Conference Tournament Viewing Guide 03.11.12

Here is the list of conference tournament games on the schedule for today, together with their available television/webstreaming options.  Please note that I only list webstreams for games without national television coverage, even if a stream may also be available. “Local TV” means that the game does not have full national coverage and you should check your local listings.  (PPV) means that the webstream has a fee.

(all times are eastern)

Sunday, March 11

ACC Championship:
1:00 PM    (1) North Carolina vs (3) Florida State    ESPN

Atlantic Ten Championship:
1:00 PM    (3) Xavier vs (4) St. Bonaventure    CBS

Big Ten Championship:
3:30 PM    (1) Michigan State vs (3) Ohio State    CBS

SEC Championship:
1:00 PM    (1) Kentucky vs (3) Vanderbilt    ABC

Small Conference Game of the Night, Special Edition 03.10.12

Welcome to the Special Edition of Small Conference Game of the Night.  While this feature had ended with the close of regular season play, there is a game being played tonight that really does merit mention, so we are going to be interrupting your Championship Week enjoyment for one final entry this season.  While it would be very tempting to discuss one of the small conference championship games being played today, such as the Great West, SWAC, or Pac-12, as was previously stated, conference tournament games are saved for other posts.  Today’s featured game is the 10 PM Eastern contest between Portland State and Seattle.

Portland State is a member of the Big Sky conference and in fact advanced to the conference tournament semifinals this season before falling to Weber State.  Their season was not very notable other than the fact that they were once again eligible for postseason play after being one of the first teams ever declared ineligible under the APR rules last season.  They enter tonight’s strangely scheduled games (being that it is a regular season game after their conference tournament ended) at 17-14 on the year, but are highly unlikely to be selected for any postseason tournament.

For Seattle, a team that has a great history including 11 NCAA tournament berths and an appearance in the 1958 Final Four, tonight’s game is their final game as an independent and their final game of their four year transition back to Division I play.  Next season they join the WAC where they hope to return to the glory days that predated a decision by the school that their athletic department was not worth the monetary investment so they should drop down to Division II.  The Redhawks are looking to win their 12th game of the season tonight as they get ready for full status as a member of Division I next season and their quest to eventually return to the promised land that is the Division I men’s basketball tournament.

With this final post, we must also say goodbye to the Small Conference Game of the Night for the 2011-12 season.  But we will be back next year, to once again highlight the obscure, the meaningless, and the fun games that you tend not to hear about on SportsCenter.

Conference Tournament Viewing Guide 03.10.12

Here is the list of conference tournament games on the schedule for today, together with their available television/webstreaming options.  Please note that I only list webstreams for games without national television coverage, even if a stream may also be available. “Local TV” means that the game does not have full national coverage and you should check your local listings.  (PPV) means that the webstream has a fee.

(all times are eastern)

Saturday, March 10

ACC Semifinal:
1:00 PM    (1) North Carolina vs (5) North Carolina State    ESPN
3:30 PM    (2) Duke vs (3) Florida State    ESPN

America East Championship:
11:00 AM    (1) Stony Brook vs (2) Vermont    ESPN2

Atlantic Ten Semifinal:
1:00 PM    (4) St. Bonaventure vs (8) Massachusetts    CBS Sports Network
3:30 PM    (2) Saint Louis vs (3) Xavier    CBS Sports Network

Big East Championship:
9:00 PM    (4) Cincinnati vs (7) Louisville    ESPN

Big Ten Semifinal:
1:30 PM    (1) Michigan State vs (4) Wisconsin    CBS
4:00 PM    (2) Michigan vs (3) Ohio State    CBS

Big Twelve Championship:
6:00 PM    (2) Missouri vs (4) Baylor    ESPN

Big West Championship:
10:00 PM    (1) Long Beach State vs (3) UC-Santa Barbara    ESPN2

Conference USA Championship:
11:30 AM    (1) Memphis vs (6) Marshall    CBS

Great West Championship:
5:00 PM    (2) North Dakota vs (4) NJIT    gocsucougars.com/showcase (PPV)

MEAC Championship:
1:00 PM    (2) Norfolk State vs (4) Bethune-Cookman    ESPN2

Mid-American Championship:
8:00 PM    (1) Akron vs (3) Ohio    ESPN2

Mountain West Championship:
7:00 PM    (1) San Diego State vs (2) New Mexico    NBC Sports Network

Pac-12 Championship:
6:00 PM    (4) Arizona vs (6) Colorado    CBS

SEC Semifinal:
1:00 PM    (1) Kentucky vs (4) Florida    ABC
3:30 PM    (3) Vanderbilt vs (7) Mississippi    ABC

Southland Championship:
3:00 PM    (3) Lamar vs (4) McNeese State    ESPN2

SWAC Championship:
8:00 PM    (1) Mississippi Valley State vs (2) Texas Southern    ESPNU

WAC Championship:
12:00 AM    (2) New Mexico State vs (5) Louisiana Tech    ESPN2

Championship Week Notebook, Friday, March 9th

CHAMPIONSHIP WEEK NOTEBOOK

107 Teams remain. They break down as follows. BYU is now listed as under consideration, even though they are in our mock field as an at-large. I have a feeling that after today, they’re coming out of our field and being placed back under consideration.

-ACC – 8 quarterfinalists
-America East – 2 – Vermont @ Stony Brook
-Atlantic Ten – 8 quarterfinalists
-Atlantic Sun – Belmont (champ)
-Big Twelve – 6 – Texas (semis, under consideration), Kansas (at-large), Missouri (at-large), Baylor (at-large), Kansas State (at-large), Iowa State (at large)
-Big East – 10 – (4 semi teams), Marquette (at-large), Georgetown (at-large), UConn (at-large), West Virginia (at-large), South Florida (under consideration), Seton Hall (under consideration)
-Big Sky – Montana (champ)
-Big South – UNC Asheville (champ)
-Big Ten – 9 – (8 quarterfinalists), Northwestern (under consideration)
-Big West – 4
-Colonial – 2 – VCU (champ), Drexel (under consideration)
-Conference USA – 4 semifinalists
-Horizon – Detroit (champ)
-Ivy – Harvard (champ)
-Metro Atlantic – 2 – Loyola MD (champ), Iona (under consideration)
-MAC – 4 – semifinalists
-MEAC – 4 semifinalists
-Missouri Valley – 2 – Creighton (champ), Wichita State (under consideration)
-Mountain West – 4 semifinalists
-NEC – Long Island (champ)
-OVC – Murray State (champ)
-Pac Twelve – 6 – 4 semifinalists, Washington (under consideration), Oregon (under consideration)
-Patriot – Lehigh (champ)
-SEC – 9 – 8 quarterfinalists, Mississippi State (under consideration)
-SoCon – Davidson (champ)
-Southland – 2 – Lamar v McNeese State
-Summit – 2 – South Dakota State (champ), Oral Roberts (under consideration)
-Sun Belt – Western Kentucky (champ)
-SWAC – 4 semifinalists
-WAC – 4 semifinalists
-WCC – 3 – Saint Mary’s (champ), Gonzaga (at-large), BYU (under consideration)

-Some very exciting games yesterday.

-The two afternoon games in Conference USA went into overtime. Southern Miss would have really hurt their chances (which had been slipping away as it was) had they not pulled out the quarterfinal win against East Carolina, and it took overtime to do it. The other game between Marshall and Tulsa, who were also playing for their tournament lives, went into three overtimes before Marshall finally pulled off a 105-100 thriller. Memphis and UCF won the night session games easily, and will face each other today.

-The Big East saw a game come down to the wire in UConn v Syracuse, a double overtime game between Cincinnati and Georgetown, and another overtime game between South Florida and Notre Dame. Had South Florida managed to beat the Irish, I think they’d be inside the bubble. It is still likely the will make the field (and definite that they will make our mock field), but htey will really be sweating now.

UConn could have gotten very far inside the bubble with a win against Syracuse, but they seem reasonably safe as it is.

Louisville and Notre Dame are both safely in the field, and are playing each other in a resume game later today.

-All four Pac Twelve quarterfinal games were exciting. Oregon State knocked off top seeded Washington in a one point game. Washington’s profile is very weak, but the real selection committee is likely to take them anyway simply because it is very rare that an outright first place finisher in a top ten conference is left out of the field. As for Oregon State, they are in the semis for the first time ever and looking to make the NCAAs for the first time since 1990. They’ll face Arizona tonight, and Cal will face off against Colorado.

-Xavier, Dayton and Saint Louis are among the teams under consideration that are playing for their tournament lives today in the Atlantic Ten. The loser of Dayton v Xavier is likely out. The only team that’s a first ballot team in this conference is Temple. I think Saint Louis is reasonably safe, but they’ll be sweating a little bit if they lose to La Salle in the quarters.

-Mississippi State lost in the opening round of the SEC Tournament to Georgia. Mississippi State needed good things to happen. That was a bad thing.

-Other than that, pretty much chalk in the Big Ten and ACC opening rounds. Same with the Big Twelve quarters, other than Texas getting a massive win against Iowa State. The Longhorn profile is looking much better now, and I think a win tonight against Missouri puts them in for sure.

-Top seeded Texas Arlington just had one Southland Conference loss all year. Unfortunately, it was in the Southland semis, and the are most likely out.

-Long Beach State is a team that is causing much disagreement, but they had no trouble in the quarters. If they can win the Big West Championship, it saves the committee a big headache.

-Louisville did something that they hadn’t done since February in their game against Marquette, and that’s shoot the ball well. When I say since February, I mean February of 2011.

Enjoy the games!!!!

Conference Tournament Viewing Guide 03.09.12

Here is the list of conference tournament games on the schedule for today, together with their available television/webstreaming options.  Please note that I only list webstreams for games without national television coverage, even if a stream may also be available. “Local TV” means that the game does not have full national coverage and you should check your local listings.  (PPV) means that the webstream has a fee.

(all times are eastern)

Friday, March 9

ACC Quarterfinal:
12:00 PM    (1) North Carolina vs (8) Maryland    ESPN2
2:30 PM    (4) Virginia vs (5) North Carolina State    ESPN2
7:00 PM    (2) Duke vs (10) Virginia Tech    ESPN2
9:30 PM    (3) Florida State vs (6) Miami    ESPN2

Atlantic Ten Quarterfinal:
12:00 PM    (1) Temple vs (8) Massachusetts    Local TV
2:30 PM    (4) St. Bonaventure vs (5) St. Joseph’s    Local TV
6:30 PM    (2) Saint Louis vs (7) La Salle    Local TV
9:00 PM    (3) Xavier vs (6) Dayton    Local TV

Big East Semifinal:
7:00 PM    (1) Syracuse vs (4) Cincinnati    ESPN
9:30 PM    (3) Notre Dame vs (7) Louisville    ESPN

Big Ten Quarterfinal:
12:00 PM    (1) Michigan State vs (8) Iowa    ESPN
2:30 PM    (4) Wisconsin vs (5) Indiana    ESPN
6:30 PM    (2) Michigan vs (10) Minnesota    BTN
9:00 PM    (3) Ohio State vs (6) Purdue    BTN

Big Twelve Semifinal:
7:30 PM    (1) Kansas vs (4) Baylor    ESPNU/Local TV/Full Court/espn3.com
10:00 PM    (2) Missouri vs (6) Texas    ESPNU/Local TV/Full Court/espn3.com

Big West Semifinal:
9:30 PM    (1) Long Beach State vs (7) UC-Irvine    espn3.com
12:00 AM    (3) UC-Santa Barbara vs (4) Cal Poly    ESPNU

Conference USA Semifinal:
4:00 PM    (2) Southern Mississippi vs (6) Marshall    CBS Sports Network
6:30 PM    (1) Memphis vs (4) Central Florida    CBS Sports Network

Great West Semifinal:
1:00 PM    (1) Utah Valley vs (4) NJIT    gocsucougars.com/showcase (PPV)
3:30 PM    (2) North Dakota vs (3) Texas-Pan American    gocsucougars.com/showcase (PPV)

MEAC Semifinal:
6:00 PM    (4) Bethune-Cookman vs (8) Hampton    meachoops.com (FREE)
8:30 PM    (2) Norfolk State vs (11) Florida A&M    meachoops.com (FREE)

Mid-American Semifinal:
7:00 PM    (1) Akron vs (4) Kent State    Local TV/Full Court/espn3.com
9:30 PM    (2) Buffalo vs (3) Ohio    Local TV/Full Court/espn3.com

Mountain West Semifinal:
9:00 PM    (1) San Diego State vs (4) Colorado State    CBS Sports Network
11:30 PM    (2) New Mexico vs (3) UNLV    CBS Sports Network

Pac-12 Semifinal:
9:00 PM    (4) Arizona vs (9) Oregon State    FSN National
11:30 PM    (2) California vs (6) Colorado    FSN National

SEC Quarterfinal:
1:00 PM    (1) Kentucky vs (8) LSU    ESPNU/Local TV/Full Court/espn3.com
3:30 PM    (4) Florida vs (5) Alabama    ESPNU/Local TV/Full Court/espn3.com
7:30 PM    (2) Tennessee vs (7) Mississippi    Local TV/Full Court/espn3.com
10:00 PM    (3) Vanderbilt vs (11) Georgia    Local TV/Full Court/espn3.com

SWAC Semifinal:
3:30 PM    (2) Texas Southern vs (6) Alcorn State    swac.org (FREE)
9:00 PM    (1) Mississippi Valley State vs (5) Ark-Pine Bluff    swac.org (FREE)

WAC Semifinal:
9:00 PM    (2) New Mexico State vs (6) Hawai’i    Local TV/Full Court/espn3.com
11:30 PM    (1) Nevada vs (5) Louisiana Tech    Local TV/Full Court/espn3.com