16…8…4

The Carolina teams are gone.
The transfers from the Big East are done.
It’s left to Virginia to uphold the honor of the ACC.
2014 final fourThe top-seeded Cavaliers join the Garden Party Friday at 9:57 p.m., facing pundit-favorite Michigan State in New York. The winner advances to Sunday’s East Region final against either Connecticut or Iowa State, who tip at 7:27 p.m. CBS offers the Midwest Region matchups between Tennessee and Michigan at 7:15 p.m. and Louisville-Kentucky in the nightcap.
The Sweet 16 gets going Thursday with the Cinderella contest between Dayton and Stanford on CBS at 7 p.m. Top-seed Florida faces UCLA in the nightcap, while TBS offers Wisconsin against Baylor at 7:30 p.m. followed by Arizona meeting San Diego State.
TBS has the regional finals Saturday at 6 and 8:30 p.m. and CBS jumps back in the action Sunday at 2 and 4:30 p.m.
Then it’s off to the Final Four.
The women’s Sweet 16 starts Saturday at noon on ESPN with Kentucky against Baylor. Undefeated Notre Dame goes Oklahoma State in the other regional semifinal at 2:30 p.m. It’s off to Lincoln at 4:30 p.m. for undefeated Connecticut facing BYU, then Texas A&M takes on DePaul.
Tennessee tackles Maryland Sunday at noon on ESPN, and Louisville hosts LSU at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN2. Out west, Stanford meets Penn State at 4:30 p.m. and South Carolina plays North Carolina at 7 p.m.
The regional finals are Monday and Tuesday.
The best of Division II meet Saturday at 3 p.m. on CBS.
The Wizards face Indiana Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast, and the Hawks come to town Saturday at 8 p.m.
Back from Australia, the Dodgers take on the Padres on ESPN Sunday night at 8 p.m.
The Nationals get ready for the season Saturday, hosting the Tigers at 2 p.m. on MASN. ESPN has their game with the Mets Thursday at noon.
On the college diamond, Baylor travels to West Virginia Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
NASCAR visits Martinsville Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox, and the truck race will be on FoxSports1 at 2:30 p.m.
ABC has the opening race of the Indy Car series, Sunday at 3:30 p.m. from Florida.
The Formula One circuit hits Malayasia Sunday at 4 a.m. on NBC Sports network. There’s practice at 2 a.m. Friday and qualifying Saturday at 4 a.m.
NBC offers the Flyers and Bruins Sunday at noon, while the Blackhawks and Penguins meet Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The road to the Frozen Four begins Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2, then Robert Morris meets Minnesota in the West regional.
Top golfers meet at the Valero Texas Open Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC.
D.C. United meets Chicago in MLS action Saturday at 4 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
There’s three matches in the Premier League Saturday morning, starting with Manchester United against Aston Villa at 8:45 a.m. Crystal Place clashes with Chelsea at 11 a.m. followed by Arsenal-Manchester City. Fulham faces Everton Sunday at 8:30 a.m. before Liverpool meets Tottenham Hotspur.
ESPN2 shows the Sony Open Thursday at 1 and 7 p.m., and a men’s semifinal Friday at 3 p.m. ESPN has the second men’s semifinal Friday at 7 p.m. and the men’s championship Sunday at 2:30 p.m., while the women’s championship will be on ESPN2 Saturday at 1 p.m.
Providence meets St. John’s in college lacrosse Saturday at 6 p.m. on FoxSports1.
MASN2 has college softball between UTEP and Tulsa Saturday at 4 p.m.


68…64…32…16

The first four games are done.
Four days to get down to the Sweet 16.
2014 final fourAnd four channels showing the games.
Sixteen teams take to the court Thursday, starting at 12:15 p.m. on CBS when Ohio State meets Dayton. TruTV gets its day going at 12:30 when Wisconsin faces American, and TBS begins with Pittsburgh-Colorado at 1:30 p.m. TNT begins its four-game slate at 2 p.m. when Harvard tangles with Cincinnati.
Duke meets Mercer Friday at 12:15 p.m. on CBS to open the day’s play. Former Big 12 foes Baylor and Nebraska play on TruTV at 12:30 p.m. and New Mexico-Stanford tips at 1:30 p.m. on TBS. West Region top-seed Arizona goes against Weber State on TNT at 2 p.m.
Virginia has a late slot for its tournament opener, playing Coastal Carolina on TBS around 9:25 p.m.
CBS will have four games Saturday starting at noon and three more Sunday. TNT has doubleheaders Saturday and Sunday at 6 p.m., while TBS starts at 7 p.m. each night. TruTV picks up a contest Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
And don’t forget the NIT. ESPN has second-round games Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m.
The women’s tournament tips off Saturday at 11 a.m. on ESPN2. ESPN will show top-seed Notre Dame-Robert Morris at 1:30 p.m. Play Sunday starts at 12:30 p.m. on ESPN2, moving to ESPN at 3 p.m. Connecticut plays Prairie View A&M at 8 p.m. while ESPN2 has regional action.
The Wizards head west this weekend, facing Portland Thursday at 10 p.m. on Comcast, the Lakers Friday at 10:30 p.m. and the Nuggets Sunday at 5 p.m.
NASCAR visits Fontana Sunday at 3 p.m. on Fox while the Nationwide racers hit the track Saturday at 5 p.m.
NBC has the Arnold Palmer Invitational Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Comcast offers the Blues and Flyers Saturday at 1 p.m. and Capitals’ visit to San Jose at 10:30 p.m.
The Red Wings host the Wild Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The Hockey East semifinals will be on NBC Sports network Friday, with UMass-Lowell against Notre Dame at 5 and New Hampshire facing Providence at 8 p.m. The final will be Saturday at 7 p.m.
ESPN gears up for baseball season Thursday at 7 p.m., showing the Yankees and Red Sox.
On the college diamond, Tennessee hosts Auburn Saturday at 4 p.m. on Comcast while Florida Atlantic heads to Rice on MASN Saturday at 2 p.m.
The Galaxy take on Real Salt Lake on NBC Sports network Saturday at 4 p.m.
There’s three Premier League games Saturday on NBC Sports network, starting at 8:45 a.m. when Chelsea faces Arsenal. It’s Cardiff City-Liverpool at 11 a.m. followed by West Ham United battling Manchester United. Tottenham Hotspur meets Southampton at 9:30 a.m. and Aston Villa plays Stoke City at noon.
ESPN has the NCAA wrestling tournament semifinals Friday at 8 p.m. and finals Saturday at 8 p.m.


And the field is…

Who’s going to play where?
Who has the best seed?
And the easier path to the Final Four?
2014 final fourSome questions will be answered – and more speculation will rise – when the 68-team NCAA tournament field gets announced Sunday at 6 p.m. on CBS.
As top seed in the ACC tournament, Virginia opens play Friday at noon on the ACC network. The 15-team event started Wednesday, with four games Thursday and Friday. Thursday’s action begins at noon with Maryland-Florida State, and fifth-seed Pittsburgh makes its debut against Wake Forest.
Evening session games feature seventh-seeded N.C. State against Miami at 7 p.m. and Clemson-Georgia Tech in the nightcap. After Virginia opens action Friday, North Carolina plays at 2 p.m., followed by Syracuse at 7 p.m. and Duke at 9:30 p.m.
Semifinals are Saturday at 1:30 and 4 p.m., with the final Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Conference USA title game will be Saturday at 11:30 a.m. on CBS, followed by a pair of semifinals in the Big Ten. The best of the Mountain West meet at 6 p.m.
Before the field is announced, CBS has the Atlantic 10 championship at 1 p.m. and the Big Ten title tilt at 3:30 p.m.
FoxSports1 covers the Big East quarterfinals, with four games on Thursday starting at noon. There’s semifinals Friday at 7 and 9:30 p.m. and final Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
The Pac-12 has a quarterfinal on Thursday at 11:30 p.m., and a semifinal Friday at 11:30 p.m. The tournament final will be Saturday at 6 p.m.
The new American Athletic Conference has its first championship game Saturday at 6 p.m. on ESPN, and the best of Big 12 play at 9 p.m. The American semifinals are Friday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
ESPN2 has a pair of quarterfinal games from the Big 12 tournament Thursday at 12:30 and 3 p.m.
Penn State meets Minnesota in the first round of the Big Ten tournament Thursday at 6:30 p.m., then Northwestern faces Iowa.
ESPN2 features five championship games Saturday. America East starts the day at 11:30 a.m., then it’s the SWAC at 4:30 p.m. and MAC at 6:30 p.m. The Southland crowns its champion at 8:30 p.m., and the Big West has the nightcap at 10:30 p.m. The Sun Belt winner will claim its berth Sunday at 1 p.m.
ABC carries the SEC tournament semifinals Saturday at 1 and 3 p.m., with the final on ESPN Sunday at 3:15 p.m.
MASN has a pair of games from the Big 12 quarterfinals Thursday – Oklahoma plays Baylor at 7 p.m. followed by West Virginia-Texas. The semifinals are Friday at 7 and 9:30 p.m.
The Atlantic 10 first round will be on Comcast Thursday at noon and 9:30 p.m. NBC Sports network has two other first round games – at 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. – and the Atlantic 10 quarterfinals Friday starting at noon.
Getting ready for the women’s tournament, Comcast carries the CAA tournament semifinals Saturday at noon and 2:30 p.m. The final is Sunday at noon.
The Rockets visit Chicago on TNT Thursday at 7 p.m., followed by the Lakers’ trip to Oklahoma City. Houston gets another appearance Sunday at 3:30 p.m., meeting the Heat on ABC.
The Wizards visit the Magic Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast, and the Nets come calling Saturday at 7 p.m.
NASCAR visits Thunder Valley, with Fox covering the Sprint Cup race Sunday at 1 p.m. ESPN2 has the Nationwide race Saturday at 2:15 p.m.
The Australian Grand Prix will be Sunday at 2 a.m. on NBC Sports network. There’s qualifying Saturday at 2 a.m., and practice runs Thursday at 9:30 p.m. and Friday at 1:30 a.m.
The Orioles face the Yankees in spring training play Saturday at 1 p.m. on MASN. The Tigers tangle with the Nationals Sunday at 1 p.m.
Texas Tech meets Baylor on the college diamond Saturday at 1 p.m. on FoxSports1.
NBC offers the Flyers and Penguins Sunday at noon. The Capitals host the Maple Leafs Sunday at 3 p.m. while NBC Sports network brings the Red Wings and Blackhawks Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
The PGA tour’s Valspar Championship will be on NBC Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
There’s three games in the Premier League Saturday on NBC Sports network. Hull City faces Manchester City at 8:45 a.m., then it’s Sunderland-Crystal Palace at 11 a.m. and Chelsea clashes with Aston Villa at 1:30 p.m. Manchester United tangles with Liverpool at 9:30 p.m. before Tottenham Hotspur meets Arsenal at noon.
Toronto faces Seattle in MLS action Saturday on NBC Sports network.
MASN has games from the Europa League round of 16 Thursday at 2 and 4 p.m.
The Paralympic Games in Sochi close Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network. There’s the semifinals of Ice Sledge Hockey Thursday at noon, and snowboarding at 3 p.m.


Tournament championship time

Getting ready for March Madness, there might be big news at Arch Madness.
archWichita State takes a perfect 31-0 record into the Missouri Valley Conference tournament. If the Shockers advance to the final and win Sunday at 2 p.m. on CBS, they would be the first undefeated team to enter the NCAA tournament since UNLV in 1991.
Before the Shockers’ possible shot at history, there’s another shocker on CBS at noon – ACC front-runner Virginia bidding farewell to Maryland. The Terps will join the Big Ten next year, and that conference has the 4:30 p.m. game – Ohio State-Michigan State.
There’s three games on CBS Saturday, starting at noon with Kentucky at top-ranked Florida. Connecticut travels to Louisville at 2 p.m., then it’s Arizona-Oregon.
The first automatic bids for the NCAA tournament will be given Saturday on ESPN2, with the Ohio Valley contest at 7 p.m. The Big South crowns its champion at noon Sunday, followed by the Atlantic Sun at 2 p.m.
ESPN features a pair of top-25 matchups Thursday, with Memphis-Cincinnati at 7 p.m. and Iowa against Michigan State in the nightcap. Saturday starts with a Big 12 doubleheader, with conference champion Kansas visiting West Virginia at noon and Oklahoma State-Iowa State at 2 p.m. Missouri travels to Tennessee at 4 p.m. and Indiana meets Michigan before the GameDay crew catches the annual finale between North Carolina and Duke at 9 p.m.
LSU battles Vanderbilt Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2, then it’s UCLA facing Washington. Friday at 7 p.m., it’s Kent State-Akron.
SMU meets Memphis Saturday at noon, then it’s Virginia Tech against Georgia Tech. The night closes with a pair of West Coast Conference tournament games at 9 and 11:30 p.m.
The ACC network closes the regular season with Pittsburgh at Clemson Saturday at 4 p.m. and Syracuse-Florida State Sunday at 3 p.m.
Villanova visits Xavier Thursday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1, followed by Butler-DePaul. There’s four games on Saturday, starting at noon with St. John’s clashing with Marquette. It’s Georgetown-Villanova at 2 p.m. and Seton Hall against Butler at 4:30 p.m., with the nightcap featuring UCLA and Washington State at 11 p.m.
MASN2 has a Big 12 doubleheader Saturday, with Baylor at Kansas State at 1:30 p.m. and Oklahoma taking on TCU at 4 p.m. Duquesne and George Mason meet at 7 p.m.
George Washington closes its regular season at Fordham on Comcast Saturday at 4:30 p.m. There’s two games from the CAA quarterfinals, with top-seed Delaware playing at noon followed by Drexel-Northeastern.
NBC Sports network offers George Mason against LaSalle Thursday at 8 p.m. There’s the semifinals of the CAA tournament Sunday at 2:30 and 5 p.m.
Comcast has a pair of games from the ACC women’s tournament Thursday, with Syracuse playing a Wednesday winner at 11 a.m. followed by Miami-Florida State. The top four seeds enter play Friday, with North Carolina State playing at 11 a.m., Notre Dame at 2, Duke at 6 and Maryland at 8 p.m.
ESPN has four conference championship games Sunday. The Big Ten crowns its champion at 1 p.m., then the best of the SEC battle at 3:30 p.m. The ACC title game is at 7 p.m. The Big 12 tournament semifinals are on FoxSports1 Sunday at 3 and 5:30 p.m.
There’s a Big 12 quarterfinal game on MASN2 Saturday at 9:30 p.m.
The Heat head to San Antonio Thursday at 8 p.m. on TNT, followed by Clippers-Lakers. ESPN offers the Grizzlies and Bulls Friday at 7 p.m., then the Pacers visit the Rockets.
ABC has the Heat and Bulls Sunday at 1 p.m. followed by the Thunder taking on the Lakers.
It’s another weekend out west for NASCAR, with the race from Las Vegas Sunday at 3 p.m. on Fox. ESPN2 has the Nationwide race Saturday at 4 p.m.
The Capitals host Boston Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and Phoenix comes to town Saturday at 7 p.m. NBC brings the Red Wings at Rangers Sunday at noon.
The Penguins visit San Jose Thursday at 10:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The Blackhawks head to Buffalo Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
NBC offers the PGA tour’s Cadillac Championships Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The Orioles face the Phillies in a spring training game Friday at 1 p.m. on MASN, then play the Red Sox Saturday at 1 p.m. The Nationals go against the Cardinals Sunday at 1 p.m.
MASN2 has college softball between UAB and East Carolina Sunday at noon.
The MLS season season this weekend, with Sporting Kansas City facing Seattle Saturday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
NBC Sports network has the opening ceremonies of the Paralympic Games at Sochi Friday at 11 a.m. There’s Alpine skiing Saturday at 1 a.m. and cross-country skiing Sunday at 1 a.m.