Typically, the national semifinals tip off a little after 6 p.m. Eastern. Thanks to the unique circumstances and requirements of 2021, they start one hour earlier this time around.
Don’t turn to CBS looking for tonight’s doubleheader. It’s on TBS instead. Saturday will feature a Southwest Conference reunion with Houston and Baylor advancing to one national semifinal. Might we get an all-Pac-12 matchup in the other? Or will top seeds Gonzaga and Michigan conspire to prevent it?
I would imagine that if ratings are decent for this experiment, we’ll see more weeknight regional finals in the future. First up, the Midwest and South on CBS.
As on Saturday, CBS will carry the first two games of the day (both of which feature No. 1 seeds), while TBS gets the night session (which is Pac-12 heavy).
In another first, each regional semifinal game will be broadcast in its own telecast window. Note that the first two games of the schedule for both today and Sunday will be on CBS, with TBS picking up the night contests.
With the South and Midwest second round in the books, it’s time for the East and West regions to set their matchups for next weekend.
For the first time, 15 of the 16 seeds will be represented in this round with 14 taking the court today alone.
The round of 64 ends tonight with eight contests, including No. 1 overall seed Gonzaga’s 2021 tournament debut.
First-round Friday saw the ninth 15-over-2 upset ever and 13-over-4, 12-over-5, and 11-over-6 wins, along with three overtime games. Usually, when one first-round day is thrilling, the other ends up being a bore. Hopefully, that won’t be the case on this Saturday.
Start your weekend with a lot of college basketball.
Pretend it’s a Thursday.
Typically, this round takes place over two nights and at the University of Dayton Arena. In 2021, it’s two venues over one night.
The final five automatic bids of 2021 will be awarded today. Can Cincinnati burst one last bubble?
After three days without a championship game, you’ll see 15 of them today. Bubble trouble lurks in a pair of them.
It’s semifinal Friday for 14 of the 15 conferences that will crown champions on Saturday, while three of the five leagues that wait until Selection Sunday itself will play their quarterfinals.
There are a whopping 57 56 elimination game on today’s slate, so action will begin in the late morning on the East Coast and end long after midnight.
While conference tournament action is ramping up, there are precious few games with at-large implications on today’s schedule.
Tonight’s schedule will see the last automatic bids handed out (five) before Saturday’s flood of invitations.
Barring any late scheduling changes, it’s all-elimination action between tonight and the National Championship game. Two bids are on the line tonight.
Selection Sunday is one week away! Today’s slate features several intriguing regular-season finales from the American, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12, and SEC, along with three conference title games, where two automatic bids will go out.
It’s a day full of regular-season finales, including some makeup games, and plenty of conference tournament action.
While most of your attention (and this post’s) will go toward conference tournaments, there are still some important regular season games on the Friday slate.
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.
The first Wednesday schedule for March isn’t as loaded as the first Tuesday’s, but there are still plenty of intriguing matchups and more early conference tournament contests available to partake in.
WELCOME TO THE MONTH OF MADNESS!
Major conference play is building to a boil, while two more conference tournaments tip off today.
Thursday’s slate features a top-five showdown in the Big Ten, crucial Mountain West and Pac-12 matchups, another very late non-conference game, and the first four Championship Fortnight games of the season.
Just one auto bid is up for grabs tonight, with bubble action taking up the rest of the spotlight. For a more traditional look at today’s college basketball schedule, visit MattSarzSports.com.
Five bids are up for grabs tonight, though one has already been unexpectedly rewarded before those games even tip off. For a more traditional look at today’s college basketball schedule, visit MattSarzSports.com.
Bubble trouble could lurk in the SoCon championship and WCC semifinals. For a more traditional look at today’s college basketball schedule, visit MattSarzSports.com.
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.
1. It’s the penultimate day of the regular season, so there are a ton of quality matchups. 2. The first two tickets to the 2020 NCAA Tournament will be handed out this evening (East Coast bias). For a more traditional look at today’s college basketball schedule, visit MattSarzSports.com.