Championship Week Viewing Guide: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

William Mancebo

Four conference championship games are on Tuesday night's schedule, though just one might impact the bubble as the week goes 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.

Horizon League Championship

No. 5 Milwaukee Panthers (20-13, 10-9) vs. No. 3 Wright State Raiders (20-13, 12-6), 7 p.m. (ESPN)
KenPom.com Predicted score: Raiders 68-62

The Panthers and Raiders met twice in a nine-day span in late January, with each winning at home. Jerran Young scored 19 for Wright State in their 16-point home win on January 21st, while five Milwaukee players hit double-figures in the return, a 68-64 Panther victory on the 30th.

NEC Championship

No. 4 Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers (15-16, 11-7) vs. No. 1 Robert Morris Colonials (21-12. 16-2), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
KenPom.com Predicted score: Colonials 78-72

While the Colonials swept the Mountaineers during the regular season, taking a pair of eight-point decisions, they never found an answer for Mount guard Rasheed Whack, who scored a total of 49 points in the two games. If he can get enough support tonight, Jamion Christian's team might make its first NCAA appearance since 2008.

WCC Championship

No. 2 BYU Cougars (23-10, 15-5) vs. No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs (27-6, 17-3), 9 p.m. (ESPN)
KenPom.com Predicted score: Bulldogs 78-74

The rubber match between the WCC leaders will be one to watch, especially since the loser is not exactly safe for selection. Sure, the Bulldogs will likely get in either way, based on reputation alone, but the Zags' 9-4 record against the Top 100 isn't so rosy when you consider that just one of those nine victories came against a Top 50 team -- BYU. On the other hand, the Cougars 8-6 record against that same group is certainly good enough, but four losses to squads from outside of it might give the Committee reason to leave them out with a loss.

Summit League Championship

No. 2 IPFW Mastodons (24-9, 12-4) vs. No. 1 North Dakota State Bison (24-6, 13-2), 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
KenPom.com Predicted score: Bison 77-70

On January 9th, the Bison opened up Summit play with an 11-point loss in Fort Wayne. However, when you consider that NDSU returned the favor in Fargo nearly a month later and that the Bison looked to be on a mission in their 83-48 semifinal win against Denver, I'm not sure that the Mastodons can book their first NCAA bid tonight.

Conference USA First Round

All games on C-USA Digital Network

No. 15 Rice Owls (7-22, 2-14) vs. No. 10 North Texas Mean Green (15-15, 6-10), 5:30 p.m.
KenPom.com Predicted score: Mean Green 69-63
No. 14 Marshall Thundering Herd (10-21, 4-12) vs. No. 11 FAU Owls (10-21, 5-11), approx. 8 p.m.
KenPom.com Predicted score: Owls 69-68
No. 13 UTSA Roadrunners (8-21, 4-12) vs. No. 12 East Carolina Pirates (16-15, 5-11), approx. 10:30 p.m.
KenPom.com Predicted score: Pirates 76-71

If you miss the old five-day Big East Tournament marathon, get yourself to the C-USA Digital Network this evening. Six of the conference's 15 eligible teams (FIU is out due to APR) start the battle for what's likely to be just one bid in El Paso.

MEAC First Round

All games on MEACSports.com

No. 9 N.C. A&T Aggies (9-22, 5-11) vs. No. 8 Howard Bison (7-24, 5-11), 4 p.m.
KenPom.com Predicted score: Bison 67-66
No. 10 Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (7-24, 5-11) vs. No. 7 Coppin State Eagles (10-19, 7-9), approx. 6:30 p.m.
KenPom.com Predicted score: Eagles 70-65
No. 11 Delaware State Hornets (9-20, 5-11) vs. No. 6 Florida A&M Rattlers (13-17, 8-8), approx. 9 p.m.
KenPom.com Predicted score: Rattlers 67-65

On Monday, Norfolk State and Savannah State advanced to Thursday quarterfinals. The FAMU-Delaware State winner can join them tonight, while the other two victors will play Wednesday against the top two seeds.

SWAC First Round

No. 10 Grambling State Tigers* (4-23, 3-15) vs. No. 7 Jackson State Tigers (11-19, 7-11), 1:30 p.m.
KenPom.com Predicted score: JSU 74-66
No. 9 Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils* (9-22, 5-13) vs. No. 8 Prairie View Panthers (8-22, 6-12), 9 p.m.
KenPom.com Predicted score: Delta Devils 78-77

* - ineligible for NCAAs

The NCAA gave the SWAC a special dispensation so the entire conference, which is depleted by APR bans, could compete in Houston this week. Considering that top seed Southern is ineligible, if MVSU wins tonight, that Wednesday quarterfinal becomes an exhibition.

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