Tournament championship timePosted: March 1, 2012
Who’s going to be playing in the NCAA tournament?
The first tickets get punched this weekend.
The Big South goes first, Saturday at noon on ESPN2. Then the Ohio Valley crowns its champion at 2 p.m. The Atlantic Sun title game is at 7 p.m., followed by the semifinals of the West Coast Conference tournament.
CBS has “Arch Madness,” the championship of the Missouri Valley Conference, Sunday at 2 p.m.
Comcast-plus has four quarterfinals from the CAA tournament Saturday, starting at noon. The semifinals begin Sunday at 2 p.m.
In Division II, MASN shows the CIAA tournament. There’s four games Thursday, starting at 1 p.m., and the second semifinal airs Friday at 9:30 p.m.
Among the big boys, it’s the final weekend of the regular season. ESPN’s GameDay crew spends Saturday at North Carolina for the ACC championship battle between the Tar Heels and Duke at 7 p.m.
Virginia Tech heads to Clemson Thursday at 9 p.m. on the ACC Network, including NBC29. Wake Forest goes to Georgia Tech Saturday at noon, followed by Boston College-Miami at 2:30 p.m. Virginia closes the regular season at Maryland Sunday at 2 p.m.
CBS offers a full slate Saturday, beginning at noon with Memphis-Tulsa. There’s a choice of two games at 2 p.m. – either LSU vs. Auburn or Washington against UCLA – before Louisville goes against Syracuse.
Sunday, Kentucky battles Florida at noon and Big Ten regular season champion Michigan State meets Ohio State at 4 p.m.
ESPN’s Thursday doubleheader starts at 7 p.m. with Michigan taking on Illinois. Georgia plays top-ranked Kentucky at 9 p.m. Saturday’s slate begins with Pittsburgh taking on Connecticut at noon. ESPN stays in the Big East at 2 p.m. for Cincinnati-Villanova, then Vanderbilt plays Tennessee at 4 p.m. Texas meets Kansas to cap the night at 9 p.m.
Sunday at 1 p.m., Michigan battles Penn State.
Virginia’s home finale against Florida State gets coverage on ESPN2 Thursday at 7 p.m. Villanova takes on Rutgers at 9 p.m., with New Mexico State-Nevada as the nightcap. Akron goes against Kent State Friday at 7 p.m., and Clemson battles Florida State Sunday at noon.
Comcast’s Thursday late night game features Colorado and Oregon at 10:30 p.m. Saturday starts at 2 p.m. with Southern Mississippi at Marshall before Colorado visits Oregon State. Sunday in the Pac-12, it’s Arizona-Arizona State at 3:30 p.m. before California plays Stanford.
MASN has the Big East contest between Providence and Notre Dame Friday at 7 p.m., and four more conference games Saturday. The day starts in South Florida, with West Virginia playing the Bulls at noon, then Georgetown takes on Marquette. At 6 p.m., it’s Seton Hall-DePaul before St. John’s goes against Rutgers. The Big 12 also gets a slot Saturday, with Missouri meeting Texas Tech at 4 p.m.
Saturday at 4 p.m., Boise State visits New Mexico on NBC Sports network.
Comcast shows the ACC women’s tournament, starting Thursday at 11 a.m. There’s two more games on Comcast Friday afternoon, and the other two quarterfinal contests will be on Comcast-plus. Saturday at noon, there’s the Big 12 game between Iowa State and Baylor and Sunday at 1 p.m. Texas takes on Texas A&M.
Sunday is championship day on ESPN2, with the ACC title game at 2 p.m. The Big Ten crowns its champion at 4 p.m., then it’s the Southeastern Conference’s turn at 6 p.m.
It’s a short week for a long trip in NASCAR world. After a rain and fire-delayed Daytona 500, the drivers will be in Phoenix Sunday at 2:30 p.m. The Nationwide race will be Saturday at 4 p.m. on ESPN2.
How’s Kobe Bryant and his nose? Find out Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on ABC, when the Lakers host Miami. That’s after a bit of Linsanity, with the Knicks at Celtics at 1 p.m.
TNT has the Thunder taking on the Magic Thursday at 8 p.m., followed by the Heat vs. Blazers. ESPN shows Warriors-76ers at 8 p.m. Friday, then the Clippers face the Suns. There’s another doubleheader Sunday evening, with the Bulls against 76ers at 7 p.m. before
the Nuggets battle the Spurs.
The Wizards take on Cleveland Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
The Capitals host New Jersey Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast, and Sunday play Philadelphia at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
NBC shows the Bruins game with the Rangers Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
The PGA tour heads east this weekend, with the Honda Classic on NBC Saturday and Sunday at 6 p.m.
Virginia takes on the lacrosse field Sunday at 4:30 p.m. on ESPN, taking on Syracuse.
Are you ready for some baseball? MASN has the spring training contest between the Nationals and Astros Sunday at 1 p.m.
NBC Sports network has college ice hockey between Denver and Nebraska-Omaha Friday at 7:30 p.m.
NBC has American Cup gymnastics Saturday at 1 p.m.