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On The Menu: Thursday, March 10, 2016

Today is the busiest day of the conference tournament season. I've grouped the matchups by conference alphabetically, starting with quarterfinals, then moving to second rounds, and finally first rounds.

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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.

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

ACC Quarterfinals - Washington, D.C.

ESPN and ACC Network will air all four games.

Game 7: No. 8 Pittsburgh Panthers (21-10, 9-9) vs. No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels (25-6, 14-4), 12 p.m.
The Tar Heels defeated the Panthers 84-64 on Feb. 14 in Chapel Hill.
Game 8: No. 5 Duke Blue Devils (23-9, 11-7) vs. No. 4 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (20-10, 11-7), approx. 2:30 p.m.
The Fighting Irish defeated the Blue Devils 95-91 on Jan. 16 in Durham.
Game 9: No. 7 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (19-13, 10-8) vs. No. 2 Virginia Cavaliers (24-6, 13-5), 7 p.m.
The Yellow Jackets defeated the Cavaliers 68-64 on Jan. 9th in Atlanta.
Game 10: No. 6 Virginia Tech Hokies (19-13, 10-8) vs. No. 3 Miami Hurricanes (24-6, 13-5), approx. 9:30 p.m.
The pair split their season series with each winning at home, including the Hokies' 77-62 win on Saturday.

Yesterday, Pitt got itself in better position by defeating Syracuse for the third time, but knocking off the Tar Heels should assure them of an at-large. Notre Dame's path to a second consecutive ACC crown starts with a Duke team that got all that it wanted and more from North Carolina State in Wednesday's second game. Both teams would likely earn a protected seed with tourney title.

Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech can keep their at-large hopes alive by defeating Virginia and Miami; however, losses for either of those squads at this stage would likely end their dreams of a spot on the top line.

Big 12 Quarterfinals - Kansas City, Mo.

Game 3: No. 5 Baylor Bears (21-10, 10-8) vs. No. 4 Texas Longhorns (20-11, 11-7), 12:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
The pair split their season series with each winning on the road.
Game 4: No. 8 Kansas State Wildcats (17-15, 5-13) vs. No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks (27-4, 15-3), approx. 3 p.m. (ESPN2)
The Jayhawks swept the season series.
Game 5: No. 10 TCU Horned Frogs (12-20, 2-16) vs. No. 2 West Virginia Mountaineers (24-7, 13-5), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
The Mountaineers swept the season series.
Game 6: No. 6 Iowa State Cyclones (21-10, 10-8) vs. No. 3 Oklahoma Sooners (24-6, 12-6), approx. 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
The pair split their season series with each winning at home.

With only K-State and TCU needing the auto bid to reach the NCAAs, seeding is largely at stake this week in Kansas City. While Kansas is likely locked into a spot on the top line, Oklahoma can get there too by winning three games in three days. Baylor, Texas, and Iowa State all have the chance to finish in the Top 16, though the Bears likely need the trophy to get there. West Virginia, currently on the three line, will likely end up as a two with a trio of victories.

Big East Quarterfinals - New York

FS1 will air all four games.

Game 3: No. 8 Georgetown Hoyas (15-17, 7-11) vs. No. 1 Villanova Wildcats (27-4, 16-2), 12 p.m.
The Wildcats swept the season series.
Game 4: No. 5 Butler Bulldogs (21-9, 10-8) vs. No. 4 Providence Friars (22-9, 10-8), approx. 2:30 p.m.
The Friars swept the season series, which ended on January 19th.
Game 5: No. 7 Marquette Golden Eagles (20-12, 8-10) vs. No. 2 Xavier Musketeers (26-4, 14-4), 7 p.m.
The Musketeers swept the season series.
Game 6: No. 6 Creighton Bluejays (18-13, 9-9) vs. No. 3 Seton Hall Pirates (22-8, 12-6), approx. 9:30 p.m.
The pair split their season series with each winning on the road.

Nova and Xavier, both with varying chances for a top seed, are expected to roll to the semifinals. Providence and Butler are likely in the field, but the winner should have an edge in seeding, as both have mediocre profiles. Seton Hall is rising, but that will stop if Creighton wins their rubber match, which the Bluejays will have to do to have any hope of making the field.

Big Sky Quarterfinals - Reno, Nev.

Eversport.tv will stream all four games.

Game 5: No. 8 Portland State Vikings (13-17, 8-10) vs. No. 1 Weber State Wildcats (23-8, 15-3), 3 p.m.
The Wildcats swept the season series.
Game 6: No. 5 North Dakota Fighting Hawks (16-14, 10-8) vs. No. 4 Idaho State Bengals (16-14, 11-7), approx. 5:30 p.m.
The Fighting Hawks swept the season series.
Game 7: No. 10 Sacramento State Hornets (14-16, 6-12) vs. No. 2 Montana Grizzlies (19-10, 14-4), 8:30 p.m.
The pair split their season series with each winning at home.
Game 8: No. 6 Eastern Washington Eagles (17-14, 10-8) vs. No. 3 Idaho Vandals (20-11, 12-6), approx. 11 p.m.
The pair split their season series with each winning at home.

After taking Wednesday off, the Big Sky resumes play with Tuesday's four winners joining the top four seeds. Three of the four higher-seeded teams in action in the first round moved on to this pair of doubleheaders.

Big West Quarterfinals - Anaheim

FS Prime Ticket will air all four games.

Game 1: No. 5 UC Davis Aggies (11-18, 6-10) vs. No. 4 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (17-12, 11-5), 3 p.m.
The Gauchos swept the season series.
Game 2: No. 8 Cal State Fullerton Titans (10-19, 3-13) vs. No. 1 Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors (24-5, 13-3), approx. 5:30 p.m.
The Rainbow Warriors swept the season series.
Game 3: No. 7 Cal Poly Mustangs (10-19, 4-12) vs. No. 2 UC Irvine Anteaters (24-8, 13-3), 9 p.m.
The Anteaters swept the season series.
Game 4: No. 6 UC Riverside Highlanders (14-18, 5-11) vs. No. 3 Long Beach State 49ers (18-13, 12-4), approx. 11:30 p.m.
The pair split their season series with each winning at home.

Curiously, the two teams playing in game four are the only two to defeat Hawai'i in conference play this season. With the exception of UC Riverside and Long Beach State the higher seeds dominated their opposition during the regular season.

Note that the Big West reseeds its semifinals.

C-USA Quarterfinals - Birmingham

ASN and CST will air all four games.

Game 6: No. 8 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (17-15, 8-10) vs. No. 1 UAB Blazers (26-5, 16-2), 1 p.m.
The pair split their season series with each winning at home.
Game 7: No. 5 Old Dominion Monarchs (20-12, 12-6) vs. No. 4 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (23-8, 12-6), approx. 3:30 p.m.
The Monarchs defeated the Bulldogs 56-55 on Jan. 7th in Ruston.
Game 8: No. 7 Charlotte 49ers (14-18, 9-9) vs. No. 2 Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (21-9, 13-5), 7 p.m.
The Blue Raiders defeated the 49ers 73-72 on Jan. 14th in Charlotte.
Game 9: No. 6 UTEP Miners (19-13, 10-8) vs. No. 3 Marshall Thundering Herd (16-15, 12-6), approx. 9:30 p.m.
The Miners defeated the Thundering Herd 112-108 on Feb. 4th in El Paso.

Wednesday's second round was all chalk, but the lower seeds actually had a fair amount of success against their top-four opponents this season. Note that UAB is looking for its second straight conference tourney title in its own backyard.

MAC Quarterfinals - Cleveland

TWCS Ohio and BCSN will air and ESPN3 will stream all four games.

Game 5: No. 8 Eastern Michigan Eagles (18-14, 9-9) vs. No. 1 Akron Zips (24-7, 13-5), 12 p.m.
The Zips defeated the Eagles 92-88 on Jan. 19th in Akron.
Game 6: No. 12 Bowling Green Falcons (15-17, 5-13) vs. No. 4 Central Michigan Chippewas (17-14, 10-8), approx. 2:30 p.m.
The Chips swept the season series.
Game 7: No. 7 Northern Illinois Huskies (21-11, 9-9) vs. No. 2 Ohio University Bobcats (20-10, 11-7), 6:30 p.m.
The pair split their season series with each winning at home.
Game 8: No. 11 Miami (Ohio) RedHawks (13-19, 3-12) vs. No. 3 Buffalo Bulls (17-14, 10-8), approx. 9 p.m.
The pair split their season series with each winning on the road.

Of the three MAC teams who finished the regular season with losing records, two advanced to Cleveland by winning on the road in Monday's first round. The top three seeds are out of the East Division, while the fourth tied for the West title with a Ball State team that Miami knocked out.

MEAC Quarterfinals, Night Two - Norfolk

ESPN3 will stream both games.

Game 16: No. 11 Coppin State Eagles (9-21, 6-10) vs. No. 3 South Carolina State Bulldogs (17-13, 12-4), 6 p.m.
The Bulldogs defeated the Eagles 88-83 on Feb. 6th in Orangeburg.
Game 17: No. 5 Savannah State Tigers (15-14, 9-7) vs. No. 4 Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (14-7, 10-6), approx. 8:30 p.m.
The Wildcats defeated the Tigers 62-59 on Feb. 2nd in Daytona Beach.

The Hampton Pirates, the regular season champs, will await the Game 17 winner in tomorrow's first semifinal. The Game 16 winner gets the second-seeded Norfolk State Spartans.

Mountain West Quarterfinals - Las Vegas

CBSSN will air all four games.

Game 4: No. 9 Utah State Aggies (16-14, 7-11) vs. No. 1 San Diego State Aztecs (23-8, 16-2), 3 p.m.
The Aztecs swept the season series.
Game 5: No. 5 Nevada Wolf Pack (18-12, 10-8) vs. No. 4 New Mexico Lobos (17-14, 10-8), approx. 5:30 p.m.
The Lobos swept the season series.
Game 6: No. 7 UNLV Runnin' Rebels (18-14, 8-10) vs. No. 2 Fresno State Bulldogs (22-9, 13-5), 9 p.m.
The Bulldogs swept the season series.
Game 7: No. 6 Colorado State Rams (17-15, 8-10) vs. No. 3 Boise State Broncos (20-11, 11-7), approx. 11:30 p.m.
The pair split their season series with each winning at home.

With top seed San Diego State a bubble team with a loss in Las Vegas, fans of similarly placed teams need to pay attention to the game one this afternoon. In the night session, host UNLV actually had to play three OTs to defeat Air Force yesterday, so they might be a bit worn out for the first game of the night session.

Pac-12 Quarterfinals - Las Vegas

Game 5: No. 8 Washington Huskies (18-13, 9-9) vs. No. 1 Oregon Ducks (25-6, 14-4), 3 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)
The Ducks defeated the Huskies 86-73 on Feb. 28th in Eugene.
Game 6: No. 5 Colorado Buffaloes (22-10, 10-8) vs. No. 4 Arizona Wildcats (24-7, 12-6), approx. 5:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)
The Buffaloes defeated the Wildcats 75-72 on Feb. 24th in Boulder.
Game 7: No. 7 USC Trojans (21-11, 9-9) vs. No. 2 Utah Utes (24-7, 13-5), 9 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)
The Utes defeated the Trojans 80-69 on Feb. 21st in Los Angeles.
Game 8: No. 6 Oregon State Beavers (19-11, 9-9) vs. No. 3 California Golden Bears (22-9, 12-6), approx. 11:30 p.m. (FS1)
The pair split their season series with each winning at home.

On the bubble front, Oregon State and, to a lesser extent, Washington need to pull off upsets today. The Beavers need a quality win away from Corvallis, but their task will be difficult s if Tres Trinkle's foot injury continues to keep him off the court. As for the top four seeds, wins are vital for their seeding cases, particularly the Ducks and Utes who might have a chance at a two seed.

Southland Quarterfinals - Katy, Texas

ESPN3 will stream both games.

Game 3: No. 5 Southeastern Louisiana Lions (12-20, 9-9) vs. No. 4 Houston Baptist Huskies (16-15, 10-8), 6 p.m.
The Huskies defeated the Lions 77-58 on Jan. 9th in Houston.
Game 4: No. 7 Nicholls Colonels (11-22, 6-12) vs. No. 3 Sam Houston State Bearkats (17-14, 12-6), approx. 8:30 p.m.
The Bearkats defeated the Colonels 87-76 on Jan. 18th in Huntsville.

While Southeastern Louisiana defeated UNO by 10, the Colonels/Cowboys needed two OTs to advance last night. The top two seeds, a Stephen F. Austin team that ran the table and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, will finally start play in Katy on Friday.

SWAC Quarterfinals, Day Two - Houston

SWAC.org will stream both games.

Game 5: No. 6 Prairie View A&M Panthers (7-23, 7-11) vs. No. 3 Jackson State Tigers (17-14, 12-6), 3:30 p.m.
The Tigers swept the season series.
Game 6: No. 5 Southern Jaguars (19-12, 11-7) vs. No. 4 Alabama State Hornets (14-16, 9-9), 9:30 p.m.
The pair split their season series with each winning at home.

The Alcorn State Braves, ineligible for the NCAAs, fell to seventh-seeded Mississippi Valley State on Wednesday. The Delta Devils will get the Game 6 winner tomorrow night. Top-seeded Texas Southern Tigers, aiming for their third consecutive NCAA appearance will play the Game 5 winner.

WAC Quarterfinals - Las Vegas

WAC Sports Network will stream all three games.

Game 1: No. 5 UMKC Kangaroos (11-18, 4-10) vs. No. 4 Utah Valley Wolverines (12-17, 6-8), 5 p.m.
The Wolverines swept the season series.
Game 2: No. 7 Chicago State Cougars (4-27, 0-14) vs. No. 2 Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners (21-8, 11-3), approx. 7:30 p.m.
The Roadrunners swept the season series.
Game 3: No. 6 UTRGV Vaqueros (8-21, 4-10) vs. No. 3 Seattle Redhawks (13-15, 7-7), approx. 10 p.m.
The pair split their season series with each winning at home.

With the Grand Canyon Antelopes ineligible because of their transition from Division II, the top-seeded New Mexico State Aggies have a bye to tomorrow's semifinals at Orleans Arena.

Atlantic 10 Second Round - Brooklyn

NBCSN will air all four games.

Game 3: No. 9 Richmond Spiders (15-15, 7-11) vs. No. 8 Fordham Rams (17-12, 8-10), 12 p.m.
The Rams swept the season series.
Game 4: No. 13 Saint Louis Billikens (11-20, 5-13) vs. No. 5 George Washington Colonials (22-9, 11-7), approx. 2:30 p.m.
The Billikens defeated the Colonials 65-62 on Jan. 6th in St. Louis.
Game 5: No. 10 UMass Minutemen (13-17, 6-12) vs. No. 7 Rhode Island Rams (17-14, 9-9), 6:30 p.m.
The pair split their season series with each winning at home.
Game 6: No. 14 La Salle Explorers (9-21, 4-14) vs. No. 6 Davidson Wildcats (18-11, 10-8), approx. 9 p.m.
The Wildcats defeated the Explorers 79-66 on Feb. 10 in Davidson.

Last night, the bottom two seeds advanced to second round. Of the eight teams involved today, only GW has at-large hopes, and the Colonials will need more than a win over Saint Louis to improve them.

Big Ten Second Round - Indianapolis

Game 3: No. 9 Northwestern Wildcats (20-11, 8-10) vs. No. 8 Michigan Wolverines (20-11, 10-8), 12 p.m. (BTN)
The Wolverines defeated the Wildcats 72-63 on Feb. 24th in Ann Arbor.
Game 4: No. 12 Illinois Fighting Illini (14-18, 5-13) vs. No. 5 Iowa Hawkeyes (21-9, 11-6), approx. 2:30 p.m. (BTN)
The Hawkeyes defeated the Illini 77-65 on Feb. 7th in Champaign.
Game 5: No. 10 Penn State Nittany Lions (16-15, 7-11) vs. No. 7 Ohio State Buckeyes (19-12, 11-7), 6:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
The Buckeyes defeated the Nittany Lions 66-46 on Jan. 25th in Columbus.
Game 6: No. 11 Nebraska Cornhuskers (15-17, 6-12) vs. No. 6 Wisconsin Badgers (20-11, 12-6), approx. 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
The Badgers defeated the Cornhuskers 72-61 on Feb. 10th in Madison.

If the Wolverines want to make the tournament, they need to defeat someone other than the Wildcats soon. Northwestern is the only team Michigan has defeated in its last five outings. A win for Iowa over Illinois won't help their case for a protected seed, but a win over Purdue on Friday might. Ohio State needs to win the auto bid to make the field at this point, so a win over Penn State is obviously necessary. As for Wisconsin, they're now playing for seeding. So, a win over the Cornhuskers would help keep them in the six range.

SEC Second Round - Nashville

SEC Network will air all four games.

Game 2: No. 9 Arkansas Razorbacks (16-15, 9-9) vs. No. 8 Florida Gators (18-13, 9-9), 1 p.m.
The Gators defeated the Razorbacks 87-83 on Feb. 3rd in Gainesville.
Game 3: No. 12 Tennessee Volunteers (14-18, 6-12) vs. No. 5 Vanderbilt Commodores (19-12, 11-7), approx. 3:30 p.m.
The Commodores swept the season series.
Game 4: No. 10 Alabama Crimson Tide (17-13, 8-10) vs. No. 7 Ole Miss Rebels (20-11, 10-8), 7 p.m.
The Rebels defeated the Crimson Tide 74-66 on Jan. 7th in Oxford.
Game 5: No. 11 Mississippi State Bulldogs (14-16, 7-11) vs. No. 6 Georgia Bulldogs (17-12, 10-8), approx. 9:30 p.m.
Georgia defeated Miss. State 66-57 on Feb. 13th in Starkville.

A Florida to loss to Arkansas would send the Gators to the NIT for sure, while Vandy might join them with a loss to a Tennessee squad that obliterated Auburn last night. The two higher seeds in the night doubleheader, Ole Miss and Georgia, could get themselves considered with multiple wins in Nashville.

American Athletic First Round - Orlando

Game 1: No. 9 USF Bulls (7-24, 4-14) vs. No. 8 East Carolina Pirates (12-19, 4-14), 3:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
The pair split their season series with each winning on the road.
Game 2: No. 10 Tulane Green Wave (10-21, 3-15) vs. No. 7 UCF Knights (12-17, 6-12), approx. 6 p.m. (ESPNEWS)
The Knights swept the season series.

Trust me, you have better things to do.

Sun Belt First Round - New Orleans

ESPN3 will stream both games.

Game 1: No. 8 South Alabama Jaguars (13-18, 8-12) vs. No. 5 Georgia Southern Eagles (14-16, 10-10), 6 p.m.
The Jaguars swept the season series.
Game 2: No. 7 Texas State Bobcats (14-15, 8-12) vs. No. 6 Georgia State Panthers (16-13, 9-11), approx. 8:30 p.m.
The Panthers swept the season series.

Last year's champion and Round of 64 winner, Georgia State, will have to win four games in four days to make a return journey. Seeds three and four jump into the ladder bracket on Friday.

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