The madness is getting closer and closer. As conference tournaments kick into full swing, let’s take a look at the teams that have already punched their ticket to the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
Iona outlasted Sienna in a thrilling overtime victory, 87-86. With the win, the Gaels secured the MAAC title and a tournament appearance. The victory was due in large part to Jordan Washington, who finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds and managed foul trouble throughout.
East Tennessee State Buccaneers
ETSU played well in there 79-74 tournament win over Greensboro. T.J. Cromer cut down the net at the end of the game after finishing with 23 points and helping knock off the top-seeded UNC Greensboro.
UNC Wilmington Seahawks
The Colonial Athletic Association crowned their champs on Monday, after the Seahawks bested Charleston and became conference champs. The Seahawks ended the season 29-5 and are looking to make some noise in the tournament.
— MVC Basketball (@ValleyHoops) March 6, 2017
Wichita State Shockers
The Shockers put the exclamation point on their tournament victory with a convincing 71-51 win over Illinois State. The Shockers haven’t lost since mid-January and rolled right through the Mountain Valley Conference tournament. They’ll be a tough out for whoever they face and are poised for a deep tournament run.
Winthrop finally broke the dry spell of March tournament no-show’s this season. Once a staple in the tournament, the Eagles made their last appearance in 2010. However, thanks to a strong conference tournament run, capped with a 76-59 win over Campbell, the Eagles are back and mean business.
— FGCU Men's Hoops (@FGCU_MBB) March 6, 2017
Florida Gulf Coast Eagles
FGCU is gearing up for what they hope will be another Sweet 16 appearance. “Dunk City” is hoping to ride the moniker early and often and surprise some folks the way they did in 2013. The highlight reel dunks are still a staple for Gulf Coast, but it was their defense that got them the win over North Florida and allowed them to continue on.
Jacksonville State Gamecocks
With a new head coach, the Gamecocks are already taking steps towards becoming a program to reckon with. The Gamecocks will be making their first appearance in the tournament and coach Ray Harper can give himself a pat on the back for guiding his team to a 20-14 season that was capped with a tournament victory over UT-Martin.
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