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College Basketball Conference Tournaments Viewing Guide For Monday, March 9, 2020

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NCAA Basketball: San Francisco at Gonzaga
San Francisco played a close game and a half against Gonzaga this season. They meet again in the first of tonight’s WCC semifinals.
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Chronological Schedule

Monday, March 9, 2020

Tip Time (ET) Conference Round Matchup Outlet Season Series
Tip Time (ET) Conference Round Matchup Outlet Season Series
6 p.m. CAA Semifinals 5. Delaware vs. 1. Hofstra CBSSN Road split
7 p.m. SoCon Championship 7. Wofford vs. 1. ETSU ESPN ETSU sweep
7 p.m. Horizon Semifinals 4. UIC vs. 1. Wright State ESPNU Home split
7 p.m. Summit Semifinals 4. Oral Roberts vs. 1. North Dakota State Midco SN/ESPN+ ($) Home split
7 p.m. Sun Belt Second Round 8. Louisiana at 5. Georgia Southern ESPN+ ($) GSU sweep
7 p.m. Sun Belt Second Round 10. Coastal Carolina at 6. Appalachian State ESPN+ ($) Road split
7 p.m. MAC First Round 11. Eastern Michigan at 6. Kent State ESPN+ ($) EMU 1-0 (H)
7 p.m. MAC First Round 10. Western Michigan at 7. Toledo ESPN+ ($) UT sweep
7 p.m. MAC First Round 9. Central Michigan at 8. Ohio ESPN+ ($) OU 1-0 (H)
7:30 p.m. MAC First Round 12. Miami (Ohio). at 5. Buffalo ESPN+ ($) UB sweep
8:30 p.m. (approx.) CAA Semifinals 7. Elon vs. 6. Northeastern CBSSN Home split
9 p.m. WCC Semifinals 5. San Francisco vs. 1 Gonzaga ESPN GU sweep
9:30 p.m. (approx.) Horizon Semifinals 3. Green Bay vs. 2. Northern Kentucky ESPNU Road split
9:30 p.m. (approx.) Summit Semifinals 7. Purdue Fort Wayne vs. 6. North Dakota Midco SN/ESPN+ ($) Home split
11:30 p.m. (approx.) WCC Semifinals 3. Saint Mary's vs. 2. BYU ESPN2 Home split

SoCon Championship

No. 7 Wofford Terriers (19-15, 8-10) vs. No. 1 ETSU Buccaneers (29-4, 16-2), 7 p.m. (ESPN)
The Bucs swept the season series.

With the MAAC moving its tournament to the second week of the Championship Fortnight, the SoCon Is now the lone title up for grabs on the Monday of Selection Week. This should be an interesting one, as the Bucs have a shot at an at-large with a loss. However, those chances could be dampened by the opponent, as the Terriers knocked off second-seeded Furman Paladins in the quarterfinals and didn’t need to defeat the third-seeded UNCG Spartans in the semis get here. Plus, Wofford has played ETSU close this year, losing by just one in Johnson City and by six in Spartanburg on February 26th.

CAA Semifinals

CBSSN will air both games.

Game 7: No. 5 Delaware Fighting Blue Hens (22-10, 11-7) vs. No. 1 Hofstra Pride (24-8, 14-4), 6 p.m.
The season series was a road split.

Game 8: No. 7 Elon Phoenix (13-20, 7-11) vs. No. 6 Northeastern Huskies (16-15, 9-9), approx. 8:30 p.m.
The season series was a home split.

After two days of action on FloHoops, the CAA’s semifinals move over the CBSSN, which has slightly better reach nationally. While Hofstra took care of business in the first quarterfinal against the Drexel Dragons, the other three higher seeds all lost, most notably the second-seeded William & Mary Tribe, who will remain a member of the Never Made The Tournament Club for one more year.

Sun Belt Second Round

ESPN+ ($) will stream both games.

Game 3: No. 8 Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns (14-18, 8-12) at No. 5 Georgia Southern Eagles (18-13, 12-8), 7 p.m.
The Eagles swept the season series.

Game 4: No. 10 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (16-16, 8-12) at No. 6 Appalachian State Mountaineers (17-14, 11-9), 7 p.m.
The season series was a road split.

Tonight’s winners will advance to quarterfinal games against the Georgia State Panthers and Texas State Bobcats on Wednesday. Those winners end up joining the top two seeds in New Orleans on Saturday.

Horizon League Semifinals

Game 6: No. 4 UIC Flames (17-16, 10-8) vs. No. 1 Wright State Raiders (25-6, 15-3), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
The season series was a home split.

Game 7: No. 3 Green Bay Phoenix (17-15, 11-7) vs. No. 2 Northern Kentucky Norse (21-9, 13-5), approx. 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
The season series was a road split.

This tournament reseeds, but didn’t need to, as both home quarterfinal winners won on Thursday night, though UIC had to play its game at Loyola-Chicago Ramblers, as the Flames’ arena was already booked. (Way to have faith in Steve McClain there.) However, even though the top two seeds made it to Indianapolis with a free pass to this round, it’s not automatic that they’ll advance to tomorrow’s final. Both the Phoenix and Flames played NKU and Wright State close this season.

Summit League Semifinals

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

Game 5: No. 4 Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (16-13, 9-7) vs. No. 1 North Dakota State Bison (23-8, 13-3), 7 p.m.
The season series was a home split.

Game 6: No. 7 Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons (14-18, 6-10) vs. No. 6 North Dakota Fighting Hawks (14-17, 7-9), approx. 9:30 p.m.
The season series was a home split.

The 2018 Summit final was all-South Dakota affair in Sioux Falls, with State’s Jackrabbits defeating the USD’s Coyotes. Much like the SoCon and CAA, the bottom half of the bracket was a bloodbath for the higher seeds. And that’s bad news for the two in-state teams, who have now gone 0-for-4 in the quarterfinal round since. On the other hand, neighbors North Dakota will be well represented in the semis, as both the Bison and Hawks will be wearing home jerseys tonight.

MAC First Round

ESPN+ ($) will stream all four games.

Game 1: No. 9 Central Michigan Chippewas (14-17, 7-11) vs. No. 8 Ohio Bobcats (16-15, 8-10), 7 p.m.
The Bobcats won the pair’s lone regular season meeting at home.

Game 2: No. 12 Miami (Ohio) RedHawks (12-19, 5-13) vs. No. 5 Buffalo Bulls (20-11, 11-7), 7:30 p.m.
The Bulls swept the season series.

Game 3: No. 10 Western Michigan Broncos (13-18, 6-12) vs. No. 7 Toledo Rockets (16-15, 8-10), 7 p.m.
The Rockets swept the season series.

Game 4: No. 11 Eastern Michigan Eagles (16-15, 6-12) vs. No. 6 Kent State Golden Flashes (19-12, 9-9), 7 p.m.
The Eagles won the pair’s lone regular season meeting at home.

Tonight’s four winners advance to Cleveland for the quarterfinals on Thursday. Given how regular season has been, expect some #MACtion this evening.

WCC Semifinals

Game 7: No. 5 San Francisco Dons (22-11, 9-7) vs. No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs (29-2, 15-1), 9 p.m. (ESPN)
The Bulldogs swept the season series.

Game 8: No. 3 Saint Mary’s Gaels (25-7, 11-5) vs. No. 2 BYU Cougars (24-7, 13-3), approx. 11:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
The season series was a home split.

Last, but certainly not least, we have a pair of WCC semifinals, with Saint Mary’s and USF taking the floor after Saturday’s quarterfinals (a double-OT affair for the Gaels) and Gonzaga and BYU entering the competition. If the Dons upset the Zags, a four-bid WCC will become a real possibility for bubble teams to worry about. Meanwhile, the Gaels should be okay even with a loss to the Cougars.

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