.

Ditto for MVCers Wichita State (9-3) and Missouri State (9-3), but the Bears handled the Shockers without too much trouble (at least in the second half), 85-67. Mighty crowed in that conference.

In a match up of top dogs in the MAAC, Marist (12-1) had a 5-point lead over Fairfield (11-2) in the first and added one more to the lead to take the win, 60-54.

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coach Tanya Warren and her Northern Iowa team (really, readers shouldn’t let me post without my coffee!) who won their first Missouri Valley Conference regular-season championship.

We knew this: From SI via the AP, Cooper-Dyke building UNC Wilmington into a winner

During her Hall of Fame playing career, Cynthia Cooper-Dyke always seemed to make the toughest moves look easy – and she’s doing the same thing as a coach.

In her first season at North Carolina-Wilmington, she has the Seahawks on the verge of setting a school record for victories. They’ve won 20 for just the third time in program history, and she’s got them believing they can earn the school’s first NCAA tournament berth – if not this year, then soon.

“It’s been a great experience to play for a Hall of Famer,” senior Brittany Blackwell said. “Just being dominant in the league, it’s just another state of mind and feeling. You’ve kind of got swag with you, and I think we’re gaining the respect of our league for once, which has not been the case.”

It’s been hard to put your finger on Georgetown this season — they’ve been up and down. But, there’s no doubt the program is continuing its upward trajectory. From Joseph White at the AP: Georgetown women want to add their own hardware to Hoyas’ trophy case

There are more than 100 trophies, plaques, statues and other mementos won by various Georgetown sports teams in the John Thompson Lobby at McDonough Memorial Gymnasium, including awards earned by the baseball, soccer, golf, track and field and cross-country teams.

And, of course, rows upon rows are dedicated to men’s basketball, including nets that have been cut down after the biggest wins, most of them overseen by the longtime Hall of Fame coach whose name is part of a mural near the lobby’s ceiling.

Not a single item in any of the trophy cases was won by the women’s basketball team.

UConn will play the next two weeks or so with an even shorter bench.

The Duke-UNC game on Sunday is SOLD OUT! DWHoops has a game preview.

Florida’s win over Vanderbilt was their first in Nashville since 2004.

With their 22nd straight win, #21 Marist also clinched the MAAC regular season title (17-0). Loyola (MD) stayed on their heels (15-2) with an OT win over Iona.

Creighton (12-4 MVC) got “Shocked” by Wichita State (7-8 MVC), 60-51.

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