All 68 teams for the 2019 NCAA Tournament have officially been announced! This year Seton Hall, Iona, Fairleigh-Dickinson, and St. John’s University will be dancing.
The Pirates claimed the No. 10 seed in the Midwest region and will face off against No. 7 seed, Wofford. After defeating Marquette in the Big East semifinal, Seton Hall lost the championship game to NCAA defending champs, Villanova, by only two points.
Also in the Midwest will be Iona at No. 16, who fight an uphill battle versus North Carolina. Iona had won the MAAC title this year after defeating Monmouth 81-60.
Both FDU and St. John’s will play in the West region, with the Red Storm — whose name made it on the bracket as the last team in — taking on Arizona State. FDU — who won the Northeast Conference championship — will play Prairie View A&M for the chance to take on the No. 1 seed in the region, Gonzaga.
Saint Louis rallies past Bonnies 55-53 for A-10 title
Saint Louis coach Travis Ford could feel a shift about eight minutes into the second half of the Atlantic 10 Tournament championship game. The Billikens had trailed St. Bonaventure almost the whole way to that point — by as much as 15 in the first half — but Ford could sense the Bonnies were ready to be caught.
"I told them, now let's put the pedal to the metal," Ford said. "Let's let loose a little bit. Let's get aggressive on defense."
The Billikens responded with a run that gave them the lead for good and Saint Louis beat St. Bonaventure 55-53 Sunday to win the Atlantic 10 and an NCAA Tournament bid.
The sixth-seeded Billikens (23-12) won four games in four days to earn their first A-10 Tournament title since 2013 and get back in the NCAAs for the first time since 2014.
Copeland, Yale beat Harvard for Ivy League title, NCAA berth
Two thoughts kept running through Alex Copeland's mind as his Yale team prepared to take on Harvard for the Ivy League championship and an NCAA berth.
First, he couldn't stop thinking about how hard he would cry if the Bulldogs lost on their home floor to their archrival in front of friends and family. Second, he couldn't stop thinking about how hard he would cry if they won.
The tears turned out to be happy ones.
Copeland scored a season-high 25 points and Yale beat the Crimson 97-85 on Sunday for its second NCAA Tournament trip in four seasons.
Yale (22-7), which lost to Harvard (18-11) twice in the regular season, used a 15-0 burst in the second half to take control. The Bulldogs celebrated with their fans who poured onto the floor when it was over.
McQuaid, Winston lead Michigan State over Michigan 65-60
Matt McQuaid scored a career-high 27 points, Cassius Winston converted the go-ahead layup in the closing minute, and No. 6 Michigan State rallied to beat No. 10 Michigan 65-60 for its sixth Big Ten Tournament championship on Sunday.
The top-seeded Spartans (28-6) rallied from a 13-point deficit in the second half and scored the game's final 10 points to capture their first championship since 2016. No other program has won the tournament as many times as Michigan State, and this one was particularly sweet.
After all, the Spartans prevented a championship three-peat by Michigan (28-6) and beat their rivals for the third time this season.
McQuaid nailed a personal-best seven 3-pointers. Winston, the Big Ten Player of the Year, had 14 points and 11 assists as Michigan State won for the 10th time in 11 games. The Spartans were awarded a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament and will face Bradley in the second round on Thursday in Des Moines, Iowa.
No. 22 Auburn routs 8th-ranked Tennessee 84-64 for SEC title
The Auburn Tigers are taking home their first Southeastern Conference Tournament championship since 1985 and aren't satisfied.
Not with the NCAA Tournament up next.
Bryce Brown scored 19 points, and Auburn won the SEC Tournament title by routing eighth-ranked Tennessee 84-64 on Sunday.
"We still have a lot more to prove, a lot more to accomplish as a team," said Brown, a senior guard who hadn't won an SEC Tournament game before this week.
No. 22 Auburn (26-9) hadn't even played for the title since 2000, and the fifth-seeded Tigers won their fourth game in as many days to capture only the second SEC Tournament championship in program history. The Tigers now have won eight straight and 10 of their last 11 heading into the NCAA Tournament.
Georgia St. tops UTA 73-64 in Sun Belt final for NCAA bid
Normally talkative Georgia State coach Ron Hunter announced that he couldn't linger long at his postgame media conference following the Sun Belt Conference title game.
He had a six-hour party to attend, he said, referring to the bus ride back to Atlanta from New Orleans.
Malik Benlevi scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and Georgia State advanced to a second straight NCAA Tournament with a 73-64 victory over Texas-Arlington in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament final on Sunday.
Cincinnati defeats Houston 69-57 for AAC title
With conference player of the year Jarron Cumberland running the show, No. 24 Cincinnati pulled away to win its second American Athletic Conference Tournament.
Cumberland had 33 points and eight rebounds as No. 24 Cincinnati won its second straight AAC tournament title, defeating No. 11 Houston 69-57 on Sunday.
"Jarron was off the charts," Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin said, later adding: "Jarron is superhuman."
Cane Broome finished with 15 points and Tre Scott added 12 for Cincinnati (28-6), who had lost to Houston twice during the regular season, including 85-69 March 10 at Cincinnati. This time was different as the Bearcats shut down Houston's offense.