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Quint Kessenich: Breaking down the conference tournaments
Championship week is under way, with the NCAA tournament starting next week. It's a 16-team bracket with seven automatic qualifiers and nine at-large selections. This weekend's results strongly affect the field and seedings.
Wednesday night was nearly a disaster for Baltimore-area teams as UMBC and Towson both lost, and Loyola survived a monstrous collapse to beat Denver in overtime.
Lehigh won the Patriot League automatic qualifier Sunday and will advance to the tournament for its first time. Six more conferences have automatic bids up for grabs this weekend. Let's take a closer look at each:
May 7, 2012