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College Hoops Viewing Guide For March 4, 2017

Tonight, the OVC will first automatic bid of 2017 to a team that will make its tournament debut. But before that, the majority of power conference squads will conclude their regular seasons.

NCAA Basketball: North Carolina at Duke Mark Dolejs-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.

12-2 p.m. Tips

Kentucky at Texas A&M, 12 p.m. (CBS)
Villanova at Georgetown, 12 p.m. (Fox)
Providence at St. John’s, 12 p.m. (FS2)
Illinois at Rutgers, 12 p.m. (ESPNU)
Pitt at Virginia, 12 p.m. (ACC Network)
Indiana at Ohio State, 12 p.m (ESPN)
Texas Tech at Kansas State, 1 p.m. (ESPN News)
Alabama at Tennessee, 1 p.m. (SECN)

2-4 p.m. Tips

Notre Dame at Louisville, 2 p.m. (CBS)
Seton Hall at Butler, 2:30 p.m. (Fox)
Florida at Vanderbilt, 2 p.m (ESPN)
Michigan State at Maryland, 2 p.m. (BTN)
Creighton at Marquette, 2:30 p.m. (FS2)
Southern Illinois vs. Illinois State (MVC Semifinal), 3:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
Georgia at Arkansas, 2 p.m. (ESPN2)
California at Colorado, 2 p.m. (Pac-12)
George Mason at VCU, 2 p.m. (MASN/A 10 on Facebook Live)
Xavier at DePaul, 2 p.m. (FSN)
TCU at Oklahoma, 3 p.m. (ESPN News)
Missouri at Auburn, 3:30 p.m. (SECN)

4-6 p.m. Tips

Georgia Tech at Syracuse, 4 p.m. (ACC Network (Regional)/ESPN3)
Miami at Florida State, 4 p.m. (ACC Network (Regional)/ESPN3)
Wake Forest at Virginia Tech, 4:30 p.m. (ACC RSNs/ESPN3)
Arizona at Arizona State, 4 p.m. (CBS)
Baylor at Texas, 4 p.m (ESPN)
Memphis at SMU, 4 p.m. (ESPN2)
Stanford at Utah, 4 p.m. (Pac-12)
Boston College at Clemson, 4 p.m. (ACC Network Extra)
Saint Louis at Richmond, 4 p.m. (CSN Mid-Atlantic Plus/FS Midwest)
UMass at St. Bonaventure, 4 p.m. (ASN)

6-8 p.m. Tips

Kansas at Oklahoma State, 6 p.m (ESPN)
Missouri State vs. Wichita State (MVC Semifinal), 6 p.m. (CBSSN)
Oregon at Oregon State, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
Washington at USC, 6:30 p.m. (Pac-12)
Davidson at Rhode Island, 6 p.m. (ASN)
UC Davis at UC Irvine, 6 p.m. (FS Prime Ticket/FCS Central)
Dartmouth at Princeton, 6 p.m. (ESPN3)
LSU at Mississippi State, 6 p.m. (SECN)

8-10 p.m. Tips

Duke at North Carolina, 8:15 p.m (ESPN)
Jacksonville State vs. UT Martin (OVC Championship), 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Colorado State at Nevada, 8 p.m. (ESPN3)
Dayton at George Washington, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
South Carolina at Ole Miss, 8:30 p.m. (SECN)

10 p.m. and Later Tips

Washington State at UCLA, 10:15 p.m. (ESPN)
Pacific vs. Gonzaga (WCC Quarterfinal), 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
Portland vs. Saint Mary’s (WCC Quarterfinal), approx. 12:30 a.m. (ESPN2)

ACC

Pittsburgh Panthers (15-15, 4-13) at No. 23 Virginia Cavaliers (20-9, 10-7), 12 p.m. (ACC Network)
No. 19 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (23-7, 12-5) at No. 8 Louisville Cardinals (23-7, 11-6), 2 p.m. (CBS)
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (17-13, 8-9) at Syracuse Orange (17-13, 9-8), 4 p.m. (ACC Network (Regional)/ESPN3)
Miami-Florida Hurricanes (20-9, 10-7) at No. 15 Florida State Seminoles (23-7, 11-6), 4 p.m. (ACC Network (Regional)/ESPN3)
Boston College Eagles (9-21, 2-15) at Clemson Tigers (15-14, 5-12), 4 p.m. (ACC Network Extra)
Wake Forest Demon Deacons (17-12, 8-9) at Virginia Tech Hokies (21-8, 10-7), 4:30 p.m. (ACC RSNs/ESPN3)
No. 17 Duke Blue Devils (23-7, 11-6) at No. 5 North Carolina Tar Heels (25-6, 13-4), 8:15 p.m (ESPN)

Pretty much every team in the ACC, other than BC, Clemson, and Pitt (and idle N.C. State) has something to play for — ACC Tournament seeding (which offers a mind-boggling number of possibilities at this late date), an unofficial regular season crown, or a vital bubble win. A Georgia Tech-Syracuse game that will see the loser pick up a 14th loss and Wake’s trip to Virginia Tech are especially important on the latter front.

Blogger So Dear has a review of the ACC Tournament’s seeding scenarios.

American Athletic

Memphis Tigers (19-11, 9-8) at No. 14 SMU Mustangs (26-4, 16-1), 4 p.m. (ESPN2)

With a win, the Mustangs, who have already clinched the top seed in the American Tournament, will win the league outright.

The American’s Bill Potter passed along a look at the conference’s remaining seeding scenarios heading into the weekend.

Atlantic 10

George Mason Patriots (19-11, 9-8) at Virginia Commonwealth Rams (23-7, 13-4), 2 p.m. (MASN/A 10 on Facebook Live)
Massachusetts Minutemen (14-16, 4-13) at St. Bonaventure Bonnies (18-11, 10-7), 4 p.m. (ASN)
Saint Louis Billikens (11-19, 6-11) at Richmond Spiders (18-11, 12-5), 4 p.m. (CSN Mid-Atlantic Plus/FS Midwest)
Davidson Wildcats (15-13, 8-9) at Rhode Island Rams (20-9, 12-5), 6 p.m. (ASN)
Dayton Flyers (24-5, 15-2) at George Washington Colonials (17-13, 9-8), 8 p.m. (CBSSN)

With Dayton the regular season champ, everyone else is playing for seeding in Pittsburgh. VCU can lock up the two seed by knocking off visiting George Mason. But it’s Richmond, not Rhode Island, that’s in the driver’s seat for third, thanks to the Spiders’ win over the Rams at the Robins Center.

Big 12

Texas Tech Red Raiders (18-12, 6-11) at Kansas State Wildcats (18-12, 7-10), 1 p.m. (ESPN News)
TCU Horned Frogs (17-13, 6-11) at Oklahoma Sooners (10-19, 4-13), 3 p.m. (ESPN News)
No. 11 Baylor Bears (24-6, 11-6) at Texas Longhorns (10-20, 4-13), 4 p.m (ESPN)
No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks (27-3, 15-2) at Oklahoma State Cowboys (20-10, 9-8), 6 p.m (ESPN)

Even though Kansas has the top seed in Kansas City, there’s still plenty of jockeying for the remaining slots. Plus, K-State and TCU need to win to keep their slim bubble hopes alive. While the Horned Frogs can sweep the Sooners, the Red Raiders defeated the Wildcats earlier this season.

If you’re interested in Big 12 Tournament seeding scenarios, Frogs O War has you covered.

Big East

No. 2 Villanova Wildcats (27-3, 14-3) at Georgetown Hoyas (14-16, 5-12), 12 p.m. (Fox)
Providence Friars (19-11, 9-8) at St. John’s Red Storm (13-17, 7-10), 12 p.m. (FS2)
Xavier Musketeers (18-12, 8-9) at DePaul Blue Demons (9-21, 2-15), 2 p.m. (FSN)
Seton Hall Pirates (19-10, 9-8) at No. 13 Butler Bulldogs (23-6, 12-5), 2:30 p.m. (Fox)
Creighton Bluejays (23-7, 10-7) at Marquette Golden Eagles (18-11, 9-9), 2:30 p.m. (FS2)

The 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, and 10 spots are locked for New York, but the middle of the bracket is a mess.

VUHoops has a rundown of the Big East’s seeding possibilities.

Big Ten

Indiana Hoosiers (16-14, 6-11) at Ohio State Buckeyes (17-13, 7-10), 12 p.m (ESPN)
Illinois Fighting Illini (18-12, 8-9) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (13-17, 2-15), 12 p.m. (ESPNU)
Michigan State Spartans (18-12, 10-7) at Maryland Terrapins (23-7, 11-6), 2 p.m. (BTN)

The winner in College Park will be in great position to earn a bye to the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals (the Terps will in fact lock one up if they defend their home court). Illinois, Ohio State, and to an extent Michigan State and Indiana, all need wins for their postseason hopes. Yes, the Hoosiers can still make the field if they rediscover their early form late, even if that’s an unlikely feat thanks to injuries.

The Only Colors has a more complete look at Big Ten Tourney seeding scenarios.

Pac-12

California Golden Bears (19-10, 10-7) at Colorado Buffaloes (17-13, 7-10), 2 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks National, Bay Area, Mountain)
No. 7 Arizona Wildcats (26-4, 15-2) at Arizona State Sun Devils (14-16, 7-10), 4 p.m. (CBS)
Stanford Cardinal (14-15, 6-11) at Utah Utes (19-10, 10-7), 4 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks National, Bay Area, Mountain)
No. 6 Oregon Ducks (26-4, 15-2) at Oregon State Beavers (5-25, 1-16), 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
Washington Huskies (9-20, 2-15) at USC Trojans (22-8, 9-8), 6:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks National, Washington, LA)
Washington State Cougars (13-16, 6-11) at No. 3 UCLA Bruins (27-3, 14-3), 10:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Given their respective opposition, even if both games are on the road, look for Oregon and Arizona to tie for the Pac-12 regular season crown — a result that would put the Ducks in the 1 seed and the Wildcats in the 2, thanks to Oregon’s win in the pair’s lone meeting. UCLA would then be third, potentially setting up an epic rubber match with Sean Miller’s squad in Friday’s semifinals. Otherwise, Cal really needs a win at Colorado to keep its fading hopes alive after Thursday’s blowout loss at Utah.

SEC

No. 9 Kentucky Wildcats (25-5, 15-2) at Texas A&M Aggies (16-13, 8-9), 12 p.m. (CBS)
Alabama Crimson Tide (17-12, 10-7) at Tennessee Volunteers (15-15, 7-10), 1 p.m. (SECN)
No. 12 Florida Gators (24-6, 14-3) at Vanderbilt Commodores (16-14, 9-8), 2 p.m (ESPN)
Georgia Bulldogs (18-12, 9-8) at Arkansas Razorbacks (22-8, 11-6), 2 p.m. (ESPN2)
Missouri Tigers (7-22, 2-15) at Auburn Tigers (17-13, 6-11), 3:30 p.m. (SECN)
LSU Tigers (10-19, 2-15) at Mississippi State Bulldogs (14-15, 5-12), 6 p.m. (SECN)
South Carolina Gamecocks (22-8, 12-5) at Ole Miss Rebels (18-12, 9-8), 8:30 p.m. (SECN)

Vanderbilt and Georgia both get opportunities to pick up significant late wins, with the Commodores having the chance to sweep the season series with the Gators. Ole Miss and Alabama also need to claim wins to keep their slender at-large hopes alive.

A Sea Of Blue ran through the SEC’s final day scenarios.

Elsewhere

UC Davis Aggies (19-11, 11-4 Big West) at UC Irvine Anteaters (18-13, 11-4), 6 p.m. (FS Prime Ticket/FCS Central)
Dartmouth Big Green (7-19, 4-9) at Princeton Tigers (20-6, 13-0), 6 p.m. (ESPN3)
Colorado State Rams (21-9, 13-4 MW) at Nevada Wolf Pack (24-6, 13-4), 8 p.m. (ESPN3)

The winner in Reno guarantees itself the top seed in the Mountain West Tournament and an NIT bid, if necessary. It’s a similar story with the Big West clash in Irvine, though the Aggies and Anteaters have met once, with UCD prevailing by 11 at home. Meanwhile, a home win over Dartmouth is all that stands between Princeton and a perfect Ivy record.

OVC Championship

Game 7: No. 4 Jacksonville State Gamecocks (19-14, 9-7) vs. No. 2 UT Martin Skyhawks (21-11, 10-6), 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
The Skyhawks won the pair’s lone meeting 90-72 on December 29th at home.

Tonight’s winner will head to the NCAAs for the very first time. Last night, the Gamecocks stunned top seed Belmont — the second season in a row the Bruins failed to win their first game under the OVC’s controversial stepladder format. On the other hand, the Skyhawks, the two seed and West Division champs, took down Murray State by six.

NEC Semifinals

NEC TV, MSG, FCS Atlantic, and NEC Front Row will air both games.

Game 6: No. 4 St. Francis (Pa.) Red Flash (15-15, 11-7) at No. 3 Wagner Seahawks (16-13, 11-7), 12 p.m.
The pair split their season series with each winning on the road.
Game 5: No. 7 Robert Morris Colonials (14-18, 9-9) at No. 1 Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers (17-15, 14-4), 2 p.m.
The Mountaineers swept the season series.

Expect both of these games to be close. The Mountaineers’ two wins came by a total of five points, while the Seahawks needed OT to win in Loretto, Pa. and the Red Flash claimed a five-point victory on Staten Island.

MVC Semifinals

CBSSN will air both games.

Game 7: No. 4 Southern Illinois Salukis (17-15, 9-9) vs. No. 1 Illinois State Redbirds (26-5, 17-1), 3:30 p.m.
The Redbirds swept the season series.
Game 8: No. 6 Missouri State Bears (17-15, 7-11) vs. No. 2 Wichita State Shockers (28-4, 17-1), approx. 6 p.m.
The Shockers swept the season series.

On Friday, the Redbirds were challenged by Evansville in the day’s first quarterfinal, while the Shockers had no trouble with Bradley in the first game of the night session. With wins today, both will move closer to bid safety.

CAA Quarterfinals

Select CSN outlets will air all four games and CAA.tv will stream them.

Game 3: No. 9 Delaware Blue Hens (13-19, 5-13) vs. No. 1 UNCW Seahawks (26-5, 15-3), 12 p.m.
The Seahawks swept the season series.
Game 4: No. 5 Elon Phoenix (18-13, 10-8) vs. No. 4 William & Mary Tribe (16-13, 10-8), approx. 2:30 p.m.
The pair split their season series with each winning at home.
Game 5: No. 7 James Madison Dukes (10-22, 7-11) vs. No. 2 College of Charleston Cougars (23-8, 14-4), 6 p.m.
The Cougars swept the season series.
Game 6: No. 6 Northeastern Huskies (15-15, 8-10) vs. No. 3 Towson Tigers (19-12, 11-7), approx. 8:30 p.m.
The pair split their season series with each winning at home.

The top two seeds should have the most fan support in North Charleston, and they’ll be expected to cruise to Sunday’s semifinals. As you’d expect, the finales of each session should be far more interesting, particularly since they’re both rubber matches.

SoCon Quarterfinals

ESPN3 will stream all four games.

Game 3: No. 9 The Citadel Bulldogs (12-20, 4-14) vs. No. 1 UNC Greensboro Spartans (23-8, 14-4), 12 p.m.
The Spartans swept the season series.
Game 4: No. 5 Wofford Terriers (15-16, 10-8) vs. No. 4 Chattanooga Mocs (19-11, 10-8), approx. 2:30 p.m.
The Mocs swept the season series.
No. 7 Samford Bulldogs (18-14, 8-10) vs. No. 2 Furman Paladins (21-10, 14-4), 6 p.m.
The Paladins swept the season series.
Game 6: No. 6 Mercer Bears (15-16, 9-9) vs. No. 3 ETSU Buccaneers (24-7, 14-4), approx. 8:30 p.m.
The Bucs swept the season series.

The top four had little trouble with their respective opponents during the regular season and should be expected to advance to Sunday play in Asheville. The exception might be Chattanooga, a squad that’s dropped four in a row and is in a bit of turmoil.

WCC Quarterfinals

Game 3: No. 6 Loyola Marymount Lions (15-14, 8-10) vs. No. 3 BYU Cougars (21-10, 12-6), 4 p.m. (Spectrum Sportsnet/CSN Bay Area/Root Sports/BYUTV/TheW.tv)
The Cougars swept the season series.
Game 4: No. 5 San Francisco Dons (20-11, 10-8) vs. No. 4 Santa Clara Broncos (16-15, 10-8), approx. 6:30 p.m. (Spectrum Sportsnet/CSN Bay Area/Root Sports/BYUTV/TheW.tv)
The pair split their season series with each winning at home.
Game 5: No. 9 Pacific Tigers (11-21, 4-14) vs. No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs (29-1, 17-1), 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
The Bulldogs swept the season series.
Game 6: No. 10 Portland Pilots (11-21, 2-16) vs. No. 2 Saint Mary's Gaels (26-3, 16-2), approx. 12:30 a.m. 3/5 (ESPN2)
The Gaels swept the season series.

Thanks to BYU’s “no Sunday play” rule, the WCC can put its top two teams’ quarterfinals in Pacific Time Zone primetime. The four winners will advance to Monday’s semifinals in Las Vegas.

Horizon League Quarterfinals, Day 1

ESPN3 will stream both games.

Game 7: No. 9 Youngstown State Penguins (12-20, 5-13) vs. No. 1 Oakland Golden Grizzlies (24-7, 14-4), 5:30 p.m.
The Golden Grizzlies swept the season series.
Game 8: No. 10 Milwaukee Panthers (9-23, 4-14) vs. No. 2 Valparaiso Crusaders (24-7, 14-4), approx. 8 p.m.
The Crusaders swept the season series.

Not only does the Horizon split its quarterfinals between two days, the conference scheduled the 8/9 game as the nightcap of last night’s opening round doubleheader to give the No. 1 seed even more of an advantage. Tonight’s two winners will play Sunday’s victors in Monday’s semifinals in Detroit.

MAAC Quarterfinals, Day 2

Game 6: No. 6 Rider Broncs (18-14, 10-10) vs. No. 3 Iona Gaels (19-12, 12-8), 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
The pair split their season series with each winning on the road.
Game 7: No. 5 Fairfield Stags (16-13, 11-9) vs. No. 4 Siena Saints (15-16, 12-8), approx. 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
The Saints swept the season series.

Similarly, the winner of tonight’s late game in Albany will meet Monmouth, winner of Friday’s early game, in Sunday’s semifinals. Of course, fourth-seeded Siena has the advantage of playing on their home floor.

Summit League Quarterfinals, Day 1

MidCoSN and ESPN3 will air both games.

Game 1: No. 8 Western Illinois Leathernecks (8-19, 5-11) vs. No. 1 South Dakota Coyotes (21-10, 12-4), 7 p.m.
Game 2: No. 7 IUPUI Jaguars (13-17, 7-9) vs. No. 2 North Dakota State Bison (19-10, 11-5), approx. 9:30 p.m.

Both teams involved in game one are looking for their first-ever Division I tournament invitation, though you can expect the home state Coyotes to have far more support in Sioux Falls. NDSU, on the other hand, has its third bid in four seasons in its sights. IUPUI made its lone appearance, under then-coach Ron Hunter, in 2003.

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