16….8….4

Did you pick Florida Gulf Coast to make the Sweet Sixteen?
2013 final fourYou also “buy low and sell high” all the time, don’t you?
The 15th-seeded Eagles try to keep their Cinderella run alive Friday at 10 p.m., playing cross-state rival Florida on TBS. The winner will play either top-seeded Kansas or Michigan – who play at 7:30 –  for the South Region championship at Cowboys’ Stadium Friday.
The Sweet Sixteen starts out east on CBS Thursday, with Marquette against ACC champion Miami at 7 p.m. Syracuse meets Indiana in the nightcap.
TBS has the West Region Thursday, with Arizona against Ohio State at 7:30 p.m. before Wichita State takes on LaSalle.
Friday on CBS, it’s Louisville facing Oregon in one Midwest Regional semifinal at 7 p.m. Michigan State meets Duke in the nightcap.
The first two berths in the Final Four will be earned Saturday on CBS, starting at 4:15 p.m. The second pair headed to Atlanta will claim their berths Sunday beginning at 2:30 p.m.
The women’s tournament starts its Sweet Sixteen Saturday at noon with Delaware facing Kentucky in Bridgeport on ESPN. Connecticut battles Maryland at 2:30 p.m. before the action shifts to Spokane – Stanford against Georgia at 9 p.m. and LSU-California at 11:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
Kansas meets Notre Dame in Norfolk Sunday at noon on ESPN before Duke takes on Nebraska on ESPN2. The final berth will be decided in Oklahoma City, with Tennessee-Oklahoma at 4:30 p.m. and Baylor meeting Louisville at 7 p.m.
The Wizards take on the Magic Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
The 2013 Major League Baseball season – the first with interleague games throughout the year – starts Sunday with new American League member Houston hosting Texas at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
The Nationals close out spring training by facing the Mets Thursday at 1 p.m. before hosting the Yankees at Nationals Park on MASN Friday at 2 p.m.
On the college diamond, Miami takes on Virginia Saturday at 1 p.m. on Comcast.
Thursday at 7 p.m., Comcast shows the Islanders against Flyers. There’s a doubleheader Saturday, with the Capitals going to Buffalo Saturday at 7:30 p.m. before Phoenix goes to San Jose. The Capitals head to Philadelphia Sunday at 6 p.m.
NBC Sports network brings the Bruins and Sabres Sunday at 7:30 p.m. after NBC shows Chicago at Detroit at 12:30 p.m.
The PGA tour gets ready for the Masters with the Texas Open on NBC Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The Red Bulls take on Philadelphia Saturday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The road to the Kentucky Derby continues on NBC Sports network with the Florida Derby and Louisiana Derby Saturday at 6 p.m.
ESPN2 offers Sony Open tennis Thursday at 1 and 7 p.m. The men’s semifinals are Friday at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Harvard battles Duke in college lacrosse Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network.


68…64…32…16

2013 final fourLook at your bracket this morning.
Well thought out and clean.
Such high hopes.
Until Thursday afternoon.
With the First Four finished, the main event starts at noon on CBS. Michigan State meets Valparaiso in the day’s first game. The day on TruTV starts at 12:30 p.m. with Butler-Bucknell, and TBS shows Wichita State against Pittsburgh at 1:30 p.m. The final of the four sites features an opening game between New Mexico State and St. Louis on TNT at 2 p.m.
Duke starts the day on CBS Friday, playing Albany at noon, before Mississippi takes on Wisconsin on TruTV at 12:30 p.m.  There’s more ACC at 1:30 p.m. on TBS with N.C. State facing Temple, and at 2 p.m. it’s Miami against Pacific on TNT. James Madison’s contest with Indiana will be on TBS Friday afternoon.
The round of 32 starts Saturday on CBS at noon. TNT starts its coverage at 6 p.m., with the doubleheader on TBS at 7 p.m. CBS has three games Sunday starting at noon, with two games on TNT at 6 p.m. and two more on TBS at 7 p.m. TruTV has another game at 7:30 p.m.
Then we will be down to Sweet Sixteen.
The second round of the NIT continues Friday on ESPN2 with Baylor-Arizona State at 8 p.m. Alabama hosts Stanford Saturday at noon, and Virginia battles St. John’s Sunday at 11 a.m.
ESPN2 carries the first round of the NCAA women’s tournament, starting Saturday at 11 a.m. Sunday’s action begins at noon, with top seeds Notre Dame, Baylor and Stanford playing in the evening contests.
The Wizards have a West Coast swing this weekend, meeting the Lakers Friday at 10:30 p.m.on Comcast before playing the Warriors Saturday at 10:30 p.m.
The Capitals head to Winnipeg for a pair of games Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m. on Comcast. They head to New York to meet the Rangers Sunday at 7 p.m. 
NBC Sports network offers the Flyers and Penguins Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
The Hockey East semifinals are on NBC Sports network Friday at 5 and 8 p.m. The finals are Saturday at 7 p.m.
NASCAR goes west again this weekend, with the Sprint Cup race from California Sunday at 3 p.m. The Nationwide drivers go Saturday at 5 p.m. on ESPN.
The Formula One Grand Prix of Malaysia will be Sunday at 4 a.m. on NBC Sports network. The IndyCar season starts at St. Petersburg Sunday at noon.
The Nationals face the Tigers Friday at 1 p.m. on MASN before taking on the Braves Sunday at 1 p.m. The Orioles meet the Phillies Saturday at 1 p.m.
Comcast offers SEC baseball between Alabama and Georgia Saturday at 4 p.m.
NBC goes to Bay Hill for the Arnold Palmer Invitational Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
The United States soccer team continues its quest for the 2014 World Cup Friday, playing Costa Rica at 10 p.m. on ESPN. Spain faces Finland on ESPN2 Friday at 3:55 p.m.
D.C. United hosts Columbus Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
There’s SEC softball Saturday at 2 p.m. matching Auburn and Alabama on Comcast.
The X Games head to France this weekend, with coverage from Tignes starting Thursday and Friday at 1 p.m. on ESPN. ABC has the action Saturday at 2 p.m.
The NCAA wrestling championships are Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.


And the field is…

One more weekend talking about bubble teams. Time to find who’s going to battle for the NCAA tournament championship.
2013 final fourThe field of 68 will be released on CBS Sunday at 6 p.m. after a weekend of conference tournaments and jockeying for March Madness position.
The ACC tournament starts Thursday at noon with Boston College facing Georgia Tech on the ACC network. North Carolina State faces Virginia Tech at 2 p.m., and the evening session begins at 7 p.m. with Maryland-Wake Forest. The first day closes at 9:30 p.m. with Clemson against Florida State.
The quarterfinals start Friday at noon with top-seeded Miami playing and Virginia goes at 2:30 p.m. Duke and North Carolina have their tournament debuts Friday night.
The semifinals are Saturday at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., with the final Sunday at 1 p.m.
CBS starts Saturday with the Conference USA title game at 11:30 p.m. The semifinals of the Big Ten tournament are 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m., followed by the Mountain West championship at 6 p.m.
The Atlantic 10 crowns its champion Sunday at 1 p.m., then the Big Ten decides its automatic berth at 3:30 p.m.
ESPN has the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament Thursday, starting at noon with Georgetown-Cincinnati. Future ACC members Syracuse and Pittsburgh play at 2 p.m. The semifinals are Friday at 7 and 9:30 p.m. and championship Saturday at 8:30 p.m. Saturday also features the championships of the Big 12 at 6 p.m. and Pac-12 at 11 p.m.
There’s a pair of games from the Big 12 quarterfinals Thursday at 12:30 and 3 p.m. on ESPN2. It’s off to the Big Ten in the evening, with Nebraska against Purdue at 6:30 p.m. and Northwestern-Iowa at 9 p.m. The first two Big Ten quarterfinals are on ESPN Friday at noon and 2:30 p.m.
ESPN2 has five championship games on Saturday. Albany and Vermont meet in the America East title game at 11:30 a.m. It’s off to the SWAC at 4:30 p.m., followed by the Mid-American Conference and Southland Conference. The night concludes at 10:30 p.m. with the Big West championship.
NBC Sports network shows the first round of the Atlantic 10 tournament. Charlotte and Richmond take the court Thursday at noon, then Butler plays Dayton. It’s St. Joseph’s-Xavier at 6:30 p.m. with George Washington against Massachusetts in the nightcap at 9 p.m.
The Atlantic 10 moves to Comcast Friday, with St. Louis playing at noon before LaSalle starts its run at 2:30 p.m.
MASN offers two games from the Big 12 quarterfinals Thursday at 7 and 9:30 p.m. The semifinals are Friday at 7:30 and 10 p.m.
The CAA women’s tournament goes Saturday with semifinals at 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Comcast. The finals are Sunday at 2 p.m.
Comcast shows the Wizards against Hornets Friday at 7 p.m. and Suns Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Capitals visit the Hurricanes Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and Bruins Saturday at 1 p.m. before returning home to face the Sabres Sunday at 7 p.m. NBC Sports network will cover the game nationally.
NBC features the Penguins and Bruins Sunday at 12:30 p.m., after the Sharks take on the Kings Saturday at 10:30 p.m. on Comcast.
Vermont visits Boston College in the Hockey East tournament on NBC Sports network Friday at 7 p.m.
The PGA tour goes to Tampa Bay this weekend, with coverage on NBC Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
NASCAR heads to Thunder Valley this weekend, with the Sprint Cup race Sunday at noon on FOX. The Nationwide racers go Saturday on ESPN2 at 2 p.m.
Stay up late for the Australian Grand Prix Sunday at 2 a.m. on NBC Sports network.
The Orioles face the Rays in spring training action Thursday at 1 p.m. on MASN, then meet the Twins Sunday at 1 p.m. The Nationals take on the Astros Saturday at 6 p.m.
D.C. United takes on the Red Bulls Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC. There’s a pair of games on NBC Sports network Saturday, with the Fire against Kansas City at 3 p.m. and Portland-Seattle at 8 p.m. ESPN2 offers Dallas against Houston Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Panibas Open tennis championship matches will be on ESPN2 Sunday at 3 p.m.


Tournament championship time

Who’s going to the NCAA tournament? The first tickets get punched this weekend.
2013 final fourThe Atlantic Sun tournament goes Saturday at noon on ESPN2, and the top teams in the Ohio Valley battle at 7 p.m. The Big South crowns its champion Sunday at noon.
CBS has the Missouri Valley Conference’s “Arch Madness” final Sunday at 2 p.m.
The ACC regular season closes on the ACC network with Virginia Tech against Wake Forest Sunday at 2 p.m. Georgia Tech travels to Boston College Saturday at noon and Clemson battles Miami at 2:30 p.m.
CBS gets ready for the tournament with three games Saturday. The day begins at noon with Florida-Kentucky, then UCLA faces Washington at 2 p.m. Notre Dame takes on Louisville at 4 p.m. (will they go five overtimes again?) Sunday, VCU plays Temple at noon and Indiana battles Michigan at 4 p.m.
Virginia plays Florida State Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2. Oregon heads to Colorado at 9 p.m. followed by Long Beach State against UC-Davis. Kent State takes on Akron Friday at 7 p.m. and North Carolina State faces Florida State at 2 p.m. Saturday. There’s the semifinals of the West Coast Conference tournament at 9 and 11 p.m.
Kentucky faces Georgia Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN, followed by Wisconsin-Michigan State. A pair of Big East games start Saturday on ESPN – Syracuse against Georgetown at noon before Marquette faces St. John’s. The SEC tilt between Missouri and Tennessee follows at 4 p.m. and Kansas plays Baylor at 6 p.m. The GameDay crew catches Duke-North Carolina at 9 p.m.
Illinois meets Ohio State Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
Rutgers faces Seton Hall Friday at 7 p.m. on MASN2. There’s two more Big East games Saturday on MASN, with Pittsburgh meeting DePaul at 2 p.m. followed by South Florida-Cincinnati.
MASN2 has Iowa State at West Virginia Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Butler takes on UMass Thursday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The CAA tournament starts Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on Comcast. Two more games are on Comcast-plus at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
The Big East women’s tournament continues on MASN Saturday with a second-round game at noon. There’s two more contests at 6 and 8 p.m.
Comcast covers the first round of the ACC women’s tournament Thursday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Comcast-plus has the second two games at 6 and 8 p.m. The quarterfinals start Friday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., with two more games on Comcast-plus at 6 and 8 p.m. The semifinals are on Comcast-plus Saturday beginning at 1 p.m.
ESPN2 has four women’s conference championship games Sunday. The ACC starts the day at 2 p.m., followed by the Big Ten at 4 p.m. and SEC at 6 p.m. The PAC-12 crowns its champions at 8 p.m.
NASCAR stays out west, driving at Las Vegas. The Sprint Cup race goes Sunday at 3 p.m. on Fox, after the Nationwide racers hit the track Saturday at 4:15 p.m. on ESPN2.
TNT offers Oklahoma City’s trip to New York Thursday at 8 p.m., with Clippers-Nuggets as the nightcap. ESPN’s Friday doubleheader starts at 8 p.m. with the Hawks against Celtics. The Rockets take on the Warriors at 10:30 p.m.
The Wizards travel to Brooklyn Friday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast.
Drive on down to Doral for the PGA tour’s WGC Cadillac Championship Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC.
The Capitals take on the Panthers Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast, then visit the Islanders Saturday at 1 p.m. Sunday, they face the Rangers on NBC at 12:30 p.m.
Maine meets New Hampshire Friday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The Orioles take on the Blue Jays in a spring training game on MASN Thursday at 1 p.m. The Nationals face the Cardinals Friday at 1 p.m.
The World Baseball Classic continues on ESPN Sunday at 7:30 p.m., with the Dominican Republic taking on Puerto Rico.
In soccer, San Jose faces the Red Bulls Sunday at 10 p.m.
College lacrosse fills the slate Sunday on Comcast. Syracuse faces St. John’s at noon, followed by Villanova-Penn and Lehigh against Penn State.