March Madness Daily Guide
Horizon League Championship
Valparaiso vs. Green Bay. Scott Drew was once Valpo's coach. So was his father. Now his brother Bryce is at the helm. Valpo is a unanimous favorite to win the Horizon League tournament today and I have a feeling that most of us will be pulling for them. The more Drews in the tournament, the better. It would be the second offshoot of Drew's career to make it to the tourney this year after former Drew assistant Matt Driscoll clinched a spot for North Florida with an Atlantic Sun title.
MEAC Tournament Round 1
The Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference keeps a low profile, their most notable achievement in recent years being Norfolk State's upset of No. 2 seed Missouri in the 2012 tournament. Baylor played and beat Norfolk State earlier this season in a game that I honestly don't remember despite attending. The first round features Bethune-Cookman vs. Coppin State and South Carolina State vs. North Carolina A&T. Hampton beat Morgan State and will play Maryland-Eastern Shore in quarters, and Delaware State will be rewarded for their vanquishing of Savannah State with a matchup against Howard.
Northeast Conference Championship
Saint Francis will play Robert Morris for the conference title today. RMU is down a bench player in Stephen Bennett, who was arrested for disorderly conduct over the weekend and is currently suspended.
Summit League Championship
North Dakota State vs. South Dakota State to see who rules the conference named after a mountain. The Bison are most notable for their FCS football program that would handily beat the bottom team in every Power 5 conference, but they made the dance last year where they knocked out Oklahoma. Oral Roberts and South Dakota made it to the semis, but the Dakota States were the dominant force.
West Coast Championship
Gonzaga is heavily favored over BYU tonight in the West Coast Conference championship game. Gonzaga has been heavily favored in every conference game they've played this season which means, much like 2013 Wichita State, we have absolutely no clue if they're a paper tiger or a serious force. Perhaps Kirobaito and his Pacific sensibilities can give us more insight. Perhaps not. I just write the report, I don't have any nuanced opinions about Gonzaga.
Auto Bids Secured:
Atlantic Sun: North Florida
Big South: Coastal Carolina
Colonial Atlantic: Northeastern
Missouri Valley: Northern Iowa
Ohio Valley: Belmont
Auto Bids Remaining:
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Lady Bears Win Fifth Consecutive Big 12 Tournament
Baylor won their fifth straight Big 12 tournament in women's basketball and Nina Davis had quite a day, carrying home a tournament MVP trophy to complement her Big 12 Player of the Year award.
Kim Mulkey was reportedly furious at Texas's coach for fouling with little time to go despite a large point differential, and she let people know about it too. Now the Lady Bears are off to the NCAA Tournament, where they'll fight to stay alive and try to avoid UCONN and their 7'1 Amazon.
Baseball at No. 20 Dallas Baptist
Baylor Baseball will try to avoid sinking further after a difficult weekend in Houston. DBU is a very good program, but also very beatable if Baylor manages to string together good pitching and batting at the same time like they did against Cal Poly.
Softball at No. 15 UCLA
Softball's spring break trip to California continues today against UCLA. Heather Stearns will seek to continue her excellent recent form.
Acro Defeats Azusa Pacific
Felicia Mulkey is a genius. Baylor is 4-0 in Acrobatics and Tumbling despite having a dismal record at this point last season. Keep the wins coming, please.
The Daily Bear
Today's Daily Bear is a picture of Ted, or at least how we imagine Ted when he tells the people in Texas that their cold isn't real cold.