Remember that both of today’s games are on TBS, not CBS. Three of the four teams involved in this doubleheader can end long Final Four droughts.
All times are Eastern. You can stream all games on the NCAA’s March Madness Live.
TBS will air both games.
If you turn to CBS at 6 p.m. Eastern expecting to see basketball, you’ll likely encounter your local news in the Eastern and Central time zones and filler programming out West. #youareinformed #youarewarned
Historical data from College Basketball Reference’s Matchup Finder.
6:09 p.m., West Regional Final (Anaheim) on TBS
Announcers: Kevin Harlan/Reggie Miller/Dan Bonner with Dana Jacobson reporting
KenPom predicted score: GU 72, TTU 69
Of the four teams taking the floor tonight, Texas Tech is the only one aiming to reach its first Final Four. Gonzaga made its first just two years ago. The last time the Bulldogs and Red Raiders met, Tech came out on top, but that was in November of 2008. Bobby Knight was Texas Tech’s coach then, and a 73-63 victory put the Red Raiders in the Great Alaska Shootout final, lost to Butler. However, Gonzaga and Texas Tech do have an NCAA Tournament meeting in their history, as a sixth-seeded Tech team knocked off a third-seeded Zags squad in 2005’s second round in Tucson, 71-69.
Hopefully, tonight’s game will be just as thrilling as that one was.
8:49 p.m., South Regional Final (Louisville) on TBS
Announcers: Brian Anderson/Chris Webber with Allie LaForce reporting
KenPom predicted score: UVa 67, PU 63
While both Virginia’s long Final Four drought, dating back to 1984, and Tony Bennett’s squads struggles in ending it are well known, Purdue has gone even longer without reaching the promised land — the Boilermakers’ 1980 appearance was only their second after a 1969 runner-up finish.
Both recent Virginia-Purdue matchups have come in Big Ten-ACC Challenges, and you can bet a rematch is probably on the cards for next December. In 2000, Virginia defeated Purdue in Charlottesville by the somewhat unbelievable score of 98-79, though Pete Gillen led the Cavaliers back then. The Boilermakers got a bit of revenge in a 2006 rematch, a 61-59 win in West Lafayette, though Dave Leitao was on the Virginia bench at that time.
This evening’s game will probably be closer in score to the most recent meeting, but Purdue will undoubtedly try to speed Virginia up just a bit.
Note that tonight’s winners will have to wait until tomorrow to learn their opponents for next Saturday, as the West winner meets the East champ in Minneapolis, while the Midwest and South are paired up.