Two schools earned their first NCAA tournament bids on Saturday.
Binghamton, which has only been in Division I since 2001, beat Maryland-Baltimore County 61-51 to claim the America East's automatic bid. Later, Morgan State beat Norfolk State 83-69 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship.
``We just persevered and fought all year long,'' said Binghamton's Kevin Broadus, conference coach of the year in just his second year. ``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 schools will have to wait a day to see which college hoops goliath they draw in the first round.
Some of those likely high seeds took their conference titles today: No. 4 Memphis demolished Tulsa 64-39 in the Conference USA title game, and No. 14 Missouri ended the hopes of upstart Baylor, which won three games in three days before succumbing to the Tigers 73-60.
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Also, Utah earned the Mountain West bid, beating San Diego State 52-50, and Temple made it back to the NCAA for the second straight year, winning the Atlantic 10 over Duquesne 69-64.
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.

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