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College Hoops Viewing Guide For March 8, 2017

The Patriot League crown will be the last one decided before Saturday, so it’s time for our attention to move back toward the bubble.

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Visit Conference Tournament Central for a full lineup of matchups, tip times, and TV info for this week.

For more specific information about coverage—particularly for 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.

Games With At-Large Impact

listed in order of tip time

Miami vs. Syracuse, 12 p.m. (ESPN/ACC Network)
Clemson vs. Duke, approx. 2:30 p.m. (ESPN/ACC Network)
Oregon State vs. Cal, approx. 5:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)
Wake Forest vs. Virginia Tech, 7 p.m. (ESPN/ACC Network)
Pitt vs. Virginia, approx. 9:30 p.m. (ESPN/ACC Network)
DePaul vs. Xavier, approx. 9:30 p.m. (FS1)
Washington vs. USC, approx. 11:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)

Patriot League Championship

No. 2 Lehigh Mountain Hawks (20-11, 12-6) at No. 1 Bucknell Bison (25-8, 15-3), 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
The Mountain Hawks swept the season series.

With a third win over the Bison, the Mountain Hawks will make their first NCAA appearance since 2012, when they stunned Duke in a 2-vs.-15 upset for the ages. One year later, Bucknell made its last appearance, earning an 11 seed and lost to Butler in the Round of 64. The Bison could earn a 13 or 14 seed this time around, while Lehigh will likely end up lower.

Power Conference Tournaments

ACC Second Round

ACC Network will air all four games in its footprint.

Game 4: No. 9 Miami Hurricanes (20-10, 10-8) vs. No. 8 Syracuse Orange (18-13, 10-8), 12 p.m. (ESPN)
The Orange defeated the Hurricanes 70-55 at home on January 4th.
Game 5: No. 12 Clemson Tigers (17-14, 6-12) vs. No. 5 Duke Blue Devils (23-8, 11-7), approx. 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
The Blue Devils defeated the Tigers 64-62 at home on February 11th.
Game 6: No. 10 Wake Forest Demon Deacons (19-12, 9-9) vs. No. 7 Virginia Tech Hokies (21-9, 10-8), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
The Demon Deacons defeated the Hokies 89-84 in Blacksburg on Saturday.
Game 7: No. 14 Pittsburgh Panthers (16-16, 4-14) vs. No. 6 Virginia Cavaliers (21-9, 11-7), approx. 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
The pair split their season series with each winning at home.

Syracuse could definitely use a quality neutral-site win to boost its hopes, while Wake will almost assuredly be a lock with a second win over Virginia Tech in a five-day span. Clemson is on life support, while Pitt needs to win the whole thing. But their challenges are stiffer, since Duke and Virginia are both playing for spots on the top four lines of the bracket.

Big 12 First Round

ESPNU will air both games.

Game 1: No. 9 Oklahoma Sooners (11-19, 5-13) vs. No. 8 TCU Horned Frogs (17-14, 6-12), 7 p.m.
The pair split their season series with each winning at home, including Oklahoma’s 73-68 win on Saturday.
Game 2: No. 10 Texas Longhorns (10-21, 4-14) vs. No. 7 Texas Tech Red Raiders (18-13, 6-12), approx. 9:30 p.m.
The pair split their season series with each winning at home, including Tech’s 67-57 win on Wednesday.

A few weeks ago, these games looked like they would be important for the seven and eight seeds, but now both will need to claim the Big 12’s auto bid to really have a chance.

Big East First Round

FS1 will air both games.

Game 1: No. 9 Georgetown Hoyas (14-17, 5-13) vs. No. 8 St. John's Red Storm (13-18, 7-11), 7 p.m.
The pair split their season series with each winning at home.
Game 2: No. 10 DePaul Blue Demons (9-22, 2-16) vs. No. 7 Xavier Musketeers (19-12, 9-9), approx. 9:30 p.m.
The Musketeers swept the season series including a win in Rosemont on Saturday.

The onus is on Xavier, who has only defeated DePaul in its last eight games (2-6), to beat the Blue Demons again. If they do, they’ll get one last quality win chance against Butler tomorrow night.

Big Ten First Round

Game 1: No. 13 Penn State Nittany Lions (14-17, 6-12) vs. No. 12 Nebraska Cornhuskers (12-18, 6-12), 4:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
The Cornhuskers defeated the Nittany Lions 82-66 at home on February 14th.
Game 2: No. 14 Rutgers Scarlet Knights (14-17, 3-15) vs. No. 11 Ohio State Buckeyes (17-14, 7-11), approx. 7 p.m. (BTN)
The Buckeyes defeated the Scarlet Knights 70-64 at home on February 8th.

The team to watch here is Penn State, 99th in RPI. They’ll likely drop out of the Top 100 with a loss to Nebraska, which would not be a welcome development for Illinois. Such a result would suddenly triple the Illini’s 100+ loss total.

Pac-12 First Round

Pac-12 Network will air all four games.

Game 1: No. 9 Stanford Cardinal (14-16, 6-12) vs. No. 8 Arizona State Sun Devils (14-17, 7-11), 3 p.m.
The Sun Devils swept the season series.
Game 2: No. 12 Oregon State Beavers (5-26, 1-17) vs. No. 5 California Golden Bears (19-11, 10-8), approx. 5:30 p.m.
The Golden Bears swept the season series.
Game 3: No. 10 Washington State Cougars (13-17, 6-12) vs. No. 7 Colorado Buffaloes (18-13, 8-10), 9 p.m.
The pair split their season series with each winning at home.
Game 4: No. 11 Washington Huskies (9-21, 2-16) vs. No. 6 USC Trojans (23-8, 10-8), approx. 11:30 p.m.
The Trojans swept the season series including a 74-58 home win on Saturday.

A win over Oregon State would only offer Cal the opportunity to play another day. A loss to Washington, on the other hand, might doom the Trojans to the NIT.

SEC First Round

SEC Network will air both games.

Game 1: No. 13 LSU Tigers (10-20, 2-16) vs. No. 12 Mississippi State Bulldogs (15-15, 6-12), 7 p.m.
The Bulldogs swept the season series, including an 88-76 win at home on Saturday.
Game 2: No. 14 Missouri Tigers (7-23, 2-16) vs. No. 11 Auburn Tigers (18-13, 7-11), approx. 9:30 p.m.
Auburn swept the season series, including an 89-78 win at home on Saturday.

Kim Anderson’s Mizzou finale is the only interesting thing about these two instant rematches. Alabama and Ole Miss await the winners tomorrow.

Mid-Major Tournaments

Atlantic 10 First Round

ASN will air all both games.

Game 1: No. 13 Saint Joseph's Hawks (11-19, 4-14) vs. No. 12 UMass Minutemen (14-17, 4-14), 6 p.m.
The Minutemen swept the season series.
Game 2: No. 14 Duquesne Dukes (10-21, 3-15) vs. No. 11 Saint Louis Billikens (11-20, 6-12), approx. 8:30 p.m.
The pair split their season series with each winning at home.

St. Bonaventure and George Washington will meet tonight’s winners on Thursday in Pittsburgh.

Conference USA First Round

Campus Insiders will stream all four games.

Game 1: No. 9 UTSA Roadrunners (13-18, 8-10) vs. No. 8 WKU Hilltoppers (15-16, 9-9), 12:30 p.m.
The Hilltoppers defeated the Roadrunners 81-66 at home on January 28th.
Game 2: No. 12 Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (9-21, 6-12) vs. No. 5 Rice Owls (21-10, 11-7), approx. 3 p.m.
The Owls swept the season series.
Game 3: No. 10 Charlotte 49ers (13-16, 7-11) vs. No. 7 UAB Blazers (16-15, 9-9), 6:30 p.m.
The Blazers defeated the 49ers 82-69 at home on February 9th.
Game 4: No. 11 FAU Owls (10-19, 6-12) vs. No. 6 Marshall Thundering Herd (17-14, 10-8), approx. 9 p.m.
The Herd defeated the Owls 89-72 in Boca Raton on January 2nd.

With UAB falling to the bracket’s bottom half, Middle Tennessee will get to play early tomorrow, as a one seed should.

MEAC Quarterfinals, Day 1

ESPN3 will stream both games.

No. 9 Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (10-21, 6-10) vs. No. 1 N.C. Central Eagles (22-8, 13-3), 6 p.m.
The Eagles defeated the Wildcats 78-63 at home on February 25th.
No. 7 South Carolina State Bulldogs (11-19, 7-9) vs. No. 2 Norfolk State Spartans (15-15, 12-4), approx. 8:30 p.m.
The Spartans swept the season series.

The Wildcats and Bulldogs played last night in Norfolk, while the Eagles and Spartans are taking the floor for the first time this week. The winners won’t play again until Friday.

Mountain West First Round

MWN will stream all three games.

Game 1: No. 9 San José State Spartans (14-15, 7-11) vs. No. 8 Utah State Aggies (14-16, 7-11), 2 p.m.
The Aggies defeated the Spartans 81-75 in San José on February 22nd.
Game 2: No. 10 Air Force Falcons (11-20, 4-14) vs. No. 7 Wyoming Cowboys (18-13, 8-10), approx. 4:30 p.m.
The Cowboys swept the season series.
Game 3: No. 11 UNLV Runnin' Rebels (11-20, 4-14) vs. No. 6 San Diego State Aztecs (17-13, 9-9), approx. 7 p.m.
The Aztecs swept the season series.

Just think, that final play-in game would have been worthy of a title tilt just a few short seasons ago.

Southland First Round

ESPN3 will stream both games.

Game 1: No. 8 Central Arkansas Bears (8-23, 7-11) vs. No. 5 Sam Houston State Bearkats (19-12, 10-8), 6 p.m.
The Bears defeated the Bearkats 67-65 in Conway on December 31st.
Game 2: No. 7 Southeastern Louisiana Lions (16-15, 9-9) vs. No. 6 Lamar Cardinals (18-13, 10-8), approx. 8:30 p.m.
The Cardinals defeated the Lions 74-54 in Beaumont on January 7th.

The Southland, like the OVC, uses a stepladder format, so tonight’s winners in Katy, Texas will move on to play the four and three seeds in tomorrow night’s quarterfinal doubleheader.

Sun Belt First Round

ESPN3 will air all four games.

Game 1: No. 9 South Alabama Jaguars (14-17, 7-11) vs. No. 8 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (15-16, 10-8), 12:30 p.m.
The Chanticleers defeated the Jaguars 81-77 (OT) in Mobile on February 20th.
Game 2: No. 12 ULM Warhawks (82-3, 2-16) vs. No. 5 Arkansas State Red Wolves (20-11, 11-7), approx. 3 p.m.
The Red Wolves swept the season series.
Game 3: No. 10 Little Rock Trojans (15-16, 6-12) vs. No. 7 Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns (20-11, 10-8), 6 p.m.
The Ragin’ Cajuns swept the season series.
Game 4: No. 11 Appalachian State Mountaineers (9-20, 4-14) vs. No. 6 Troy Trojans (18-14, 10-8), approx. 8:30 p.m.
The Trojans defeated the Mountaineers 76-66 at home on February 20th.

The four winners will get tomorrow off, as action resumes with the quarterfinal round on Friday. Arkansas State, which defeated Georgetown earlier this season, might be the most dangerous team here. However, Louisiana did top No. 1 seed UT Arlington on Saturday.

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