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College Hoops Viewing Guide For March 5, 2017

Three teams will clinch NCAA bids this afternoon, while the American Athletic and Big Ten wrap up their regular seasons.

NCAA Basketball: Missouri Valley Conference Tournament-Wichita State vs Missouri State Jeff Curry-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.

American Athletic

No. 18 Cincinnati Bearcats (26-4, 15-2) at UConn Huskies (14-15, 9-8), 12 p.m. (CBS)

Temple Owls (15-15, 6-11) at USF Bulls (7-21, 1-16), 2 p.m. (ESPNU)
Tulsa Golden Hurricane (14-15, 8-9) at Tulane Green Wave (5-24, 2-15), 4 p.m. (ESPN News)
East Carolina Pirates (14-16, 6-11)at Houston Cougars (20-9, 11-6), 4 p.m. (CBSSN)

A reminder of what’s at stake in today’s regular season finales. Most importantly, UConn needs a win to avoid an extra home game (in Thursday’s first round) it doesn’t want.

Big Ten

Penn State Nittany Lions (14-16, 6-11) at Iowa Hawkeyes (17-13, 9-8), 12 p.m. (BTN)
No. 16 Purdue Boilermakers (24-6, 13-4) at Northwestern Wildcats (21-9, 10-7), 4 p.m. (CBS)
Minnesota Golden Gophers (23-7, 11-6) at No. 22 Wisconsin Badgers (22-8, 11-6), 6 p.m. (BTN)
Michigan Wolverines (19-11, 9-8) at Nebraska Cornhuskers (12-17, 6-11), 8 p.m. (BTN)

BT Powerhouse rounds up the Big Ten Tournament seeding possibilities for the final day. From an at-large perspective, Iowa suddenly has a lot to play for, so a home loss to Penn State would be an awful result. Purdue and Minnesota both hit the road for potentially fascinating games. The Golden Gophers are in for a challenge with the Badgers fading.

Big South Championship

No. 7 Campbell Fighting Camels (17-16, 7-11) at No. 1 No. 1 Winthrop Eagles (25-6, 15-3), 1 p.m. (ESPN)
The Eagles swept the season series.

If the Camels pull off a stunner in Rock Hill, S.C., they’ll make their first tournament trip since 1992. The host Eagles, who last made the field in 2010, have dropped three straight Big South Tournament finals.

MVC Championship

No. 2 Wichita State Shockers (29-4, 17-1) vs. No. 1 Illinois State Redbirds (27-5, 17-1), 2 p.m. (CBS)
The pair split their season series with each winning at home.

Both the Shockers and Redbirds did what they needed to on Friday and Saturday to set up what should be an epic rubber match. I’d be stunned if the loser ended up in the NIT (as a likely one seed), however.

Atlantic Sun Championship

No. 3 UNF Ospreys (14-18, 8-6) at No. 1 FGCU Eagles (25-7, 12-2), 3 p.m. (ESPN)
The Eagles swept the season series.

Curiously, that series was played over a five-day span in late January, so these two haven’t seen each other in awhile. The Eagles have represented the ASUN twice in recent seasons (2013 and 2016), while the Ospreys have won the auto bid once (2015).

Patriot League Semifinals

CBSSN will air both games.

No. 4 Navy Midshipmen (16-15, 10-8)at No. 1 Bucknell Bison (24-8, 15-3), 12 p.m.
The Bison swept the season series.
No. 3 Lehigh Mountain Hawks (19-11, 12-6) at No. 2 Boston University Terriers (18-13, 12-6), 2 p.m.
The Terriers swept the season series.

Of these four, only Navy hasn’t appeared in an NCAA Tournament this decade. The Midshipmen’s last trip came in 1998! Of course, BU’s 2011 appearance came as a member of the America East.

CAA Semifinals

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

No. 4 William & Mary Tribe (17-13, 10-8) vs. No. 1 UNCW Seahawks (27-5, 15-3), 2 p.m.
The pair split their season series with each winning at home.
No. 3 Towson Tigers (20-12, 11-7) vs. No. 2 College of Charleston Cougars (24-8, 14-4), approx. 4:30 p.m.
The pair split their season series with each winning at home.

The top four seeds all advanced in North Charleston, but only the Tigers were truly able to cruise to a victory on Saturday. Original Division I member William & Mary, in the semifinals for the fourth straight season, is still looking for its first-ever NCAA bid.

MAAC Semifinals

ESPN3 will stream both games.

No. 4 Siena Saints (15-16, 12-8) vs. No. 1 Monmouth Hawks (27-5, 18-2), 4:30 p.m.
The Hawks swept the season series.
No. 3 Iona Gaels (20-12, 12-8) vs. No. 2 Saint Peter's Peacocks (19-12, 14-6), approx. 7 p.m.
The Gaels swept the season series.

Based on regular season results, expect a rerun of last year’s MAAC final tomorrow night in Albany. Of course, the Gaels needed OT to defeat the Peacocks last time out, while the favored Hawks will have to win a road game to get to the championship game.

SoCon Semifinals

ESPN3 will stream both games.

No. 5 Wofford Terriers (16-16, 10-8) vs. No. 1 UNC Greensboro Spartans (24-8, 14-4), 5 p.m.
The pair split their season series with each winning at home.
No. 7 Samford Bulldogs (19-14, 8-10) vs. No. 3 ETSU Buccaneers (25-7, 14-4), approx. 7:30 p.m.
The Buccaneers swept the season series.

Yesterday in Asheville, tri-champ Furman fell to Samford, while UNCG got a fight from The Citadel. The Bulldogs (2000) and Spartans (2001) have the longest tourney droughts from this group.

Summit League Quarterfinals, Day 2

MidCoSN and ESPN3 will air both games.

Game 3: No. 5 Denver Pioneers (16-13, 8-8) vs. No. 4 South Dakota State Jackrabbits (15-16, 8-8), 7 p.m.
The pair split their season series with each winning at home.
Game 4: No. 6 Fort Wayne Mastodons (19-11, 8-8) vs. No. 3 Omaha Mavericks (16-13, 9-7), approx. 9:30 p.m.
The Mastodons swept the season series.

The top two seeds played last night in Sioux Falls, and No. 1 South Dakota needed OT to eliminate Western Illinois, while No. 2 North Dakota State got blown out by IUPUI. Given that all four of today’s squads were very close in the middle of the standings, expect more drama tonight.

Horizon League Quarterfinals, Day 2

ESPN3 will stream both games.

Game 11: No. 6 UIC Flames (14-17, 7-11) vs. No. 3 Green Bay Phoenix (18-12, 12-6), 5 p.m.
The Phoenix swept the season series.
Game 12: No. 5 Wright State Raiders (20-11, 11-7) vs. No. 4 Northern Kentucky Norse (21-10, 12-6), approx. 7:30 p.m.
The Norse swept the season series.

No conference can match the insanity that’s been the second edition of Motor City Madness. Not only did the nine and 10 seeds win their opening games on Friday, but both managed to win in Saturday’s quarterfinal doubleheader. Youngstown State knocked off top seed Oakland with a brilliant, buzzer-beating back door play, then Milwaukee dropped two seed Valparaiso in a slugfest that featured 84 total points. So, the door is now open for Green Bay to make its second straight NCAA trip or for NKU to make it’s first ever in its first year of eligibility.

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