Automatic bids done; Selection Monday awaits

Automatic bids have been sealed. Now, tomorrow’s Selection Show.

Final eight tickets punched:

The last eight conference championships were played today, which yielded eight auto bids. Two were fought in overtime……

#20 Drake outlasted Northern Iowa, 74-69 in OT, to claim the MVC title.

Bucknell nabbed the Patriot League chip, 79-71 over Navy in OT, for their first trip to the Dance since 2008.

FGCU took the Atlantic-Sun Championship, 77-70 over Stetson.

Penn got past Princeton, 57-48, for the Ivy League crown. It’s Penn’s first time.

UNC Asheville squeezed out an upset over top-seed Radford, 49-48, for the Big South title.

The Sun Belt chip went to Troy, who defeated UL Lafayette, 78-64.

Robert Morris’ 65-52 win over Bryant gave them the Northeast Conference Championship.

Central Arkansas routed Stephen F. Austin, 60-35, to claim the Southland crown.

All scores.

NCAA Tournament news:

Eight teams from the ACC could make the NCAA Tournament.

College team news:

UCLA is preparing for Selection Monday.

Dayton’s nerve-wracking wait is almost over.

Gonzaga is focusing on themselves – not the NCAA guessing game.

Will there be easy travels for Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament?

The Wildcats hope their injured guards will be at full speed for the Dance.

Tennessee is projected as a seventh-seed for the Tournament.

Toledo’s win yesterday capped years of persistence.

Ohio State is eager to learn their NCAA fate.

Despite a late slide, Michigan should make the Tournament.

LSU will find out their Tournament destination Monday.

UConn is likely to start NCAA tourney play at home.

Will UMaine be stronger next year?

College player news:

Freshman Mikayla Pivec has given Oregon State a spark.

College coaching news:

Both Duke coach Joanne McCallie and daughter Maddie, who plays for Elon, are headed to the NCAA Tournament.

UC Davis’ wife and husband coaching team are making it work.

There are reasons for optimism as coach Amy Williams and Nebraska look ahead.

Matt Daniel has resigned at Marshall.

International news:

Australia’s WNBL is closing in on a TV deal.