It's March, so you're not going to get anything done, anyway. Might as well get a head start on your lack of productivity by checking out the tournaments before the tournament.

If you're a fan of a local mid- or low-major basketball team not named UMBC (sorry, Retrievers fans), read on.



Next game: No. 3 seed Towson (19-12, 11-7) vs. No. 6 seed Northeastern (15-15, 8-10), quarterfinal

Where: Charleston, S.C.

When: 8:30 p.m. Saturday

TV: Comcast SportsNet

Background: The Tigers and Huskies split their season series, with each winning by seven at home.

State hoops roundup: UMBC falls to New Hampshire, 74-65, in AEC quarterfinal

Player to watch: Junior guard Mike Morsell, Towson's leading scorer (13.8 points per game), had a combined 12 points on 4-for-11 shooting in the Tigers' two regular-season games against Northeastern.

Schedule: Semifinal at 4:30 p.m. Sunday (Comcast SportsNet), final at 7 p.m. Monday (CBS Sports Network)


Next game: No. 7 seed Loyola Maryland (15-15, 8-10) at No. 2 seed Boston University (17-13, 12-6), quarterfinal

Where: Boston

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Background: This is the schools' first meeting in the Patriot League tournament. The Terriers and Greyhounds split their matchups this season.


Charlie Jones' only field goal in 40 minutes on the floor was a 3-pointer with 2.6 seconds left to lift American to a 64-62 win over

Player to watch: Junior guard Andre Walker was 9-for-12 from beyond the arc and had 35 points on 14 shots in the Greyhounds' home win over BU.

Schedule: Semifinal at noon or 2 p.m. Sunday (CBS Sports Network), final at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (CBS Sports Network)*

*Highest remaining seed hosts semifinals and final


Next game: No. 4 seed Navy (15-15, 10-8) vs. No. 5 seed Holy Cross (15-16, 9-9), quarterfinal

Where: Alumni Hall

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Background: The Midshipmen, who split their season series with the Crusaders, are hosting their first tournament quarterfinal game since 2009.

Player to watch: Junior guard Shawn Anderson leads Navy in scoring (12.1 points per game) and is second in rebounding (4.5), assists (3.0) and steals (1.2).

Schedule: Semifinal at noon or 2 p.m. Sunday (CBS Sports Network), final at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (CBS Sports Network)*

*Highest remaining seed hosts semifinals and final


Next game: No. 1 seed Mount St. Mary's (17-15, 14-4) vs. No. 7 seed Robert Morris (14-18, 9-9), semifinal

Where: Knott Arena

When: 2 p.m. Saturday

Video: NEC Front Row

Background: The Mountaineers won their first NEC regular season-title since 1995-96 this year. They defeated the Colonials by a combined five points in two games this season.

C.J. Bryce scored 28 points on 11-for-16 shooting, Devontae Cacok had 11 points and 10 rebounds, and UNC Wilmington clinched the Colonial Athletic Association regular-season title with an 83-78 victory over Towson on Thursday night.

Player to watch: Sophomore guard Elijah Long (John Carroll) earned first-team All-NEC honors after leading the league in assists and scoring 20 or more points seven times this year.

Schedule: Final at 7 p.m. Tuesday vs. Wagner/Saint Francis (NEC Front Row); higher seed hosts


The Bears (14-14, 11-4) face UMES in their regular-season finale Thursday night and can rise to a No. 2 seed in the MEAC tournament, which begins next week in Norfolk, Va. With a win and a loss by Norfolk State (15-15, 12-4), Morgan State would improve on the third seed, which it won't fall below. The top four seeds automatically advance to the quarterfinals.


The Eagles (8-22, 7-8) find themselves in the MEAC's middle class, within a game of three teams in the league standings ahead of Thursday's regular-season finales. Their biggest roadblock is the conference's top four, against whom they're a combined 0-5.


The fifth-seeded Retrievers' season ended Wednesday with a 74-65 loss at No. 4 seed New Hampshire in the quarterfinals of the America East tournament. UMBC ended the year 18-12 overall, its most wins since the 2007-08 season, and 9-7 in conference play.

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