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College Basketball Viewing Guide for Thursday, March 4, 2021

Late additions to the Big 12 and Big Ten schedules and six conferences’ worth of tournament action make this a particularly intriguing first Thursday of March.

NCAA Basketball: Baylor at West Virginia
Both Baylor and West Virginia are back in action tonight, a little more than 48 hours after wrapping up their OT classic on Tuesday.
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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 for home and away contests 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 Wednesday, March 3, 2021. Records reflect all games played through the same date.

Games are presented in relative order of importance. All times are Eastern. All times and broadcast information is CoVID-dependent. For a more complete schedule, including games without tournament/at-large impact, visit MattSarzSports.com’s daily schedule.

Chronological Schedule

Games marked with an asterisk (*) have an approximate tip time. Games marked with a caret (^) will be available on additional outlets listed in the conference’s section below.

03/04/2021 Late Evening

Tip Time (ET) Host/ Visitor Quads Matchup Outlet
Tip Time (ET) Host/ Visitor Quads Matchup Outlet
8 p.m. No. 5 Murray State vs. No. 4 Jacksonville State (OVC Quarterfinals) ESPN+ ($)
9 p.m. 1/1 26. Texas at 29. Oklahoma ESPN
9 p.m. 3/1 105. Arizona State at 16. Colorado ESPN2
9 p.m. 3/1 119. Nebraska at 6. Iowa B1G Network
9 p.m. No. 10 Illinois State vs. No. 7 Northern Iowa (MVC Rd. 1) ESPN+ ($)^
9 p.m. No. 9 San Diego vs. No. 8 San Francisco (WCC Rd. 1) Stadium
9:30 p.m. 4/1 185. Wyoming at 47. Utah State FS1
10:30 p.m.* No. 6 Austin Peay vs. No. 3 Eastern Kentucky (OVC Quarterfinals) ESPN+ ($)
12 a.m. (03/05) No. 10 Portland vs. No. 7 Santa Clara (WCC Rd. 1) Stadium

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

Top 30 at Top 75

30. Oklahoma State (17-6, 10-6 Big 12) at 2. Baylor (19-1, 11-1), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
26. Texas (15-7, 9-6 Big 12) at 29. Oklahoma (14-8, 9-7), 9 p.m. (ESPN)

While Baylor has clinched the Big 12 crown, Oklahoma State, Texas, and Oklahoma are all jockeying for seeding in Kansas City next week and the NCAAs a few days later. The Cowboys can bolster their case for a top-four NCAA seed by defeating the Bears (Baylor won the first meeting in Stillwater by 15 on January 23rd). The Texas-Oklahoma winner will also have a strong case, particularly the Sooners, if they can earn a sweep, having won by a single point in Austin on January 26th.

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

31–75 at Top 75

72. Michigan State (14-10, 8-10 Big Ten) at 3. Michigan (18-2, 13-2), 7 p.m. (ESPN)

These in-state rivals meet tonight in Ann Arbor and in East Lansing on Sunday. Michigan is in line to drop back to the No. 3 overall spot tomorrow, while MSU needs to beat the Wolverines once to move closer to at-large safety.

Quad 3 For Host/Quad 1 For Visitor (3/1: 4 Games)

76–160 at Top 75

121. TCU (12-11, 5-9 Big 12) at 15. West Virginia (17-7, 10-5), 7 p.m. (ESPN+ ($))
149. UTEP (12-10, 8-8 C-USA) at 11. Kansas (18-8, 12-6 Big 12), 8 p.m. (ESPN+ ($))
105. Arizona State (10-11, 7-8 Pac-12) at 16. Colorado (19-7, 13-6), 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
119. Nebraska (7-17, 3-14 Big Ten) at 6. Iowa (18-7, 12-6), 9 p.m. (B1G Network)

Quad 4 For Host/Quad 1 For Visitor (4/1: 2 Games)

161–353 at Top 75

231. Iowa State (2-19, 0-16 Big 12) at 13. Texas Tech (16-8, 8-7), 7 p.m. (ESPN+ ($))
185. Wyoming (12-9, 6-8 MW) at 47. Utah State (16-7), 9:30 p.m. (FS1)

The six hosts in these two groups should all pick up victories tonight. Utah State is the team with the most to play for, particularly after Boise State’s Tuesday bubble-denting home loss to Fresno State. Note that Kansas added a home game against UTEP since it’s somehow played a complete Big 12 schedule.

Big South Semifinals

ESPN+ ($) will stream both games.

Game 7: No. 5 Longwood (12-15, 10-10) at No. 1 Winthrop (21-1, 17-1), 6 p.m.
The Eagles won both meetings (at home).
Game 8: No. 3 Campbell (16-9, 11-6) at No. 2 Radford (15-11, 12-6), 7 p.m.
The Highlanders won both meetings (on the road).

Tonight’s winners advance to Sunday’s title game, where the second official bid to March Madness will be on the line.

ASUN Quarterfinals

ESPN+ ($) will stream all four games.

Game 1: No. 8 Kennesaw State (5-18, 2-13) vs. No. 1 Liberty (20-5, 11-2) (at North Florida), 2 p.m.
The Flames won both meetings (at home).
Game 2: No. 5 North Alabama (11-10, 7-8) vs. No. 4 North Florida (8-14, 6-6) (at Jacksonville), 2 p.m.
The pair split two games (at UNF).
Game 3: No. 6 FGCU (9-7, 4-5) vs. No. 3 Lipscomb (15-11, 9-6) (at Jacksonville), 7 p.m.
The pair split two games (at Lipscomb).
Game 4: No. 7 Stetson (10-13, 7-9) vs. No. 2 Bellarmine (13-6, 10-3) (at North Florida), 7 p.m.
The Knights won both meetings (at home).

Usually, the ASUN Tournament is played on the home floors of the higher seeds, but this season, it’s set for the arenas of the league’s two members in Jacksonville. One of those, the JU Dolphins, isn’t participating because of ending its season early due to CoVID.

Two of the participants, second-seeded Bellarmine and fifth-seeded North Alabama, are ineligible for the NCAAs due to their respective Division I transitional periods. Should either win the title, Liberty would make the field of 68 as the regular-season champion.

OVC Quarterfinals (Night Two)

ESPN+ ($) will stream both games.

Game 3: No. 5 Murray State (13-12, 10-10) vs. No. 4 Jacksonville State (17-8, 13-6), 8 p.m.
The Gamecocks won both meetings (home-and-home).
Game 4: No. 6 Austin Peay (14-12, 10-10) vs. No. 3 Eastern Kentucky (21-6, 15-5), approx. 10:30 p.m.
The season series was a road split.

Last night, the top two seeds, Belmont and Morehead State, advanced to Friday’s semifinals easily. EKU and Jacksonville State, both of whom leave for the ASUN after this season (oddly enough), will look to join them.

Atlantic 10 Second Round

NBCSN will air all four games.

Game 3: No. 9 Duquesne (8-8, 7-7) vs. No. 8 Richmond (13-7, 6-5) (at Siegel Center), 11 a.m.
The Spiders won the pair’s lone meeting (at home).
Game 4: . 13 Saint Joseph’s (5-14, 3-9) vs. No. 5 UMass (7-6, 6-4) (at Robins Center), 1 p.m.
The pair have not met this season.
Game 5: No. 10 Rhode Island (10-14, 7-10) vs. No. 7 Dayton (13-8, 9-7) (at Siegel Center), 3:30 p.m.
The season series was a home split.
Game 6: No. 11 George Washington (5-11, 3-5) vs. No. 6 George Mason (12-8, 8-6) (at Robins Center), 5:30 p.m.
The Patriots won the pair’s lone meeting (at home).

The Atlantic 10 is foregoing its usual day session/night session format with two venues at its disposal. So, you’ll have almost nine hours straight of hoops originate from Richmond both today and tomorrow. Speaking of the co-host Spiders, they have to play on their archrival’s home floor today, not their own. That won’t be the case for VCU tomorrow.

MVC First Round

MVC TV (FS Midwest and NBCS Chicago Plus) will air and ESPN+ ($) will stream all four games.

Game 1: No. 9 Southern Illinois (11-13, 5-13) vs. No. 8 Bradley (12-15, 6-12), 6 p.m.
The pair split their season series (at Bradley).
Game 2: No. 10 Illinois State (7-17, 4-14) vs. No. 7 Northern Iowa (9-15, 7-11), 9 p.m.
The Panthers won both meetings (at Illinois State).

Arch Madness begins tonight in St. Louis, with tonight’s winners advancing to take on the Valley’s two at-large hopefuls, Loyola and Drake, in tomorrow’s quarterfinals.

WCC First Round

Stadium will air and stream both games.

Game 1: No. 9 San Diego (3-10, 2-7) vs. No. 8 San Francisco (10-13, 4-9), 9 p.m.
The Dons won the pair’s lone meeting (at home).
Game 2: No. 10 Portland (6-14, 0-11) vs. No. 7 Santa Clara (10-7, 4-5), 12 a.m. 03/05
The pair have not met this season.

The WCC stuck with its stepladder bracket for this season, meaning tonight’s winners face the No. 5 and 6 seeds, respectively tomorrow. The top two seeds, Gonzaga and BYU, won’t take the Orleans Arena court until Monday’s semifinal round.