Five teams earned berths to the NCAA tournament Saturday as the 65-team field began to take shape.
The most surprising entry is Asheville (14-16), which became the 17th team with a losing record to earn a bid with an 85-71 victory over Radford in the Big South final at Lynchburg, Va.
The Bulldogs probably will be selected to play in the play-in game on March 18 at Dayton, Ohio.
In the Ohio Valley championship at Nashville, Austin Peay (23-7) earned its bid with a 63-57 victory over Tennessee Tech. It is the Governors' fifth berth.
In the Atlantic Sun final at Atlanta, Troy State (26-5) defeated Central Florida, 80-69, for its first berth.
In the Southern final at North Charleston, S.C., East Tennessee (20-10) held off Chattanooga, 97-90.
In other games:
Trace Caton scored a career-high 20 points at Salt Lake City as Utah (23-6, 11-3) cruised to an 86-70 victory over Wyoming (20-9, 8-6) to clinch the No. 1 seeding in the Mountain West Conference tournament.... Air Force held New Mexico guard Ruben Douglas to 15 points and the Falcons (12-15, 3-11) scored a 68-60 victory over the Lobos (10-17, 4-10) at Air Force Academy, Colo. Douglas, the nation's scoring leader, saw his average dip to 28.3.
Kara Lawson scored a career-high 32 points, including the winning basket in the lane with one second left, as No. 3 Tennessee (28-3) scored a 76-75 victory No. 10 Mississippi State (23-7) in a semifinal of the SEC tournament at North Little Rock, Ark. The Volunteers will play No. 6 Louisiana State (26-3), a 78-69 winner over No. 15 Vanderbilt (21-9), in the final.... Candace Sutton had a season-high 20 points at Greensboro, N.C., as North Carolina (26-4) held on for an 80-71 victory over Clemson (14-15) in a semifinal of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.... Lindsay Taylor had 22 points at Goleta as No. 19 UC Santa Barbara (23-4, 15-1 Big West) cruised to a 76-36 victory over UC Riverside (8-19, 5-11).