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Today's power conference semifinals will have a significant impact on the chase for the four spots on the bracket's top line. Meanwhile, quarterfinal action in Brooklyn, Indianapolis, Nashville, and Orlando threatens to alter the bubble race, as does the first Mountain West semifinal.

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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 Semifinals - Washington, D.C.

ESPN and ACC Network will air both games.

Game 11:  No. 4 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (21-10, 11-7) vs. No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels (26-6, 14-4), 7 p.m.
The Irish won 80-76 on Feb. 6th in South Bend.
Game 12:  No. 3 Miami Hurricanes (25-6, 13-5) vs. No. 2 Virginia Cavaliers (25-6, 13-5), approx. 9:30 p.m.
The pair split their season series with each winning at home.

Tonight's doubleheader in the Nation's Capital will have a major impact on the race for spots on the top two lines, as three contenders are all in action, with two playing a rubber match in the nightcap. Notre Dame could get itself up into the Top 16 with a second consecutive ACC Championship.

Big 12 Semifinals - Kansas City, Mo.

ESPN2 will air both games.

Game 7: No. 5 Baylor Bears (22-10, 10-8) vs. No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks (28-4, 15-3), 7 p.m.
The Jayhawks swept the season series.
Game 8: No. 3 Oklahoma Sooners (25-6, 12-6) vs. No. 2 West Virginia Mountaineers (25-7, 13-5), approx. 9:30 p.m.
The Sooners swept the season series.

With Kansas a virtual lock for a spot on line one, Oklahoma is the team with the most to play for here. With two more wins, the Sooners would be poised to join the Jayhawks. As for the Mountaineers, a two is their ceiling, while Baylor could end up as a protected seed with a league tournament crown.

Big East Semifinals - New York

FS1 will air all both games.

Game 7: No. 4 Providence Friars (23-9, 10-8) vs. No. 1 Villanova Wildcats (28-4, 16-2), 6:30 p.m.
The pair split their season series with each winning on the road.
Game 8: No. 3 Seton Hall Pirates (23-8, 12-6) vs. No. 2 Xavier Musketeers (27-4, 14-4), approx. 9 p.m.
The pair split their season series with each winning at home.

So not only are all the top seed contenders in the ACC and Big 12 in action, but Villanova and Xavier will each play a rubber match in the Big East semifinals. The Musketeers need the win more than the Wildcats, but a Nova loss could spell trouble for the regular season champs thanks to possibilities.

Big Sky Semifinals - Reno, Nev.

Eversport.tv will stream both games.

Game 9: No. 5 North Dakota Fighting Hawks (17-14, 10-8) vs. No. 1 Weber State Wildcats (24-8, 15-3), 8:30 p.m.
The pair split their season series with each winning at home.
Game 10: No. 3 Idaho Vandals (21-11, 12-6) vs. No. 2 Montana Grizzlies (20-10, 14-4), approx. 11 p.m.
The Vandals defeated the Grizzlies 63-58 on Jan. 21st in Missoula.

The top two seeds are on track to meet in the final on Saturday, but each faces a team that's given them trouble during the regular season. Plus, North Dakota seems to be a team on a mission, at least based on how they disposed of Idaho State yesterday afternoon.

Big West SemIfinals - Anaheim

Game 5: No. 4 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (18-12, 11-5) vs. No. 1 Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors (25-5, 13-3), 9:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
The Rainbow Warriors swept the season series.
Game 6: No. 3 Long Beach State 49ers (19-13, 12-4) vs. No. 2 UC Irvine Anteaters (25-8, 13-3), approx. 12 a.m. (ESPNU)
The Anteaters swept the season series.

The Big West didn't need to reseed as the top four teams all won fairly easily. Expect both games to be competitive, even if the top seeds claimed two wins over their respective opponents this season.

C-USA Semifinals - Birmingham

CBSSN will air both games.

Game 10: No. 8 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (18-15, 8-10) vs.  No. 5 Old Dominion Monarchs (21-12, 12-6), 4 p.m.
The Monarchs swept the season series.
Game 11: No. 3 Marshall Thundering Herd (17-15, 12-6) vs. No. 2 Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (22-9, 13-5), approx. 6:30 p.m.
The pair split their season series with each winning at home.

The top-seeded UAB Blazers, playing in their former arena, fell to WKU in Thursday's first quarterfinal, opening up the race considerably. Unfortunately for the Blazers, a lack of quality wins means they're not an at-large threat, so just one of these four teams will represent C-USA next week.

MAC Semifinals - Cleveland

TWCS Ohio/New York and BCSN will air and ESPN3 will stream both games.

Game 9: No. 12 Bowling Green Falcons (16-17, 5-13) vs. No. 1 Akron Zips (25-7, 13-5), 6:30 p.m.
The Zips swept the season series.
Game 10: No. 3 Buffalo Bulls (18-14, 10-8) vs. No. 2 Ohio University Bobcats (21-10, 11-7), approx. 9 p.m.
The Bobcats swept the season series.

The Cinderella Falcons will aim to knock off the top-seeded Zips, who struggled to get past Eastern Michigan in yesterday's opener. A second NCAA trip in a row (and ever) is still in play for Buffalo, who faces one of the MAC's traditional powers in the nightcap.

MEAC Semifinals - Norfolk

ESPN3 will stream both games.

Game 20: No. 5 Savannah State Tigers (16-14, 9-7) vs. No. 1 Hampton Pirates (19-10, 13-3), 6 p.m.
The Pirates defeated the Tigers 75-52 on Jan. 23rd in Hampton.
Game 21: No. 3 South Carolina State Bulldogs (18-13, 12-4) vs. No. 2 Norfolk State Spartans (17-15. 12-4), approx. 8:30 p.m.
The Spartans defeated the Bulldogs 87-74 on Jan. 23rd in Norfolk.

After a day off, the top two seeds return to action at the Scope, and they'll be favored to move on to Saturday's final. The Pirates are looking to repeat.

Mountain West Semifinals - Las Vegas

CBSSN will air both games.

Game 8: No. 5 Nevada Wolf Pack (19-12, 10-8) vs. No. 1 San Diego State Aztecs (25-8, 16-2), 9 p.m.
The Aztecs defeated the Wolf Pack 57-54 on Jan. 26th in Reno.
Game 9: No. 6 Colorado State Rams (18-15, 8-10) vs. No. 2 Fresno State Bulldogs (23-9, 13-5), approx. 11:30 p.m.
The Bulldogs defeated the Rams 87-73 on March 2nd in Fresno.

The top-seeded Aztecs almost dropped down to the bubble, following a close and ill-tempered quarterfinal win over Utah State Aggies. Tonight's game will be another challenge, since they struggled to defeat Nevada in their lone meeting. Colorado State knocked off Boise State to get to tonight, but a win over Fresno State might be a bit much to ask of the Rams.

Pac-12 Semifinals - Las Vegas

Game 9: No. 4 Arizona Wildcats (25-7, 12-6) vs. No. 1 Oregon Ducks (26-6, 14-4), 9 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)
The Ducks defeated the Wildcats 83-75 on Jan. 28th in Tucson.
Game 10: No. 3 California Golden Bears (23-9, 12-6) vs. No. 2 Utah Utes (25-7, 13-5), approx. 11:30 p.m. (FS1)
The pair split their season series with each winning at home.

The top four advanced, with Oregon, Arizona, and Utah tested rigorously in the quarterfinals. The Ducks and Utes have a chance at a two seed by winning two more games, while the Wildcats and Golden Bears might crack the Top 16 if they do the same.

Southland Semifinals - Katy, Texas

ESPN3 will stream both games.

Game 5: No. 4 Houston Baptist Huskies (17-15, 10-8) vs. No. 1 Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (25-5, 18-0), 6 p.m.
The Lumberjacks swept the season series.
Game 6: No. 3 Sam Houston State Bearkats (18-14, 12-6) vs. No. 2 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders (24-6, 15-3), approx. 8:30 p.m.
The Islanders swept the season series.

After taking the first two nights off, the top two in the Southland begin their run to the auto bid tonight. SFA needs just two more wins to complete a perfect conference run and claim the auto bid. Unfortunately, they'll be headed to the NIT with a loss.

SWAC Semifinals - Houston

SWAC.org will stream both games.

Game 7: No. 7 Mississippi Valley Delta Devils (8-26, 6-12) vs. No. 3 Jackson State Tigers (18-14, 12-6), 3:30 p.m.
The Tigers swept the season series.
Game 8: No. 4 Southern Jaguars (20-12, 11-7) vs. No. 1 Texas Southern Tigers (18-13, 16-2), 9:30 p.m.
The pair split their season series with each winning at home.

Down I-10 in Houston, Wednesday's SWAC quarterfinal winners join their lower-seeded counterparts from Thursday. Texas Southern needs two wins to claim its third consecutive bid.

WAC Semifinals - Las Vegas

WAC Sports Network will stream all three games.

Game 4: No. 5 UMKC Kangaroos (12-18, 4-10) vs. No. 1 New Mexico State Aggies (22-9, 13-1), 9 p.m.
The Aggies swept the season series.
Game 5: No. 3 Seattle Redhawks (14-15, 7-7) vs. No. 2 Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners (21-8, 11-3), approx. 11:30 p.m.
The Roadrunners swept the season series.

The top two seeds will be favored to advance to Saturday's final. The Aggies are aiming for their fifth WAC crown in a row, while the Roadrunners have never made the field in their short history in Division I.

American Athletic Quarterfinals - Orlando

Game 3: No. 9 USF Bulls (8-24, 4-14) vs. No. 1 Temple Owls (20-10, 14-4), 12 p.m. (ESPN2)
The Owls swept the season series.
Game 4: No. 5 Connecticut Huskies (21-10, 11-7) vs. No. 4 Cincinnati Bearcats (22-9, 12-6), approx. 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
The Bearcats swept the season series
Game 5: No. 10 Tulane Green Wave (11-21, 3-15) vs. No. 2 Houston Cougars (22-8, 12-6), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
The Cougars swept the season series.
Game 6: No. 6 Memphis Tigers (17-14, 8-10) vs. No. 3 Tulsa Golden Hurricane (20-10, 12-6), approx. 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
The Tigers defeated the Golden Hurricane 92-82 on Feb. 28th in Memphis.

Temple and Tulsa will drop off the board with losses in Orlando, while Connecticut will be in danger with a third loss to the Bearcats. Cincy should be in decent shape with a loss, however. The wild card here is Houston, a potential bid thief as a two seed with no at-large hopes.

Atlantic 10 Quarterfinals - Brooklyn

NBCSN will air all four games.

Game 7: No. 9 Richmond Spiders (16-15, 7-11) vs. No. 1 Dayton Flyers (24-6, 14-4), 12 p.m.
The Flyers defeated the Spiders 85-84 on March 1 in Richmond.
Game 8: No. 13 No. 5 George Washington Colonials (23-9, 11-7) vs. No. 4 Saint Joseph's Hawks (24-7, 13-5), approx. 2:30 p.m.
The Hawks defeated the Colonials 84-66 on Feb. 10th in Washington, D.C.
Game 9: No. 10 UMass Minutemen (14-17, 6-12) vs. No. 2 VCU Rams (22-9, 14-4), 6:30 p.m.
The Minutemen defeated the Rams 69-63 on Feb. 11th in Amherst.
Game 10: No. 6 Davidson Wildcats (19-11, 10-8) vs. No. 3 St. Bonaventure Bonnies (22-7, 14-4), approx. 9 p.m.
The Bonnies defeated the Wildcats 97-85 on Jan. 2nd in Olean.

Game two is a potential elimination game, as the Hawks' profile isn't all that great, if we're being honest. VCU could also find itself in trouble with a second loss to a poor UMass squad. The Rams and Bonnies could earn themselves breathing room with wins today, and if results elsewhere break their way (like Florida and Michigan losing), a potential semifinal matchup might not be as important as forecast earlier in the week.

Big Ten Quarterfinals - Indianapolis

Game 7: No. 8 Michigan Wolverines (21-11, 10-8) vs. No. 1 Indiana Hoosiers (25-6, 15-3), 12 p.m. (ESPN)
The Hoosiers defeated the Wolverines 80-67 on Jan. 30th in Ann Arbor.
Game 8: No. 12 Illinois Fighting Illini (15-18, 5-13) vs. No. 4 Purdue Boilermakers (24-7, 12-6), approx. 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
The Illini defeated the Boilermakers 84-70 on Jan. 10th in Champaign.
Game 9: No. 7 Ohio State Buckeyes (20-12, 11-7) vs. No. 2 Michigan State Spartans (26-5, 13-5), 6:30 p.m. (BTN)
The Spartans swept the season series.
Game 10: No. 11 Nebraska Cornhuskers (16-17, 6-12) vs. No. 3 Maryland Terrapins (24-7, 12-6), approx. 9 p.m. (BTN)
The Terrapins defeated the Cornhuskers 70-65 on Feb. 3rd in Lincoln.

Michigan and Ohio State need wins to stay in the bid picture, and given how the Hoosiers and Spartans dominated them in their respective meetings, I wouldn't count on changes. Michigan State is in the thick of the one seed hunt, while the three other squads entering after a bye to this round are all in play for a protected seed. Illinois and Nebraska would love to play spoiler both in the league and nationally, however.

SEC Quarterfinals - Nashville

SEC Network will air all four games.

Game 6: No. 8 Florida Gators (19-13, 9-9) vs. No. 1 Texas A&M Aggies (24-7, 13-5), 1 p.m.
The Aggies defeated the Gators 71-68 on Jan. 12th in College Station.
Game 7: No. 12 Tennessee Volunteers (15-18, 6-12) vs. No. 4 LSU Tigers (18-13, 11-7), approx. 3:30 p.m.
The Volunteers defeated the Tigers 81-65 on Feb. 20th in Knoxville.
Game 8: No. 10 Alabama Crimson Tide (18-13, 8-10) vs. No. 2 Kentucky Wildcats (23-8, 13-5), 7 p.m.
The Wildcats swept the season series.
Game 9: No. 6 Georgia Bulldogs (18-12, 10-8) vs. No. 3 South Carolina Gamecocks (24-7, 11-7), approx. 9:30 p.m.
The Bulldogs swept the season series.

Florida can get its NCAA hopes back on track with a win over the Aggies, though center John Egbunu's effectiveness will be limited due to a thumb injury. If Alabama can solve Kentucky and Georgia can hand South Carolina a third loss in their series, the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs can get themselves back in the picture. As for the second game of the afternoon, the Vols and Bayou Bengals must each win the auto bid to reach the field.

Sun Belt Quarterfinals - New Orleans

ESPN3 will stream both games.

Game 3: No. 8 South Alabama Jaguars (14-18, 8-12) vs. No. 4 UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns (16-13, 12-8), 6 p.m.
The pair split their season series with each winning at home.
Game 4: No. 7 Texas State Bobcats (15-15, 8-12) vs. No. 3 UT Arlington Mavericks (22-9,. 13-7)
, approx. 8:30 p.m.
The Mavericks swept the season series.

Texas State knocked out defending champion Georgia State last night and will look to derail a Mavericks team that hasn't been the same since Kevin Hervey tore his ACL. Shawn Long and the Cajuns, on the other hand, will look to move one step closer to a second bid in three seasons. Note that the top two seeds, Little Rock and ULM, take the floor for the first time on Saturday.

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