ACC And The Rest - Nightly Recap

By Jeff Lippman - March 06, 2008

The first rounds are over for nine conferences, among them the mighty ACC and SEC.

Atlantic Sun
Let's start in the only conference that is already into its semifinal round. That's right, the A-Sun starts with the quarterfinals.

The first two contests were played on Wednesday, with No. 1 East Tennessee State and No. 2 Jacksonville both securing victories and moving on.

Their opponents were found out Thursday, as No. 3 Gardner-Webb slipped past No. 6 Campbell, 57-56, and No. 5 Lipscomb turned the tables on No. 4 Belmont, 73-72. Two very entertaining contests, to say the least.

Lipscomb gets mighty ETSU in the seminfinals Friday and I don't think they'll enjoy another upset. Gardner-Webb and Jacksonville collide in a battle of No. 2 vs. No. 3.

March 7:
No. 2 Jacksonville vs. No. 3 Gardner-Webb (noon)
No. 1 ETSU vs. No. 5 Lipscomb (2:15 p.m.)

Conference USA
March 6 Scores:
No. 10 Tulsa 85, No. 7 Memphis 63
No. 6 Marshall 65, No. 11 Tulane 58
No. 5 Southern Miss 74, No. 12 UCF 72
No. 9 Rice 69, No. 8 East Carolina 55

No. 10 Tulsa pulled the upset of the day in C-USA, topping No. 7 Memphis by 22 points. I don't know why, but I feel a magical run is in store for Tulsa all the way to the C-USA finals. That's right, I've got 'em beating No. 2 SMU Friday, that's for sure.

Here are the rest of Friday's C-USA quarterfinal matchups:
March 7:
No. 6 Marshall vs. No. 3 UAB (2:30 p.m.)
No. 5 Southern Miss vs. No. 4 Houston (5:30 p.m.)
No. 9 Rice vs. No. 1 UTEP (8 p.m.)

No. 5 Georgia Tech 76, No. 12 Miami 49
No. 9 Clemson 65, No. 8 NC State 60 (OT)
No. 7 Boston College 57, No. 10 Virginia Tech 47
No. 6 Florida State 57, No. 11 Wake Forest 52

It looks like it will be the WNIT or nothing for Kay Yow and NC State, as the Wolfpack dropped their opening round contest to No. 9 Clemson in overtime. All-American candidate Khadijah Whittington's 19 points and 16 rebounds weren't enough to hold off the Tigers. Clemson moves on to face No. 1 North Carolina. Good luck.

Everything else went as planned Thursday, as the No. 5 Yellow Jackets, No. 7 BC Eagles and No. 6 Seminoles all won as the higher seeded teams in Greensboro, N.C.

The first round of the ACC Tournament is never too exciting - aside from that overtime game - and this year was no different. But here is where the fun starts. The quarterfinals will be very interesting this year. While last year all four top seeds advanced to the semis, something tells me this year will not follow suit.

March 7:
No. 4 Virginia vs. No. 5 Georgia Tech (1 p.m.)
No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 9 Clemson (3 p.m.)
No. 2 Maryland vs. No. 7 Boston College (6 p.m.)
No. 3 Duke vs. No. 6 Florida State (8 p.m.)

The matchups are thus. Forget about the Clemson-UNC game, No. 1 wins that going away. It was a great season for ACC Rookie of the Year, Boston College's Stefanie Murphy, but the Eagles probably won't make it past No. 2 Maryland.

Pay attention to the other two games, though. That Virginia-Tech game will be and out and out battle. Both teams think they belong in the semis. Folks getting to the arena for the early game will get a gem there. And then in the nightcap, No. 6 Florida State is a bubble team and needs a win desperately. No. 3 Duke could be that win.

No. 7 Loyola 57, No. 10 Rider 49
No. 8 Canisius 63, No. 9 Niagara 51

No surprises in Albany as the top of the bottom seeds all advanced. The quarterfinals is where this tourney heats up as Loyola earned themselves a date against No. 2 Iona and Canisius gets No. 1 Marist.

To tell you the truth, you can wrap this tournament up in a pretty little bow for Marist, because the Red Foxes are bringing home the hardware.

Here is the rest of Friday's quarterfinal round for your viewing pleasure:
March 7:
No. 2 Iona vs. No. 7 Loyola (9:30 a.m.)
No. 3 Fairfield vs. No. 6 Siena (11:30 a.m.)
No. 1 Marist vs. No. 8 Canisius (1:30 p.m.)
No. 5 Saint Peter's vs. No. 4 Manhattan (3:30 p.m.)

No. 10 Wofford 57, No. 7 Furman 50
No. 9 UNC Greensboro 62, No. 8 Appalachian State 44

Thursday's opening round of two games produced two upsets, of sorts. No. 10 Wofford took down the seven seed in Furman and UNC Greensboro beat App. State.

The quarterfinals of the MAAC Tournament are broken up into two games Friday and two games Saturday. Friday's games are as follows:
March 7:
No. 2 Western Carolina vs. No. 10 Wofford (10 a.m.)
No. 1 Chattanooga vs. No. 9 UNC Greensboro (12:30 p.m.)

Posted by Jeff Lippman at 10:34 PM on March 06, 2008

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