Pregame Shootaround: Three tickets get punched tonight


MAAC Final: Iona vs. Manhattan, 9:00 p.m.

This is one of the biggest rivalries in mid-major hoops, and it will get played with an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament on the line. In the semifinals, Iona hit 19 threes. This will be fun.

SoCon Final: Wofford vs. Furman, 7:00 p.m.

The SoCon title game will pit the regular season’s best team and worst team. Wofford is the reigning league champ that went 16-2 in the league. Furman? They won eight regular season games and five SoCon games before the postseason. If they win tonight, it will be their fourth win in four days.

CAA Final: William & Mary vs. Northeastern, 7:00 p.m.

This game, which will be shown on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra, features two teams that haven’t been to the NCAA tournament in a long, long time. William & Mary? They’ve never been. Will they earn their first bid tonight?

WCC semis

  • Pepperdine vs. No. 7 Gonzaga, 9:00 p.m.: The Waves were the best team in the WCC not named Gonzaga, St. Mary’s or BYU.
  • Portland vs. BYU, 11:30 p.m.: BYU can clinch their tournament bid tonight with a win and a Gonzaga win in the opener.

Summit semis

  • South Dakota State vs. South Dakota, 7:00 p.m.: This game is going to be played in Sioux Falls, a neutral court an hour from both campuses. That atmosphere is going to be crazy.
  • Oral Roberts vs. North Dakota State, 9:30 p.m.: Obi Emegano vs. Lawrence Alexander, a battle between the two best scorers in the league.

MAC and MEAC first round