March 21, 2021, 12:13 ET.

March 21, 2021, 12:13 ET.

California Baptist players celebrate after defeating Grand Canyon 78-60 for the Western Athletic Conference championship…Credit…Chase Stephens/Associated Press

California Baptist won the Western Athletic Conference Tournament and the regular season championship, but was disqualified from the N.C.A.A. Tournament and given a trial placement in Division I.

Instead, Utah Valley, which lost to Grand Canyon in the WAC tournament but was second in the tournament, got to play against Texas. The program, founded in 1978, had never played in a tournament before this season.

This N.C.A.A. tournament is a little different than normal, but as soon as we took on this job we were talking about how we were going to get to this point, and then to get here is just awesome, Wolverines head coach Dan Nielson told reporters this week. I am very happy that our team had this experience.

California Baptist was the only team in the state that was unopposed by the conference. The Wolverines were 10-4. California Baptist is now 25-0 after the third round of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament with a win over San Francisco on Friday.

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21. March 20, 2021, 11:59 a.m. AND

21. March 20, 2021, 11:59 a.m. AND

Iowa is one of six Big Ten teams to advance to the second round of the men’s tournament. linked to credit Maddie Meyer/Getty Images …

The Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12 set the tone Sunday in the second round of the N.C.A.A. men’s tournament with 17 of the 32 teams participating.

There are four teams left in the Southeastern Conference, while the Atlantic Coast Conference and Big East have two teams each.

The Big Ten started with the most teams, nine, and six of them have already moved on, including two No. 1 seeded, Michigan and Illinois. Iowa, Wisconsin, Rutgers and Maryland are the other participants in the conference tournament. Michigan State, Ohio State and Purdue are out.

With the loss of No. 3 Texas against No. 14 Abilene Christian on Saturday night, the Big 12 has six of seven teams that can qualify: Baylor, Kansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas and West Virginia.

Along with Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, USC and Southern California, the five Pac-12 schools remain alive. Oregon defeated the Commonwealth of Virginia when W.C.U. was excluded from the tournament due to multiple positive tests for coronavirus.

A round of 32 divides the conferences along these lines:

Six teams: Big 10, Big 12.

5 teams : Pac-12

Four teams: SEC

Two teams each: Big East, D.C.

One order at a time: American Athletics, Conference USA, Mid-America, Missouri Valley, Southland, Summit, West Coast.

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March 20, 2021, 11:32 ET.

March 20, 2021, 11:32 ET.

It was a good year to get screened no better than 13th: Four of these teams will play in the second round of the men’s tournament, a record.

March 21, 2021, 11:31 ET.

March 21, 2021, 11:31 ET.

Iowa’s Caitlin Clark has made more three-point shots this season than any other Division I women’s team. credit Julio Cortez/Associated Press

The first two games of the women’s tournament, played at 12 p.m. Texas time, feature three teams practically living beyond the arc. Iowa (No. 5), Central Michigan (No. 12) and Virginia Tech (No. 7) all rank in the top 10 in the nation in shooting three-pointers, totaling nearly 30 points per game.

Iowa is the most efficient of the bunch, shooting 40.4 percent from long range, thanks to a young trio of sharpshooters, including sophomores Gabby Marshall and McKenna Warnock. Their captain, the fearless Caitlin Clark, has made 254 three-pointers this season, the most in Division I. That makes her the team’s top scorer, averaging 26.7 points per game.

Central Michigan, l’adversaire d’ouverture des Hawks, a une stratégie offensive similaire : faire tirer les tireurs. C’est la seule équipe du pays dont deux joueuses ont une moyenne de plus de 20 points par match, Mikaela Kelly et Molly Davis.

Aucune de ces équipes ne joue en défense, mais qui peut leur reprocher de se concentrer sur leurs points forts ?

Les Hawkeyes, qui affronteront une attaque plus traditionnelle à Marquette (n°10), s’appuieront sur la senior Aisha Sheppard. Elle a une moyenne de 3,7 points par match, et lors de la plus grande victoire de la saison de Virginia Tech – une victoire en prolongation contre la tête de série n° 1, North Carolina State – elle a marqué 4 points pour un total de 28 points. Sheppard espère un feu d’artifice similaire cet après-midi alors qu’elle affronte Marquette, qui a affronté UConn, numéro 1 en saison régulière, pour la suite de sa carrière universitaire.

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March 21, 2021, 11:30 a.m. ET.

March 21, 2021, 11:30 a.m. ET.

Baylor shoots well and also grabs offensive rebounds, making the Bears a tough opponent for Wisconsin.Credit…Mark Humphrey/Associated Press

Baylor will take on No. 9 Wisconsin in the second game for first place in the men’s tournament. The Bears beat Hartford 79-65, and Wisconsin beat North Carolina 85-62 to advance to the second round.

Baylor, the number one pick, will handle the Badgers’ defense. The Bears are one of the best shooting teams in the league, making 41.4 percent of their 3-pointers. Offensively, they are hard to stop, averaging 12.9 rebounds per game.

In the first round, the Badgers relied on their five seniors to score, as they have all season. Wisconsin will still need that energy to take on Baylor’s outstanding offense.

The Big Ten finished 6-3 in the first round, and Wisconsin’s chances of representing the conference in the round of 16 depend on its ball movement and ability to slow down Baylor’s offense.

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March 21, 2021, 11:30 a.m. ET.

March 21, 2021, 11:30 a.m. ET.

Illinois will have a rivalry game with Loyola-Chicago. linked to Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press credit…

Illinois State staat al vroeg in het middelpunt van de tweede ronde van het mannentoernooi, want Illinois en Loyola-Chicago spelen zondag de eerste wedstrijd.

The Illini defeated Drexel, 78-49, and the Ramblers defeated Georgia Tech, 71-60. This will be a battle in which one team can beat the other at their own game, as both teams are defensively strong.

Loyola has the best defense in the league, holding opponents to an average of 55.7 points per game. That will be the key to their success, as Illinois has a big offensive player in the 6-foot-9 Kofi Cockburn. To slow down the Ramblers, they need to somewhat limit their ability to score baskets.

The Illini are very good at moving the ball and passing it to their top two scorers, Cockburn and Ayo Dosunm. They have a proven track record in the Big Ten season, and if they can pick up the pace and put Loyola in a tough spot, they’ll be looking forward to the Round of 16 in this doubleheader.

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