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On The Menu: Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Four, count 'em, four tournament bids will go out tonight, with the West Coast Conference final in Las Vegas having the most bubble impact. The ACC is the first of the major conferences to tip off its postseason event this afternoon, with one of the two games having a potential effect on the national picture.

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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.

Horizon League Championship

Game 9: No. 4 Green Bay Phoenix (22-12, 11-7) vs. No. 3 Wright State Raiders (22-12, 13-5), 7 p.m. (ESPN)
The pair split their season series with each winning at home.

After a Saturday and Sunday full of chalk, the Raiders and Phoenix broke out the erasers on Monday night. First, Green Bay knocked regular season champ Valparaiso Crusaders to the bubble after an overtime thriller. Then, Wright State defeated Kay Felder and Oakland Golden Grizzlies for the first time this season to book their own finals place.

The Raiders made their last tournament appearance in 2007, while the Phoenix haven't been since 1996.

NEC Championship

Game 7: No. 2 Fairleigh Dickinson Knights (17-14, 11-7) at No. 1 Wagner Seahawks (22-9, 13-5), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
The pair split their season series with each winning on the road.

Both teams haven't been to the NCAAs in more than a decade—the Knights made their fourth trip in 2005, while the Seahawks lone appearance came in 2003. The winner, particularly if it's FDU, could end up in Dayton, though with the way this conference tournament season is going that can change.

Summit League Championship

Game 7 No. 5 North Dakota State Bison (20-12, 8-8) vs. No. 2 South Dakota State Jackrabbits (25-7, 12-4), 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
The pair split their season series with each winning at home.

For the second year in a row, the Badlands rivals meet for a bid, as the second-seeded Bison topped the top-seeded Jackrabbits in 2015. These rivals have accounted for the Summit's last four NCAA appearances, with the Bison going in the last two seasons (winning a game over Oklahoma Sooners in 2014) and the Jackrabbits repping the league in the two seasons prior.

The Jackrabbits have been playing with fire so far, defeating Oral Roberts Golden Eagles and Denver Pioneers by a total of four points in Sioux Falls. The Bison, meanwhile, handled IUPUI Jaguars by 15 in their quarterfinal before stealing a win from top-seeded IPFW Mastodons last night by a 69-68 score.

WCC Championship

Game 8: No. 2 Gonzaga Bulldogs (25-7, 15-3) vs. No. 1 Saint Mary's Gaels (27-4, 15-3), 9 p.m. (ESPN)
The Gaels swept the season series.

With a win, the Bulldogs long run of NCAA appearances, dating back to 1999, continues. The Gaels are already likely make their first trip since 2013, even if I don't think their results match up all that well with their computer numbers. If the Zags lose, don't expect the WCC's four-year run as at least a two-bid league to continue.

ACC First Round

ESPN2 and the ACC Network will air both games.

Game 1: No. 13 Wake Forest Demon Deacons (11-19, 2-16) vs. No. 12 North Carolina State Wolfpack (15-16, 5-13), 12 p.m.
The pair split their season series with each winning at home.
Game 2: No. 14 Boston College Eagles (7-24, 0-18) vs. No. 11 Florida State Seminoles (18-12, 8-10), approx. 2:30 p.m.
The Seminoles defeated the Eagles in Chestnut Hill 72-62 on January 26th.

The second game is worth watching only because a Seminole loss to the horrendous Eagles would end their at-large hopes.

Big Sky First Round will stream all four games.

Game 1: No. 9 Northern Colorado Bears (10-20, 7-11) vs. No. 8 Portland State Vikings (12-17, 8-10), 3 p.m.
The Bears defeated the Vikings 89-86 in Greeley on February 27th.
Game 2: No. 12 Southern Utah Thunderbirds (6-23, 3-15) vs. No. 5 North Dakota Fighting Hawks (15-14, 10-8), approx. 5:30 p.m.
The Fighting Hawks defeated the Thunderbirds 88-72 in Cedar City on January 23rd.
Game 3: No. 10 Sacramento State Hornets (13-16, 6-12) vs. No. 7 Montana State Bobcats (14-16, 9-9), 8:30 p.m.
The Bobcats swept the season series.
Game 4: No. 11 Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (5-24, 3-15) vs. No. 6 Eastern Washington Eagles (16-14, 10-8), approx. 11 p.m.
The Eagles swept the season series.

After a few seasons of inviting only the top seven or eight teams and playing on campus, the Big Sky has used the Idaho Vandals 's arrival to expand the field to all 12 teams, and in a somewhat unrelated move, to move to a neutral site, Reno. Today, the bottom eight teams, including 2015 NCAA rep Eastern Washington, take the floor.

C-USA First Round

Game 1: No. 13 UTSA Roadrunners (5-26, 3-15) vs. No. 12 FAU Owls (7-24, 5-13), 5 p.m. (ASN/CST)
The Owls swept the season series.

I don't have much to say about this one, so check out our UTEP blog's Conference USA Tournament Preview.

MEAC First Round, Night Two

ESPN3 will stream both games.

Game 8: No. 9 Morgan State Bears (8-21, 6-10) vs. No. 8 UMES Hawks (10-21, 7-9), approx. 6 p.m.
The Hawks swept the season series.
Game 9: No 10 Howard Bison (12-19, 6-10) vs. No. 7 North Carolina Central Eagles (12-18, 7-9), approx. 8:30 p.m.
The Bison defeated the Eagles 71-69 in Durham on December 7th.

Tonight's two winners move on to take on the top two seeds on Wednesday, the first night of the quarterfinal round.

SWAC First Round will stream both games.

Game 1: No. 10 Grambling State Tigers (6-23, 4-14) vs. No. 7 Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils (6-26, 6-12), 3:30 p.m.
The Delta Devils swept the season series.
Game 2: No. 9 UAPB Golden Lions (8-24, 6-12) vs. No. 8 Alabama A&M Bulldogs (10-17, 6-12), 9:30 p.m.
The Bulldogs swept the season series.

Like the MEAC, the SWAC Tournament is a series of doubleheaders designed to protect the top two seeds. So, today's two winners will advance to the first set of quarterfinals on Wednesday.

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