NET/Championship Fortnight Viewing Guide For Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Florida will look for a repeat of 2018 when LSU visits the O’Connell Center tonight.

Bubble teams from the SEC and Big East get big opportunities at home tonight. Plus, two more conference tournaments get underway. For a more traditional look at the schedule, visit MattSarzSports.com.

Reminders of the different groupings:

  • Quad 1 (home games): Visitor is ranked 1-30
  • Quad 1 (away games): Host is ranked 1-75
  • Quad 2 (home games): Visitor is ranked 31-75
  • Quad 2 (away games): Host is ranked 76-135
  • Quad 3 (home games): Visitor is ranked 76-160
  • Quad 3 (away games): Host is ranked 136-240
  • Quad 4 (home games): Visitor is ranked 161-353
  • Quad 4 (away games): Host is ranked 241-353

All NET numbers are from the NCAA’s website and reflect games played through Monday, March 4. Records reflect games played through Tuesday, March 5. All times are Eastern.

Top 30 at Top 75 (2 Games)

Quad 1 for both the host and visitor (1/1)

No. 26 Marquette Golden Eagles (23-6, 12-4) at No. 63 Seton Hall Pirates (16-12, 7-9), 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
No. 13 LSU Tigers (24-5, 14-2) at No. 35 Florida Gators (17-12, 9-7), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

Seton Hall returned to my projected field today, but that was mostly due to Alabama‘s loss to Auburn. But with back-to-back home games against Marquette and Villanova to close the regular season, the Pirates can add to a profile that already includes wins over Kentucky (at MSG) and at Maryland. They’ll just have to snap a three-game skid to get there.

As for Florida, a sweep of LSU is necessary, thanks to Saturday’s bad home loss to Georgia and a looming Saturday trip to Rupp Arena. A Gator win would also put Tennessee in sole possession of first with a game left.

Top 30 at 76-135 (1 Game)

Quad 2 for the visitor; Quad 1 for the host only (2/1)

No. 18 Iowa State Cyclones (20-9, 9-7) at No. 116 West Virginia Mountaineers (11-18, 3-13), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)

The Cyclones have looked shaky of late, going 2-4 in their last six (including a pair of losses at Hilton Coliseum). But they might struggle at WVU Coliseum, where the Mountaineers have already defeated Kansas, Oklahoma, and TCU in Big 12 play. Not too bad for a very disappointing season in Morgantown.

31-75 at 76-135 (3 Games)

Quad 2 for both the host and the visitor (2/2)

No. 72 Georgetown Hoyas (18-11, 8-8) at No. 104 DePaul Blue Demons (14-13, 6-10), 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
No. 39 Clemson Tigers (17-12, 7-9) at No. 103 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (13-16, 3-13), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
No. 43 Ohio State Buckeyes (18-11, 8-10) at No. 95 Northwestern Wildcats (12-17, 3-15), 9 p.m. (BTN)

A trio of bubble teams will play must-win road games on this Wednesday. Georgetown is looking to complete a season-sweep of DePaul in an eight-day span, as the Hoyas dropped the Blue Demons by nine in D.C. just last Wednesday. Clemson heads to Notre Dame, where the Irish would like to end a five-game losing streak. The Tigers can’t get caught looking back at last Saturday’s major missed opportunity against North Carolina nor ahead to this Saturday’s visit from Syracuse. As for Ohio State, they’ll attempt to complete a season sweep of Northwestern, a team that last won on January 22nd.

76-160 at Top 75 (4 Games)

Quad 1 for the visitor only; Quad 3 for the host (1/3)

No. 78 Providence Friars (16-13, 6-10) at No. 49 Creighton Bluejays (16-13, 7-9), 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
No. 91 Oklahoma State Cowboys (10-19, 3-13) at No. 34 Baylor Bears (19-10, 10-6), 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
No. 129 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (13-17, 5-12) at No. 31 North Carolina State Wolfpack (20-9, 8-8), 9 p.m. (ACC RSNs/ACC Network Extra)
No. 88 Oregon State Beavers (17-11, 9-7) at No. 32 Washington Huskies (23-6, 14-2), 10 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)

Of the four contenders with winnable home games tonight, Creighton, N.C. State, and Washington have the most to lose. While the Bluejays are aiming for a season sweep of Providence, their first meeting was all the way back on New Year’s Eve. The Wolfpack’s tendency to play down to their level of competition could be an issues against Georgia Tech. Meanwhile, the Huskies will hope to shake off the bad memories of their Bay Area trip, which they were lucky to split, as they look to go 2-0 against Oregon State.

Baylor, on the other hand, is a little more securely in the bracket, but Oklahoma State will be a feisty opponent. The Bears won the first meeting in Stillwater, 73-69, on January 14th.

31-75 at 136-240 (1 Game)

Quad 3 for the visitor; Quad 2 for the host only (3/2)

No. 64 Oregon Ducks (17-12, 8-8) at No. 190 Washington State Cougars (11-18, 4-12), 11 p.m. (FS1)

Washington State has the potential to spoil the Ducks’ remaining at-large hopes, even if the Ducks won the first meeting in the season series by 20 in Eugene back on January 27th.

Horizon League Quarterfinals, Night 2

No. 7 Detroit Mercy Titans (11-19, 8-10) at No. 2 Northern Kentucky Norse (23-8, 13-5), 7 p.m. (ESPN+ ($))
No. 6 Youngstown State Penguins (12-19, 8-10) at No. 3 Oakland Golden Grizzlies (15-16, 11-7), 7 p.m. (ESPN+ ($))

Last night, the top-seeded Wright State Raiders and fourth-seeded Green Bay Phoenix both won to set up Monday night’s first semifinal in Detroit. The Raiders’ win was the first for a Horizon League No. 1 seed since now-departed Valparaiso Crusaders ‘s won two games to claim the conference’s auto bid back in 2015.

This evening, co-champ and No. 2 seed, NKU will look to defeat Mike Davis’ Titans for a third time, while Oakland will attempt to win the season series with Youngstown State. Note that the Penguins won on their first trip to the O’Rena on January 31st, 75-74.

NEC Quarterfinals

No. 6 LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds (15-15, 9-9) at No. 3 Sacred Heart Pioneers (15-16, 11-7), 6 p.m. (NEC Front Row)
No. 8 Bryant Bulldogs (10-19, 7-11) at No. 1 St. Francis (Pa.) Red Flash (16-13, 12-6), 7 p.m. (NEC Front Row)
No. 7 Wagner Seahawks (13-16, 8-10) at No. 2 Fairleigh Dickinson Knights (17-13, 12-6), 7 p.m. (NEC Front Row)
No. 5 St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers (17-14, 9-9) at No. 4 Robert Morris Colonials (16-15, 11-7), 7 p.m. (NEC Front Row)

The NEC opens its playoffs tonight, with only fourth-seeded Robert Morris looking to defeat its opponent for the third time on the year. In the other three matchups, the hosts will all be aiming for a second home win over their lower-seeded opposition.

Remember that the NEC, like the America East, re-seeds after the quarterfinals.

OVC First Round

No. 8 SIU Edwardsville Cougars (10-20, 6-12) vs. No. 5 Morehead State Eagles (12-19, 8-10), 7:30 p.m. (ESPN+ ($))
No. 7 UT Martin Skyhawks (11-18, 6-12) vs. No. 6 Eastern Illinois Panthers (14-17, 7-11), approx. 10 p.m. (ESPN+ ($))

The first ladder-style bracket of 2019 tips off in Evansville, with tonight’s winners moving on to a pair of quarterfinal games, which will see the entry of the No. 3 and 4 seeds, on Thursday night. Morehead State lost its lone meeting of the season with SIUE, 83-76, back on January 31st at the Vadalabene Center. EIU, on the other hand, swept its two meetings with the Skyhawks.

Chronological Schedule

Grouped by quality in each tip window.

Early Evening Tips

1/1 No. 13 LSU Tigers (24-5, 14-2) at No. 35 Florida Gators (17-12, 9-7), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
1/1 No. 26 Marquette Golden Eagles (23-6, 12-4) at No. 63 Seton Hall Pirates (16-12, 7-9), 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
2/1 No. 18 Iowa State Cyclones (20-9, 9-7) at No. 116 West Virginia Mountaineers (11-18, 3-13), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Horizon Quarterfinal: No. 7 Detroit Mercy Titans (11-19, 8-10) at No. 2 Northern Kentucky Norse (23-8, 13-5), 7 p.m. (ESPN+ ($))
Horizon Quarterfinal: No. 6 Youngstown State Penguins (12-19, 8-10) at No. 3 Oakland Golden Grizzlies (15-16, 11-7), 7 p.m. (ESPN+ ($))
NEC Quarterfinal: No. 6 LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds (15-15, 9-9) at No. 3 Sacred Heart Pioneers (15-16, 11-7), 6 p.m. (NEC Front Row)
NEC Quarterfinal: No. 8 Bryant Bulldogs (10-19, 7-11) at No. 1 St. Francis (Pa.) Red Flash (16-13, 12-6), 7 p.m. (NEC Front Row)
NEC Quarterfinal: No. 7 Wagner Seahawks (13-16, 8-10) at No. 2 Fairleigh Dickinson Knights (17-13, 12-6), 7 p.m. (NEC Front Row)
NEC Quarterfinal: No. 5 St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers (17-14, 9-9) at No. 4 Robert Morris Colonials (16-15, 11-7), 7 p.m. (NEC Front Row)
OVC First Round: No. 8 SIU Edwardsville Cougars (10-20, 6-12) vs. No. 5 Morehead State Eagles (12-19, 8-10), 7:30 p.m. (ESPN+ ($))

Mid-Evening Tips

2/2 No. 72 Georgetown Hoyas (18-11, 8-8) at No. 104 DePaul Blue Demons (14-13, 6-10), 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
1/3 No. 78 Providence Friars (16-13, 6-10) at No. 49 Creighton Bluejays (16-13, 7-9), 8 p.m. (CBSSN)

Late Evening Tips

2/2 No. 39 Clemson Tigers (17-12, 7-9) at No. 103 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (13-16, 3-13), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
2/2 No. 43 Ohio State Buckeyes (18-11, 8-10) at No. 95 Northwestern Wildcats (12-17, 3-15), 9 p.m. (BTN)
1/3 No. 91 Oklahoma State Cowboys (10-19, 3-13) at No. 34 Baylor Bears (19-10, 10-6), 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
1/3 No. 129 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (13-17, 5-12) at No. 31 N.C. State Wolfpack (20-9, 8-8), 9 p.m. (ACC RSNs/ACC Network Extra)
OVC First Round: No. 7 UT Martin Skyhawks (11-18, 6-12) vs. No. 6 Eastern Illinois Panthers (14-17, 7-11), approx. 10 p.m. (ESPN+ ($))

Late Night Tips

1/3 No. 88 Oregon State Beavers (17-11, 9-7) at No. 32 Washington Huskies (23-6, 14-2), 10 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)
3/2 No. 64 Oregon Ducks (17-12, 8-8) at No. 190 Washington State Cougars (11-18, 4-12), 11 p.m. (FS1)

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