Sunday, March 15, 2015

Early RSVPs Portend A Wild Party Next Week

The final invitations don’t go out until Sunday and the most coveted party other than the Oscars has had some early RSVPs. Some A-Listers, some gate-crashers, and many regulars to the scene. However the invites that are star struck by the splendor may find themselves on their way home before the turndown service at their hotels, but one thing is clear based on the early commitments, this is going to be one hell of a party. Here is a list of the early RSVPs with the final guest being sent out tomorrow. Albany Great Danes Conference: America East Record: 24-8 Ticket-clincher: Albany 51, Stony Brook 50 Leading scorer: Sam Rowley (14 PPG) Tournament appearance: fifth (first since 2014) Arizona Wildcats Conference: Pac-12 Record: 31-3 Ticket-clincher: Arizona 80, Oregon 52 Leading scorer: Stanley Johnson (14.1 PPG) Tournament appearance: 32nd (first since 2014) Belmont Bruins Conference: Ohio Valley Record: 22-10 Ticket-clincher: Belmont 88, Murray State 87 Leading scorer: Craig Bradshaw (18.1 PPG) Tournament appearance: seventh (first since 2013) Buffalo Bulls Conference: Mid-American Record: 23-9 Ticket-clincher: Buffalo 89, Central Michigan 84 Leading scorer: Justin Moss (17.9 PPG) Tournament appearance: first Coastal Carolina Chanticleers Conference: Big South Record: 24-9 Ticket-clincher: Coastal Carolina 81, Winthrop 70 Leading scorer: Josh Cameron (12.9 PPG) Tournament appearance: fourth (first since 2014) Eastern Washington Eagles Conference: Big Sky Record: 26-8 Ticket-clincher: Eastern Washington 69, Montana 65 Leading scorer: Tyler Harvey (23.1 PPG) Tournament appearance: second (first since 2004) Gonzaga Bulldogs Conference: West Coast Record: 32-2 Ticket-clincher: Gonzaga 91, BYU 75 Leading scorer: Kyle Wiltjer (16.6 PPG) Tournament appearance: 18th (first since 2014) Hampton Pirates Conference: Mid-Eastern Record: 16-17 Ticket-clincher: Hampton 82, Delaware State 61 Leading scorer: Dwight Meikle (13 PPG) Tournament appearance: fourth (first since 2011) Harvard Crimson Conference: Ivy League Record: 22-7 Ticket-clincher: Harvard 53, Yale 51 Leading scorer: Wesley Saunders (16.1 PPG) Tournament appearance: fifth (first since 2014) Iowa State Cyclones Conference: Big 12 Record: 25-8 Ticket-clincher: Iowa State 70, Kansas 66 Leading scorer: Georges Niang (15.3 PPG) Tournament appearance: 17th (first since 2014) Lafayette Leopards Conference: Patriot League Record: 20-12 Ticket-clincher: Lafayette 65, American 63 Leading scorer: Dan Trist (17.6 PPG) Tournament appearance: fourth (first since 2000) Manhattan Jaspers Conference: Metro Atlantic Record: 19-13 Ticket-clincher: Manhattan 79, Iona 69 Leading scorer: Emmy Andujar (16.5 PPG) Tournament appearance: eighth (first since 2014) New Mexico State Aggies Conference: WAC Record: 23-10 Ticket-clincher: New Mexico State 80, Seattle 61 Leading scorer: Pascal Siakam (13.1 PPG) Tournament appearance: 22nd (first since 2014) Northeastern Huskies Conference: Colonial Record: 23-11 Ticket-clincher: Northeastern 72, William & Mary 61 Leading scorer: Scott Eatherton (14.6 PPG) Tournament appearance: eighth (first since 1991) Northern Iowa Panthers Conference: Missouri Valley Record: 30-3 Ticket-clincher: Northern Iowa 69, Illinois State 60 Leading scorer: Seth Tuttle (15.3 PPG) Tournament appearance: seventh (first since 2010) North Dakota State Bison Conference: Summit Record: 23-9 Ticket-clincher: North Dakota State 57, South Dakota State 56 Leading scorer: Lawrence Alexander (18.7 PPG) Tournament appearance: third (first since 2014) North Florida Ospreys Conference: Atlantic Sun Record: 23-11 Ticket-clincher: North Florida 63, South Carolina Upstate 57 Leading scorer: Dallas Moore (15.9 PPG) Tournament appearance: first Notre Dame Fighting Irish Conference: ACC Record: 29-5 Ticket-clincher: Notre Dame 90, North Carolina 82 Leading scorer: Jerian Grant (16.6 PPG) Tournament appearance: 34th (first since 2013) Robert Morris Colonials Conference: Northeast Record: 19-14 Ticket-clincher: Robert Morris 66, St. Francis (Brooklyn) 63 Leading scorer: Rodney Pryor (15.2 PPG) Tournament appearance: eighth (first since 2010) Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks Conference: Southland Record: 29-4 Ticket-clincher: Stephen F. Austin 83, Sam Houston State 70 Leading scorer: Thomas Walkup (15.2 PPG) Tournament appearance: third (first since 2014) Texas Southern Tigers Conference: SWAC Record: 22-12 Ticket-clincher: Texas Southern 62, Southern 58 Leading scorer: Madarious Gibbs (14.2 PPG) Tournament appearance: sixth (first since 2014) UAB Blazers Conference: C-USA Record: 19-15 Ticket-clincher: UAB 73, Middle Tennessee 60 Leading scorer: Robert Brown (12.8 PPG) Tournament appearance: 15th (first since 2011) UC Irvine Anteaters Conference: Big West Record: 21-12 Ticket-clincher: UC Irvine 67, Hawaii 58 Leading scorer: Will Davis II (13 PPG) Tournament appearance: first Valparaiso Crusaders Conference: Horizon Record: 28-5 Ticket-clincher: Valparaiso 54, Green Bay 44 Leading scorer: Alec Peters (17.0 PPG) Tournament appearance: ninth (first since 2013) Villanova Wildcats Conference: Big East Record: 32-2 Ticket-clincher: Villanova 69, Xavier 52 Leading scorer: Darrun Hilliard II (14.1 PPG) Tournament appearance: 35th (first since 2014) Wofford Terriers Conference: Southern Record: 28-6 Ticket-clincher: Wofford 67, Furman 64 Leading scorer: Karl Cochran (14.8 PPG) Tournament appearance: fourth (first since 2014) Wyoming Cowboys Conference: Mountain West Record: 25-9 Ticket-clincher: Wyoming 45, San Diego State 43 Leading scorer: Larry Nance Jr. (16.1 PPG) Tournament appearance: 15th (first since 2002)

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