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College Hoops Viewing Guide For March 2, 2017

It’s not a great night of action from a power conference perspective, but there’s plenty of tournament action to compensate for this.

NCAA Basketball: Southern Methodist at Connecticut David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

This list of games is not exhaustive by design. For a full schedule and more specific information about coverage—particularly for ACC RSN, ASN, CSN, and FSN games—visit Matt’s College Sports on TV Website.

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

All times are Eastern, adjust accordingly.

Overview

in order of bracket importance

Early Evening Tips

Houston at Cincinnati, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Tulsa at SMU, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
Nebraska at Minnesota, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
UCF at USF, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Sacramento State at North Dakota, 8 p.m. (FS North Plus/FCS Pacific)

Late Evening Tips

Iowa at Wisconsin, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
California at Utah, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
Hawaii at UC Davis, 10 p.m. (BigWest.tv)
Alcorn State at Texas Southern, 8:30 p.m. (Texas Southern on YouTube)
Stanford at Colorado, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Tulane at Memphis, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

American Athletic

Houston Cougars (20-8, 11-5) at No. 18 Cincinnati Bearcats (25-4, 14-2), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
UCF Knights (19-10, 10-7) at USF Bulls (7-20, 1-15), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Tulsa Golden Hurricane (14-14, 8-8) at No. 14 SMU Mustangs (25-4, 15-1), 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
Tulane Green Wave (5-23, 2-14) at Memphis Tigers (18-11, 8-8), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

With a win and a Cincinnati loss (in the Bearcats’ final game at Fifth Third Arena before renovations), SMU can clinch the top seed in next week’s AAC Tournament. And thanks to UConn’s loss at East Carolina last night, the door is open for Tulsa and Memphis to take the final bye, the five seed, in that event. Of course, Houston can help its bubble case tremendously by winning at Cincy.

Big Ten

Nebraska Cornhuskers (12-16, 6-10) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (22-7, 10-6), 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Iowa Hawkeyes (16-13, 8-8) at No. 22 Wisconsin Badgers (22-7, 11-5), 9 p.m. (ESPN)

The Golden Gophers and Badgers meet in Madison on Sunday. Minnesota’s looking for its eighth straight win, while Wisconsin has dropped two in a row and four of five. Iowa could get itself an at-large look with a road win tonight, as the Hawkeyes’ profile would be comparable to those of Illinois, Georgia Tech, and Georgia.

Pac-12

Stanford Cardinal (14-14, 6-10) at Colorado Buffaloes (16-13, 6-10), 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
California Golden Bears (19-9, 10-6) at Utah Utes (18-10, 9-7), 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

The Pac-12 game of the night is in Salt Lake City, where the Golden Bears need to top the Utes to earn a season sweep and remain in the at-large hunt. Cal needed two OTs to beat Utah by a single bucket in Berkeley though.

Elsewhere

Sacramento State Hornets (11-16, 8-8 Big Sky) at North Dakota Fighting Hawks (18-8, 13-3), 8 p.m. (FS North Plus/FCS Pacific)
Alcorn State Braves (16-11, 13-3 SWAC) at Texas Southern Tigers (18-11, 14-2), 8:30 p.m. (Texas Southern on YouTube)

The Fighting Hawks can move one step closer to clinching the Big Sky regular season crown, as they lead Eastern Washington by a game with two to play. It’s a similar story in the SWAC, though Alcorn State is ineligible for the NCAAs/NIT, so a surprise regular season title is the best they can hope for.

Atlantic Sun Semifinals

ESPN3 will stream both games.

No. 5 Kennesaw State Fighting Owls (14-17, 7-7) at No. 1 Fla Gulf Coast Eagles (24-7, 12-2), 7 p.m.
The Eagles swept the season series.
No. 3 North Florida Ospreys (14-18, 8-6) at No. 2 Lipscomb Bisons (20-12, 11-3), 8 p.m. (ESPN3)
The Ospreys swept the season series.

Our first tournament final of 2017 will be set at around 10 p.m. Eastern, with an all-Florida showdown a possibility thanks to UNF’s regular season success against Lipscomb. Both the Bisons and Owls are still alive in their quest for a first-ever NCAA bid.

Big South Quarterfinals

ESPN3 will stream all four games.

Game 3: No. 7 Campbell Fighting Camels (15-16, 7-11) vs. No. 2 UNC Asheville Bulldogs (23-8, 15-3), 1 p.m.
The Bulldogs swept the season series.
Game 4: No. 6 Radford Highlanders (13-17, 8-10) vs. No. 3 Liberty Flames (19-12, 14-4), approx. 3:30 p.m.
The Flames swept the season series.
Game 5: No. 8 Charleston Southern Buccaneers (12-18, 7-11) at No. 1 Winthrop Eagles (23-6, 15-3), 7 p.m.
The Eagles swept the season series.
Game 6: No. 5 High Point Panthers (15-15, 9-9) vs. No. 4 Gardner-Webb Bulldogs (18-13, 11-7), approx. 9:30 p.m.
The pair split their season series with each team winning on the road.

After a pair of opening round games hosted by the seven and eight seeds, Big South action shifts to Rock Hill, S.C. for the quarterfinals and semifinals. The top three seeds are likely to cruise into tomorrow’s games, while the 4/5 matchup is a tossup between the only two squads left in the field that have never reached the NCAAs.

OVC Quarterfinals

OVC Digital Network will stream both games.

Game 3: No. 5 Southeast Missouri Redhawks (15-17, 9-7) vs. No. 4 Jacksonville State Gamecocks (17-14, 9-7), 7:30 p.m.
The Gamecocks defeated the Redhawks 74-62 on February 1st in Jacksonville, Ala..
Game 4: No. 7 Murray State Racers (15-16, 8-8) vs. No. 3 Morehead State Eagles (14-15, 10-6), approx. 10 p.m.
The Eagles defeated the Racers 101-100 (OT) on February 8th in Morehead, Ky.

Expect madness in Nashville, as both the Redhawks and Racers needed overtime to advance to day two. JSU is the only one of the four teams in action tonight that’s looking for its first tourney bid.

Patriot League Quarterfinals

Patriot League Network will stream all four games.

Game 3: No. 8 Army Black Knights (13-18, 6-12) at No. 1 Bucknell Bison (23-8, 15-3), 7 p.m.
The Bison swept the season series.
Game 4: No. 5 Holy Cross Crusaders (15-16, 9-9) at No. 4 Navy Midshipmen (15-15, 10-8), 7 p.m.
The pair split their season series with each winning at home.
Game 5: No. 7 Loyola (Md.) Greyhounds (15-15, 8-10) at No. 2 Boston University Terriers (17-13, 12-6), 7 p.m.
The pair split their season series with each winning at home.
Game 6: No. 6 Colgate Raiders (10-21, 8-10) at No. 3 Lehigh Mountain Hawks (18-11, 12-6), 7 p.m.
The Mountain Hawks swept the season series.

Tonight’s four winners advance to Sunday’s semifinals. Eighth-seeded Army, arguably the team with the biggest challenge this evening, is the lone Patriot League squad (and one of the five original D1 members) that’s never reached the NCAAs.

MAAC First Round

ESPN3 will stream all three games.

Game 1: No. 9 Niagara Purple Eagles (9-22, 6-14) vs. No. 8 Quinnipiac Bobcats (10-20, 7-13), 5 p.m.
The Bobcats swept the season series.
Game 2: No. 10 Marist Red Foxes (8-23, 5-15) vs. No. 7 Canisius Golden Griffins (17-14, 10-10), approx. 7:30 p.m.
The pair split their season series with each winning at home.
Game 3: No. 11 Manhattan Jaspers (10-21, 5-15) vs. No. 6 Rider Broncs (17-14, 10-10), approx. 10 p.m.
The pair split their season series with each winning at home.

Thanks to the MAAC’s split-quarterfinal format, the winners of games 1 and 2 in Albany will have to play again tomorrow night against the top two seeds (Monmouth and Saint Peter’s), while the Rider-Manhattan victor gets to sit until Saturday. Quinnipiac is the lone MAAC member without an NCAA appearance.

MVC First Round

MVC TV, FS Midwest, CSN Chicago, and ESPN3 will air both games.

Game 1: No. 9 Indiana State Sycamores (11-19, 5-13) vs. No. 8 Evansville Purple Aces (15-16, 6-12), 7 p.m.
The pair split their season series with each winning at home.
Game 2: No. 10 Drake Bulldogs (7-23, 5-13) vs. No. 7 Bradley Braves (12-19, 7-11), approx. 9:30 p.m.
The Braves swept the season series.

All 10 MVC members have reached the NCAAs, though it’s been a while for Evansville, Illinois State, Loyola, and Missouri State. Don’t expect any of these four to make it, however. The two winners must next face the two teams that ran away with the conference’s regular season crown — the Redbirds and Wichita State — in Friday’s quarterfinals in St. Louis.

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