Conference tournament reset: Local teams' path to March Madness

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.

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.


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.

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.