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College Hoops Viewing Guide: March 7, 2014

Friday night might just see the first team punch its ticket to the NCAA Tournament. And you might even be able to see it on an actual television.

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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.

Kent State Golden Flashes (16-14, 7-10 MAC) at Akron Zips (19-11, 11-8), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Houston Cougars (16-14, 8-9 AAC) at UCF Knights (11-17, 3-14), 7 p.m. (CBS SN)
Harvard Crimson (24-4, 11-1 Ivy) at Yale Bulldogs (15-11, 9-3), 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

With all due respect to the other non-tournament games scheduled for Friday night, there is only one game on this list that's a must-watch and that's Harvard's trip to Yale. The Bulldogs defeated the Crimson on February 8th, but have been unable to hold on to the Ivy lead. So, tonight, Tommy Amaker's team can become the first team to officially clinch a place in the 2014 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.

If Harvard happens to lose, they will still need to lose at Brown on Saturday and the Bulldogs will need to defeat Dartmouth for a one-game playoff to happen next week.

Ohio Valley Semifinals

Both games on ESPNU

No. 4 Morehead St. Eagles (20-12, 11-6) vs. No. 1 Belmont Bruins (23-8, 14-2), 7:30 p.m.
No. 3 Eastern Kentucky Colonels (22-9, 12-5) vs. No. 2 Murray State Racers (18-10, 13-3), approx. 10 p.m.

Belmont avoided Tennessee Tech, one of two OVC teams to beat them this season, as Morehead State eliminated the Golden Eagles last night. The nightcap will be an all-Kentucky affair, with the Racers handling the Colonels, the preseason OVC favorite of many, in their only meeting of the season.

Big South Quarterfinals

All games on ESPN3

No. 4 (S) Winthrop Eagles (18-12, 11-6) vs. No. 1 (N) High Point Panthers (16-13, 12-4), 12 p.m.
No. 3 (N) Radford Highlanders (21-11, 11-6) vs. No. 2 (S) UNC Asheville Bulldogs (16-14, 10-6) , approx. 2:30 p.m.
No. 5 (S) Charleston Southern Buccaneers (13-17, 7-10) vs. No. 1 (S) Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (18-12, 11-5), 6 p.m.
No. 3 (S) Gardner-Webb Bulldogs (18-14, 11-6) vs. No. 2 (N) VMI Keydets (18-11, 11-5), approx. 8:30 p.m.

If you're looking for an "upset" in Conway/Myrtle Beach, keep an eye on Radford, who defeated UNCA in the pair's only meeting. Charleston Southern is also a troublesome opponent for the hosts, who just escaped the Bucs' clutches on Saturday (and lost to them back on January 8th).

Missouri Valley Quarterfinals

All games on MVC TV/FS Midwest/CSN Chicago/FCS Pacific/ESPN3

No. 9 Evansville Aces (14-18, 7-12) vs. No. 1 Wichita State Shockers (31-0, 18-0), 1 p.m.
No. 5 Illinois State Redbirds (16-14, 9-9) vs. No. 4 Missouri State Bears (19-11, 9-9), approx. 3:30 p.m.
No. 10 Loyola of Chicago Ramblers (10-21, 5-14) vs. No. 2 Indiana State Sycamores (21-9, 11-6), 7 p.m.
No. 6 Southern Illinois Salukis (13-18, 9-9) vs. No. 3 Northern Iowa Panthers (16-14, 10-8), approx. 9:30 p.m.

Game two should be the one to watch in the afternoon session, as the Redbirds and Bears split a very close series in 2014. UNI and SIU split a pair, but the Panthers just blew out the Salukis in Cedar Falls on February 26th.

Horizon League Second Round

Both games on Horizon League Network/Sportstime Ohio/TWCS Wisconsin/ESPN3

No. 6 Oakland Golden Grizzlies (13-19, 8-9) vs. No. 3 Wright State Raiders (18-13, 10-6), 6 p.m.
No. 5 Milwaukee Panthers (18-13, 8-9) vs. No. 4 Valparaiso Crusaders (18-14, 10-7), approx. 8:30 p.m.

The higher seeds dominated their opposition for today, with a nine-point Milwaukee loss to Valpo the closest the five and six seeds got all season.

CAA First Round

No. 9 UNC Wilmington Seahawks (9-22, 3-13) vs. No. 8 Hofstra Pride (9-22, 5-11), 7 p.m. (

The Pride swept the Seahawks this season and a third win will see the former Dutch face Delaware on Saturday afternoon in Baltimore.

SoCon First Round

All games on ESPN3

No. 9 Appalachian State Mountaineers (9-20, 5-11) vs. No. 8 Samford Bulldogs (12-19. 6-10), 11 a.m.
No. 10 Furman Paladins (9-20, 3-13) vs. No. 7 Georgia Southern Eagles (13-18, 6-10), approx. 1:30 p.m.
No. 11 The Citadel Bulldogs (6-25, 2-14) vs. No. 6 UNC Greensboro Spartans (14-17, 7-9), approx. 4 p.m.

While Appalachian State swept Samford, Furman and The Citadel did not record a win against their opposition during the regular season. Furman, however, took Georgia Southern to OT in Statesboro, however.

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