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College Hoops Viewing Guide: March 4, 2014

Plenty of bubble teams are in action on the final Tuesday of the regular season, as Baylor, Clemson, Florida State, a trio of Big East teams, Illinois, and a pair of Pac-12 contenders are all in action. Plus, two more league tournaments tip off.

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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.


UCF Knights (11-16, 3-13) at Temple Owls (7-21, 2-14), 6:30 p.m. (ESPNews)
USF Bulls (12-17, 3-13) at Houston Cougars (15-14, 7-9), 8:30 p.m. (ESPNews)

Look at the list of games below. Unless you have a connection to one of these four schools, you can safely avoid ESPNews tonight.


Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (13-16, 4-12) at Syracuse Orange (26-3, 13-3), 7 p.m. (ACC RSNs*/ESPN3)
Virginia Tech Hokies (9-19, 2-14) at Maryland Terrapins (15-14, 7-9), 8 p.m. (ACC Network Regional*/ESPN3)
Miami Hurricanes (15-14, 6-10) at Clemson Tigers (18-10, 9-7), 8 p.m. (ACC Network Regional*/ESPN3)
Florida State Seminoles (17-11, 8-8) at Boston College Eagles (8-21, 4-21), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

Let's see. Syracuse will likely be angry upon its return home after dropping two of three on the road; Clemson needs a win over Miami to stay in the hunt; and Florida State must avoid a late bad loss, especially since they're close to getting back in. Really, only Maryland's inconsistency keeps this from being a perfectly intriguing night of ACC hoops.

Big 12

Iowa State Cyclones (22-6, 10-6) at Baylor Bears (19-10, 7-9), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

After losing only to Syracuse in Maui during November and December, the Bears fell in Ames in their Big 12 opener and proceeded to defeat only TCU in their next six. Gaining some measure of revenge would help Baylor solidify its position while damaging the Cyclones' hopes for a top-four seed in the process.

Big East

Creighton Bluejays (23-5, 13-3) at Georgetown Hoyas (16-12, 7-9), 7 p.m. (FS1)
Marquette Golden Eagles (17-12, 9-7) at Providence Friars (19-10, 9-7), 9 p.m. (FS1)

Each of these teams are in dire need of a win on the final Tuesday of the regular season. The Bluejays need a win to keep pace with Villanova at the top of the table, while the other three are all in search of a bubble edge. The road teams each one the previous meetings in both of these series.

Big Ten

Michigan Wolverines (21-7, 13-3) at Illinois Fighting Illini (17-10, 6-10), 7 p.m. (ESPN)

While the Wolverines would claim the outright Big Ten title with a win, the Illini can move one step closer to a surprise late place on the consideration board if they can hold serve at home.


Arizona State Sun Devils (21-8, 10-6) at Oregon Ducks (20-8, 8-8), 11 p.m. (FS1)

I think this may be the first Pac-12 game ever scheduled (purposely) for a Tuesday night. This one is huge for both teams, as the Sun Devils would like to avoid a loss that would damage their seeding slightly, while the Ducks would be able to further solidify their place with a home win over a relative equal.


Florida Gators (27-2, 16-0) at South Carolina Gamecocks (11-18, 4-12), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Alabama Crimson Tide (12-17, 6-10) at Kentucky Wildcats (21-8, 11-5), 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Can the Gamecocks pull off a second straight home upset? It will be interesting to see if they can, particularly since the Gators seem intent on completing a perfect SEC campaign. Later, the struggling Wildcats would see their seed take more a tumble if they don't recover from Saturday's stunning loss by hammering the Crimson Tide at Rupp.


Buffalo Bulls (18-8, 12-4) at Akron Zips (18-11, 10-6), 7 p.m. (TWCS)

The top two teams in the MAC East square off with the Bulls looking to keep pace with West leaders Western Michigan and Toledo.

Atlantic Sun Quarterfinals

No. 8 Stetson Hatters (7-23, 5-13) at No. 1 Florida Gulf Coast Eagles (20-11, 14-4) (ESPN3)
No. 7 Jacksonville Dolphins (12-17, 8-10) at No. 2 Mercer Bears (23-8, 14-4) (ESPN3)
No. 6 North Florida Ospreys (16-15, 10-8) at No. 3 USC Upstate Spartans (18-13, 11-7) (ESPN3)
No. 5 Lipscomb Bisons (15-14, 10-8) at No. 4 ETSU Buccaneers (17-14, 10-8) (ASun.TV)

With this tournament played entirely on the courts of the higher seeds, look for those teams to dominate this round. Not that this stat will matter during the Championship Fortnight, but the only A-Sun lower seed to claim a victory against its host was Lipscomb, who took out ETSU by eight in Nashville back on February 8th.

Horizon League First Round

No. 9 UIC Flames (6-24, 1-15) at No. 4 Valparaiso Crusaders (17-14, 9-7), 8 p.m. (Horizon League Network)
No. 8 Detroit Titans (13-18, 6-10) at No. 5 Milwaukee Panthers (17-13, 7-9), 7 p.m. (Horizon League Network)
No. 7 Youngstown State Penguins (15-16, 6-10) at No. 6 Oakland Golden Grizzlies (12-19, 7-9), 7 p.m. (Horizon League Network)

The top three teams, Green Bay, Cleveland State, and Wright State, all get a break until play shifts to Green Bay on Friday. Out of these matchups, only Detroit beat its opponent during the regular season, and the Titans actually won in Milwaukee.

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