Coastal Carolina 81 Winthrop 70 - Led by Warren Gillis' 22 points, the Chanticleers punched their ticket to the NCAA tournament winning the Big South tourney with a convincing, 81-70, victory over Winthrop. Gillis added six assists and three rebounds. Coastal Carolina hit 42% from three-point range, making nine of 22 attempts.
Northern Iowa 69 Illinois St. 60 - The Northern Iowa Panthers knew they would be in for a tussle, as the Redbirds of Illinois State had already knocked off Wichita State in the semi-final on Saturday, but they failed to respond until the second half, as the two teams went to the locker rooms with Illinois State ahead by a healthy, 36-22, score.
The Panthers came out flying in the second half, however, going on a 25-4 run to open the second twenty minutes, eventually taking the lead at 41-40, and expanding it to 47-40 before the Redbirds were able to respond. Illinois State re-tied the game with a 7-0 run, but Northern Iowa showed their class and poise down the stretch, outscoring their opponents 22-13 for the win.
Nate Buss and Seth Tuttle each paced the Panthers with 15 points, but Tuttle contributed nine rebounds, three assists and a steal.
North Florida 63 South Carolina Upstate 57 - The Ospreys of North Florida will be dancing for the first time in March, after capturing the Atlantic Sun title game with a 63-57 win over a resolute squad from South Carolina Upstate. Trailing 34-25 at the half, USC Upstate rallied and made a game of it, but in the end the Ospreys were too much and too generous with each other, sharing 11 assists. North Florida's Demarcus Daniels led all scorers with 22 points.
Conference Tournament Scoreboard (updated as results arrive)
|Date/Conference||Champion (record, defeated, final score)|
|Ohio Valley||Belmont (22-10, Murray State, 88-87)|
|Big South||Coastal Carolina (24-9, Winthop, 81-70)|
|Missouri Valley||Northern Iowa (29-3, Illinois, St., 69-60)|
|Atlantic Sun||North Florida (23-11, USC Upstate, 63-57)|
* No tourney, Playoff game: Harvard v. Yale, March 14