MAAC Conference Tournament

METRO ATLANTIC CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS, SATURDAY #1 Iona vs #8 Siena, noon #4 Monmouth vs #5 Canisius, 2:30 #2 Rider vs #7 St Peter’s, 5:30 #3 Manhattan vs #6 Marist, 8:00 SEMIFINALS: Sunday, 4:30 & 7:00 CHAMPIONSHIP: Monday, 9:00, ESPN 2 KenPom projects¬†a close quarterfinal day, calling for a 7-point win by Manhattan; a 6-point victory by Iona and single possession wins by Rider and Monmouth. Can anyone beat Iona? Can anybody keep up with them? The Gaels have the 40th most efficient offense in the nation in the KenPom rankings. They’re easily the best shooting team in the conference and rank 16th nationally in eFG% and 11th in 3-point shooting percentage. They have KenPom first teams David Laury and AJ English in the frontcourt and backcourt. They also have a high volume, 44% 3-point shooter in freshman Schadrac Casimir, a name that seems primed for March Madness heroism. Their foe today Siena ranks as the 145th offense, but nobody else in the league cracks the top-200. The Saints, however, are 332 in defensive efficiency and the worst defense in league games. They allowed 87 and 83 points in their two matchups this season with Iona. The Gaels defense is what might stop them. Just ninth

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Ohio Valley, Horizon Odds

OHIO VALLEY TOURNAMENT SEMIFINALS #1 Murray State vs #5 Morehead State, 7:30, ESPNU LINE: Murray State -7.5 #2 Eastern Kentucky vs #3 Belmont LINE: EKU -2 Championship: Saturday, 7:00, ESPN 2 ODDS TO WIN TOURNAMENT Murray State, -160 Eastern Kentucky, +280 Field, +300 HORIZON LEAGUE SECOND ROUND #3 Oakland vs #6 UIC, 7:00, ESPN 3 LINE: Oakland -8.5 #4 Cleveland State vs #5 Detroit, 9:30 ESPN 3 LINE: Cleveland State -6 SEMIFINALS, SATURDAY UIC/Oakland vs #2 Green Bay, 7:00, ESPN 3 Cleveland State/Detroit vs #1 Valparaiso, 9:30, ESPN3 CHAMPIONSHIP: Tuesday, 7:00, ESPN ODDS TO WIN TOURNAMENT Valparaiso,  -130 Green Bay, +175 Cleveland State, +1200 Oakland, +1200 Detroit, +2500 UIC, +

Missouri Valley Tournament: Will A Bid Thief Step Up?

#1 Wichita State vs #9 Southern Illinois, 1:00 pm Line: Wichita -18.5 #4 Illinois State vs # 5 Evansville, 3:30 pm Line: Illinois State -4.5 #2 Northern Iowa vs #10 Bradley, 7:05 Line: Northern Iowa -15 #3 Indiana State vs #6 Loyola-Chicago, 9:35 Line: Indiana State -2 Semifinals: Saturday, 2:35, 5:05 Championship: 2:05, CBS ODDS TO WIN TOURNAMENT Wichita State, -125 Northern Iowa, +150 Illinois State, +1200 Evansville, +2200 Indiana State, +3800 Loyola-Chicago +4000 Bradley, +17500 Southern Illinois, +25000 While the final weekend of the regular season plays out for the power conference teams, those on the bubble will need to keep an eye on the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. Always a strong league, the Valley is a 2-bid conference this year with Wichita State and Northern Iowa, not only locks for the field, but pretty good bets to both be at least Sweet 16 seeds. In fact, there isn’t a non-Wichita or Northern player on KenPom’s all-MVC team, a sign of the dominance of these two programs this winter. But if somebody else wins this sectional, then it becomes a 3-bid league and poof one spot from the at-large bubble disappears. If you’re Purdue, NC State, Illinois, Tulsa, BYU, Indiana or anyone else flirting

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