And the field is….Posted: March 8, 2012
Enough of the last four in and the first four out.
Time to pick the First Four on the Road to the Final Four.
The 68-team NCAA men’s basketball tournament field will be announced Sunday at 6 p.m. on CBS, and talked about constantly on ESPN through the week.
Before the four channels get their schedule for the next few weeks, the top conference have their tournaments.
The ACC heads to Atlanta with its 12-team (for now) field, with coverage on the ACC network. Play begins Thursday at noon with Maryland against Wake Forest, followed by N.C. State-Boston College. Virginia Tech takes on Clemson at 7 p.m., and Georgia Tech plays Miami in the nightcap.
Friday starts at noon with top-seed North Carolina in action, then Virginia plays at 2:30 p.m. Second-seed Duke await either Virginia Tech or Clemson at 7 p.m., followed by Florida State’s tournament opener. Semifinals start Saturday at 1 p.m., and Sunday’s final is at 1 p.m.
CBS prepares for the tournament with six games over the weekend. Saturday starts at 11:30 a.m. with the Conference USA title game, followed by the two semifinals in the Big Ten. The Pac-12 crowns its champion at 6 p.m.
Sunday, the Atlantic 10 bid is on the line at 1 p.m. before the Big Ten championship.
ABC has the semifinals of the SEC championship Saturday starting at 1:30 p.m., and the final is Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Big East’s top four teams get into action Thursday, with top-seed Syracuse playing at noon on ESPN. Cincinnati’s first game is at 2 p.m., and in the evening session Marquette goes at 7 p.m. and Notre Dame at 9 p.m. The semifinals start Friday at 7 p.m., and the title game tips Saturday at 9 p.m.
ESPN has plenty of other action besides the Big East and ACC (outside conference territory). Friday at noon, the first two Big Ten quarterfinal games are on ESPN. The Big 12 title goes Saturday at 6 p.m.,
ESPN2 starts Thursday with a pair of Big 12 quarterfinals at 12:30 p.m. There’s two games from the Big Ten tournament starting at 5:30 p.m.
There’s six tournament berths on the line Saturday. The day starts in the America East, with Vermont meeting Stony Brook at 11 a.m. The MEAC goes at 1 p.m., followed by the Southland. The MAC takes the stage at 8 p.m., then the Big West goes at 10 p.m. The WAC closes the night at midnight.
The PAC-12 tournament airs on Comcast, with a game Thursday at 3 p.m. and the night’s finale at 11:30 p.m. Friday, there’s the four Atlantic 10 quarterfinals starting at noon.
MASN has a pair of quarterfinal contests from the Big 12 conference tournament Thursday, starting at 7 p.m. The semifinals get coverage Friday starting at 7:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network shows the Mountain West title game Saturday at 7 p.m.
While the women await their selection show Monday night, the CAA has its championship game Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on Comcast. NBC Sports network has the Mountain West title game Saturday at 4 p.m.
NASCAR stays out west, with the Sprint series in Las Vegas Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on FOX. The Nationwide racers hit the track Saturday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2.
TNT’s Thursday doubleheader starts at 8 p.m. with the Magic against Bulls, followed by Mavericks-Suns. ABC shows the Celtics-Lakers Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
The Wizards host Portland Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
The Capitals play Tampa Bay Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and travel to Boston Saturday at 1 p.m. They close the weekend at home against Toronto Sunday at 5 p.m.
NBC has the Bruins’ game in Pittsburgh Sunday at 12:30 p.m. and its’ Kings-Blackhawks at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Massachusetts goes against Boston College in college ice hockey Friday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The best golfers in the world gather at Doral for the World Golf Championships. NBC has coverage Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.
D.C. United has its season kickoff against Kansas City Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast-plus. NBC Sports network starts its coverage Sunday at 3 p.m. with FC Dallas against New York.
The Orioles face the Red Sox in preseason baseball Sunday at 1 p.m. on MASN.
There’s college lacrosse Saturday at 1 p.m. on MASN, with Harvard taking on Georgetown.