NCAA Tournament picture taking shape

Crown ’em:

MAC Championship

Toledo’s 82-71 win over Northern Illinois gives them their first tourney appearance since 2001. Mikaela Boyd had a career-high 27 points to lead the Rockets.

SWAC Championship:

Texas Southern is off to their first Dance after edging Grambling, 70-66.

Big Sky Championship:

One year later and the results are flipped: Montana State 62, Idaho State 56.

MEAC Championship:

Hampton upset Bethune-Cookman, 52-49, to advance to the Dance.

C-USA Championship:

Western Kentucky “Topped” (excuse the bad pun” Southern Mississippi, 67-56, to claim the title.

WAC Championship:

New Mexico State downed Seattle University, 63-48.

Big West Championship:

Long Beach State escaped UC Santa Barbara with the win, 56-55, to advance to the tourney for the first time in 25 years.

CAA Championship:

Elon routed James Madison, 78-60.

All scores.

Just a few more tickets to punch tomorrow.

College player news:

Can anyone slow Kelsey Plum down?

Toledo transfer Olivia Braun is flourishing at Western Illinois.

College coach news:

Assistant coach Sam Purcell’s passion helps fuel Louisville.

Daron Park has resigned as coach at Cal State Fullerton. The University bought out the remainder of his contract.

Barb Smith has been dismissed at coach at Illinois State.

Division II news:

The Hoop Phi sisterhood is guiding the University of West Florida.

WNBA news:

The Phoenix Mercury have named Penny Taylor director of player development and performance.

USA Basketball news:

New Team USA coach Dawn Staley won’t be tinkering with a winning formula.