March 13, 2022 

Daily Briefing — March 13, 2022: It’s Selection Sunday

Big 12 wings go off in career efforts

Happy Selection Sunday! Welcome to The Next’s Daily Briefing, featuring the daily Watch List and Yesterday’s Recap! Day 123 of college basketball is here, following a day in which eight conference-title championships were awarded and the three wing stars in the Big 12 all dropped 30-burgers.

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But who cares about all that. It’s Selection Sunday! Curl up with something cozy and get ready to be really mad at how the selection committee has yet again screwed over.

Watch List, Sunday, March 13

(All times in Eastern)


#4 Baylor v. #7 Texas, 2 p.m., ESPN2 — Big 12 championship

NCAA Tournament Selection Show, 8 p.m., ESPN

Good games

Northern Iowa v. Illinois State, 2 p.m., ESPNU — MVC championship

Also watchable

Mount St. Mary’s v. Bryant, Noon, ESPNU — NEC championship

American v. Bucknell, Noon, CBSSN — Patriot League championship

Drexel v. Delaware 1 p.m., FloHoops — Colonial championship

Southeastern Louisiana v. Incarnate Word, 2 p.m., CBSSN — Southland championship

Friday, March 11 recap

(All rankings below reflect tournament seeding)

Big 12 tournament, semifinals

#1 Baylor beat #4 Oklahoma, 91-76. The Sooners led in the late second quarter, then allowed a 15-2 run in less than 2.5 minutes of game time. Big NaLyssa Smith led with a career-high 37 points on 16-for-32 from the field (0-1 3pt.) and 11 rebounds (five offensive) for a double-double in 33 minutes; big Caitlin Bickle scored a career-high 21 points on 8-for-14 FG (1-2 3pt.), six rebounds (four offensive), and four fouls in 25 minutes. Oklahoma was led by wing Madi Williams’ season-high 33 points on 13-for-23 from the field and 4-for-9 from three, eight rebounds (five offensive), and two turnovers in only 29 minutes.

The Sooners will receive an at-large bid today.

#3 Texas beat #2 Iowa State, 82-73 in overtime. The Cyclones trailed from 5:32 in the fourth quarter until there were 23 seconds left in regulation. Point guard Rori Harmon led the Longhorns with a career-high 30 points on 8-for-17 from the field, 5-for-8 from three, 9-for-9 from the line and four assists with no turnovers while playing all 45. Big DeYona Gaston notched a 13-point, 10-rebound double-double against four fouls in 34 minutes. Iowa State wing Ashley Joens scored a season-high 33 points on 13-for-27 from the field and 4-for-10 from three with 13 rebounds for a double-double.

The Cyclones will still host games next week.

Ivy League tournament, championship

#1 Princeton beat #2 Columbia, 77-59. Combo guard Kaitlyn Chen led with a career-high 30 points on 9-for-13 from the field (1-1 3pt.) and 11-for-14 from the line, three rebounds, and three assists. Point guard Dyaisha Fair and off-ball guard Georgia Woolley combined for 59 points (Fair 9-21 FG and 4-9 3pt., Woolley 11-17 FG and 3-5 3pt.), with Fair adding six assists and three steals in 40 minutes.

18 automatic qualifiers down!

MAC tournament, championship

#2 Buffalo beat #5 Ball State, 79-75. 19 automatic qualifiers down!

MVC tournament, semifinals

#4 Illinois State beat #1 Southern Illinois, 50-42. The Salukis scored just 24 points across the first three quarters.

#3 Northern Iowa beat #2 Missouri State, 63-57. The Bears led by seven just after halftime but trailed by eight in the mid-fourth quarter before tying the game with two minutes to go. They then allowed six-straight Panther points to seal it.

MAAC tournament, championship

#1 Fairfield beat #3 Manhattan, 73-68. The Jaspers led in the closing seconds of the third quarter but allowed the Stags to score the first eight points of the fourth.

20 automatic qualifiers down!

SWAC tournament, championship

#1 Jackson State beat #3 Alabama State, 101-80. The Tigers shot 58.1% from the field and 46.7% from three.

21 automatic qualifiers down!

MEAC tournament, championship

#1 Howard beat #2 Norfolk State, 61-44. The Spartans shot just 23.1% from the field and 2-for-24 from three.

22 automatic qualifiers down!

WAC tournament, championship

#1 SFA beat #2 Grand Canyon, 74-57. The Lumberjacks shot 53.5% from the field and 57.1% from three.

23 automatic qualifiers down!

C-USA tournament, championship

#1-East* Charlotte beat #1-West* Louisiana Tech, 68-63. The Bulldogs won the first quarter 12-3 and led 26-11 three minutes before the half, but trailed by the end of the third and never led again.

24 automatic qualifiers down!

ASUN tournament, championship

#1-East* FGCU beat #1-West* Jacksonville State, 69-54. Big wing Kierstan Bell led with 26 points on 11-for-22 from the field and 4-for-10 from three, six rebounds, and two steals without a turnover; point guard Tishara Morehouse had 17 points (7-18 FG, 2-9 3pt., 1-6 FT), seven rebounds, and seven assists.

25 automatic qualifiers down!

Big West tournament, championship

#1 Hawai’i beat #2 UC Irvine, 59-48. 26 automatic qualifiers down!

*C-USA and the ASUN do this thing where they seed teams only according to their rank with the conference’s East and West division, and then alternate which seeds are in which side of the bracket.

Written by Em Adler

Em Adler (she/they) covers the WNBA at large and college basketball for The Next, with a focus on player development and the game behind the game.

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