The games begin on Tuesday night, with two of the play-in contests.
Who Public Bettors Like: Rhode Island. The Rams are the first No. 1 seed in the Atlantic 10 to reach the conference championship game since Saint Louis in 2013. Terrell is the focal point of a tough-minded team, and some of his best performances have come in big games, including his season-high 32 points on November 23 against Seton Hall.
"Disappointing result there", Rhode Island coach Dan Hurley said.
Saint Joseph's wasn't as effective in turning points into turnovers - 6 points from turnovers, compared to Rhode Island's 14. Saint Joseph's appeared poised to deliver another upset while trying to extend its injury-riddled season. Jeff Dowtin added 16 points and 10 assists for the Rams, while Russell and E.C. Matthews both had 14 points to help erase an 11-point second-half deficit.
New Orleans Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry says that he is confident that superstar big man Anthony Davis will play on Sunday against the Utah Jazz, according to the team.
The Rams never trailed in the final 5:42, jumping ahead for good when Russell knocked down a 3-pointer from the left corner to make it 76-73. The Fighting Irish were the first team OUT of the 68-team field.
Dowtin had an off-balance 3-pointer with 19.3 seconds left to make it 87-81.
Where the No. 25 Rams are headed is the title game Sunday against No. 3 seed Davidson, which beat No. 2 seed St. Bonaventure 82-70 in the second semifinal as senior guard Peyton Aldridge had 24 points and freshman guard Kellan Grady had 23. That's just silly, that a guy would take away a kid's chance to fire up a half-court shot.
Seven. Rhode Island's seven-seed is the highest in program history.
Saint Joseph's: The Hawks' season is likely finished.
Davidson: Needed this victory for an NCAA bid, given that it entered the A-10 tourney with an RPI of 74, a 108th ranking in strength of schedule and a 3-6 record against Quadrant 1 teams.