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Cleveland State clinches NCAA tournament bid

It beats No. 16 Butler, which is still expected to get an at-large bid.

March 11, 2009|Associated Press

Cedric Jackson scored 19 points and Cleveland State used a flurry of three-point baskets to beat No. 16 Butler, 57-54, Tuesday night, winning the Horizon League tournament championship and earning its first NCAA tournament berth since 1986.

Cleveland State, which lost to Butler in the Horizon championship game last year and twice to the Bulldogs this regular season, earned its first tournament title, giving it the conference's automatic spot in the NCAA tournament. Butler, ranked in the top 25 most of the season, is expected to receive an at-large NCAA tournament bid.

DeJuan Blair of Pittsburgh and Hasheem Thabeet of Connecticut have been selected co-players of the year in the Big East Conference.

Maya Moore scored 28 points and top-ranked Connecticut (33-0) cruised to its 15th Big East women's tournament championship with a 75-36 victory over No. 5 Louisville.



Automatic NCAA bids


Chattanooga, Southern Conference

Cleveland State, Horizon League

Cornell, Ivy League

East Tennessee State, Atlantic Sun Conference

Gonzaga, West Coast Conference

Morehead State, Ohio Valley Conf,

North Dakota State, Summit League

Northern Iowa, Missouri Valley Conference

Radford, Big South Conference

Siena, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conf.

Virginia Commonwealth, Colonial Athletic Assn.

Western Kentucky, Sun Belt Conf.



Austin Peay, Ohio Valley Conf.

Charlotte, Atlantic 10 Conference

Connecticut, Big East Conference

Dartmouth, Ivy League

East Tennessee State, Atlantic Sun Conference

Gonzaga, West Coast Conference

Marist, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

Maryland, Atlantic Coast Conf.

Middle Tennessee, Sun Belt Conf.

Ohio State, Big Ten Conference

South Dakota St., Summit League

Central Florida, Conference USA

Vanderbilt, Southeastern Conf.

Western Carolina, Southern Conf.

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