Early NCAA qualifiers forced to play waiting game

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ For Creighton coach Dana Altman, the waiting
is the hardest part.
Mid-major N-C-A-A tournament qualifiers such as Altman's
Bluejays are in a holding pattern after winning conference
tournament titles last weekend.
Automatic bids from the power conferences won't be determined
until this weekend, meaning some of those teams will turn around in
three days and play first-round NCAA games.
Lots of midmajors, however, have to wait almost two weeks.
Altman says ten or eleven days off is an eternity this time of
year.
Davidson coach Bob McKillop welcomes the time off after winning
the Southern Conference tournament. He says there aren't many
opportunities during the season to smell the roses, and that's what
his team is doing this week.

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