Broekhoff buzzer-beater kicks of Championship Week

Broekhoff buzzer-beater kicks of Championship Week

Ryan Broekhoff has propelled Valparaiso University into the national spotlight, hitting a game-winning three-pointer to send the Crusaders into the Horizon League Tournament Final.

The emerging Australian Boomers star came up big when it mattered most for Valpo, hitting a massive fade-away jump shot as time expired to give advance the No. 1 seed to final 70-69 over Green Bay University.

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Broekhoff had 25 points on 8-of-13 shooting to top-score for the Crusaders and lead them to the Horizon League final, where they will face #3 seed Wright State who upset Detroit in their Semi Final clash.

Watch Valparaiso v Wright State LIVE on ESPN2 at 12:00pm AEDT on Wednesday and streaming LIVE on ESPN3.com.au. 

The waiting game now begins for Boomers star Matthew Dellavedova and his Saint Mary’s Gaels after going down to rivals Gonzaga in the West Coast Conference tournament final on Tuesday.

Coming off a nail-biting overtime win against San Diego, the Gaels and their Aussie contingent of Dellavedova, Mitchell Young, Jorden Page and Matt Hodgson could reproduce their Semi Final heroics, going down to the nation’s number 1 ranked team 65-51.

They now face a nervous wait to see if they will be among the 68 teams involved in the NCAA tournament.

With spots and seeding in the NCAA tournament on the line, the 32 conference championships this week will determine who takes part in the biggest event in college sports.

Aussie duo Cameron Bairstow and Hugh Greenwood will be out to cement New Mexico University a high seed for the big dance when begin their Mountain West Conference tournament campaign on Thursdy.

Coming off helping the Lobos secure a fifth MWC title in the past six seasons, the pair will face the winner of the play-in game between Wyoming and Nevada.

Fellow MWC Aussies Anthony Drmic and Igor Hadziomerovic will be out set up a potential Semi Final matchup against New Mexico when their Boise State Broncos face San Diego State University on Friday.

A late-season flurry from Drmic helped the Broncos win 5 of their last 6 in the regular season, including a 69-65 home win over San Diego on Saturday.

Hoping for a conference tournament fairy tale will be Washington State University star Brock Motum after a senior year to forget for the Cougars.

Finishing bottom in the Pac-12 conference with a 4-14 record and 13-18 overall, Motum’s team must upset rivals Washington University in the first round of the tournament if they are to advance when they meet on Thursday.

Fellow Aussie Shane Harris-Tunks and his Colorado University will be looking to book a meeting with Arizona in the Quarter Finals when they take on Oregon State on Thursday.

The Cinderella story of the Saint Louis Billikens continues with the Atlantic 10 Conference number 1 ranked team hoping to add the tournament title to their regular season crown.

Aussie Cody Ellis has been at the heart of the Billikens amazing season and will be hoping to get their tournament underway in winning fashion against the winner of
Richmond and Charlotte on Saturday.