The big dogs are going to the Big Dance. The Albany Great Danes went into Vermont's Patrick Gymnasium and pulled off one more upset in the America East tournament to earn the auto bid on Saturday afternoon.
Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell has won the America East regular-season crown in three of the past four seasons and doesn't have a single NCAA tournament appearance to show for it. Middle Tennessee State coach Kermit Davis and the Blue Raiders dominated the Sun Belt this season, winning 19 of 20 league games and outdistancing South Alabama by five games. Five games.