Off And Running

By Jeff Lippman - March 06, 2008

Thursday saw the ACC and SEC begin their conference tournaments, but down south in the Sun Belt they were already in the quarterfinals.

The Sun Belt got started on Wednesday, as did the Atlantic Sun, and so that's where we'll get started in recapping the action.

March 5 Results

Sun Belt
The first upset of the postseason went down in the Sun Belt as No. 11 Troy bested the six seed, Louisiana-Monroe, by one. What did the Trojans earn? They'll meet No. 3 Middle Tennessee State Sunday in Mobile, Ala., in primetime - well, OK, primetime for the Sun Belt.

In other Sun Belt action:
No. 8 North Texas 75, No. 9 New Orleans 62
No. 4 Arkansas State 68, No. 13 Florida Atlantic 50
No. 5 South Alabama 49, No. 12 Louisiana-Lafayette 40
No. 7 Florida International 68, No. 10 Denver 57

Sunday's Quarterfinals:
No. 1 Western Kentucky vs. No. 8 North Texas (12:30 p.m.)
No. 4 Arkansas State vs. No. 5 South Alabama (3 p.m.)
No. 2 UALR vs. No. 7 Florida International (6:30 p.m.)
No. 3 Middle Tennessee vs. No. 11 Troy (9 p.m.)

March 6 Results

Big Ten
After a season that was largely inconsequential to the landscape of women's basketball, here comes the Big Ten tourney. And the first round was, in a word, inconsequential.

The only upset - if you can call it that - was No. 9 Illinois' drubbing of No. 8 Wisconsin, 73-58. For their trouble, Illinois gets a date with No. 1 Ohio State Friday in the Quarterfinals. I'm going to go out on a limb and pick the upset right now.

In the other two contests, No. 7 Michigan defeated No. 10 Penn State to earn a matchup in the Quarterfinals with No. 2 Iowa and No. 6 Indiana beat up on Northwestern by 22 points and will play No. 3 Purdue.

In the other quarterfinal matchup No. 4 Minnesota plays No. 5 Michigan State. Both had first-round byes.

Posted by Jeff Lippman at 05:23 PM on March 06, 2008

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