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College Hoops Viewing Guide: March 5, 2014

The final Wednesday night of the regular season also serves as the first of the Championship Fortnight, meaning there's basketball action to satisfy every type of fan.

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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.


Rutgers Scarlet Knights (11-18, 5-11) at Connecticut Huskies (23-6, 11-5), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Louisville Cardinals (24-5, 13-3) at SMU Mustangs (23-6, 12-4), 7 p.m. (CBS SN)

While the Huskies should take care of the Scarlet Knights, most AAC fans' attention will be focused on Moody Coliseum, where the Mustangs will look to take another step toward the tourney, by picking up a win that might help give the league title to Cincinnati.

Atlantic 10

Dayton Flyers (20-9, 8-6) at Saint Louis Billikens (25-4, 12-2), 9 p.m. (CBS SN)
St. Joseph's Hawks (21-7, 11-3) at George Washington Colonials (21-7, 9-5), 9 p.m. (A 10 Network, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)

The Flyers can take a big step toward a bid by grabbing an unlikely win in Saint Louis, while St. Joseph's will hope for such a result and a win in D.C. to push it toward a share of the league crown.


Duke Blue Devils (23-6, 12-4) at Wake Forest Demon Deacons (15-14, 5-11), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

A win would help push the Blue Devils toward the second seed in the ACC Tournament.

Big 12

Texas Tech Red Raiders (13-16, 5-11) at Kansas Jayhawks (22-7, 13-3), 8 p.m. (Big 12 Network/ESPN3)
TCU Horned Frogs (9-19, 0-16) at Texas Longhorns (21-8, 10-6), 8 p.m. (Longhorn Network)
West Virginia Mountaineers (16-13, 8-8) at Oklahoma Sooners (21-8, 10-6), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

The Jayhawks, Longhorns, and Sooners are all looking for wins to maintain their seeding, while the Mountaineers' faint hopes will be extinguished without a win in Norman.

Big Ten

Nebraska Cornhuskers (17-11, 9-7) at Indiana Hoosiers (17-12, 7-9), 7 p.m. (BTN)
Purdue Boilermakers (15-14, 5-11) at Wisconsin Badgers (24-5, 11-5), 9 p.m. (BTN)

The Huskers will likely be in Thursday's bracket with a win over the Hoosiers, who have bubble hopes of their own at this late stage. Meanwhile, the Badgers can take a big step toward a No. 2 seed nationally and in Indy with a win over Purdue.

Mountain West

Air Force Falcons (11-16, 5-11) at New Mexico Lobos (23-5, 14-2), 9 p.m. (ESPN3)
Nevada Wolf Pack (13-16, 8-8) at Boise State Broncos (19-10, 9-7), 9 p.m. (MWN, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mountain West Connection)
Wyoming Cowboys (17-12, 8-8) at Utah State Aggies (16-13, 6-11), 10 p.m. (ROOT Sports Rocky Mtn./MWN, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mountain West Connection)
San Diego State Aztecs (25-3, 14-2) at UNLV Runnin' Rebels (19-10, 10-6), 11 p.m. (CBS SN)

The Lobos and Aztecs will look to avoid a stumble before their Saturday showdown at Viejas. The task will be a more difficult one for SDSU, however.


Colorado Buffaloes (20-9, 9-7) at Stanford Cardinal (18-10, 9-7), 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Arizona Wildcats (27-2, 14-2) at Oregon State Beavers (15-13, 7-9), 11 p.m. (FS1)
Utah Utes (19-9, 8-8) at California Golden Bears (18-11, 9-7), 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

The Buffaloes' trip to Stanford is vital for seeding purposes, while the Golden Bears must avoid a late slip up against a Utah squad that might just make things interesting in Las Vegas next week. The Pac-12 champions, meanwhile, should still remain on the one line Thursday, win or lose.


Mississippi State Bulldogs (13-16, 3-13) at Georgia Bulldogs (16-12, 10-6), 7 p.m. (SEC on CSS/ESPN3)
Tennessee Volunteers (18-11, 9-7) at Auburn Tigers (13-14, 5-11), 8 p.m. (SEC TV/ESPN3)
Mississippi Rebels (17-12, 8-8) at Arkansas Razorbacks (20-9, 9-7), 8 p.m. (ESPN3)
Texas A&M Aggies (17-12, 8-8) at Missouri Tigers (20-9, 8-8), 8 p.m. (ESPN3)

The Vols, Razorbacks, and Tigers all face must-wins on Wednesday, as any loss in the SEC at this point has to be considered a damaging one.


Big South Opening Round

All games on Big South Network (free)

No. 5 (N) Liberty Flames (11-20, 5-11) vs. No. 4 (S) Winthrop Eagles (17-12, 10-6), 12 p.m.
No. 6 (S) Presbyterian Blue Hose (6-25, 2-14) vs. No. 3 (N) Radford Highlanders (20-11, 10-6), approx. 2:30 p.m.
No. 5 (S) Charleston Southern Buccaneers (12-17, 6-10) vs. No. 4 (N) Campbell Fighting Camels (12-19, 6-10), 6 p.m.
No. 6 (N) Longwood Lancers (8-23, 3-13) vs. No. 3 (S) Gardner-Webb Bulldogs (17-14, 10-6), approx. 8:30 p.m.

The bottom eight teams square off in Myrtle Beach.

Patriot League Quarterfinals

All games streaming on Patriot League Network, available directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness

No. 9 Lafayette Leopards (11-19, 6-12) at No. 1 Boston U. Terriers (22-9, 15-3), 7 p.m.
No. 5 Army Black Knights (14-15, 10-8) at No. 4 Bucknell Bison (16-13, 11-7), 7 p.m.
No. 6 Lehigh Mountain Hawks (14-17, 7-11) at No. 3 Holy Cross Crusaders (18-12, 10-6), 7 p.m.
No. 7 Colgate Raiders (13-17, 6-12) at No. 2 American U. Eagles (17-12, 13-5), 7:30 p.m.

The home teams will all be favored, obviously, though the Raiders did win in D.C. on February 8th.

Northeast Quarterfinals

No. 8 Fairleigh Dickinson Knights (10-20, 6-10) at No. 1 Robert Morris Colonials (19-12, 14-2), 7 p.m.
No. 5 St. Francis-Brooklyn Terriers (18-13, 9-7) at No. 4 Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers (13-16. 9-7), 7 p.m. (MSG+2, ROOT, FCS)
No. 6 St. Francis, Pa. Red Flash (9-20, 7-9) at No. 3 Bryant Bulldogs (18-13, 10-6), 7 p.m.
No. 7 Cent. Connecticut St. Blue Devils (11-18, 7-9) at No. 2 Wagner Seahawks (18-11, 12-4), 7 p.m.

Again, home court reigns supreme in this tournament. Wagner did lose to CCSU at home back in January, however.

Ohio Valley Opening Round

Both games on OVC Digital Network

No. 8 SIU Edwardsville Cougars (11-19, 7-9) vs. No. 5 Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (16-15, 9-7), 7 p.m.
No. 7 Eastern Illinois Panthers (11-18, 7-9) vs. No. 6 SE Missouri Redhawks (17-13, 8-8), approx. 9:30 p.m.

The bottom four teams play to see who will meet the third and fourth seeds in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

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