UAB players celebrate with the trophy after defeating Middle Tennessee 73-60 during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Conference USA tournament championship, Saturday, March 14, 2015, in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

UAB punches ticket to the Big Dance

After a year of protests and strife over the elimination of the UAB football program, Blazer fans have something to cheer about as UAB will …