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College Hoops Viewing Guide: March 6, 2014

There are many games you can skip tonight, which is great, because the ones you will want to watch should be fun.

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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.


Memphis Tigers (22-7, 11-5) at Cincinnati Bearcats (24-5, 13-3), 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Back on January 4th, the Bearcats pretty much ran the Tigers out of their own building, winning 69-53. Tonight, they'll look to complete the sweep at home, a result that would keep them tied with Louisville for the AAC lead with one game left for each. At that point, the advantage would go to the Bearcats, who visit Rutgers on Saturday, while the Cardinals host Connecticut.

Atlantic 10

George Mason Patriots (10-18, 3-11) at La Salle Explorers (14-14, 6-8), 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
VCU Rams (22-7, 10-4) at Richmond Spiders (18-11, 8-6), 9 p.m. (CBS SN)

While you can safely ignore NBCSN's offering for the night, VCU faces a tricky trip to the Robins Center, where their archrivals will look to pick up a late quality win for their faded hopes. The Rams defeated the Spiders by 11 in their first meeting back on February 1st.

Big East

Villanova Wildcats (26-3, 14-2) at Xavier Musketeers (20-10, 10-7), 7 p.m. (FS1)
Butler Bulldogs (12-16, 2-14) at DePaul Blue Demons (11-19, 3-14), 9 p.m. (FS1)

Game two of the FS1 doubleheader can be skipped, but I'd imagine game one will go long, as all FS1 games seem to. That would be a good thing for everyone, as the Wildcats are very much in the one seed hunt, but that won't last if they lose to a Musketeer team that took out Creighton on Saturday, then proceeded to lose at Seton Hall on Monday night. Nova routed Xavier by 23 in Philadelphia on February 3rd.

Big Ten

Penn State Nittany Lions (14-15, 5-11) at Northwestern Wildcats (12-17, 5-11), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Iowa Hawkeyes (20-9, 9-7) at Michigan State Spartans (22-7, 11-5), 9 p.m. (ESPN)

It looks a lot like there are several games you can skip, from an NCAA Tournament perspective anyway, on this evening's slate, as the first Big Ten contest of the night also fits in this category. However, game two sees a pair of teams that have seen their seeding slip over the past three weeks square off in East Lansing. The Spartans won a 71-69 overtime thriller in Iowa City back on January 28th, and I'd expect something similar to happen tonight given the stakes for both teams.


UCLA Bruins (22-7, 11-5) at Washington Huskies (16-13, 8-8), 9 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN2)
USC Trojans (10-19, 1-15) at Washington State Cougars (9-19, 2-14), 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

As every other Pac-12 contender played on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Bruins are the only team from the group that faces a test tonight. They head to Seattle, a city where UCLA has traditionally not had much success. Up until winning there to close out the 2012-13 regular season, the Bruins had dropped eight road games in a row to the Huskies.


LSU Tigers (17-11, 8-8) at Vanderbilt Commodores (15-13, 7-9), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

The Bayou Bengals crushed the Commodores by 23 in Baton Rouge on January 18th, but they'll find the going a bit tougher at Memorial Gym. A loss might very well doom LSU to the NIT.


Charlotte 49ers (15-13, 6-9 C-USA) at Marshall Thundering Herd (10-20, 4-11), 7 p.m. (CBS SN)
Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns (19-10, 10-6 Sun Belt) at Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (19-10, 11-5), 8 p.m. (HSSN/WKYU/ESPN3)
Hawai `i Rainbow Warriors (19-9, 8-6) at UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (19-8, 10-4), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
UC Davis Aggies (9-20, 4-10 Big West) at UC Riverside Highlanders (9-19, 4-10), 10 p.m. (ESPN3)
Grand Canyon Antelopes (14-13, 9-5 WAC) at New Mexico State Aggies (22-9, 11-4), 9 p.m. (AggieVision/ESPN3)

Out of this group, UCSB needs a win over Hawai `i to keep pace with UC Irvine in the Big West race, while New Mexico State needs a win tonight and some help to leapfrog Utah Valley St. Wolverines for the WAC regular season crown.

Atlantic Sun Semifinals

No. 4 ETSU Buccaneers (18-14, 11-8) at No. 1 Florida Gulf Coast Eagles (21-11, 15-4), 6:30 p.m. (CSS/ESPN3)
No. 3 USC Upstate Spartans (19-13, 12-7) at No. 2 Mercer Bears (24-8, 15-4), 8:30 p.m. (CSS/ESPN3)

The highest remaining seed will host the final on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. Eastern (ESPN2). The host Eagles split with the Bucs during the regular season, losing in Johnson City, while the Bears also went 1-1 against their opposition, falling in Spartanburg.

MAAC First Round

No. 9 Monmouth Hawks (11-20, 5-15) vs. No. 8 Rider Broncs (13-16, 9-11), 5 p.m.
No. 10 Fairfield Stags (7-24, 4-16) vs. No. 7 St. Peter's Peacocks (13-16, 9-11), approx. 7:30 p.m.
No. 11 Niagara Purple Eagles (6-25, 3-17) vs. No. 6 Marist Red Foxes (12-18, 9-11), approx. 10 p.m.

With the men's half of MAACachusetts tipping so late, it could be a long night in Springfield. The bottom three seeds went a combined 1-5 against their opposition for tonight, with only Niagara registering a home win over Marist.

MVC First Round

Both games streamed on the MVC TV Network.

No. 9 Evansville Aces (13-18, 6-12) vs. No. 8 Drake Bulldogs (15-13, 6-12), 7 p.m.
No. 10 Loyola of Chicago Ramblers (9-21, 4-14) vs. No. 7 Bradley Braves (12-19, 7-11), approx. 9:30 p.m.

The winner of game one faces the unenviable task of playing unbeaten Wichita State at noon Central on Friday. Evansville and Drake split their season series, while Bradley defeated Loyola twice.

OVC Quarterfinals

Both games streamed on the OVC Digital Network (free).

No. 5 Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (17-15, 10-7) vs. No. 4 Morehead State Eagles (19-12, 10-6), 7 p.m.
No. 6 Southeast Missouri Redhawks (18-13, 9-8) vs. No. 3 Eastern Kentucky Colonels (21-9, 11-5), approx. 9:30 p.m.

While Morehead State won at Tennessee Tech, it lost at home to the Golden Eagles by seven on Saturday, the third loss in a row for the Eagles. EKU, meanwhile, won a 79-78 thriller over Southeast in Richmond to get February started.

West Coast Opening Round

Both games on BYUtv and streaming on, available directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness.

No. 10 Loyola Marymount Lions (12-18, 4-14) vs. No. 7 Portland Pilots (15-15, 7-11), 9 p.m.
No. 9 Santa Clara Broncos (13-18, 6-12) vs. No. 8 Pacific Tigers (15-14, 6-12), approx. 11:30 p.m.

With 10 teams now in the WCC, the conference returns to a more traditional bracket format. Game one's winner will take on BYU on Saturday. That should be Portland, who handled LMU twice during the league campaign. Gonzaga gets the winner of the nightcap, which will be tougher to call. The Tigers and Broncos split, with each winning comfortably at home.

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