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March 15 NCAA First Four, NIT, CIT, CBI Results and March 16 schedules

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High profile games? Blowouts. Stuff you weren't thinking about? Buzzer-beaters.

Ron Baker did most of his damage from the stripe.
Ron Baker did most of his damage from the stripe.
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Insanity. If you were looking for it, you weren't finding much of it on your television. Every single televised game which was not played on the West Coast last night was won by at least nine points, although Akron did take Ohio State to overtime before getting destroyed. The average margin of victory in those nine games: 16.67 ppg.

As for the big dance, Dunk City and the Shockers won by a combined 51 points in Dayton. So there's that. The real action took place in the West Coast games of the NIT and down in those tournaments you won't pay attention to because they're beneath your notice.

Washington won a run-and-gun shootout with Long Beach in which the teams combined for 209 points without overtime. Although San Diego State did blow out IPFW, at least viewers got to see Winston Shephard roll a triple-double. The highlight of the night for the NIT, though, was in Moraga. Saint Mary's escaped New Mexico State when with the game tied and just two seconds left, Braxton Huggins inadvertently fouled Joe Rahon in the backcourt as the Gaels were bringing the ball upcourt -- leisurely, as they were going to chuck a prayer and go to overtime if it wasn't answered. So Rahon went to the line, sunk a pair, and the desperation heave plan became New Mexico State's to adopt. It didn't work.

Morehead State did something that doesn't happen often: they knocked Siena out of a national post-season tournament in the first round. Ball State survived Tennessee-Martin in overtime.

But the star of the day was Furman. The Paladins trailed Louisiana-Monroe by a point late, had the ball, and set up a play. After a missed bunny and a tipped rebound, Daniel Fowler jumped, caught the ball, and fired while still in the air. The buzzer sounded in flight, and then chaos erupted when the ball found nothing but net. But that's not the craziest thing.

An hour later, less than a mile away, Furman beat College of Charleston... on a walk-off 3-run homer.

NCAA DIVISION I MEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
ROUND RESULT HIGH SCORER
PI (16) Florida Gulf Coast 96, (16) Fairleigh Dickinson 65 Marc Eddy Norelia (FGCU), 20
PI (11) Wichita State 70, (11) Vanderbilt 50 Ron Baker (WSU), 14
NATIONAL INVITATION TOURNAMENT
ROUND RESULT HIGH SCORER
SC QF (1) South Carolina 88, (8) High Point 66 Laimonas Chatkevicius (SCAR), 30
MON QF (3) Ohio State 72, (6) Akron 63 (OT) Jaquan Lyle (OSU), 18
Marc Loving (OSU), 18
VAL QF (4) Florida State 84, (5) Davidson 74 Dwayne Bacon (FSU), 23
SBU QF (4) Creighton 72, (5) Alabama 54 Justin Coleman (ALA), 18
SC QF (3) Washington 107, (6) Long Beach State 102 Dejounte Murray (UW), 30
MON QF (2) Florida 97, (7) North Florida 68 Dallas Moore (UNF), 23
VAL QF (1) Valparaiso 84, (8) Texas Southern 73 Alec Peters (VALPO), 28
SC QF (2) San Diego State 79, (7) IUPU-Fort Wayne 55 Joe Reed (IPFW), 17
VAL QF (2) Saint Mary's (CA) 58, (7) New Mexico State 56 Pascal Siakam
COLLEGE BASKETBALL INVITATIONAL
ROUND RESULT HIGH SCORER
R1 Morehead State 84, Siena 80 Lyonell Gaines (MSU), 20
COLLEGEINSIDER.COM TOURNAMENT
ROUND RESULT HIGH SCORER
R1 Furman 58, Louisiana-Monroe 57 Justin Roberson (ULM), 23
R1 Coastal Carolina 65, Mercer 57 Elijah Wilson (CCU), 18
R1 Ball State 78, Tennessee State 73 (OT) Jeremie Tyler (BSU), 25

Wednesday's Men's Schedule

The best game tonight is probably North Dakota vs Cal-Irvine. Make of this what you will.

NCAA DIVISION I MEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
ROUND TIME (CT) TEAM - TEAM LOCATION NETWORK
PI 5:40pm (16) Holy Cross (16) Southern Dayton OH truTV
PI 8:10pm (11) Michigan (11) Tulsa
NATIONAL INVITATION TOURNAMENT
ROUND TIME (CT) TEAM - TEAM LOCATION NETWORK
SBU QF 6:00pm (8) Wagner (1) Saint Bonaventure Saint Bonaventure NY ESPN3
VAL QF 6:00pm (6) Belmont (3) Georgia Athens GA ESPN2
MON QF 6:30pm (8) Bucknell (1) Monmouth (NJ) West Long Branch NJ ESPN3
MON QF 7:00pm (5) Hofstra (4) George Washington Washington DC ESPN3
SBU QF 7:00pm (6) Princeton (3) Virginia Tech Blacksburg VA ESPNU
SC QF 8:00pm (5) Houston (4) Georgia Tech Atlanta GA ESPN2
SBU QF 9:00pm (7) Alabama-Birmingham (2) Brigham Young Provo UT ESPNU
COLLEGE BASKETBALL INVITATIONAL
ROUND TIME (CT) TEAM - TEAM LOCATION NETWORK
R1 6:00pm Nebraska-Omaha at Duquesne Pittsburgh PA A-10 Digital
R1 6:00pm Albany at Ohio Athens OH Stretch
R1 6:00pm Western Carolina at Vermont Greensboro NC AEC TV
R1 7:00pm Houston Baptist at North Carolina-Greensboro Greensboro NC ESPN3
R1 8:00pm Pepperdine at Eastern Washington Cheney WA Watch Big Sky
R1 9:00pm Montana at Nevada Reno NV Nevada
R1 9:00pm Idaho at Seattle Seattle WA WAC Digital
COLLEGEINSIDER.COM TOURNAMENT
ROUND TIME (CT) TEAM - TEAM LOCATION NETWORK
R1 6:00pm Texas-Arlington at Savannah State Savannah GA College Insider
R1 6:00pm Boston University at Fordham Bronx NY
R1 6:00pm Norfolk State at Columbia Manhattan NY
R1 6:00pm New Hampshire at Fairfield Fairfield CT
R1 6:30pm Army at New Jersey Tech Newark NJ
R1 7:00pm Tennessee-Martin at Central Michigan Mount Pleasant MI
R1 7:00pm North Dakota at Cal-Irvine Irvine CA
R1 7:00pm Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Louisiana-Lafayette Lafayette LA

Wednesday's Women's Schedule

After taking two days off, the women return to business tonight as the WNIT and WBI begin. Creighton-South Dakota is probably the most interesting item on the menu.

WOMEN'S NATIONAL INVITATION TOURNAMENT
ROUND TIME (CT) TEAM - TEAM LOCATION NETWORK
R1 6:00pm Wright State at Michigan Ann Arbor MI MGoBlue
R1 7:00pm Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Minnesota Minneapolis MN (audio only)
R1 7:00pm Creighton at South Dakota Vermillion SD GoYotes
R1 7:00pm Alabama at Tulane New Orleans LA Tulane
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL INVITATIONAL
ROUND TIME (CT) TEAM - TEAM LOCATION NETWORK
R1 5:00pm (8) Northwestern State at (1) Louisiana-Lafayette Lafayette LA ULL
R1 6:00pm (7) Stony Brook at (2) Youngstown State Youngstown PA Horizon
R1 8:00pm (7) Weber State at (2) New Mexico Albuquerque NM The MW