Going into the weekend, there was a chance three Boston-based teams would represent the city in the NCAA tournament.
When the dust settled, though, only Boston University had put on its dancing shoes. Boston College and Harvard were on the outside looking in.
BC was a bubble team, and could have made the Selection Sunday bracket had they put in a good showing in the ACC tournament.
Clemson handled BC in the second round, all but ending the Eagles’ hopes to squeak in as one of the last four at-large bids.
Harvard was literally seconds away from making the tournament, but Princeton’s buzzer-beater in the one-game playoff Saturday night sent them home as co-Ivy League champions, but not NCAA tournament contestants.
Unlike those two teams, BU was able to seal the deal. Down as many as 15 points to Stony Brook on Saturday, the Terriers pulled out the victory, becoming the America East champion and earning the conference’s automatic Big Dance bid.
But BU can’t afford to fall behind by more than a dozen points in their next game.
The 16th-seeded Terriers (21-13) will dance all the way from Commonwealth Avenue to Tulsa, Okla., where they’ll meet the top-seeded Kansas Jayhawks on Friday.
No easy matchup
BU drew a tough first-round NCAA?tournament foe in No. 1 Kansas.
» The?Jayhawks?(29-2) won the Big 12 conference tournament over the weekend, knocking off Texas in the final, 85-73.
» The Terriers are making their seventh appearance in the NCAA tournament, while the Jayhawks cruise to their 40th.
» Kansas is a three-time NCAA tournament winner, with the latest coming in 2008. They’ve made 13 appearances in the Final Four.