|Faces old and new make NCAA tournament|
|Written by Admin|
|Saturday, 14 March 2009 15:22|
Binghamton, on the other hand, made the NCAA tournament for the first time since it moved up to Division I, taking the America East tournament title with a 61-51 win over Maryland-Baltimore County on Saturday.
``We just persevered and fought all year long,'' said Kevin Broadus, conference coach of the year in just his second year at Binghamton. ``This year was an unbelievable ride for me personally. These guys coached me. These guys showed me what a true champion is all about.''
The school from upstate New York will have to wait a day to see which college hoops goliath it draws in the first round. As will the Owls and Roadrunners.
They don't plan on a giddy one-and-done.
``Last year, I think we were in a little shock,'' Roadrunners coach Rae Rippetoe-Blair said. ``Now, we're not just happy to be in the tournament. We want to advance.''
won three games in three days before succumbing to the Tigers 73-60.
Southern California took an autobid, though, by upsetting No. 23 Arizona 66-63 in the Pac-10 championship.
Also, Utah earned the Mountain West bid, beating San Diego State 52-50.
Seven more bids were up for grabs Saturday, including the Big East championship between No. 5 Louisville and Syracuse, which played six overtimes Friday night and another Saturday to reach the title game.