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College Basketball Viewing Guide For Sunday, March 8, 2020

Selection Sunday is a week away, which means it’s the final day of the regular season in the American and Big Ten. Plus, three more bids go out. For a more traditional look at today’s college basketball schedule, visit MattSarzSports.com.

NCAA Basketball: Missouri Valley Conference Tournament-Bradley vs Drake
Bradley will shoot for its second consecutive Arch Madness title today.
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Note: Before the breakdown by Quadrant, you’ll find a lineup broken down by telecast window. Within each window, I’ve listed games by tip time with the quadrants on the left.

Reminders of the different groupings are in the table below.

NET Quadrants

A game falls under this quadrant For the home team when the visiting team ranks between For the visiting team when the home team ranks between
A game falls under this quadrant For the home team when the visiting team ranks between For the visiting team when the home team ranks between
1 1–30 1–75
2 31–75 76–135
3 76–160 136–240
4 161–353 241–353

All NET rankings are from the NCAA’s website and reflect games played against D1 opposition only through Saturday, March 7, 2020. Records reflect all games played through the same date. All times are Eastern.

Chronological Schedule

Sun., 03/08/2020 Regular Season ET

Tip Time (ET) Visitor/Home Quads Matchup Outlet
Tip Time (ET) Visitor/Home Quads Matchup Outlet
12 p.m. 2/1 58. Memphis at 21. Houston CBS
12 p.m. 1/1 24. Michigan at 19. Maryland Fox
4 p.m. 2/3 59. UConn at 169. Tulane ESPNU
4 p.m 3/1 76. Tulsa at 46. Wichita State CBSSN
4:30 p.m. 1/1 14. Ohio State at 7. Michigan State CBS
7 p.m. 2/1 34. Iowa at 38. Illinois BTN

Sunday, March 3, 2020 Conference Tournaments ET

Tip Time (ET) Conference Round Matchup Outlet Season Series
Tip Time (ET) Conference Round Matchup Outlet Season Series
12 p.m. Patriot Semifinals 7. Bucknell at 3. Boston University CBSSN Boston sweep
12 p.m. CAA Quarterfinals 8. Drexel vs. 1 Hofstra FloHoops.com ($) HU sweep
1 p.m. Big South Championship 5. Hampton at 2. Winthrop ESPN Road split
2 p.m. MVC Championship 7. Valparaiso vs. 4. Bradley CBS Home split
2 p.m. Patriot Semifinals 5. Lafayette at 1. Colgate CBSSN Road split
2:30 p.m. (approx.) CAA Quarterfinals 5. Delaware vs. 4. College of Charleston FloHoops.com ($) CofC sweep
3 p.m. ASUN Championship 6. Lipscomb at 1. Liberty ESPN Home split
4 p.m. SoCon Semifinals 5. Western Carolina vs. 1. ETSU ESPN+ ($)* ETSU sweep
6 p.m. CAA Quarterfinals 7. Elon vs. 2. William & Mary FloHoops.com ($) CWM sweep
6:30 p.m. (approx.) SoCon Semifinals 7. Wofford vs. 6. Chattanooga ESPN+ ($)* UTC sweep
7 p.m. Summit Quarterfinals 5. Omaha vs. 4. Oral Roberts Midco SN/ESPN+ ($) Home split
8:30 p.m. (approx.) CAA Quarterfinals 6. Northeastern vs. 3. Towson FloHoops.com ($) Road split
9:30 p.m. (approx.) Summit Quarterfinals 6. North Dakota vs. 3. South Dakota Midco SN/ESPN+ ($) USD sweep

Quad 1 For Both Teams (1/1: 2 Games)

Top 30 at Top 75

24. Michigan Wolverines (19-11, 10-9 9th Big Ten) at 19. Maryland Terrapins (23-7, 13-6 T2nd), 12 p.m. (Fox)
14. Ohio State Buckeyes (21-9, 11-8 T5th) at 7. Michigan State Spartans (21-9, 13-6 T2nd), 4 p.m. (CBS)

Remember when Maryland had the Big Ten title in its hands and all to itself? Well, now the Terps have to beat Michigan at home to earn a share of it, thanks to three losses in their last four. Michigan State can also join the Wisconsin Badgers as a champion by defeating an Ohio State squad that still hopes to be a top four seed in the Big Ten Tournament and nationally.

Quad 2 For Host/Quad 1 For Visitor (2/1: 2 Games)

31–75 at Top 75

58. Memphis Tigers (21-9, 10-7 T4th AAC) at 21. Houston Cougars (22-8, 12-5 3rd), 12 p.m. (CBS)
34. Iowa Hawkeyes (20-10, 11-8 T5th Big Ten) at 38. Illinois Fighting Illini (20-10, 12-7 4th), 7 p.m. (BTN)

Illinois is currently in the driver’s seat for the final quarterfinal bye in Indianapolis, but the Illini will have to beat Iowa in Champaign to keep it.

Quad 3 For Host/Quad 1 For Visitor (3/1: Games)

76–160 at Top 75

76. Tulsa Golden Hurricane (21-9, 13-4 1st AAC) at 46. Wichita State Shockers (22-8, 10-7 T4th), 4 p.m. (CBSSN)

Tulsa can claim the American outright by winning in Wichita. If they lose and Houston defeats Memphis earlier in the afternoon, it’s a three-way tie between the Golden Hurricane, Cougars. and Cincinnati Bearcats. Memphis and Wichita State, meanwhile, are both in play for the fourth and final quarterfinal bye in Fort Worth.

Quad 2 For Host/Quad 3 For Visitor (2/3: Games)

31–75 at 136–240

59. UConn Huskies (18-12, 9-8 T6th AAC) at 169. Tulane Green Wave (12-17, 4-13 12th), 4 p.m. (ESPNU)

UConn plays its final American Athletic regular-season game in New Orleans. The Huskies are aiming to win their fifth straight and should be a factor in Fort Worth later this week.

Conference Tournaments

Visit Conference Tournament Central and the 2020 Conference Tournaments Hub for full coverage.

Big South Championship

No. 5 Hampton Pirates (15-18, 8-10) at No. 2 Winthrop Eagles (23-10, 15-3), 1 p.m. (ESPN)
The season series was a road split.

Hampton will look for its first NCAA trip as a Big South member in its second season as a member. The Pirates defeated the top-seeded Radford Highlanders, 86-78, on Friday night, and since they’ve already won in Rock Hill, they shouldn’t be intimidated by the Winthrop Coliseum crowd.

MVC Championship

No. 7 Valparaiso Crusaders (19-15, 9-9) vs. No. 4 Bradley Braves (22-11, 11-7), 2 p.m. (CBS)
The season series was a home split.

Bradley can qualify for the second season in a row, while Valparaiso is looking to be the first team in Arch Madness history to win four games in as many days to reach the field of 68. The Crusaders joined the Valley for the 2017-18 season, a year after representing the Horizon League in the NIT as regular-season champ.

ASUN Championship

No. 3 Lipscomb Bisons (16-15, 9-7) at No. 1 Liberty Flames (29-4, 13-3), 3 p.m. (ESPN)
The season series was a home split.

This season’s championship is a rematch of 2019’s, though the venue has switched from Nashville to Lynchburg. The Flames are looking for their second straight bid, but they lost to the Bisons in their regular-season finale, 77-71, on the road.

Patriot League Semifinals

CBSSN will air both games.

Game 8: No. 7 Bucknell Bison (14-19, 8-10) at No. 3 Boston University Terriers (19-13, 12-6), 12 p.m.
The Terriers swept the season series.

Game 7: No. 5 Lafayette Leopards (19-11, 10-8) at No. 1 Colgate Raiders (24-8, 14-4), 2 p.m.
The season series was a road split.

Both the second-seeded American Eagles and fourth-seeded Army West Point Black Knights lost at home in Thursday’s quarterfinals. Remember that Colgate is looking to repeat as Patriot champs.

CAA Quarterfinals

FloHoops.com ($) will stream all four games.

Game 3: No. 8 Drexel Dragons (14-18, 6-12) vs. No. 1 Hofstra Pride (23-8, 14-4), 12 p.m.
The Pride swept the season series.

Game 4: No. 5 Delaware Fighting Blue Hens (21-10, 11-7) vs. No. 4 College of Charleston Cougars (17-13, 11-7), approx. 2:30 p.m.
The Cougars swept the season series.

Game 5: No. 7 Elon Phoenix (12-20, 7-11) vs. No. 2 William & Mary Tribe (21-10, 13-5), 6 p.m.
The Tribe swept the season series.

Game 6: No. 6 Northeastern Huskies (15-15, 9-9) vs. No. 3 Towson Tigers (19-12, 12-6), approx. 8:30 p.m.
The season series was a road split.

Yes, watching these games will require a subscription, and that’s a shame because the top six teams all have a legitimate chance at walking away with the title. No team wants that title more than William & Mary, which has never qualified for the NCAAs, though Hofstra is close, since the Pride last qualified when Jay Wright was the coach.

SoCon Semifinals

Select Nexstar stations will air and ESPN+ ($) will stream both games.

Game 7: No. 5 Western Carolina Catamounts (19-11, 10-8) vs. No. 1 ETSU Buccaneers (28-4, 16-2), 4 p.m.
The Bucs swept the season series.

Game 8: No. 7 Wofford Terriers (18-15, 8-10) vs. No. 6 Chattanooga Mocs (20-12, 10-8), approx. 6:30 p.m.
The Mocs swept the season series.

ETSU needs to be careful against Western Carolina, though I suspect the Bucs are happy to not see a Mercer Bears team that defeated them at home in the Catamounts’ place. However, the stakes are a little higher for Steve Forbes’ team now that the Furman Paladins and UNCG Spartans were both eliminated last night. Those results make any potential conference tournament loss by the Bucs a little less appetizing for the Selection Committee.

Summit League Quarterfinals, Night Two

Midco SN will air and ESPN+ ($) will stream both games.

Game 3: No. 5 Omaha Mavericks (16-15, 9-7) vs. No. 4 Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (16-13, 9-7), 7 p.m.
The season series was a home split.

Game 4: No. 6 North Dakota Fighting Hawks (13-17, 7-9) vs. No. 3 South Dakota Coyotes (20-11, 10-6), approx. 9:30 p.m.
The Coyotes swept the season series.

For the second season in a row the South Dakota State Jackrabbits fell on the first night, dropping a 77-74 decision to the Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons in the nightcap of Saturday’s doubleheader. Earlier, the top-seeded North Dakota State Bison survived a scare from the Denver Pioneers, 71-69. The Bison and Mastodons await tonight’s winners in tomorrow’s semifinals.

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