College Plenty of conference tourney action By Sue Favor - March 14, 2019 Today’s results: NEC semifinals Patriot League semifinals Conference USA quarterfinals Big South quarterfinals CAA quarterfinals MEAC quarterfinals Sun Belt quarterfinals MVC first round Southland first round Tomorrow’s game schedule College team news: “This is why you play”: confidence is bubbling for Drake as their March journey nears. Eastern Washington is one win away from ending its 32-year NCAA Tournament drought. The future is bright for Maryland. How UConn has grown this season. Is the Lady Vols’ NCAA Tourney streak over? We will find out Monday night. UCLA looks to rebound stronger after the Pac-12 Tournament. Injuries to Laura Stockton and Jill Townsend have bracketologists split on Gonzaga’s Tourney seeding. The Cyclones aim to be a positive influence to youth. The day after isn’t what Northern Colorado had hoped for. Three teams that could make some noise this weekend in conference tournaments. College player news: Louisville’s Arica Carter and Sam Fuehring are on track to return to the NCAA Tournament. Napheesa Collier is peaking when UConn needs it most. Northern Iowa’s Taylor Hagen is making the most of her new role. Katrina McClain Award finalists. Dawn Staley Award finalists: Sabrina Ionescu, Asia Durr, Arike Ogunbowale and Cierra Dillard. ESPN’s All-American teams. College coach news: Rutgers coach Vivian Stringer won’t coach again this season, but plans to return. Catching up with Miami coach Katie Meier. Candice M. Jackson’s contract won’t be renewed by the College of Charleston. High school news: Top high school players will be given educational and athletic opportunities at the Final Four. WNBA news: Layshia Clarendon is one of the faces for Adidas’ “She Breaks Barriers” campaign. The Lynx have hired Plenette Pierson as an assistant coach. Jonathan Kolb is the new general manager for the Liberty. Bonus: Former Indiana senator and Title IX author Birch Bayh has died at age 91. He had no idea what impact the law would have. NCAA WBB TV viewership is up slightly this year. Sheryl Swoopes’ son Jordan Jackson is balling out for UTRGV.