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College Hoops Viewing Guide For March 3, 2017

A Big 12 game somehow snuck on to a conference-tournament-heavy lineup.

NCAA Basketball: West Virginia at Iowa State Rachel Mummey-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.

Big 12

No. 24 Iowa State Cyclones (20-9, 12-5) at No. 10 West Virginia Mountaineers (23-7, 11-6), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

Who’s up for a rare Friday night regular-season Top 25 tilt? With a win in Morgantown, the Cyclones can lock up the two seed at next week’s Big 12 Tournament. However, the Mountaineers had little trouble handling ISU in Ames, winning by 13 on January 31st.

Elsewhere

Harvard Crimson (18-7, 10-2 Ivy) at Princeton Tigers (19-6, 12-0) , 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
Cornell Big Red (7-20, 3-9 Ivy) at Yale Bulldogs (15-10, 7-5), 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
Columbia Lions (11-14, 5-7) at Brown Bears (12-16, 3-9), 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
Akron Zips (23-7, 13-4 MAC) at Kent State Golden Flashes (18-12, 10-7), 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

While ESPNU showcases a potential Ivy League Tournament championship preview, the other three games in the Ancient Eight (including Penn’s trip to Dartmouth, which is only on the Ivy League Digital Network ($)) will help determine the other two participants in next weekend’s inaugural event.

In the MAC contest, Akron has already wrapped up the top seed in Cleveland, but the Zips have lost three of their last four. That run started with a 70-67 home loss to the Golden Flashes, who have won five in a row.

For full postseason information and brackets, visit Conference Tournament Central.

Big South Semifinals

ESPN3 will stream both games.

Game 7: No. 7 Campbell Fighting Camels (16-16, 7-11) vs. No. 6 Radford Highlanders (14-17, 8-10), 6 p.m.
The Fighting Camels swept the season series.
Game 8: No. 4 Gardner-Webb Bulldogs (19-13, 11-7) at No. 1 Winthrop Eagles (24-6, 15-3), approx. 8:30 p.m.
The Eagles swept the season series.

The early session in Rock Hill wasn’t kind to the higher seeds, as Chris Clemons went off for 51 to help the Camels eliminate two seed and defending tourney champ UNC Asheville. The Highlanders then proceeded to eliminate third-seeded Liberty by four. But order was restored in the night session, though Charleston Southern made host Winthrop struggle for 30 or so minutes. Gardner-Webb, a 91-55 victor over High Point, was the only team able to cruise through its quarterfinal.

Remember that the highest surviving seed from tonight, either Winthrop or Gardner-Webb, will host Sunday’s championship game.

OVC Semifinals

ESPNU will air both games.

Game 5: No. 4 Jacksonville State Gamecocks (18-14, 9-7) vs. No. 1 Belmont Bruins (22-5, 15-1), 7:30 p.m.
The Bruins swept the season series.
Game 6: No. 7 Murray State Racers (16-16, 8-8) vs. No. 2 UT Martin Skyhawks (20-11, 10-6), approx. 10 p.m.
The pair split their season series with each winning at home.

With this tournament’s stepladder format reaching the semifinal stage, the top two seeds finally get involved in Nashville. Last season, the Bruins lost to Austin Peay in overtime in the first semifinal, so they’ll hope to avoid the same fate against a JSU squad they dominated in both regular season meetings. Game two is more of a tossup, but remember that the Racers needed two OTs to win their first game on Wednesday.

MVC Quarterfinals

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

Game 3: No. 8 Evansville Purple Aces (16-16, 6-12) vs. No. 1 Illinois State Redbirds (25-5, 17-1), 1 p.m.
The Redbirds swept the season series.
Game 4: No. 5 Loyola of Chicago Ramblers (18-13, 8-10) vs. No. 4 Southern Illinois Salukis (16-15, 9-9), approx. 3:30 p.m.
The Salukis swept the season series.
Game 5: No. 7 Bradley Braves (13-19, 7-11) vs. No. 2 Wichita State Shockers (27-4, 17-1), 7 p.m.
The Shockers swept the season series.
Game 6: No. 6 Missouri State Bears (16-15, 7-11) vs. No. 3 UNI Panthers (14-15, 9-9), approx. 9:30 p.m.
The pair split their season series with each winning on the road.

Bubble teams everywhere will be cheering for the Redbirds and Shockers’ respective opponents in St. Louis. Wichita State has made close quarterfinal games a habit recently, but those struggles have come in the 12 p.m. Central window, not the evening one.

MAAC Quarterfinals, Day 1

ESPN3 will stream both games.

Game 4: No. 9 Niagara Purple Eagles (10-22, 6-14) vs. No. 1 Monmouth Hawks (26-5, 18-2), 7 p.m.
The Hawks swept the season series.
Game 5: No. 7 Canisius Golden Griffins (18-14, 10-10) vs. No. 2 Saint Peter's Peacocks (18-12, 14-6), approx. 9:30 p.m.
The pair split their season series with each winning on the road.

This is the second season for a split-quarterfinal format in the MAAC, so both the Hawks and Peacocks are playing squads that played in last night’s opening round tripleheader. Monmouth looks to be a team on a mission, but they didn’t look great in their first game against the Purple Eagles — a 90-83 win in Lewiston back on January 14th. On the other hand, the Golden Griffins have been a problem team for the Peacocks.

“Pillow fight Fridays,” featuring 7 through 10 seeds attempting to earn quarterfinal matchups with 1 and 2 seeds, make up the rest of Friday’s conference tournament lineup.

CAA First Round

CAA.tv will stream both games.

Game 1: No. 9 Delaware Blue Hens (12-19, 5-13) vs. No. 8 Hofstra Pride (15-16, 7-11), 6 p.m.
The Pride swept the season series.
Game 2: No. 10 Drexel Dragons (9-22, 3-15) vs. No. 7 James Madison Dukes (9-22, 7-11), approx. 8:30 p.m.
The Dukes swept the season series.

Note that this tournament relocated from Baltimore to North Charleston, S.C.

Horizon League First Round

ESPN3 will stream both games.

Game 3: No. 10 Milwaukee Panthers (8-23, 4-14) vs. No. 7 Detroit Mercy Titans (8-22, 6-12), 5:30 p.m.
The pair split their season series with each winning on the road,
Game 4: No. 9 Youngstown State Penguins (11-20, 5-13) vs. No. 8 Cleveland State Vikings (9-21, 5-13), approx. 8 p.m.
The pair split their season series with each winning at home.

With both the men’s and women’s tournaments taking place in Detroit, the game numbering is confusingly combined.

SoCon First Round

ESPN3 will stream both games.

Game 1: No. 9 The Citadel Bulldogs (11-20, 4-14) vs. No. 8 Western Carolina Catamounts (9-22, 4-14), 5 p.m.
The Catamounts swept the season series.
Game 2: No. 10 VMI Keydets (6-23, 3-15) vs. No. 7 Samford Bulldogs (17-14, 8-10), approx. 7:30 p.m.
The Bulldogs swept the season series.

Duggar Baucom’s Citadel squad is the attraction here, as it’s the second-quickest team in the country, playing an average of 81 possessions per game.

WCC First Round

BYUTV and TheW.tv will air both games.

Game 1: No. 9 Pacific Tigers (10-21, 4-14) vs. No. 8 Pepperdine Waves (9-21, 5-13), 9 p.m.
The pair split their season series with each winning at home.
Game 2: No. 10 Portland Pilots (10-21, 2-16) vs. No. 7 San Diego Toreros (13-17, 6-12), approx. 11:30 p.m.
The Toreros swept the season series.

San Diego and Portland met to close the regular season last Saturday.

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