Tournament championship timePosted: March 6, 2014
Getting ready for March Madness, there might be big news at Arch Madness.
Wichita 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.