Conference tournament semifinal matches to follow tonight

Four matches tonight will go a long way to determine the NCAA Tournament field as the conference tournament resume in the MPSF and EIVA.

Pepperdine and Stanford in a match-up between two of the top-five ranked teams in the nation highlight the slate of conference tournament semifinal matches. In addition, out in the East Coast it will be an All-Ivy League battle in the EIVA Tournament semifinals as Princeton and Harvard play each other.

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Initial look at the conference tournament semifinal matches

The conference tournament quarterfinals have wrapped-up and only 12 teams remain in control their own fate to reach the NCAA Tournament.

The postseason continue later this week with the EIVA, MIVA and MPSF Tournament semifinal matches. Check out the initial look and the historical stats to know about every conference tournament semifinal match.

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Bracketology: Team comparisons using NCAA selection committee criteria

The opening round of the conference tournaments has dramatically changed the at-large bid and seeding races for the upcoming NCAA Tournament.

Off the Block has crunched the numbers using the same criteria as the selection committee to show how the top teams in the nation fare against each other in the race for the two at-large bids and NCAA Tournament seeding. Continue reading

Video: UCSB beat UCLA in epic fifth-game to advance to MPSF semifinals

The first postseason home match for UC Santa Barbara in seven years lived up to the hype.

The No. 4 seed UC Santa Barbara playing in front of a sold-out 2,000 person crowd rallied to beat the No. 5 seed UCLA 23-25, 25-20, 18-25, 25-20, 15-12 on Saturday in the MPSF Tournament quarterfinals.

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Video: Reaction, analysis to MPSF Tournament quarterfinals

The opening round of the MPSF Tournament had everything from two epic fifth game matches to a team resounding emphatically to a late-season slide.

Check out Off the Block editor Vinnie Lopes breakdown the MPSF Tournament quarterfinals and what to expect in the conference tournament semifinals on Thursday. Continue reading

Conference tournament quarterfinal matches to follow tonight

The most chaotic day of the postseason has arrived as five conference tournament quarterfinal matches take place tonight.

BYU playing host to USC in a match with significant ramifications to the NCAA Tournament seeding and at-large bid races highlights the four MPSF Tournament quarterfinal matches. In addition, IPFW and Ohio State meet in the final MIVA Tournament quarterfinals match.

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Bracketology: Who teams should root for in conference tournaments

The decision of what teams earn the two at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament could be greatly influenced by conference tournament matches not involving those teams or even their conference.

Of the all the pieces of criteria used by the NCAA Tournament selection committee the one with greatest fluidity is record against teams already qualified for the NCAA Tournament or under consideration for an at-large bid.

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