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Monday News:

Monday, March 5th
Fairfield (4) vs. Loyola Md. (2) - 7:00 pm ET - MAAC Tournament - ESPN2
Western Kentucky (7) vs. Denver (3) - 9:30 pm ET - Sun Belt Tournament - ESPN3

Tuesday, March 6th
Richmond (10) vs. La Salle (7) - Atlantic 10 Tournament - 7:00 pm ET
Penn vs. Princeton - 7:30 pm ET - ESPN3

Wednesday, March 7th
Pitt (13) / St John's (12) vs. Georgetown (5) - 2:00 pm ET - Big East Tournament - ESPN
Washington State (9) vs. Oregon State (8) - 3:00 pm ET - Pac-12 Tournament - FSN

Thursday, March 8th
Minnesota (10) vs. Northwestern (7) - 5:30 pm ET - Big 10 Tournament - ESPN2

Well well well. After an 85-75 upset of top seed Iona, Sydney Johnson and Fairfield (19-13) are now 40 minutes from the NCAA Tournament. An impressive 16-1 run when trailing by six in the second half turned the game around. The MAAC final is tonight in Springfield, MA against Loyola of Maryland.

The Sun Belt Tournament bracket is in shambles with the exception of Denver (22-8). All the other top seeds fell in the quarterfinals while the Pioneers were taking care of South Alabama, 61-50. Western Kentucky awaits in the semifinals tonight.

Usually Monday belongs to the student papers around these parts, but only the Daily Princetonian (with an exceptional photograph) recounts the weekend's action.

Here's comprehensive information on where Northwestern stands in their quest for the NCAA Tournament.

Georgetown's Jason Clark was named first team all-Big East, with Henry Sims and Hollis Thompson also earning recognition from their conference.

Big Apple Buckets has updated their projected NIT bracket. Princeton is among their last seven teams out.

Steven Postrel said,

March 5, 2012 @ 7:08 pm

Some interesting insights into what SJ's first season at Fairfield has been like (from Thamel at the NYT):

" “It’s been up and down; I don’t want to sugarcoat it,” Johnson said. “It’s been up and down, but somehow we’re clicking at the right time.”

As Johnson witnessed last year, the one-and-done desperation of tournament play can inspire a team to do great things. Rakim Sanders, a transfer from Boston College, prodded his Fairfield teammates by saying near the start of the second half, “I don’t want this to be my last game.”


Sanders finished with 26 points and 12 rebounds. He had transferred to Fairfield to play for Ed Cooley, who coached him at B.C. But Cooley left to coach Providence, prompting a shotgun marriage of the soft-spoken Johnson and the mercurial and underachieving Sanders.

“He didn’t have a choice whether he was going to stay or not,” Johnson said with a laugh.


For Johnson, it has been a tricky transition season after leaving his alma mater to increase his salary, which is reportedly more than $400,000, and further his career.

“It’s still raw,” Johnson said of the decision. “I’ll be frank with you.” "

That doesn't exactly sound like a joyride. I hope it all works out for the Stags and they get to the NCAAs.

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