Friday’s slate and what to watch

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Thanks to March, Friday’s slate is no longer a snore. Not with all these conference tournaments. So let’s not waste time with an intro. Let’s get right to the good stuff.

(All times ET)

Morehead State vs. Austin Peay, 10 p.m. (ESPNU): The Eagles closed the season on a tear, winning 10 of their last 11 and avenging an earlier loss to Peay in the process. That helped them tie the Govs for second in the conference standings. Morehead State is the better team – and have the league’s best player in Kenneth Faried – and should prevail to set up a likely showdown with Murray State for the OVC title.

Wright State at Cleveland State, 7 p.m.: The Vikings tied for the Horizon League title, but lost tiebreakers to Butler and Milwaukee. Their prize was the No. 3 seed in the tournament – and a game against Wright State, a team that split with Butler and Milwaukee this season and lost by two the last time it played Cleveland State. Those postseason seedings are killer.

Creighton vs. Northern Iowa, 3:35 p.m.: Every game in Arch Madness is worth watching, but this one promises to be the best of today’s bunch. After losing center Lucas O’Rear to an injury in early Feb., the Panthers (19-12, 10-8) haven’t been the same team, losing six of their last seven. But they still played the Blue Jays (18-13, 10-8) tough in the season finale in Omaha. Expect another close one.

EAST
Yale at Columbia, 7 p.m.
Brown at Cornell, 7 p.m.
Princeton at Dartmouth, 7 p.m.
Penn at Harvard, 7 p.m.

SOUTH
Hampton at Howard, 8 p.m.

MIDWEST
Akron at Kent St., 7 p.m.
Ohio at Miami (Ohio), 7 p.m.

TOURNAMENTS

Atlantic Sun Conference
At Macon, Ga.
Semifinals
Belmont vs. Mercer, 6:30 p.m.
ETSU vs. North Florida, 9 p.m.

Colonial Athletic Association
At Richmond, Va.
First Round
UNC Wilmington vs. Georgia St., Noon
Drexel vs. Towson, 2:30 p.m.
Delaware vs. Northeastern, 6 p.m.
James Madison vs. William & Mary, 8:30 p.m.

Horizon League
At Milwaukee
Second Round
Cleveland St. vs. Wright St., 6 p.m.
Valparaiso vs. Detroit, 8:30 p.m.

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

At Bridgeport, Conn.
First Round
Niagara vs. Marist, 7:30 p.m.
Siena vs. Manhattan, 9:30 p.m.

Missouri Valley Conference

At St. Louis
Quarterfinals
Missouri St. vs. S. Illinois, 1:05 p.m.
N. Iowa vs. Creighton, 3:35 p.m.
Wichita St. vs. Bradley, 7:05 p.m.
Indiana St. vs. Evansville, 9:35 p.m.

Ohio Valley Conference

At Nashville, Tenn.
Semifinals
Murray St. vs. Tennessee Tech , 8 p.m.
Morehead St. vs. Austin Peay, 10 p.m.

Southern Conference

At Chattanooga, Tenn.
First Round
Davidson vs. UNC Greensboro, 2 p.m.
Appalachian St. vs. Georgia Southern, 4:30 p.m.
Furman vs. Samford, 7 p.m.
Elon vs. The Citadel, 9:30 p.m.

West Coast Conference

At Las Vegas
First Round
Portland vs. Loyola Marymount, 9 p.m.
Pepperdine vs. San Diego, 11:30 p.m.

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