Pregame Shootaround: Get ready to start punching tickets!

0 Comments

TITLE GAMES

  • America East: Stony Brook vs. Albany, 11:00 a.m.: Stony Brook has been a staple in the America East title game over the course of the last five years, but they have yet to make the NCAA tournament. Is this the year?
  • MEAC: Hampton vs. Delaware State, 1:00 p.m.: Delaware State pulled the upset of NC Central in the semifinals. Can they continue the hot streak?
  • Conference USA: Middle Tennessee vs. UAB, 3:30 p.m.: None of Conference USA’s top three teams made it to the title game.
  • Ivy: Harvard vs. Yale, 4:00 p.m.: Does it get better than Yale and Harvard with an NCAA tournament bid on the line playing a one game playoff at the Palestra? No. It doesn’t
  • Mountain West: Wyoming vs. San Diego State, 6:00 p.m.: Wyoming is the one true bid thief playing for an automatic bid on Saturday.
  • Big 12: Iowa State vs. Kansas, 6:00 p.m.: Iowa State vs. Kansas in Kansas City for the Big 12 tournament title? Yeah, that’s a pretty ideal matchup.
  • SWAC: Southern vs. Texas Southern, 6:30 p.m.: Texas Southern is already dancing. Southern is banned from the NCAA tournament.
  • MAC: Buffalo vs. Central Michigan, 7:30 p.m.: Buffalo gave Kentucky a scare in Rupp earlier this year. They’ll make noise in the dance if they can get there.
  • Big East: Xavier vs. Villanova, 8:00 p.m.: How long will Xavier be able to hang with the Big East’s resident powerhouse? Can they pull off the upset after a late finish on Saturday night?
  • ACC: North Carolina vs. Notre Dame, 8:30 p.m.: This was probably the least desirable ACC title game entering Saturday, but after seeing what they did to Virginia and Duke, respectively, this should be pretty good.
  • Big Sky: Eastern Washington vs. Montana, 9:00 p.m.: The two best teams in the Big Sky squaring off. EWU has the nation’s leading scorer in Tyler Harvey.
  • Southland: Sam Houston State vs. Stephen F. Austin, 9:30 p.m.: The two best teams in the Southland go head to head. SFA won a game in the NCAA tournament last year.
  • Pac-12: Oregon vs. Arizona, 11:00 p.m.: As there been a more impressive team the last month than the Oregon Ducks? We’ll know if they’re for real after Saturday night.
  • Big West: Hawaii vs. UC Irvine: Who doesn’t love a late-night title game with an automatic bid on the line?

SEMIFINALS

Big Ten

  • Purdue vs. Wisconsin, 1:00 p.m.
  • Michigan State vs. Maryland, 3:25 p.m.

SEC

  • Auburn vs. Kentucky, 1:00 p.m.
  • Georgia vs. Arkansas, 3:00 p.m.

Atlantic 10

  • VCU vs. No. 24 Davidson, 1:30 p.m.
  • Rhode Island vs. Dayton, 4:00 p.m.

American

  • Temple vs. SMU, 3:00 p.m.
  • UConn vs. Tulsa, 5:00 p.m.

Sun Belt

  • Lafayette vs. Georgia State, 2:00 p.m.
  • UL Monroe vs. Georgia Southern, 4:30 p.m.