College Hoops Viewing Guide: Welcome To March

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The first day of the best month of year features an absolutely loaded schedule. Like so many other Saturdays this season, the 4 p.m. Eastern window will be one to keep an eye on.

All TV info is courtesy Matt's College Sports on TV site. He has many more games listed, particularly ones broadcast only on local channels and in-house cable sports/local interest channels that are not widely available nationwide. You'll also want to check out his listings for information on which conference regional matchups and CSN, FSN, and Root Sports contests (all games listed in these posts marked with an *) are available on which affiliates.

All times are Eastern.

Late Morning/Early Afternoon Window

Marquee Games

UMass Minutemen (22-5, 9-4 A 10) at Dayton Flyers (19-9, 7-6), 11 a.m. (ESPNU)

On Tuesday night, the Flyers were outclassed in Philadelphia by St. Joseph's -- a defeat that ended a six-game streak that got them closer to the cut line, while the Minutemen struggled to get past Rhode Island one night later. With games at Saint Louis and against Richmond back at UD Arena, Dayton can resume its late push with a win in this one. The Minutemen, meanwhile, could use a seeding boost.

Cincinnati Bearcats (24-4, 13-2 AAC) at Connecticut Huskies (22-6, 10-5), 12 p.m. (ESPN)

Back on February 6th, the Huskies couldn't quite get it done in Cincy, falling by five. This afternoon, they'll welcome the Bearcats to Hartford, where UConn has, oddly enough just lost once all season (against Stanford). Mick Cronin's team needs a win today to stay in the Top 16 for Tuesday's bracket.

Other Viewing Options

Stetson Hatters (7-22, 5-12 A-Sun) at Lipscomb Bisons (14-14, 9-8), 11 a.m. (ESPN3)
Vanderbilt Commodores (15-12, 78 SEC) at Tennessee Volunteers (17-11, 8-7), 12 p.m. (ESPN2)
USF Bulls (12-16, 3-12 AAC) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (10-18, 4-11), 12 p.m. (ESPNews)
Miami Hurricanes (14-14, 5-10) at N.C. State Wolfpack (17-11, 7-8), 12 p.m. (ACC Network*/ESPN3)
Miami, Ohio RedHawks (11-15, 7-8 MAC)  at Buffalo Bulls (17-8, 11-4), 12 p.m. (TWCS*/CSN Chicago/ESPN3)
Northern Iowa Panthers (15-14, 9-8 MVC) at Indiana State Sycamores (21-8, 12-5), 1 p.m. ET (ESPNU)
North Florida Ospreys (15-15, 9-8 A-Sun) at Kennesaw State Owls (6-24, 3-14), 1 p.m. (ESPN3)
Jacksonville Dolphins (12-16, 8-9 A-Sun) at Mercer Bears (22-8, 13-4), 1 p.m. (ESPN3)

Keep an eye on the last game on this list as the Bears and Florida Gulf Coast (playing at Northern Kentucky) are neck-and-neck for the Atlantic Sun crown on the final day of the regular season.

Mid-Afternoon Window

Marquee Games

Texas Tech Red Raiders (13-15, 5-10 Big 12) at Baylor Bears (18-10, 6-9), 1:30 p.m. (Big 12 Network*/ESPN3)

The Bears have recovered nicely from a brutal mid-January and early February, winning four of their last five. Today, they take on a fading Red Raider team that defeated them on January 15th in Lubbock, a defeat that began a five-game slide that places Baylor in the 10-seed range when a higher placement looked possible at the season's midpoint.

Louisville Cardinals (24-4, 13-2 AAC) at Memphis Tigers (21-7, 10-5), 2 p.m. (CBS)

These two teams really need to keep playing once the Cardinals leave for the ACC. The Tigers' January 9th win in Louisville was one of the season's more intriguing games and this one should be the same, particularly with Memphis in need of a quality win to get out of the middle of the bracket and Louisville fighting for a protected seed.

Missouri State Bears (19-10, 9-8 MVC) at Wichita State Shockers (30-0, 17-0), 2 p.m. (ESPN)

Let me put it this way. How often do you get to see a team potentially complete a perfect regular season in this day and age? Keep in mind that the Bears gave the Shockers a real fight -- all the way to OT -- in their first meeting in Springfield

Other Viewing Options

TCU Horned Frogs (9-18, 0-15 Big 12) at West Virginia Mountaineers (15-13, 7-8), 1:30 p.m. (ROOT Sports Pittsburgh)
Mississippi State Bulldogs (13-15, 3-12 SEC) at Missouri Tigers (19-9, 7-8), 1:30 p.m. (SEC TV*/ESPN3)
Pittsburgh Panthers (21-7, 9-6 ACC) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (15-14, 6-10), 2 p.m. (ESPN2)
Bucknell Bison (15-13, 10-7 Patriot) at American U. Eagles (17-11, 13-4), 2 p.m. (CBS SN)
Delaware Blue Hens (21-9, 13-2 CAA) at College of Charleston Cougars (14-16, 6-9), 2 p.m. (CSN*)
Colorado Buffaloes (20-8, 9-6 Pac-12) at Utah Utes (18-9, 7-8), 2 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)
Richmond Spiders (18-10, 8-5 A 10) at Rhode Island Rams (12-17, 3-11), 2 p.m. (OSN/SNY/CSN Mid-Atlantic Plus/A10 Network,streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
Boston U. Terriers (21-9, 14-3 Patriot) at Holy Cross Crusaders (18-11, 12-5), 2 p.m. (Patriot League Network, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
Loyola, Md. Greyhounds (10-18, 5-12 Patriot) at Navy Midshipmen (9-19, 4-13), 2 p.m. (Patriot League Network, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
Colgate Raiders (11-17, 5-12 Patriot) at Lehigh Mountain Hawks (14-16, 7-10), 2 p.m. (Patriot League Network, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
Wright State Raiders (17-13, 9-6 Horizon) at UIC Flames (6-23, 1-14), 2 p.m. (Horizon League Network)
North Carolina Tar Heels (21-7, 11-4 ACC) at Virginia Tech Hokies (9-18. 2-13), 2:30 p.m. (ACC Network*/ESPN3)
St. Joseph's Hawks (20-7, 10-3 A 10) at St. Bonaventure Bonnies (16-12, 6-8), 3 p.m. (NBCSN)
Auburn Tigers (13-13, 5-10 SEC) at Alabama Crimson Tide (11-17, 5-10), 3 p.m. (ESPNU)
Eastern Washington Eagles (14-14, 9-8 Big Sky) at North Dakota (13-14, 10-7), 3 p.m. (Midco SN/FCS Central)
Lafayette Leopards (10-18, 6-11 Patriot) at Army Black Knights (13-15, 9-8), 3 p.m. (Patriot League Network, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)

Plenty of bubble teams are in action during the middle of the afternoon, as Missouri, West Virginia, Richmond, and St. Joe's will all be looking for vital wins. Plus, Utah can get itself closer to consideration with an upset win over Colorado. In the mid-major ranks, seeding for the Patriot League Tournament will be set after its final set of regular season contest.

Late Afternoon Window

Marquee Games

LSU Tigers (17-10, 8-7 SEC) at Florida Gators (26-2, 15-0), 4 p.m. (CBS)

After last Saturday's heartbreaking loss at Kentucky, the Tigers really need to pull one of the season's top five upsets this afternoon in Gainesville to get back into consideration. Note that UF has already secured the outright SEC regular season title.

Syracuse Orange (26-2, 13-2 ACC) at Virginia Cavaliers (24-5, 15-1), 4 p.m. (ESPN)

The road to the top seed in Greensboro goes through Charlottesville, where the Orange will try to get back on track by picking up what would have to be considering a shocking road win at this point. Expect this one to be a white-knuckle thriller since Syracuse is involved.

Texas Longhorns (21-7, 10-5 Big 12) at Oklahoma Sooners (20-8, 9-6) , 4 p.m. (Big 12 Network*/ESPN3)

These two played an 88-85 thriller in Austin back at the start of the Big 12 season, with the Sooners grabbing a road win that's just a bit more important than was originally thought. This afternoon, the Longhorns look to return the favor, particularly as the two and three seeds in Kansas City are still on the line and both squads are in the hunt for them.

Creighton Bluejays (23-4, 13-2 Big East) at Xavier Musketeers (19-9, 9-6), 5 p.m. (FS1)

The Musketeers played the Jays tough in Omaha, falling by just six on January 12th. On Tuesday night, Xavier handled St. John's, picking up a win that boosted their position slightly. However, a win over Creighton would be a game-changer at this late stage.

Georgia Bulldogs (16-11, 10-5 SEC) at Arkansas Razorbacks (19-9, 8-7), 4 p.m. (SEC TV*/ESPN3)

On Thursday night, the Razorbacks defeated Kentucky and slid into Friday's bracket projection. Their next challenge is staying there. Defeating a Bulldog team that currently sits third in the SEC would do wonders for the Hogs' hopes.

Other Viewing Options

Illinois Fighting Illini (16-12, 5-10 Big Ten) at Michigan State Spartans (22-6, 11-4), 4 p.m. (ESPN2)
Cleveland State Vikings (20-10, 11-4 Horizon) at Valparaiso Crusaders (17-13, 9-6), 4 p.m. (Horizon League Network/CSN Chicago/FS Sportstime Ohio/ESPN3)
Green Bay Phoenix (23-5, 13-2 Horizon) at Detroit Titans (13-17, 6-9), 4 p.m. (Horizon League Network)
UCF Knights (11-15, 3-12 AAC) at SMU Mustangs (22-6, 11-4), 4 p.m. (ESPNews)
William & Mary Tribe (18-10, 10-5 CAA) at Towson Tigers (21-9, 12-3), 4 p.m. (CSN*)
Oregon Ducks (19-8, 7-8 Pac-12) at USC Trojans (10-18, 1-14), 4 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)
Boston College Eagles (7-21, 3-12 ACC) at Wake Forest Demon Deacons (15-13, 5-10), 4 p.m. (ACC RSNs*/ESPN3)
BYU Cougars (20-10, 12-5 WCC) at San Diego Toreros (16-14, 7-10), 4 p.m. (TheW.tv*, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
Illinois State Redbirds (16-13, 9-8 MVC) at Southern Illinois Salukis (12-18, 8-9), 4 p.m. (CSN Chicago)
UNLV Runnin' Rebels (18-10, 9-6 MW) at Air Force Falcons (11-15, 5-10), 4:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
Radford Highlanders (19-11, 9-6 Big South) at Liberty Flames (11-19, 5-10) 4:30 p.m. (Flames Sports Network)
Gardner-Webb Bulldogs (17-13, 10-5) at UNC Asheville Bulldogs (15-14, 9-6), 4:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
Northwestern Wildcats (12-16, 5-10 Big Ten) at Nebraska Cornhuskers (16-11, 8-7), 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
La Salle Explorers (13-14, 5-8 A 10) at Fordham Rams (9-17, 2-11), 5 p.m. (NBCSN)
South Dakota Coyotes (12-16, 6-7 Summit) at South Dakota State Jackrabbits (17-11, 9-4), 5 p.m. (Midco SN/FCS Pacific)

As the afternoon winds down, Oregon, BYU, and Northwestern will look to pick up necessary wins and SMU will attempt to avoid what could be a costly late loss at home against UCF.

Early Evening Window

Marquee Games

Saint Louis Billikens (25-3, 12-1 A 10) at VCU Rams (21-7, 9-4), 6 p.m. (ESPN2)

While the Billikens are still very much in charge of the A 10 race, a losing streak is very possible thanks to tonight's game against the Rams, who fell just short at SLU two weeks ago. HAVOC will be in full effect at the Siegel Center and the crowd will make it even tougher on the visitors. Of course, we might see these two play for a third time in Brooklyn on Selection Saturday or Sunday.

Minnesota Golden Gophers (18-11, 7-9 Big Ten) at Michigan Wolverines (20-7, 12-3), 6 p.m. (BTN)

At this point, the bubble-bound Gophers are probably regretting the three-point loss to the Wolverines they let get away from them back in the Big Ten opener for both teams. However, fresh off a huge win over Iowa, they'll have another shot this evening. Expect Michigan to be ready, however, particularly after a lackluster OT showing against Purdue on Wednesday.

California Golden Bears (18-10, 9-6 Pac-12) at Arizona State Sun Devils (20-8, 9-6) , 6 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)

This one is vital for both NCAA seeding, as the Sun Devils probably sit above the Golden Bears in the Seed List as of this moment, and the Pac-12 race. Right now, four teams are tied at 9-6, including these two. Only two of those will earn byes to the quarterfinals in Las Vegas.

Western Michigan Broncos (19-8, 12-3 MAC) at Toledo Rockets (23-5, 11-4), 6 p.m. (TWCS*/ESPN3)

While Buffalo, Ohio, and Akron will have their say and the seedings have yet to shake out, this is a potential MAC Championship Game preview.

Iowa State Cyclones (22-5, 10-5 Big 12) at Kansas State Wildcats (19-9, 9-6), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)

The Cyclones could move closer to the Big 12 Tournament's two seed with a win, while the Wildcats are aiming for their first win over a contender since their shock OT win over Kansas on February 10th. Iowa State won the pair's first meeting by six on January 25th.

Other Viewing Options

Kentucky Wildcats (21-7, 11-4 SEC) at South Carolina Gamecocks (10-18, 3-12), 6 p.m. (ESPN)
Mississippi Rebels (17-11, 8-7 SEC) at Texas A&M Aggies (16-12, 7-8), 6 p.m. (SEC on FSN*/ESPN3)
Boise State Broncos (18-10, 8-7 MW) at Wyoming Cowboys (17-11, 8-7), 6 p.m. (CBS SN)
Eastern Illinois Panthers (10-18, 6-9 OVC) at SIU Edwardsville Cougars (11-18, 7-8), 8 p.m. (FS Midwest)
Robert Morris Colonials (19-11, 14-1 NEC) at Wagner Seahawks (17-11, 11-4), 6 p.m. (MSG/ROOT Sports Pittsburgh/FCS Atlantic)
Portland Pilots (15-14, 7-10) at Pacific Tigers (14-14, 5-12), 6 p.m. (TheW.tv*, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
Oakland Golden Grizzlies (11-19, 6-9 Horizon) at Youngstown State Penguins (15-15, 6-9), 7 p.m. (Horizon League Network)

While all of those marquee games are going on, Kentucky will look to rebound from Thursday's OT loss and Ole Miss will try to not let A&M further deflate their remaining slim hopes. The NEC showdown on Staten Island is a potential NEC final preview, though if it actually happened it would be played in Moon Township, Pa.

Mid- And Late Evening Windows

Marquee Games

Kansas Jayhawks (22-6, 13-2 Big 12) at Oklahoma State Cowboys (18-10, 6-9), 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Back on the epic day of college basketball that was January 18th, the Jayhawks won an ill-tempered affair by just a bucket. Tonight, the Cowboys will look to reverse that result, win their third straight, and solidify their at-large spot.

Gonzaga Bulldogs (24-6, 14-3 WCC) at St. Mary's Gaels (21-9, 11-6), 10 p.m. (ESPN2)

While this one has lost a bit of its luster, it's still one to watch. However, it's looking more likely that this one will be a WCC semifinal, not final, preview for 2014.

Other Viewing Options

UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (18-8, 9-4 Big West) at UC Davis Aggies (9-19, 4-9), 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Utah State Aggies (15-13, 5-11 MW) at San Jose State Spartans (7-20, 1-14), 8 p.m. (ROOT Sports Rocky Mtn./MWN, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mountain West Connection)
Denver Pioneers (15-13, 8-5 Summit) at North Dakota State Bison (22-6, 11-2), 8 p.m. (NBC North Dakota/ESPN3)
Santa Clara Broncos (12-18, 5-12 WCC) at Pepperdine Waves (15-14, 8-9), 8 p.m. (TheW.tv*, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
Sam Houston State Bearkats (19-8, 11-4 Southland) at Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (15-13, 9-6), 8:30 p.m. (KQED/FCS Pacific)
Houston Cougars (14-14, 6-9 AAC) at Temple Owls (7-20, 2-13), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
San Diego State Aztecs (24-3, 13-2 MW) at Fresno State Bulldogs (15-14, 8-8), 10 p.m. (CBS SN)
Idaho Vandals (12-16, 5-8 WAC) at Seattle Redhawks (12-14, 4-9), 10 p.m. (ROOT Sports*)
Big West Wild Card, 10 p.m. (ESPN3)
San Francisco Dons (19-10, 12-5 WCC) at Loyola Marymount Lions (12-17, 4-13), 10 p.m. (TheW.tv*, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
Cal Poly Mustangs (10-17, 6-8 Big West) at UC Irvine Anteaters (19-10, 10-3), 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

The top two teams in the Big West are both in action during the later part of the evening on the East Coast, as they jockey for position in the bracket for Anaheim. Meanwhile, San Diego State travels to Fresno State, needing a win to remain tied with New Mexico, who plays Nevada on Sunday.

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