Championship Fortnight Viewing Guide For Wednesday, March 13, 2019

N.C. State stunned Clemson at the buzzer on January 26th in Raleigh. The Wolfpack might need to defeat the Tigers again to secure a place in the field of 68.

Things start to simmer today, though there are few games likely to have bubble impact. For a more traditional look at the schedule, visit MattSarzSports.com.

At the bottom of the page, you’ll find a lineup broken down by telecast window with the tournament info in bold to the left of the game. Instead of ordering these specifically by tip time, however, I’ve grouped them by importance.

Patriot League Championship

No. 2 Bucknell Bison (21-11, 13-5) at No. 1 Colgate Raiders (23-10, 13-5), 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)

There’s just one automatic bid up for grabs today, the last one to be decided until Saturday. It’s a rubber game in the Patriot League that will determine whether the visiting Bison reach their third consecutive NCAA Tournament or the Raiders make their first trip since 1996. Shout out to Adonal Foyle!

MEAC Quarterfinals, Night One

FloHoops.com ($) will stream both games.

No. 9 South Carolina State Bulldogs (8-25, 5-11) vs. No. 1 Norfolk State Spartans (19-12, 14-2), 6 p.m.
No. 7 Coppin State Eagles (8-24, 7-9) vs. No. 2 North Carolina A&T Aggies (18-12, 13-3), approx. 8:30 p.m.

The Bulldogs and Eagles defeated the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks and Morgan State Bears, respectively, on Tuesday night. But they have to hit the floor in Norfolk again tonight to challenge the MEAC’s top two seeds. Both favorites will be looking to go 2-0 against their opponents this season. Tonight’s victors will get Thursday off while the other four quarterfinalists meet to complete Friday’s semifinal lineup.

ACC Second Round

Raycom will air all three games in ACC markets.

No. 9 Clemson Tigers (19-12, 9-9) vs. No. 8 N.C. State Wolfpack (21-10, 9-9), 12 p.m. (ESPN)
No. 12 Miami Hurricanes (14-17, 5-13) vs. No. 5 Virginia Tech Hokies (23-7, 12-6), approx. 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
No. 15 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (14-18, 3-15) vs. No. 7 Louisville Cardinals (19-12, 10-8), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
No. 14 Pitt Panthers (14-18, 3-15) vs. No. 6 Syracuse Orange (19-12, 10-8), approx. 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

While Virginia Tech is playing to stay in the race for a top four seed and both Louisville and Syracuse need to avoid picking up a late bad loss, the noon game is the real attraction in Charlotte. Clemson is currently 1-9 against Quad 1 while N.C. State is 2-8. The victor will pick up another such victory, but they may need to defeat Virginia tomorrow to likely secure a bid. Remember that the Wolfpack needed a Braxton Beverly three at the buzzer to top the Tigers by a 69-67 score on January 26th.

Big Sky First Round

Pluto.tv and WatchBigSky.com will stream all three games.

No. 9 Sacramento State Hornets (14-15, 8-12) vs. No. 8 Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (10-20, 8-12), 11:30 a.m.
No. 10 Idaho State Bengals (11-18, 7-14) vs. No. 7 Southern Utah Thunderbirds (14-15, 9-11), approx. 2 p.m.
No. 11 Idaho Vandals (5-26, 2-18) vs. No. 6 Montana State Bobcats (14-16, 11-9), approx. 4:30 p.m.

The Big Sky Tournament tips off in Boise, its new home this year after three seasons in Reno. This morning/afternoon’s winners will advance to Thursday’s quarterfinal round, where they’ll meet the top three seeds.

Atlantic 10 First Round

ESPN+ ($) will stream both games.

No. 13 UMass Minutemen (11-20, 4-14) vs. No. 12 George Washington Colonials (8-23, 4-14), 1 p.m.
No. 14 Fordham Rams (12-19, 3-15) vs. No. 11 Richmond Spiders (12-19, 6-12), approx. 3:30 p.m.

Tonight’s winners advance to games against the No. 5 and 6 seeds in Thursday’s second round in Brooklyn.

Mountain West First Round

Stadium on Facebook Live will stream all three games.

No. 9 Colorado State Rams (12-19, 7-11) vs. No. 8 Boise State Broncos (12-19, 7-11), 2 p.m.
No. 10 Wyoming Cowboys (8-23, 4-14) vs. No. 7 New Mexico Lobos (13-17, 7-11), approx. 4:30 p.m.
No. 11 San José State Spartans (4-26, 1-17) vs. No. 6 Air Force Falcons (13-17, 8-10), approx. 7 p.m.

Similarly, the Mountain West quarterfinal lineup for Thursday will be set after this afternoon’s tripleheader at the Thomas & Mack Center.

Pac-12 First Round

Pac-12 Networks will air all four games.

No. 9 Arizona Wildcats (17-14, 8-10) vs. No. 8 USC Trojans (15-16, 8-10), 3 p.m.
No. 12 California Golden Bears (8-22, 3-15) vs. No. 5 Colorado Buffaloes (19-11, 10-8), approx. 5:30 p.m.
No. 10 Stanford Cardinal (15-15, 8-10) vs. No. 7 UCLA Bruins (16-15, 9-9), 9 p.m.
No. 11 Washington State Cougars (11-20, 4-14) vs. No. 6 Oregon Ducks (19-12, 10-8), approx. 11:30 p.m.

The most important game of these four is the final one, as Oregon’s bubble will pop with a loss to the Cougars. The Ducks did sweep Wazzu during the regular season, however.

Big Ten First Round

BTN will air both games.

No. 13 Nebraska Cornhuskers (16-15, 6-14) vs. No. 12 Rutgers Scarlet Knights (14-16, 7-13), 6:30 p.m.
No. 14 Northwestern Wildcats (13-18, 4-16) vs. No. 11 Illinois Fighting Illini (11-20, 7-13), approx. 9 p.m.

Nebraska has a theoretical shot at a bid, but that will end with a loss to Rutgers.

Southland First Round

ESPN+ ($) will stream both games.

No. 8 Houston Baptist Huskies (12-17, 8-10) vs. No. 5 Lamar Cardinals (19-12, 12-6), 6 p.m.
No. 7 Central Arkansas Bears (13-18, 8-10) vs. No. 6 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders (14-17, 9-9), approx. 8:30 p.m.

The first night in Katy, Texas features the only matchups we absolutely know will happen in the Southland Conference Tournament, which employs a ladder bracket. Tonight’s winners will take on the No. 4 and 3 seeds in Thursday’s quarterfinals.

Big East First Round

FS1 will air both games.

No. 9 Butler Bulldogs (16-15, 7-11) vs. No. 8 Providence Friars (17-14, 7-11), 7 p.m.
No. 10 DePaul Blue Demons (15-14, 7-11) vs. No. 7 St. John’s Red Storm (20-11, 8-10), approx. 9:30 p.m.

While Butler and Providence are on the bubble’s fringe, St. John’s could find itself left out of the field with a third loss to DePaul.

Big 12 First Round

ESPNU will air both games.

No. 9 Oklahoma State Cowboys (12-19, 5-13) vs. No. 8 TCU Horned Frogs (19-12, 7-11), 7 p.m.
No. 10 West Virginia Mountaineers (12-19, 4-14) vs. No. 7 Oklahoma Sooners (19-12, 7-11), approx. 9:30 p.m.

While Oklahoma should be able to absorb a potential loss to West Virginia and remain in the field, TCU would be in real trouble with a second loss to Oklahoma State.

SEC First Round

SEC Network will air both games.

No. 13 Missouri Tigers (14-16, 5-13) vs. No. 12 Georgia Bulldogs (11-20, 2-16), 7 p.m.
No. 14 Vanderbilt Commodores (9-22, 0-18) vs. No. 11 Texas A&M Aggies (13-17, 6-12), approx. 9:30 p.m.

Maybe Vandy can finally win a conference game in what could possibly be Billy Kennedy’s last appearance on A&M’s bench?

Conference USA First Round

ESPN+ ($) will stream all four games.

No. 9 FAU Owls (17-14, 8-10) vs. No. 8 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (19-12, 9-9), 7 p.m.
No. 12 Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (11-20, 8-10) vs. No. 5 UAB Blazers (18-13, 10-8), 7:30 p.m.
No. 10 North Texas Mean Green (20-11, 8-10) vs. No. 7 FIU Panthers (19-12, 10-8), approx. 9:30 p.m.
No. 11 Rice Owls (13-18, 8-10) vs. No. 6 Marshall Thundering Herd (18-13, 11-7), approx. 10 p.m.

If you enjoy the simultaneous, dueling courts action of the Conference USA Tournament in Frisco, Texas, you’re in luck! Yesterday, the league announced it re-upped with the city and Dallas Cowboys for two more seasons.

2018 champion Marshall will begin its title defense one round earlier this time around.

Chronological Schedule

Grouped by quality in each tip window.

Early Tips

ACC R1: No. 9 Clemson (19-12, 9-9) vs. No. 8 N.C. State (21-10, 9-9), 12 p.m. (ESPN)
A10 R1: No. 13 UMass (11-20, 4-14) vs. No. 12 George Washington (8-23, 4-14), 1 p.m. (ESPN+ ($))
Big Sky R1: No. 9 Sacramento State (14-15, 8-12) vs. No. 8 Northern Arizona (10-20, 8-12), 11:30 a.m. (Pluto.tv/WatchBigSky.com)

Mid-Afternoon Tips

ACC R1: No. 12 Miami (14-17, 5-13) vs. No. 5 Virginia Tech (23-7, 12-6), approx. 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
P12 R1: No. 9 Arizona (17-14, 8-10) vs. No. 8 USC (15-16, 8-10), 3 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)
MW R1: No. 9 Colorado State (12-19, 7-11) vs. No. 8 Boise State (12-19, 7-11), 2 p.m. (Stadium on Facebook Live)
Big Sky R1: No. 10 Idaho State (11-18, 7-14) vs. No. 7 Southern Utah (14-15, 9-11), approx. 2 p.m. (Pluto.tv/WatchBigSky.com)

Late Afternoon Tips

P12 R1: No. 12 California (8-22, 3-15) vs. No. 5 Colorado (19-11, 10-8), approx. 5:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)
A10 R1: No. 14 Fordham (12-19, 3-15) vs. No. 11 Richmond (12-19, 6-12), approx. 3:30 p.m. (ESPN+ ($))
MW R1: No. 10 Wyoming (8-23, 4-14) vs. No. 7 New Mexico (13-17, 7-11), approx. 4:30 p.m. (Stadium on Facebook Live)
Big Sky R1: No. 11 Idaho (5-26, 2-18) vs. No. 6 Montana State (14-16, 11-9), approx. 4:30 p.m. (Pluto.tv/WatchBigSky.com)

Early Evening Tips

Patriot FINAL: No. 2 Bucknell (21-11, 13-5) at No. 1 Colgate (23-10, 13-5), 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
BE R1: No. 9 Butler (16-15, 7-11) vs. No. 8 Providence (17-14, 7-11), 7 p.m. (FS1)
B12 R1: No. 9 Oklahoma State (12-19, 5-13) vs. No. 8 TCU (19-12, 7-11), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
B1G R1: No. 13 Nebraska (16-15, 6-14) vs. No. 12 Rutgers (14-16, 7-13), 6:30 p.m. (BTN)
ACC R1: No. 15 Notre Dame (14-18, 3-15) vs. No. 7 Louisville (19-12, 10-8), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
MEAC QF: No. 9 South Carolina State (8-25, 5-11) vs. No. 1 Norfolk State (19-12, 14-2), 6 p.m. (FloHoops.com ($))
SEC R1: No. 13 Missouri (14-16, 5-13) vs. No. 12 Georgia (11-20, 2-16), 7 p.m. (SECN)
C-USA R1: No. 9 FAU (17-14, 8-10) vs. No. 8 Louisiana Tech (19-12, 9-9), 7 p.m. (ESPN+ ($))
C-USA R1: No. 12 Middle Tennessee (11-20, 8-10) vs. No. 5 UAB (18-13, 10-8), 7:30 p.m. (ESPN+ ($))
SLC R1: No. 8 Houston Baptist (12-17, 8-10) vs. No. 5 Lamar (19-12, 12-6), 6 p.m. (ESPN+ ($))
MW R1: No. 11 San José State (4-26, 1-17) vs. No. 6 Air Force (13-17, 8-10), approx. 7 p.m. (Stadium on Facebook Live)

Late Evening Tips

BE R1: No. 10 DePaul (15-14, 7-11) vs. No. 7 St. John’s (20-11, 8-10), approx. 9:30 p.m. (FS1)
B12 R1: No. 10 West Virginia (12-19, 4-14) vs. No. 7 Oklahoma (19-12, 7-11), approx. 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
ACC R1: No. 14 Pitt (14-18, 3-15) vs. No. 6 Syracuse (19-12, 10-8), approx. 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
P12 R1: No. 10 Stanford (15-15, 8-10) vs. No. 7 UCLA (16-15, 9-9), 9 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)
B1G R1: No. 14 Northwestern (13-18, 4-16) vs. No. 11 Illinois (11-20, 7-13), approx. 9 p.m. (BTN)
MEAC QF: No. 7 Coppin State (8-24, 7-9) vs. No. 2 North Carolina A&T (18-12, 13-3), approx. 8:30 p.m. (FloHoops.com ($))
SEC R1: No. 14 Vanderbilt (9-22, 0-18) vs. No. 11 Texas A&M (13-17, 6-12), approx. 9:30 p.m. (SECN)
C-USA R1: No. 10 North Texas (20-11, 8-10) vs. No. 7 FIU (19-12, 10-8), approx. 9:30 p.m.
C-USA R1: No. 11 Rice (13-18, 8-10) vs. No. 6 Marshall (18-13, 11-7), approx. 10 p.m.
SLC R1: No. 7 Central Arkansas (13-18, 8-10) vs. No. 6 Texas A&M Corpus Christi (14-17, 9-9), approx. 8:30 p.m. (ESPN+ ($))

Late Night Tips

P12 R1: No. 11 Washington State (11-20, 4-14) vs. No. 6 Oregon (19-12, 10-8), approx. 11:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)

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