Pulling out those championships – barely

Holy moly! Not one but two conference tournaments were decided today by one point:

In the America East, UAlbany grabbed the NCAA berth from UMaine, 59-58. It’s the fifth straight title for the Danes.

In the Mountain West: Colorado State slipped past Fresno State, 55-54.

Other stunners:

Old Dominion upset #1 seed UTEP in the C-USA semifinals, 66-54.

UC Davis took down #1 seed UC Riverside, 81-72, in the Big West semifinals.

Buffalo upset Akron, 88-87, (after they also upset last night) to reach their first MAC title game.

I’m wondering what this NCAA Tournament bracket will look like on Monday.

More results:

In CAA semifinal action, James Madison stuffed Delaware, 68-47.

Middle Tennessee routed Marshall, 69-41, to reach the C-USA title game.

Central Michigan took care of Eastern Michigan, 86-71, in the MAC semifinals.

Hawaii pounded Long Beach State, 76-60, in the Big West semifinals.

All scores.

News on the game:

The new rules in collegiate basketball this season have lead to fewer free throws.

Team news:

South Carolina and Tiffany Mitchell are ready for the NCAA Tournament.

Syracuse might have played their way out of a meeting with UConn.

Missed opportunities stand out as Rutgers’ Tournament chances fade.

Young West Virginia has defied the odds this season.

The WNIT is the next destination for Western Kentucky, Michigan, Utahand South Dakota.

Arkansas will decline the WNIT.

Player news:

Kansas sophomore Lauren Aldridge is leaving the program.

Coach news:

Florida International has fired coach Marlin Chinn after sexual misconduct allegations surfaced two weeks ago.

Kent State won’t renew the contract of coach Danielle O’Banion.

Notre Dame’s week of waiting isn’t easy for coach Muffet McGraw.

Wisconsin’s athletics director wants their new women’s basketball coach to emphasize in-state recruits.

Barb Smith will return to Illinois State next season.

Should Cincinnati replace coach Jamelle Elliott?

North Florida and former coach Mary Tappmeyer have settled a Title IX lawsuit for $1.25 million.

USA Basketball news:

Olympic preliminary round opponents and schedule have been revealed.

WNBA news:

Q&A with Indiana Fever coach Stephanie White.

How Elena Delle Donne demands excellence.

The Phoenix Mercury have their title team back together, and they mean business.

Swin Cash says team president Isiah Thomas has been nothing but good for the New York Liberty.

Cash is also posing nekkid.

Additionally, Cash and Brawny paper towels have teamed up for a powerful new ad.

High school news:

Why Sabrina Ionescu is the last uncommitted top 25 girls basketball recruit.