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No letdown for Manhattan

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.

AUTOMATIC BIDS

Teams that have secured spots in the NCAA Tournament by winning their conference title. The Ivy League doesn't have a conference tournament:

TeamConferenceRec.

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

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