Championship Week Viewing Guide: Monday, March 10, 2014

John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Three automatic bids will be handed out this evening, with the Metro Atlantic final looking particularly exciting. Plus, the WCC Tournament returns with a pair of semifinals and the MAC and MEAC tip off.

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.

MAAC Championship

No. 2 Manhattan Jaspers (24-7, 17-5) vs. No. 1 Iona Gaels (22-9, 19-3), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

With all due respect to Canisius and Quinnipiac, the teams the Gaels and Jaspers respectively eliminated on Sunday, these are the two best teams in the MAAC and the ones most likely to cause a shock next Thursday or Friday. These two split a pair in the regular season, with the Gaels winning by 12 at home, and the Jaspers taking the rematch in overtime on February 28th.

CAA Championship

No. 3 William & Mary Tribe (20-11, 12-6) vs. No. 1 Delaware Blue Hens (24-9, 16-2), 7 p.m. (NBCSN)

On Sunday, the Blue Hens pulled away from Northeastern late, while the Tribe stunned second-seeded Towson, who were playing not all that far from campus, Tonight, Delaware should have a bit of an advantage, particularly since they defeated William & Mary by 17 in Williamsburg when they last met on January 29th, completing an early season sweep. However, Tony Shaver's squad will notice that YouDee has dropped two games recently, results that have taken the luster off Delaware's once sterling record.

SoCon Championship

No. 5 Western Carolina Catamounts (19-14, 12-6) vs. No. 3 Wofford Terriers (19-12, 13-5), 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

One of Sunday's big surprises was the Catamounts 99-97 overtime win over top-seeded Davidson, a result that sends the Wildcats to the NIT in their final SoCon season. Tonight, WCU will attempt to avenge the 71-60 loss it suffered in its lone meeting with the Terriers, who prevailed in Spartanburg. Wofford represented the SoCon in the NCAAs in both 2010 and 2011, while Western Carolina made its only trip in 1996, when it almost knocked off Purdue as a 16 seed.

Summit League Semifinals

Both games on Midco SN/FCS Central

No. 4 Denver Pioneers (16-14, 9-6) vs. No. 1 North Dakota State Bison (23-6, 12-2), 7 p.m.
No. 3 South Dakota State Jackrabbits (19-11, 11-4) vs. No. 2 IPFW Mastodons (23-9, 11-4), approx. 9:30 p.m.

So far, the Summit League Tournament has been all chalk, though the top seed joins the fray in this round, thanks to a quarterfinal bye. Both pairs split their regular season meetings, with the home team prevailing in each case. That's trouble for the Mastodons, since SDSU's campus isn't all that far from Sioux Falls.

WCC Semifinals

No. 4 St. Mary's Gaels (22-10, 12-7) vs. No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs (26-6, 16-3), 9 p.m. (ESPN)
No. 3 San Francisco Dons (21-10, 14-5) vs. No. 2 BYU Cougars (22-10, 14-5), approx. 11:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

On Saturday, BYU cruised through its quarterfinal, while Gonzaga needed OT to eliminate Santa Clara. This evening, the pair will attempt to pick up third wins against their respective opponents and set up a titanic showdown on Tuesday night -- one bubble teams nationwide will be watching (though they should probably pay attention to this doubleheader as well).

MAC First Round

All games streaming at MAC-Sports.com

No. 12 Ball State Cardinals (5-12, 2-16) at No. 5 Ohio Bobcats (21-10, 11-7), 7 p.m.
No. 9 Kent State Golden Flashes (16-15, 7-11) at No. 8 Miami (Ohio) RedHawks (12-17, 8-10), 7 p.m.
No. 11 Central Michigan Chippewas (10-20, 3-15) at No. 6 Eastern Michigan Eagles (18-13, 10-8), 7:30 p.m.
No. 10 Bowling Green Falcons (12-19, 6-12) at No. 7 Northern Illinois Huskies (14-16, 8-10), 8 p.m.

Kent State was the only lower seed to defeat their higher seeded opponent this season, but given how crazy the MAC traditionally is, don't expect those results to carry much weight in elimination play. The four winners tonight will meet in Cleveland on Wednesday night, with those two victors joining the four teams that earned byes for the remainder of the tournament.

MEAC First Round

All games streaming at MEACSports.com

No. 13 UMES Hawks (6-23, 4-12) vs. No. 4 Norfolk State Spartans (17-13, 11-5), 6:30 p.m.
No. 12 South Carolina State Bulldogs (9-20, 5-11) vs. No. 5 Savannah State Tigers (12-18, 10-6), approx. 9 p.m.

The MEAC begins a long week in Norfolk with a pair of matchups that are likely mismatches. The Spartans swept the Hawks, while the Tigers did the same to the Bulldogs.

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