2021 NCAA Tournament Preview: Top Half

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The NCAA Tournament bracket is set and the fight to be the final team standing on Memorial Day gets underway on Saturday at noon.

Each half (top and bottom) of the bracket will see two teams advance to Championship Weekend. In the top half, the road to East Hartford, Conn. runs through Hempstead, N.Y., and in the bottom half, it runs through South Bend, Ind.

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Underdogs That Could Make The Most Noise in The NCAA Tournament

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The 2021 NCAA DI Men’s lacrosse bracket was released on Sunday, setting in stone the 16 teams that will be fighting to be the last one standing on Memorial Day. And as always, in the days following the bracket being released there is a lot chatter and debate around not only which teams will make a run to Championship Weekend, but also which teams are most likely to pull off an upset win and thus create the most chaos.

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Maryland Avoids Upset, Tops Johns Hopkins to Claim Big Ten Title

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The Maryland Terrapins took down arch-rival Johns Hopkins 12-10 in a comeback victory to take the Big Ten crown and stay undefeated on Saturday night. The win also marks the Terrapins third victory over the Blue Jays this season.

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Georgetown Three-Peats as Big East Champions

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For the third consecutive season, the Georgetown Hoyas are the Big East champions.

After splitting their two contests with Pioneers in the regular season, the Hoyas edged Denver 10-9 on Saturday to take home their third straight Big East title and remain kings of the conference.

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Monmouth, Bryant, Drexel Secure Conference Titles and Lock Up NCAA AQs

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The Monmouth Hawks are heading back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since their first-ever trip in 2017 after taking down top-seeded Manhattan 14-9 in the MAAC Title game on Saturday afternoon.

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Vermont Uses Big Second Half to Capture First-Ever America East Title

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After falling in three of the past four America East title games (2016, 2018, 2019) the Vermont Catamounts have finally gotten over the hump and are NCAA Tournament bound for the first time in program history, taking down UAlbany 15-10 to capture that first-ever conference title and NCAA Tournament berth.

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High Point Tops Richmond to Claim SoCon Title

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The High Point Panthers are the first team to punch their ticket to the NCAA Tournament after taking down Richmond 11-8 in the SoCon Championship game. The win sends the Panthers back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2015 and denies the Spiders the chance at being the first three-peat champion in SoCon history.

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Denver Blows Past Providence, Georgetown Escapes Villanova

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The Denver Pioneers defeated the Providence Friars 14-8 on Thursday night to punch their ticket to the Big East title game.

Denver came out of the gates firing, taking a 5-0 first quarter lead and extending it to 8-1 at the half. The Pioneers found the back of the net six more times in the second half to take home the dominate victory and earn their chance to fight for a Big East title.

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