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James Jones and the Sons of Eli walk into Lavietes and beat the Crimson without much drama, 62-52. If they win tomorrow at the Green, they take the Ivy League title and the NCAA bid.
 

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Great job by the Elis.  They'd better not blow it tomorrow night!  I'm 51 years old.  Yale has not been to the NCAA tournament in my lifetime. 
 

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After Yale missed critical free thrwos, Dartmouth wins it at the buzzer, 59-58, while Harvard beats Brown by 10.
 
Crimson & Elis tied atop the Ivy at 11-3. Playoff game next week for the NCAA berth.
 

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mabrowndog said:
Dartmouth wins it in the final seconds, 59-58, while Harvard beats Brown by 10. Crimson & Elis tied atop the Ivy at 11-3.
 
One game playoff. Awesome.
 

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Belmont upsets Murray St., who went undefeated in conference this year, to take the first NCAA bid.
 

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mabrowndog said:
After Yale missed critical free thrwos, Dartmouth wins it at the buzzer, 59-58, while Harvard beats Brown by 10.
 
Crimson & Elis tied atop the Ivy at 11-3. Playoff game next week for the NCAA berth.
What a choke.  Yale lead the whole way, up by as much as 10 at one point.  We were all predicting this in a fatalistic way this week.  "Watch, we'll beat Harvard and then blow its against Dartmouth."  Groan.
 

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Jay Bilas saying starting seniors on Senior Night is a "Carolina tradition".
 
No shit. It's the tradition of every college in the country, and most high schools.
 

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The so called best player in the Ivy League for Yale turned in a dud of a game. In addition to some horrible turnovers, he made the worst decision instinctive play to go from defending a 1 OT lead and making Dart. Go full 94 ft w 2.3 secs left, to knocking air ball heading out of bounds out under his own basket in just .4 secs. Setting up the final shot so it was non desperation. Awful to watch. See you in another 40 years ncaa tourney if Yale is lucky

I'm going to go watch and think about the super bowl.
 

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SFA closed out the regular season with beating Sam Houston tonight. Champs again, gotta win the SLC tourney to scare the hell out of a 5 seed.
 

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It is always at The Palestra.  I wish the A-10 tourney never moved from The Palestra.
Not true.  New Haven hosted a Harvard Princeton playoff a few years ago.  Not sure how they select the site though.
 

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shawnrbu said:
It is always at The Palestra.  I wish the A-10 tourney never moved from The Palestra.
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Not true.  New Haven hosted a Harvard Princeton playoff a few years ago.  Not sure how they select the site though.
 
Yup, in 2011. The league office selects the site.
 
The only "always" is that it's a neutral court. And it's not like this is some commonplace event. Prior to 2011, you have to go back to 2001-02 to find the last Ivy playoff, and that was a three-way tie. Yale beat Princeton at the Palestra, but the deciding game (won by Penn, which had a bye based on head-to-head vs the Tigers & Elis) was played at Lafayette in Easton PA.
 

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It's too bad the site is predetermined. With the schools involved it seems like the Ryan Center at URI would be better for the schools and provide a potentially better atmosphere
 
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It's too bad the site is predetermined. With the schools involved it seems like the Ryan Center at URI would be better for the schools and provide a potentially better atmosphere
(Crimson undergrads at least) students aren't going to be going to these if not on campus IMHO.
 
1) No one wants to go to URI. If a RI venue would be chosen, it would be Pizzitola and that place sucks.
2) More alumni for both schools in Philly (Wharton says hi) than RI.
 

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Dan to Theo to Ben said:
(Crimson undergrads at least) students aren't going to be going to these if not on campus IMHO.
 
1) No one wants to go to URI. If a RI venue would be chosen, it would be Pizzitola and that place sucks.
2) More alumni for both schools in Philly (Wharton says hi) than RI.
 
Not to mention DC is only a few hours away, and we're chock full of Harvard (and Yale) alums down here.  I wrote the season off after Harvard lost on Friday, but I may try to get tickets for the game on Saturday now.
 

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3-seed Coastal Carolina running away from 5-seed Winthrop, up 12 in the Big South final with <4:00 left.
 

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4-seed Illinois State up big on 2-seed N. Iowa, 21-8 with 8:48 left in the 1st half. Panthers have missed their last 15 shots. Could be a bubble-buster brewing.
 

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4-seed Illinois State up big on 2-seed N. Iowa, 21-8 with 8:48 left in the 1st half. Panthers have missed their last 15 shots. Could be a bubble-buster brewing.
 
Up 14 at the break. Bubble teams out there pulling for a big Northern Iowa comeback.
 

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Kevin Ollie didnt start all seniors this week.
 
Okay, MOST colleges do it.
 
Whatever--calling it a "Carolina tradition" is dumb. 
 

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Northern Iowa on a 24-4 run to open the second half, and now has a 6 point lead.  Bubble teams breathe a huge sigh.
 

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I absolutely LOVE hearing Verne Lundquist call college basketball games. 74 years old and he's still got serious pipes and the perfect voice for big plays.
 

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After Illinois State forces a huge turnover, Hawkins takes a ridiculously stupid three from 6' behind the arc with 1:01 left, down 6 and plenty of time on the shot clock. Utter stupidity.
 

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Lafayette upsets Patriot top-seed Bucknell 80-74. The Leopards will face the winner of 2-seed Colgate & 6-seed American, just underway.
 

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Top seed North Florida takes the A-Sun autobid over SC-Upstate.
 
In the Colonial semis, 5-seed Hofstra leads top seed William & Mary by 2 with 1:30 left in OT. A 7-0 run by the Dutchmen. Northeastern vs NC-Wilmington comes up next in the other semi.
 

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Wow. William & Mary commits a loose ball foul after a missed Hofstra 3 with 10.2 left, fouling out their center and putting the Pride on the line for two -- and they miss both. W&M misses their buzzer shot -- with no foul called on the penetration move -- and they'll head to double OT.
 

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SMU beats Tulsa to get the top seed in the AAC tourney.
 
Hofstra up 90-89 with 8.3 left in 2OT and they're heading to the line after an over-the-back at the other end. And they miss ANOTHER one. Holy shit. Time out Tribe.
 
EDIT - He hits the 2nd shot. Here we go...
 

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DANIEL DIXON FOR THREE FROM THE BASELINE AT THE BUZZER!! 0.5 secs left! William & Mary leads 92-91.
 
Brutal loss. I never cease to be mortified by how many teams lose games at the line in horrific fashion. But yeah, keep practicing those dunks and threes, kids...
 

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DANIEL DIXON FOR THREE FROM THE BASELINE AT THE BUZZER!! 0.5 secs left! William & Mary leads 92-91.
 
Brutal loss. I never cease to be mortified by how many teams lose games at the line in horrific fashion. But yeah, keep practicing those dunks and threes, kids...
I was in the student section for this... By far the craziest basketball game I have ever been to. If anyone wasn't aware, we are one of 5 teams who have never made the tournament and this is Marcus Thornton's senior year so there is a LOT riding on this team. The CAA has been absolutely insane all year so the semifinal tonight (ft. Northeastern) and the final tomorrow night should be nuts.
 

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I absolutely LOVE hearing Verne Lundquist call college basketball games. 74 years old and he's still got serious pipes and the perfect voice for big plays.
I was thinking similar when Dick Stockton was doing the Providence game the other day.
 

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* Northeastern upends UNC-Wilmington to advance to the CAA final against William & Mary.
 
* American U. knocks off Colgate, so neither Patriot finalist finished over .500 in-conference. The Eagles were 8-10 while Lafayette was 9-9.
 
* MAAC top seed Iona creams Monmouth 95-77. The Gaels will face the winner of St. Peters & Manhattan for the auto-bid.
 
* Top seed Wofford is up by 12 on Western Caroina in the first SoCon semi. The winner gets either Furman or Mercer tomorrow night.
 

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NU one win away from making the tournament for the first time since 1991.
 
Well, William & Mary is one win away from making the tournament for the first time EVER. The Tribe is one of five original NCAA Division I teams (dating back to 1948-49) that have never qualified for the dance, along with St. Francis (NY), The Citadel, Army and Northwestern.
 
I feel like someone here posts this every year, which is fine -- because it needs to be said.
 

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mabrowndog said:
 
Well, William & Mary is one win away from making the tournament for the first time EVER. The Tribe is one of five original NCAA Division I teams (dating back to 1948-49) that have never qualified for the dance, along with St. Francis (NY), The Citadel, Army and Northwestern.
 
I feel like someone here posts this every year, which is fine -- because it needs to be said.
I heard that William & Mary have never been, but wow I did not know that. That's incredible.

Unfortunately, I have no sympathy since I'm an NU fan. But at least there'll be a silver lining with W&M moving on if it's a loss tomorrow.
 

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NU one win away from making the tournament for the first time since 1991.
 
It's funny that mention that team.  I was just thinking about them the other day.  A kid I grew up with was a freshman on that team, named Dan Callahan, he later went on to be named to the NU Hall of Fame, and then played about a dozen years around Europe.  Made me remember a piece that the local news did on him last year, about his moment in the Dance (he only played 6 minutes in the game).  The article is below.  Would be cool if these kids got a chance to experience it too.  
 
http://bedford.wickedlocal.com/article/20140411/News/140418922/?Start=1
 
This is the write up on Danny, when he got elected to the NU HOF.  He was an amazing rebounder:
 
Daniel T. Callahan Jr. has been elected to the Northeastern Hall of Fame for his accomplishments in the sport of basketball.
Callahan, Class of '95, was the finest rebounder ever to play for NU. Although plagued with back problems throughout his career, he holds the NU record for most rebounds in a season, 364 in 1994-95, and his career total of 1007 is good for second. He is one of only three Huskies to average over 10 rebounds per game for his career.
Callahan came to Huntington Ave. in 1990 after starring at Bedford High School and New Hampton Prep. As a freshman he saw limited action, playing behind veteran center Steve Carney as the Huskies went 22-11 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
In his sophomore season, however, he captured the center position, as well as the heart of Husky fans, by averaging 10 rebounds a game to finish second among the conference leaders. Callahan exploded into one of the nation's best board crashers during his junior year of 1992-93. He pulled down 340 rebounds for a 12.1 average, which was the fifth-best in the country. Leading the conference in rebounding earned him America East All-Conference honors. Callahan also added 8.3 points per game as NU finished the year with a 20-8 record. However, his increasing back problems limited his participation in practice.
The 1993-94 season started fruitfully with victories over UMass-Boston and George Mason and a lone loss to Duke. Callahan was averaging 17 rebounds and 12 points per game. In game four, a loss to Central Michigan, the back started to give out. The next morning, he could hardly walk, and a month later he was declared a medical redshirt. The Husky season collapsed into a 5-22 record.
In the spring of 1994, Callahan had major back surgery and then endured months of rehab directed by Larry Bird's therapist, Dan Dyrek. Physically, he never would be 100 percent again, and practice had to be limited to maximize his game time. Despite the physical problems, Callahan again was dominant at center, leading NU to an 18-11 record and a trip to the America East title game. He set a new NU season record with 364 rebounds for a 12.6 average, which was fourth best in the nation. Callahan averaged 13.2 points per game and had double-doubles in 19 of 29 games. That senior season, he captained the team, was voted Team MVP, and selected America East All-Conference. As evidence of his well-rounded and effective game, Callahan and Reggie Lewis remain the only NU players ever to have career totals of over 800 points, 800 rebounds, 80 assists, 80 steals, and 80 blocks.
 
 

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Pulling hard for NU to take that title.  Bill Coen is a Hamilton grad.  His coach there was Tom Murphy, who was still there when I was covering the team for the student paper.  Murphy is now on Coen's staff on NU.  A couple years back,  Murphy had just joined the coaching staff and I think they were playing NC State, and the game was tight in the 1st half.  Murphy told Coen to call a timeout to re-focus the team on a couple things.  Coen said, "No, we're playing great, why would I do that?" NC State immediately went on a monster run and turned the game into a laugher.  Coen said afterwards he'd never argue with Murphy again.  
 
Would love to seen Coen put that team back in the dance, he's done a great job there.  Hope he stays for another decade.  
 

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Deathofthebambino said:
 
It's funny that mention that team.  I was just thinking about them the other day.  A kid I grew up with was a freshman on that team, named Dan Callahan, he later went on to be named to the NU Hall of Fame, and then played about a dozen years around Europe.  Made me remember a piece that the local news did on him last year, about his moment in the Dance (he only played 6 minutes in the game).  The article is below.  Would be cool if these kids got a chance to experience it too.  
 
http://bedford.wickedlocal.com/article/20140411/News/140418922/?Start=1
 
This is the write up on Danny, when he got elected to the NU HOF.  He was an amazing rebounder:
 
minischwab said:
Pulling hard for NU to take that title.  Bill Coen is a Hamilton grad.  His coach there was Tom Murphy, who was still there when I was covering the team for the student paper.  Murphy is now on Coen's staff on NU.  A couple years back,  Murphy had just joined the coaching staff and I think they were playing NC State, and the game was tight in the 1st half.  Murphy told Coen to call a timeout to re-focus the team on a couple things.  Coen said, "No, we're playing great, why would I do that?" NC State immediately went on a monster run and turned the game into a laugher.  Coen said afterwards he'd never argue with Murphy again.  
 
Would love to seen Coen put that team back in the dance, he's done a great job there.  Hope he stays for another decade.  
Love reading this stuff, thanks for the posts guys. I'm a hockey guy first, but I keep up with the basketball program as much as I can. I'd love to see how a NCAA bid would affect campus.

I and most people on campus agree, Coen has done a great job. Especially when you look at where the program was after Everhart. Pretty sure Coen turned down the BC job at one point to stay here too. Some of the older alumni are getting restless, since they haven't been able to win the big game, but I have to believe it'll happen sooner or later.

On a side note, how about Caleb Donnelly? Just an amazing story.
 

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Tomorrow's Southern Conf title game features the team that finished dead last (Furman) against the 1-seed.  Furman could reach NCAA Tournament with just 12 wins this season.  I LOVE MARCH MADNESS!!! 
 
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If Furman wins, they'll have the lowest win pct for a team to make the NCAA Tournament since 1961!!! 
 

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NU started with a 10-0 run. Now tied at 18-18 with Walker at the line. 9 minutes left in the first.