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

Yes, today is so important that you get a pair of viewing guides. This one provides a quick rundown of the day's conference tournament action.

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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.

OVC Championship

No. 3 Eastern Kentucky Colonels (23-9, 13-5)  vs. No. 1 Belmont Bruins (24-8, 15-2), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

The Bruins can claim their second straight OVC title and fourth consecutive NCAA bid with a win over the preseason favorites this afternoon. The Colonels defeated Belmont by nine in Richmond, thanks to 18 from Corey Richmond, but J.J. Mann scored 34 in the Bruins' three-point win in Nashville nine days later.

Big South Semifinals

Both games on ESPN3.

No. 4 (S) Winthrop Eagles (19-12, 12-6) vs. No. 2 (S) UNCAsheville Bulldogs (17-14, 11-6), 12 p.m.
No. 2 (N) VMI Keydets (19-11, 12-5) vs. No. 1 (S) Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (19-12, 12-5), approx. 2:30 p.m.

Game one could be quite interesting, as the pair split their regular season meetings, with a 107-100 double-overtime Eagle win resulting from February 26th's meeting. Of course, given VMI's penchant for scoring, game two is also worth a look, though the Keydets fell to the Chanticleers by five in their lone meeting of the year.

MVC Semifinals

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

No. 4 Missouri State Bears (20-11, 10-9) vs. No. 1 Wichita State Shockers (32-0, 19-0), 2:30 p.m.
No. 6 Southern Illinois Salukis (14-18, 10-9) vs. No. 2 Indiana State Sycamores (22-9, 13-6), approx. 5 p.m.

This afternoon, Missouri State, who took Wichita State to overtime in Springfield gets another crack at the Shockers. Meanwhile, Barry Hinson's Salukis will look to win their fifth game in their last six and earn a surprising finals berth against a Sycamore team they drubbed in Carbondale and narrowly lost to in Terre Haute.

NEC Semifinals

Both games on MSG+2/FCS Atlantic

No. 4 Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers (14-16, 10-7) at No. 2 Wagner Seahawks (19-11, 13-4), 12 p.m.
No. 6 St. Francis, Pa. Red Flash (10-20, 8-9) at No. 1 Robert Morris Colonials (20-13, 15-2), 2 p.m.

The home teams should prevail in both games this afternoon, as the Colonials swept the Red Flash and the Seahawks won their home game against the Mountaineers, though only by five.

Patriot League Semifinals

Both games on CBS SN

No. 5 Army Black Knights (15-15, 11-8) at No. 1 Boston U. Terriers (23-9, 16-3), 3:30 p.m.
No. 3 Holy Cross Crusaders (19-12, 13-6) vs. No. 2 American U. Eagles (18-12, 14-5), 5:30 p.m.

While the Terriers swept the Black Knights, both games were extremely competitive, with BU winning by five after OT in Boston and by just one in West Point. Meanwhile, the Eagles swept the Crusaders, but both wins came before AU's recent 3-5 swoon.

Horizon League Semifinals

No. 3 Wright State Raiders (19-13, 11-6) vs. No. 2 Cleveland State Vikings (21-10, 12-4), 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
No. 5 Milwaukee Panthers (19-13, 8-9) vs. No. 1 Green Bay Phoenix (24-5, 14-2), approx. 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

It's a pair of intrastate battles in Green Bay. First, the Vikings, who have lost just once since January 22nd will look to end the Raiders' five-game winning streak by claiming the rubber match between the pair. The nightcap, meanwhile, is also a surprising season-series decider. The Panthers actually won at the Resch Center -- by 10 -- exactly one month ago.

America East Quarterfinals

All games on ESPN3

No. 8 New Hampshire Wildcats (6-23, 4-12) vs. No. 1 Vermont Catamounts (21-9, 15-1), 12 p.m.
No. 5 UMBC Retrievers (9-20, 5-11) at No. 4 Albany Great Danes (13-14, 9-7), approx. 2:30 p.m.
No. 7 Maine Black Bears (6-22, 4-12) vs. No. 2 Stony Brook Seawolves (21-9, 13-3), 6 p.m.
No. 6 Binghamton Bearcats (7-22, 4-12) vs. No. 3 Hartford Hawks (16-15, 10-6), approx. 8:30 p.m.

Of the four lower seeds, only UMBC managed to beat its opponent this season. In other words, if Sunday's semifinals aren't chalk (or near chalk), it will be a shock.

CAA Quarterfinals

All games on CSN* outlets

No. 8 Hofstra Pride (10-22, 6-11) vs. No. 1 Delaware Blue Hens (22-9, 14-2), 12 p.m. 
No. 5 Northeastern Huskies (10-20, 7-9) vs. No. 4  Drexel Dragons (16-13, 8-8), approx. 2:30 p.m.
No. 7 James Madison Dukes (11-19, 6-10) vs. No. 2 Towson Tigers (22-9, 13-3), 6 p.m. 
No. 6 Charleston Cougars (14-17, 6-10) vs. No. 3 William & Mary Tribe (18-11, 10-6), approx. 8:30 p.m.

Out of these matchups, pay special attention to the second game of the afternoon session, as the Dragons fell by two in Boston a week ago and needed overtime to defeat the Huskies back in January. The nightcap could also be interesting, as the Cougars lost by nine at William & Mary but won by 33 at TD Bank Arena on February 19th.

MAAC Quarterfinals

All games on ESPN3

No. 8 Rider Broncs (14-16, 10-11) vs. No. 1 Iona Gaels (20-9, 17-3), 12 p.m.
No. 5 Siena Saints (15-16, 11-9) vs. No. 4 Canisius Golden Griffins (20-11, 14-6), approx. 2:30 p.m.
No. 7 St. Peter's Peacocks (14-16, 10-11) vs. No. 2 Manhattan Jaspers (22-7, 15-5), 7 p.m.
No. 11 Niagara Purple Eagles (7-25, 4-17) vs. Quinnipiac Bobcats (19-10, 14-6), approx. 9:30 p.m.

The higher seeds will look to keep their perfect 8-0 record against the lower seeds as MAACachusetts rolls on in Springfield.

SoCon Quarterfinals

All games on ESPN3

No. 8 Samford Bulldogs (13-19, 7-10) vs. No. 1 Davidson Wildcats (19-11, 15-1), 12 p.m.
No. 5 Western Carolina Catamounts (17-14, 10-6) vs, No. 4 Elon Phoenix (18-13, 11-5), approx. 2:30 p.m.
No. 7 Georgia Southern Eagles (14-18, 7-10) vs. No. 2 Chattanooga Mocs (18-13, 12-4), 6 p.m.
No. 11 The Citadel Bulldogs (7-25, 3-14) vs. No. 3 Wofford Terriers (17-12, 11-5), approx. 8:30 p.m.

While Davidson and Wofford should be able to make the semifinals, fairly easily. The middle games feature challenges for the higher seeds. Elon split its series with Western Carolina, with each winning at home. Chattanooga lost its lone meeting to Georgia Southern, falling on its own floor.

Summit League Quarterfinals

Both games on Midco SN/FCS Pacific

No. 7 IUPUI Jaguars (6-25, 1-13) vs. No. 2 IPFW Mastodons (22-9. 10-4), 7 p.m.

With only seven teams eligible for the Summit Tournament, North Dakota Stat gets a bye to the semifinals. So, in tonight's lone contest, the Mastodons will attempt to stomp the Jaguars for the third time this season.

WCC Quarterfinals

Afternoon games on BYU TV/The, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness, night games on ESPN2

No. 6 San Diego Toreros (16-15, 7-11) vs. No. 3 San Francisco Dons (20-10, 13-5), 3 p.m.
No. 10 Loyola Marymount Lions (13-18, 5-14) vs. No. 2 BYU Cougars (21-10, 13-5), approx. 5:30 p.m.
No. 9 Santa Clara Broncos (14-18, 7-12) vs. No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs (25-6, 15-3), 9 p.m.
No. 5 Pepperdine Waves (15-15, 8-10) vs. No. 4 St. Mary's Gaels (21-10, 11-7), approx. 11:30 p.m.

In its WCC opener, BYU lost at LMU. While the Committee might not look favorable upon one loss to the Lions, a second would almost certainly doom the Cougars to the NIT. That's probably the biggest storyline among these four games, as the remaining three top-four seeds all swept their opposition for today.

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