NEC Tournament 2013 schedule and bracket: LIU-Brooklyn and Mount St. Mary's to play for the title Tuesday night

Joe Robbins

A champion will be crowned in the NEC on Tuesday night, when No. 5 seed Mount St. Mary's takes on the No. 3 seeded LIU-Brooklyn Blackbirds. Each team took a winding road to the championship game, knocking off a higher-seeded team in the semifinals.

When the No. 5 seed Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers take on the No. 3 seeded LIU-Brooklyn Blackbirds in Tuesday night's NEC Championship Game, it will conclude one of the wildest conference tournaments played this March. Each team defeated a higher seeded club in the semifinals to reach the final.

Starting with Mount St. Mary's, the Mountaineers pulled off a shocking upset in the semifinals, when they went on the road and defeated top-seeded Robert Morris, 69-60. Mount St. Mary's got 26 points from guard Rashad Whack, while Sam Prescott added 15 points and seven rebounds to help the Mountaineers advance to the finals.

Meanwhile, LIU-Brooklyn also had to knock off a higher-seeded team on the road to get to Tuesday's final, when they won at Wagner, 94-82. The Blackbirds shot a scorching 65 percent from the field in the victory, with six players scoring in double figures.

Tuesday night's final will tip off at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

Here is a look at the rest of the bracket up to this point:

Quarterfinals: Wednesday, March 6

No. 1 Robert Morris defeated No. 8 St. Francis Brooklyn, 75-57

No. 5 Mount St. Mary's defeated No. 4 Bryant, 75-69

No. 2 Wagner defeated No. 7 Central Connecticut, 72-50

No. 3 LIU-Brooklyn defeated No. 6 Quinnipiac, 91-83

Semifinals: Saturday, March 9

No. 5 Mount St. Mary's defeated No. 1 Robert Morris, 69-60

No. 3 LIU-Brooklyn defeated No. 2 Wagner, 94-82

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