Today's Viewing Guide: The First Tickets Will be Punched!

With the Hoyas battling Marquette for the two seed in the Big East I decided to put this on the side to keep our attention where it belongs. That being said wanted to fill all the basketball junkies like me in on the action besides ours taking place today. The Atlantic Sun, Ohio Valley and Big South will crown their championships today and the first three tickets to the dance will officially be punched.

Big South Conference Final:

  • 7 seed VMI vs 1 seed UNC Asheville 12pm ESPN2/ESPN3

The first auto bid of the year will come out of the Big South with either the hot shooting Keydets or the bulldogs of UNC Asheville.

Ohio Valley Conference Final:

  • 1 seed Murray St vs. 2 seed Tenn St. 2pm ESPN2/ESPN3

Tenn St is the only team to beat Murray St this year. Can they do it again and burst someone's bubble?

Atlantic Sun Conference Final:

  • 1 seed Belmont vs. 6 seed Florida Gulf Coast 7pm ESPN2/ESPN3

The Bruins are the class of the A Sun but FGCU has pulled off two upsets already to make it to the Championship. Can they make it a 3rd? Belmont did not do enough to warrant at large consideration, so this is for all the marbles.

West Coast Conference Semi Finals:

  • 1 seed St. Mary's vs. 5 seed San Fransisco 9pm ESPN2/ESPN3

St. Mary's won the conference regular season title out right this year the first time Gonzaga has not won at least a share in 11 years

  • 2 seed Gonzaga vs. 3 seed BYU 11pm ESPN2/ESPN3

The Zags are probably pretty pissed to have not won a share of the WCC for the first time in 11 years. BYU is in its first year in the WCC after going independent in football.

Missouri Valley Conference Semi Finals:

  • 1 seed Wichita St vs. 4 seed Illinois St 2:35pm ESPN3
  • 2 seed Creighton vs. 3 seed Evansville 5:05pm ESPN3

This is a 2 bid conference. but the purple aces or the red birds could sneak in and steal a bid.

Horizon League Semi Finals:

  • 1 seed Valparaiso vs. 5 seed Butler 8:30pm ESPNU
  • 2 seed Cleveland St vs. 3 seed Detroit 6pm ESPNU

Again Butler needs to win the Automatic birth in order to make the tournament. Horizon is a 1 bid conference.

Patriot League Semi Finals:

  • 1 seed Bucknell vs. 5 seed Lafayette 4:30pm CBS college Sports
  • 2 seed Lehigh vs. 3 seed Ameican 2pm CBS college sports

Let's Go Eagles! Let's make that OOC schedule look even better

Colonial Athletic Association Quarter Finals:

  • 1 seed Drexel vs. 9 seed UNC-Wilmington 12pm CSN+/ESPN3
  • 2 seed VCU vs. 7 seed Northeastern 6pm CSN+/ESPN3
  • 3 seed George Mason vs. 6 seed Georgia St 8;30pm CSN+/ESPN3
  • 4 seed ODU vs. 5 seed Delaware 2:30pm CSN+/ESPN3

Lots of Local teams all the games will be on Comcast + in the DC area. CAA could see as many as 3 bids with Drexel, VCU, and Mason. But don't count out ODU either.

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Quarter Finals:

  • 1 seed Iona vs. 8 seed Marist 4:30pm ESPN3
  • 2 seed Loyola MD vs. 7 seed Niagara 7:30pm ESPN3
  • 3 seed Manhattan vs. 6 seed Sienna 9:30pm ESPN3
  • 4 seed Fairfield vs. 5 seed Rider 2:30pm ESPN3

MAAC is a pretty entertaining conference. Iona is a dangerous midmajor, Loyola MD is a local team playing really well, Former assistant Sydney Johnson's Fairfield team is in the hunt as well.

American East Conference Quarter Finals:

  • 1 seed Stony Brook vs. 9 seed Binghamton 12:05pm
  • 2 seed Vermont vs. 7 seed Maine 6:05pm
  • 3 seed Boston University vs. 6 seed Hartford 8:15pm
  • 4 seed Albany vs. 5 seed New Hampshire 2:15pm

Can 2 win Binghamton make a miracle run to the NCAA tournament?

Southern Conference Quarter Finals:

  • 1 seed North UNC-Greensboro vs. 5 seed North Appalachian St 12pm ESPN3
  • 2 seed South Wofford vs. 3 seed North Western Carolina 2pm ESPN3
  • 1 seed South Davidson vs. 5 seed South Furman 6pm ESPN3
  • 2 seed North Elon vs. 3 seed North Georgia Southern 8:30pm ESPN3

UNC-Greensboro fired their coach and turned their season around and could make it to the NCAA tournament. Sometimes I guess it is the coach.

Summit Conference Semi Finals:

  • 1 seed Oral Roberts vs. 8 seed IPFW 7pm
  • 2 seed South Dakota St vs. 7 seed IUPUI 9:30pm
  • 3 seed Oakland vs. 6 seed Southern Utah 9;30pm
  • 4 seed Western Illinois vs 5 seed North Dakota St 7pm

1 bid conference. Oral Roberts is the class of the league. But look out for the Jack Rabbits of SD St.

Big Sky Conference Quarter Finals:

  • 3 seed Portland St vs. 6 seed Montana St 10pm
  • 4 seed Eastern Washington vs. 5 seed Idaho St 5pm

1 bid conference. top 2 seeds Montana and Weber St have byes to the semi finals

Sun Belt Conference 1st round:

  • 8 seed Florida Atlantic vs. 9 seed Arkansas St 7:15pm
  • 7 seed Western Kentucky vs. 10 seed Florida International 9:30pm
  • 6 seed South Alabama vs. 11 seed Troy 7pm

1 bid conference top 5 seed have bye to quarter finals

Other non- conference tournament action:


  • WV vs. USF 12pm MASN/ESPN3
  • Cincinnati vs.Villanova 2pm ESPN/ESPN3

Need WV and Nova wins on the off chance of a Georgetown Loss.

  • Pittsburgh vs Uconn 12pm ESPN/ESPN3
  • Louisville vs. Syracuse 4pm CBS
  • St. Johns vs. Rutgers 8pm MASN/ESPN3
  • Seton Hall vs. Depaul 6pm MASN/ESPN3

Uconn and Seton Hall need wins for their NCAA tournament resumes.

Syracuse sucks so go Louisville!

Non Conference:

  • Memphis vs Tulsa 12pm CBS
  • Alabama vs Ole Miss 4pm ESPN3
  • NJIT vs. Chicago St 4pm
  • Texas vs. Kansas 9pm ESPN/ESPN3

Rooting for the teams we played to win.

Stay Casual, my friends.

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