Thursday TV Preview - 5 March

If you're lucky enough to get ESPNU, you'll get some Championship Week hoops. If not, there are some compelling major-conference games to keep you occupied.

Big South Semifinals - Liberty vs. VMI and UNC-Asheville @ Radford (ESPNU, 6 EST) - The Flames look for a different result than the 37-point thrashing they suffered at the hands of the Keydets in Lynchburg last week. If they don't, this will be the last Seth Curry sighting we'll have until next year. The Highlanders look to hold serve at home against the Bulldogs.

Tennessee @ South Carolina (ESPN, 7 EST) - The Vols and surprising Gamecocks play for first place in the SEC East. Both teams look to be in good shape for a bye at next week's SEC tournament in Tampa.

Providence @ Villanova (ESPN2, 7 EST) - A big road win in their season finale would help the Friars' case. Meanwhile, the Wildcats are looking to lockdown an unexpected protected seed.

St. Joseph's @ Temple (CBS CS, 7 EST) - After dropping two straight, the Owls are just looking to hold onto a bye in the A-10 tournament at this point. The Hawks, who are having a disappointing year, are only a game behind them in the standings.

Stanford @ Arizona State (FS Arizona, 8:30 EST) - The Sun Devils, like their in-state rivals, look to rebound after being swept out of Washington last weekend. The Cardinal have struggled of late, but they're capable of building upon their win over USC at Maples on Saturday. That loss effectively ended the Trojans' at-large hopes.

Illinois @ Penn State (ESPN, 9 EST) - I really hope they score more than 71 total points tonight. The Nittany Lions are in much better position than they were just a few days ago, thanks to losses by other bubble teams. With Purdue's loss to Northwestern last night, the Illini's case for a protected seed improved.

Dayton @ Xavier (ESPN2, 9 EST) - Flyers can pretty much lock up a bid with a win tonight. An XU loss would also create a 3-way tie between Dayton, Rhode Island, and the Musketeers at the top of the league,

Fresno State @ Boise State (Full Court, 9 EST) - I've only listed this one because it's your last chance to see the Broncos ridiculous court design this season. (Granted, it's not as ridiculous as what they had a few years back.) The NCAA is installing a new floor for the first and second rounds of the tournament.

California @ Arizona (FSN/selected CSN outlets, 10:30 EST) - The Wildcats were swept out of the Evergreen State over the weekend, but you have to think the result in Seattle Saturday would've been different had Chase Budinger not fouled out and Jordan Hill not sprained his ankle. Hill's health will be a major factor tonight. Cal needs a good performance after an up-and-down Saturday evening against UCLA that resulted in a loss.

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