NCAA Tournament 2022: Another Saturday, Another Wave of Madness

It was a wild week of conference tournaments and the madness didn't stop on Saturday. Here are the winners and losers from another incredible day of college basketball:


NC State claimed its first ACC Tournament title since 1987 with a shocking 84-76 win over top-seeded North Carolina. The 10th-seeded Wolfpack pulled off a five-wins-in-five-days miracle run to claim the conference's automatic bid and destroy any hopes the Tar Heels had of avoiding a repeat of the 2021 NCAA Tournament, where they suffered a first-round exit as a No. 1 seed.

Long Beach State also won the Big West Tournament championship as the No. 4 seed over No. 2 seed UC Davis to claim its second NCAA Tournament appearance under head coach Dan Monson.

Wisconsin pulled off the upset of the day, defeating No. 1 seed Purdue in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals. The Badgers will play No. 2 seed Illinois for the conference tournament championship.

Iowa State sent a statement with its 69-41 beatdown of No. 1 seed Houston in the Big 12 Tournament finale. The Cyclones will be a team to watch on Selection Sunday.

Auburn returned to the SEC Tournament championship game and will face Texas A&M. The Tigers will be looking to make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament as they seek their first Final Four appearance since 2019.

UConn claimed the Big East Tournament championship with a dominant 73-57 win over Marquette. The Huskies will be a team to keep an eye on in the NCAA Tournament.

Temple stunned No. 2 seed FAU to make the AAC a two-bid league and will face No. 4 seed UAB on Sunday.

Saint Peter's is strutting back to the NCAA Tournament two years after its historic run as a No. 15 seed. The Peacocks will dance as the No. 5 seed in the MAAC Tournament after outlasting No. 2 seed Fairfield.

Oregon stole a bid from an at-large contender with a 75-68 win over No. 3 seed Colorado in the Pac-12 Conference Tournament Championship Game. The Ducks will be one of the conference's teams represented in the Big Dance.


Kent State lost to No. 2 seed Akron in the MAC Tournament championship game after mistakenly fouling on the inbounds play thinking it was tied. The lapse sent the Zips to the free-throw line, where they made both and eventually won 62-61.

Texas A&M will have to wait nervously on Selection Sunday after losing to Florida in the SEC Tournament semifinals. The Aggies are likely headed to the NCAA Tournament, but they'll hope their strong finish is enough to offset a five-game losing streak in February.

South Florida will miss the NCAA Tournament after falling to UAB in the Conference USA Tournament semifinals. The Bulls lack of Quad 1 opportunities cost them their shot at an at-large bid.

UMass Lowell ran into the Vermont wall again in the America East title game. The Catamounts bested the River Hawks for the third straight time this season to improve their record to 3-0.

Grambling State nearly squandered a 22-point halftime lead but pulled off the victory over Texas Southern in the SWAC Tournament championship to claim its first-ever bid to the Big Dance.

Howard punched its ticket to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years after a 70-67 win over Delaware State in the MEAC title game. The Bison will be the oldest team in college basketball in the field of 68.

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