Long Island looks to grab the NEC automatic bid.
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.