NCAA Basketball Conference Tournament Breakdown: Northeast Conference

T.R. PetersonCorrespondent IMarch 2, 2011

Long Island looks to grab the NEC automatic bid.
Long Island looks to grab the NEC automatic bid.Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Dates:  March 3, 6 and 9

Bracket: Northeast Conference

Sites:  All games will be held at the site of the higher seed.

Television:  The championship will be broadcast on ESPN2.

Tourney Fact:  Teams will be reseeded after the quarterfinals.

Favorite:  Long Island (24-5, 16-2) dominated the Northeast Conference during the regular season.  The Blackbirds closed out the regular season with 10-straight wins and should find a way to get to the championship game.


Best of the Rest:  Quinnipiac (21-8, 13-5) has been hot, winning nine of their last 10.  The Bobcats lost in their only meeting with Long Island, 84-74.  Robert Morris (16-13, 12-6) was one of two teams to hand Long Island a conference loss.


Sleeper:  Long Island opens the tournament against eighth-seeded St. Francis (PA) (9-20, 7-11).  The Red Flash was the only other team in the Northeast Conference to beat LIU.  Umar Shannon has the potential for an epic game to pull the upset.


Also, check out other conference tournament breakdowns: Missouri Valley Conference and America East Conference