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NCAA, NIT, CIT Viewing Guide For Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The First Four tips off tonight, while the NIT field will be reduced to 25.

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If you’re only able to listen today, check out TuneIn’s college basketball lineup.

All times are Eastern, adjust accordingly.

If you need something to listen to before games start, I joined Andy Bottoms and Dave Ommen for the final edition of the Bracketology.FM podcast of 2017. In it, we critiqued the Selection Committee and made some upset and Final Four picks.

Now to tonight’s games...

NCAA First Four

TruTV will air both games. You can also stream them on NCAA March Madness Live.

No. 16 Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers (19-15) vs. No. 16 New Orleans Privateers (20-11), 6:40 p.m.
Winner advances to face East No. 1 Villanova in Buffalo on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Neither of these teams is particularly offensively gifted, so don’t expect a pretty contest to start the night in Dayton. The Southland champs could be in real trouble if they don’t take care of the ball.

No. 11 Kansas State Wildcats (20-13) vs. No. 11 Wake Forest Demon Deacons (19-13), approx. 9:10 p.m.
Winner advances to face South No. 6 Cincinnati in Sacramento on Thursday at 7:15 p.m.

Tonight’s winner faces a long journey west to take on Cincinnati, another Committee misstep, in my opinion. The Wildcats’ defense (27th in KenPom) will have to stop the Deacons’ offense (8th) in order to move on to a likely rock fight.

NIT First Round

Syracuse Region

No. 5 Ole Miss Rebels (20-13) at No. 4 Monmouth Hawks (27-6), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
No. 3 Indiana Hoosiers (18-15) at No. 6 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (17-15), 9 p.m. (ESPN)

The UNC Greensboro Spartans’ long-awaited trip to Syracuse was delayed to Wednesday night due to weather, so we’re down to seven NIT games tonight. Curiously, Indiana is going on the road as a higher seeded team thanks to the administration’s decision to not play a home game during Spring Break. Usually, power conference teams only hit the road due to arena renovations.

Illinois State Region

No. 7 Valparaiso Crusaders (24-8) at No. 2 Illinois Fighting Illini (18-14), 7 p.m. (ESPN)
No. 6 Boise State Broncos (19-11) at No. 3 Utah Utes (20-11), 10 p.m. (ESPNU)

The Illini, with an interim coach, host a Valpo team that’s ecstatic to be in the field, while the Utes host the team that basically replaced them in the Mountain West.

Iowa Region

No. 7 Oakland Golden Grizzlies (24-8) at No. 2 Clemson Tigers (17-15), 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
No. 6 Richmond Spiders (20-12) at No. 3 Alabama Crimson Tide (19-14), 9:15 p.m. (ESPN2)

With a pair of wins, the two CFB National Championship participants will meet in the NIT’s Round of 16.

Cal Region

No. 5 College of Charleston Cougars (25-9) at No. 4 Colorado State Rams (23-11), 9 p.m. (ESPN3)
No. 8 Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners (22-9) at No. 1 California Golden Bears (21-12), 11:15 p.m. (ESPN2)

Cal and Colorado State will look to get over their weekend disappointments, an NCAA snub and Mountain West final loss, by knocking off their visiting opposition. Tournament First Round

All three games will be streamed on Facebook Live.

Houston Baptist Huskies (17-13) at Campbell Fighting Camels (17-17), 7 p.m.
St. Francis (Pa.) Red Flash (16-16) at Jacksonville Dolphins (17-15), 7 p.m.
Canisius Golden Griffins (18-15) at Samford Bulldogs (19-15), 7:30 p.m.

And if those 10 games aren’t enough, there are a trio of tourney games streaming too. Remember that this event doesn’t have a set bracket and with only 26 teams involved, byes to the quarterfinals are in play.

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