The 2016 NCAA Tournament is just around the corner and some conference championships are going to be decided this weekend and next. However, Saturday night we found out the first two teams to punch their tickets to the Big Dance.
Austin Peay entered the Ohio Valley Conference tournament as the eight seed and went on an underdog run defeating the five seed Tennessee Tech, four seed Tennessee State, regular season champion Belmont, and finally two seed UT Martin to clinch the tournament championship.
The Governors win the OVC for the first time since 2008 and for the fifth time in team history. As for the other team to RSVP for the show, they didn’t have to go through a tournament to get there.
The Yale Bulldogs, a part of the Ivy League which has no conference tournament, defeated the Columbia Lions, 71-55, to clinch the conference championship and the automatic bid for the Ivy League.
This is the Bulldogs’ first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1962 after just missing the tournament last year. They lost a one-game playoff against Harvard, but were able to make up for it this year by dominating through the Ivy League this year.
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