Eighteen teams end their seasons tonight, the final time this season we'll see anything close to that many teams going home. For two of those eighteen, though, at least they'll be going home with a massive addition to their trophy case.
|NATIONAL INVITATION TOURNAMENT|
|Saint John's Bracket|
|QF||6:00pm||(5) Belmont||vs||(3) Clemson||Clemson SC||ESPN||PBP: Sean McDonough
Color: Jimmy Dykes
|QF||8:00pm||(3) Southern Mississippi||vs||(1) Minnesota||Minneapolis MN||ESPN||PBP: TBA
Color: Dan Dakich
Obviously, most people eyeballs will be on these two games, since they're the only Division I men's games being played tonight. The winners earn a trip to New York City this weekend.
|NAIA DIVISION I CHAMPIONSHIP GAME|
|FINAL||7:02pm||(8) Emmanuel (GA)||vs||(6) Vanguard (CA)||Kansas City MO||ESPN3||unknown|
The nation's oldest national post-season basketball championship comes to a close tonight on ESPN3 as the Emmanuel Lions play their final game as a member of the NAIA before moving to NCAA Division II and Conference Carolinas next season. Regardless of who wins, it will be their first NAIA Division I championship -- a trophy which also sits in the glass cases at over a dozen NCAA Division I schools including Louisville, Indiana State, San Diego State, and College of Charleston.
|NCAA DIVISION I WOMEN'S TOURNAMENT|
|2||6:00pm||(9) Saint Joseph's||vs||(1) Connecticut||Storrs CT||ESPN2||PBP: Dave O'Brien
Color: Debbie Antonelli
|2||8:30pm||(11) James Madison||vs||(3) Texas A&M||College Station TX||ESPN2||PBP: Carter Blackburn
Color: Rosalyn Gold-Onwude
|2||6:00pm||(5) Texas||vs||(4) Maryland||College Park MD||ESPN2||PBP: Bob Wischusen
Color: Christy Winters-Scott
|2||8:30pm||(6) Iowa||vs||(3) Louisville||Iowa City IA||ESPN2||PBP: Holly Rowe
Color: Brenda VanLengen
|2||8:30pm||(7) Louisiana State||vs||(2) West Virginia||Baton Rouge LA||ESPN||PBP: Cara Capuano
Color: Nell Fortner
|2||6:00pm||(5) Michigan State||vs||(4) North Carolina||Chapel Hill NC||ESPN2||PBP: Tom Hart
Color: Mary Murphy
|2||6:00pm||(11) Florida||vs||(3) Penn State||University Park PA||ESPN2||PBP: Bob Picozzi
Color: Krista Blunk
|2||8:30pm||(9) Oregon State||vs||(1) South Carolina||Seattle WA||ESPN2||PBP: Dave Flemming
Color: Sean Farnham
|NOTRE DAME REGION|
|(All Notre Dame Region games were on Monday.)|
We actually got a couple of upsets yesterday as BYU and DePaul slipped into the Sweet Sixteen. There are a couple of potentials tonight, too: LSU gets to play higher-seeded West Virginia at home, as does Iowa against Louisville. And South Carolina may be somewhat at risk, having to play Oregon State in Seattle.
|NCAA DIVISION II WOMEN'S TOURNAMENT|
|QF||11:00am||(SC1) West Texas A&M||vs||(SE7) Limestone||Erie PA||none|
|QF||1:30pm*||(S1) Nova Southeastern||vs||(C7) Concordia-Saint Paul||Erie PA||none|
|QF||5:00pm||(W1) Cal Poly-Pomona||vs||(A2) Edinboro||Erie PA||none|
|QF||7:30pm*||(MW1) Drury||vs||(E1) Bentley||Erie PA||none|
Unfortunately, although the NCAA will stream the men's quarterfinals tomorrow, they're not streaming the women today. But since the women's semifinals are tomorrow and they're actually televised, we figured we'd get you prepared. Your storyline to keep an eye on: in each of the last five years, the women's Division II championship has been won by a first-time champion. Only one of the seven teams in this year's Elite Eight has won the championship before -- and nobody's done it more than Cal Poly-Pomona, tied with now-D1 North Dakota State with five championships. So we'll either have a sixth straight first-time champion, or Pomona will seize sole control of the all-time lead.
|NAIA DIVISION I CHAMPIONSHIP GAME|
|FINAL||6:32pm||(2) Oklahoma City||vs||(1) Freed-Hardeman||Frankfort KY||ESPN3||unknown|
Oklahoma City goes for their seventh NAIA Division I women's championship tonight, which would tie the Stars, a former NCAA Division I school, with now-NCAA Division II Southern Nazarene for the all-time lead. Both teams, at different times obviously, won four championships in a row, and between them won 10 out of 11 titles between 1994 and 2004. The Stars, who won the championship in 2012, have also lost this game three times. Their opponents, the Freed-Hardeman Lions from Henderson, Tenn., are making their 18th consecutive appearance in the national tournament (only two fewer trips than Oklahoma City), but this is the first time they've managed to advance to the national championship game.