College Hoops Viewing Guide (Non-Tournament Edition): March 8, 2014

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The final Saturday of the regular season is upon us and there is plenty at stake in terms of trophies, seeding, and NCAA positioning.

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.

Early Afternoon Window

Marquee Games

Kentucky Wildcats (22-8, 12-5 SEC) at Florida Gators (28-2, 17-0), 12 p.m. (CBS)

Just one thing stands between the Gators and a perfect SEC regular season: a visiting Wildcat team in desperate need of a late quality win for seeding purposes.

SMU Mustangs (23-7, 12-5 AAC) at Memphis Tigers (22-8, 11-6), 12 p.m. (ESPN2)

Can the Mustangs grab one more decent road win before heading back to Memphis next week for the conference tournament? The Ponies blasted the Tigers by 15 in Dallas on February 1st.

St. John's Red Storm (19-11, 9-8 Big East) at Marquette Golden Eagles (17-13, 9-8), 12 p.m. (FS1)

The loser of this one will be all but out of the at-large picture. The Red Storm had no trouble with the Golden Eagles in New York on February 1st, winning by 15.

Baylor Bears (20-10, 8-9 Big 12) at Kansas State Wildcats (20-10. 10-7), 1:30 p.m. (Big 12 Network*/ESPN3)

The Bears won a double-OT thriller over the Wildcats, by an unexpectedly wide 14-point margin, back on February 15th. They'll attempt to earn a sweep and get to .500 in the Big 12 with a win in Manhattan today.

Other Viewing Options

Kansas Jayhawks (23-7, 14-3 Big 12) at West Virginia Mountaineers (16-14, 8-9), 12 p.m. (ESPN)
Cincinnati Bearcats (25-5, 14-3 AAC) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (11-19, 5-12), 12 p.m. (ESPNews)
Ohio Bobcats (20-10, 10-7 MAC) at Miami (Ohio) RedHawks (12-16, 8-9), 12 p.m. (TWCS/ESPN3)
Vanderbilt Commodores (15-14, 7-10 SEC) at Mississippi Rebels (17-13, 8-9), 1:30 p.m. (SEC TV/ESPN3)

Out of these games, the one to pay most attention to (other than WVU's upset attempt against Kansas) is Cincy's trip to Rutgers. With a win and Louisville loss later, the Bearcats can claim the AAC regular season crown.

Mid-Afternoon Window

Marquee Games

Connecticut Huskies (24-6, 12-5 AAC) at Louisville Cardinals (25-5, 14-3), 2 p.m. (CBS)

With Cincinnati's game ending near this one's tip time, the Cardinals will know if they have a chance at the outright title or just a tie. Meanwhile, the Huskies would like to avoid the 4/5 game in Memphis next Thursday, if possible.

Oklahoma State Cowboys (20-10, 8-9 Big 12) at Iowa State Cyclones (22-7, 10-7), 2 p.m. (ESPN)

There are many excellent rematches today, but this might just be the best. Back on February 3rd, these two played an absolutely bonkers triple-overtime game, won by the Cyclones, 98-97.

Georgetown Hoyas (17-12, 8-9 Big East) at Villanova Wildcats (27-3, 15-2), 2 p.m. (FS1)

After Tuesday's win over Creighton, the Hoyas are nearing the field. They'll likely break through if they can win in Philadelphia. The Wildcats won the first meeting by just five on January 27th.

Utah Utes (20-9, 9-8 Pac-12) at Stanford Cardinal (18-11, 9-8), 2:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)

Don't look now, but the Utes' RPI is improving and they might be in with a shot -- provided they knock off the Cardinal today and do some damage in the Pac-12 Tournament.

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (20-10, 12-5 Bun Belt) at Georgia State Panthers (23-7, 16-1), 2:30 p.m. (HSSN/WKYU/ESPN3)

This might very well be a preview of Selection Sunday's Sun Belt final. However, the Panthers blew past the Hilltoppers in Bowling Green on January 9th.

Other Viewing Options

Virginia Tech Hokies (9-20, 2-15 ACC) at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (14-16, 5-12), 2 p.m. (ESPN2)
Temple Owls (8-21, 3-14 AAC) at USF Bulls (12-18. 3-14), 2 p.m. (ESPNews)
Wake Forest Demon Deacons (16-14, 6-11 ACC) at Miami Hurricanes (15-15, 6-11), 2 p.m. (ACC RSNs*/ESPN3)
Boise State Broncos (19-11, 9-8 MW) at Air Force Falcons (11-17, 5-12), 2 p.m. (ROOT Sports*/MWN, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mountain West Connection)
Eastern Michigan Eagles (18-12, 10-7 MAC) at Toledo Rockets (25-5, 13-4), Saturday 2 p.m. ET (TWCS/ESPN3)

The Rockets' game isn't as crucial as originally expected, as Western Michigan Broncos has locked up the top seed in Cleveland next week.

Late Afternoon Window

Marquee Games

Arizona Wildcats (28-2, 15-2 Pac-12) at Oregon Ducks (21-8, 9-8), 4 p.m. (CBS)

At midweek, the Wildcats struggled to get by Oregon State, while the Ducks picked up a helpful win over Arizona State. A victory over the Pac-12 champs would just about assure Oregon of a place in the field of 68.

Missouri Tigers (21-9, 9-8 SEC) at Tennessee Volunteers (19-11, 10-7), 4 p.m. (ESPN)

Back on February 15, the Tigers defeated the Vols 75-70. They'll go for a necessary sweep today in Knoxville, as the loser of this one will need to make a serious run in Atlanta to earn a bid.

Pittsburgh Panthers (22-8, 10-7 ACC) at Clemson Tigers (19-10, 10-7), 4 p.m. (ACC Network/ESPN3)

If Pitt loses at Clemson, a team it thoroughly dominated at the Petersen Events Center, a place outside of my Sunday projection may await.

Georgia Bulldogs (17-12, 11-6 SEC) at LSU Tigers (18-11, 9-8), 5 p.m. (SEC on FSN/ESPN3)

Yes, the Bulldogs do have a slight chance at making it as an at-large, but those would end with a loss in Baton Rouge.

Other Viewing Options

Texas Longhorns (22-8, 11-6 Big 12) at Texas Tech Red Raiders (13-17, 5-12), 4 p.m. (ESPNews)
Colorado State Rams (16-14, 7-10 MW) at Wyoming Cowboys (17-13, 8-9), 4 p.m. (ROOT Sports/MWN, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mountain West Connection)
Oklahoma Sooners (22-8, 11-6 Big 12) at TCU Horned Frogs (9-20, 0-17), 4 p.m. (Big 12 Network*/ESPN3)
Auburn Tigers (13-15, 5-12 SEC) at Texas A&M Aggies (17-13, 8-9), 4 p.m. (SEC TV Regional*/ESPN3)
South Carolina Gamecocks (11-19, 4-13 SEC) at Mississippi State Bulldogs (13-17, 3-14), 4 p.m. (SEC TV Regional*/ESPN3)
Arkansas Razorbacks (21-9, 10-7 SEC) at Alabama Crimson Tide (12-18, 6-11), 4 p.m. (ESPN3)
Arizona State Sun Devils (21-9, 10-7 Pac-12) at Oregon State Beavers (15-14, 7-10), 4:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Network Regional)
USC Trojans (11-19, 2-15 Pac-12) at Washington Huskies (16-14, 8-9), 4:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Network Regional)
Seton Hall Pirates (15-15, 6-11 Big East) at Butler Bulldogs (12-16, 2-14), 4:30 p.m. (FS1)
George Washington Colonials (22-7, 10-5 A 10) at Fordham Rams (9-19, 2-13), 4:30 p.m. (SNY/CSN Mid-Atlantic/A 10 Network, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)

In the late afternoon window, both Arkansas and Arizona State will try to pick up one last road win before their respective conference tournaments.

Evening Windows

Marquee Games

Indiana Hoosiers (17-13, 7-10 Big Ten) at Michigan Wolverines (22-7, 14-3), 6 p.m. (ESPN)

This would one have had more meaning had the Hoosiers defeated Nebraska Cornhuskers on Wednesday night. Now, it's just another chance for the Wolverines to pad their record and seeding.

Colorado Buffaloes (21-9, 10-7 Pac-12) at California Golden Bears (18-12, 9-8), 6:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)

This is an absolute must-win for the Golden Bears, who fell out of my projection after Wednesday's home loss to Utah. Colorado, on the other hand, should remain in with a loss, thanks to their win at Stanford.

Providence Friars (20-10, 10-7 Big East) at Creighton Bluejays (23-6, 13-4), 8 p.m. (CBS SN)

The Friars stunned the nation by handily defeating the Bluejays on January 18th. A season sweep might just very well give Providence the NCAA bid it so greatly desires. However, Ed Cooley's team will have to win on Doug McDermott's Senior Day.

North Carolina Tar Heels (23-7, 13-4 ACC) at Duke Blue Devils (23-7, 12-5), 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Based on how the season started, would you believe that the Tar Heels can actually finish second in the ACC if they complete a sweep of Duke tonight and Syracuse loses tomorrow? On the other side of the court, the Blue Devils will look to reverse the eight-point defeat UNC handed them in Chapel Hill on February 20th.

New Mexico Lobos (24-5, 15-2 MW) at San Diego State Aztecs (26-3, 15-2), 10 p.m. (CBS SN)

The Mountain West's regular season championship is on the line. I don't think I need to say anything more. However, I will, as I'll note that the Lobos defeated the Aztecs by 14 two weeks ago.

Other Viewing Options

St. Bonaventure Bonnies (16-13, 6-9 A 10) at VCU Rams (23-7, 11-4), 7 p.m. (SNY/A 10 Network, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
Duquesne Dukes (12-16, 4-11 A 10) at George Mason Patriots (11-18, 4-11), 7 p.m. (MASN2)
UC Riverside Highlanders (10-19, 5-10 Big West) at Long Beach State 49ers (13-16, 9-6), 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
UC Davis Aggies (9-21, 4-11 Big West) at UC Irvine Anteaters (21-10, 12-3), 7:30 p.m. (FS Prime Ticket San Diego)
Illinois Fighting Illini (17-13, 6-11 Big Ten) at Iowa Hawkeyes (20-10, 9-8), 8:30 p.m. (BTN)
UNLV Runnin' Rebels (19-11, 10-7 MW) at Nevada Wolf Pack (14-16, 9-8), 10 p.m. (ESPN3)
UCLA Bruins (23-7, 12-5 Pac-12) at Washington State Cougars (9-20, 2-15), 11 p.m. (FS1)

In the evening windows, Iowa will attempt to close out its regular season with a home win, while UC Irvine can wrap up the outright Big West regular season title.

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