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On The Menu: Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Welcome to March! The first night of the best month of the year features a potential Big Ten title clincher, a pair of crucial games in the SEC race, and the first conference tournament games of the season.

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Game information courtesy Matt College Sports on TV Website, which has even more games listed and more specific info on coverage for regional sports networks and American Sports Network telecasts.

All times listed are Eastern, adjust accordingly.

ACC

No. 4 Virginia Cavaliers (22-6, 11-5) at Clemson Tigers (16-12, 9-7), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (17-12, 7-9) at No. 11 Louisville Cardinals (22-7, 11-5), 8 p.m. (ACC Network Regional/ESPN3)
Wake Forest Demon Deacons (11-18, 2-15) at No. 17 Duke Blue Devils (21-8, 10-6), 8 p.m. (ACC Network Regional/ESPN3)

The most intriguing game of the three takes place in Louisville where the visiting Yellow Jackets will look to show that their late surge might actually result in an NCAA berth. However, the Cardinals defeated Tech in Atlanta in their earlier meeting, by a 75-71 score.

Virginia must be careful in visiting Greenville, where the Tigers have been rather good this season, even if they've fallen out of the NCAA hunt.

Big 12

No. 19 Baylor Bears (21-8, 10-6) at No. 6 Oklahoma Sooners (22-6, 10-6), 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

The winner will be in the driver's seat for the three seed in the Big 12 Tournament, while Oklahoma needs a win to stay in the hunt for a top seed. Note that Sooners won the first meeting 82-72 on January 23rd in Waco.

Big East

DePaul Blue Demons (9-19, 3-13) at No. 3 Villanova Wildcats (25-4, 14-2), 7 p.m. (FS1)
Georgetown Hoyas (14-15, 7-9) at Marquette Golden Eagles (18-11, 7-9), 9 p.m. (FS1)

Nova blasted DePaul by an 86-59 score in Rosemont on February 9th, expect something similar to happen back in Philadelphia, particularly with the Wildcats looking for a top seed. Meanwhile, the Golden Eagles are still on the fringes of the bubble conversation, but that won't remain the case if Georgetown sweeps them. The Hoyas won their home game in the series 80-70 way back on January 2nd.

Big Ten

No. 15 Purdue Boilermakers (22-7, 10-6) at Nebraska Cornhuskers (14-15, 6-10), 8 p.m. (BTN)
No. 12 Indiana Hoosiers (23-6, 13-3) at No. 16 Iowa Hawkeyes (20-8, 11-5), 9 p.m. (ESPN)

It's a rare night of rematches in the Big Ten, with sole possession of the conference title on the line in Iowa City. If the Hoosiers win, they'll secure the top seed in Indianapolis, as they'll be two losses up on everyone with just a single game to play. Since the Hawkeyes' 1-5 skid began with an 85-78 loss in Bloomington on February 11th, they would love to prolong the party for a few more days. In the early game, Purdue is also going for a season sweep, as the Boilermakers topped the Huskers by 15 in West Lafayette on January 30th.

SEC

No. 22 Kentucky Wildcats (21-8, 11-5) at Florida Gators (17-12, 8-8), 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Tennessee Volunteers (13-16, 6-10) at Vanderbilt Commodores (18-11, 10-6), 7 p.m. (SEC Network)
No. 20 Texas A&M Aggies (22-7, 11-5) at Auburn Tigers (11-17, 5-11), 9 p.m. (SEC Network)
Missouri Tigers (10-19, 3-13) at LSU Tigers (17-12, 10-6), 9 p.m. (SEC Network)

The Gators desperately need a quality win, particularly coming off three consecutive losses. However, the Wildcats ran right by Florida in their meeting at Rupp Arena on February 6th. And Alex Poythress didn't play for UK on that afternoon.

Elsewhere, the Commodores will look to avenge an earlier loss in Knoxville, which should be an easy task if Kevin Punter is still out for the Vols; the Aggies must avoid a potential trap game at Auburn, especially if they want to stay at the top of the league; and LSU cannot afford a home loss to Mizzou, even if the Bayou Bengals' NCAA hopes are practically auto bid or nothing.

Atlantic 10

Dayton Flyers (22-6, 12-4) at Richmond Spiders (15-13, 7-9), 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
George Mason Patriots (10-19, 4-12) at George Washington Colonials (21-8, 10-6), 8 p.m. (ASN)

Dayton's last road game of the season is an opportunity for the Flyers to get out of a funk that's seen them lose three of four, the culmination of a struggle that's lasted a half-dozen games. GW is still very much in the hunt, even if they're going to have to win a couple of games in Brooklyn to reach the field. The Colonials narrowly won in Fairfax on January 31st, 76-70.

Conference Tournaments

For full information on this year's conference tournaments, visit Conference Tournament Central.

Atlantic Sun Quarterfinals

All four games are streaming on ESPN3.

Game 1: No. 8 USC Upstate Spartans (10-21, 4-10) at No. 1 North Florida Ospreys (21-10, 10-4), 7:30 p.m.
The Ospreys swept the season series.
Game 2: No. 5 Kennesaw State Fighting Owls (11-19, 7-7) at No. 4 Florida Gulf Coast Eagles (17-13, 8-6), 7:05 p.m.
The Eagles swept the season series.
Game 3: No. 6 Lipscomb Bisons (11-20, 7-7) at No. 3 Jacksonville Dolphins (16-15, 8-6), 7 p.m.
The pair split the season series with the home team winning each game.
Game 4: No. 7 Stetson Hatters (10-21, 4-10) at No. 2 NJIT Highlanders (17-13, 8-6), 7:30 p.m.
The Highlanders swept the season series.

Surprisingly, with as competitive as the Atlantic Sun was all season, each of the three top seeds won both games against their quarterfinal opponents, while the four-five matchup saw a split, naturally.

Patriot League Opening Round

Both games are streaming on Campus Insiders.

Game 1: No. 9 Holy Cross Crusaders (10-19, 5-13) at No. 8 Loyola (Md.) Greyhounds (9-20, 8-10), 7:30 p.m.
The Greyhounds swept the season series.
Game 2: No. 10 Lafayette Leopards (6-23, 3-15) at No. 7 Navy Midshipmen (18-13, 9-9), 7 p.m.
The Midshipmen swept the season series.

Note that the Midshipmen were part of a four-way tie for fourth and drew the short tiebreaker straw to have to play an extra game. It should be a short run for the defending conference tournament champs, the Leopards.

Elsewhere

Ohio Bobcats (19-9, 10-6) at Akron Zips (22-7, 10-5), 8 p.m. (ASN/ESPN3)

The Zips, aiming for the MAC regular season crown, defeated the Bobcats by 12 in Athens on February 2nd.

San Diego State Aztecs (21-8, 14-2) at New Mexico Lobos (16-13, 9-7), 9:30 p.m. (CBSSN)

The Mountain West regular season champs needed OT to beat the Lobos at home back on February 6th.

Grand Canyon Antelopes (24-5, 10-3 WAC) at Saint Mary's Gaels (22-4, 15-3 WCC), 10 p.m. (Campus Insiders)

The Gaels get a chance at a late Top 100 win out of conference, as the 'Lopes are ranked 99th.

Viewing Picks

Early Evening Tips

Kentucky at Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Virginia at Clemson, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Atlantic Sun Quarterfinals, 7 and 7:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
Patriot League First Round, 7 and 7:30 p.m. (Campus Insiders)
Dayton at Richmond, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
Tennessee at Vanderbilt, 7 p.m. (SEC Network)
DePaul at Villanova, 7 p.m. (FS1)

Mid-to-Late Evening Tips

Indiana at Iowa, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Baylor at Oklahoma, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Georgia Tech at Louisville, 8 p.m. (ACC Network Regional/ESPN3)
Ohio at Akron, 8 p.m. (ASN/ESPN3)
Grand Canyon at Saint Mary's, 10 p.m. (Campus Insiders)
Purdue at Nebraska, 8 p.m. (BTN)
Texas A&M at Auburn, 9 p.m. (SEC Network)
San Diego State at New Mexico, 9:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
George Mason at George Washington, 8 p.m. (ASN)
Georgetown at Marquette, 9 p.m. (FS1)
Missouri at LSU, 9 p.m. (SEC Network)
Wake Forest at Duke, 8 p.m. (ACC Network Regional/ESPN3)

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