The conference's best player led its best team to the NCAA Tournament.
Luis Flores scored 22 and made sure Manhattan was never in trouble as the Jaspers beat Fairfield 69-54 to win the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament and advance to the NCAAs for the first time since 1995.
Manhattan (23-6) was the preseason pick to win the MAAC and held first place almost all season. It took advantage of the league's new policy giving the regular-season champion a bye to the semifinals and won twice. The Stags finished 19-11.
Teams that have secured spots in the NCAA Tournament by winning their conference title. The Ivy League doesn't have a conference tournament:
Austin Peay Ohio Valley 23-7
E. Tennessee St. Southern 20-10
NC-Asheville Big South 14-16
Penn Ivy League 21-5
Troy St. Atlantic Sun 26-5
UNC-Wilmington Colonial 24-6
Manhattan MAAC 23-6
Creighton MVC 29-4