Colonial, Southern, and West Coast Conferences begins on Friday

SONG SELECTION:

“Friday, I’m In Love” by The Cure

Found on many albums including The Cure-Greatest Hits CD

Released November 13, 2001 via Elektra/Wea record label.

Colonial Athletic Association

All games in Baltimore, Maryland and will air on NBC Sports Network

First Round on Friday, March 4

8. Elon vs. 9. Drexel, 6 p.m. Eastern

7. College of Charleston vs. 10. Delaware, 8:30 p.m.

Quarterfinals on Saturday, March 5

8/9 winner to take on 1. Hofstra

4. James Madison vs. 5. William & Mary, 2:30 p.m.

7/10 winner to take on 2. UNC Wilmington

3. Towson vs. 6. Northeastern, 8:30 p.m.

Semifinals on Sunday, March 6

Championship game on Monday, March 7

Skinny:  Hofstra and UCW are on a collision course, but James Madison beat Hofstra twice during the regular season.  The strangest thing, both losses needed overtime during this past CAA conference season.

Southern Conference

All games to take place in Asheville, North Carolina

Best to check conference website for streaming information.

First Round on Friday, March 4

8. VMI vs. 9. Samford, 5 p.m. Eastern

7. Mercer vs. 10. The Citadel, 7:30 p.m.

Quarterfinals on Saturday, March 5

8/9 winner to take on 1. Chattanooga, noon

4. Wofford vs. 5. Western Carolina, 2:30 p.m.

7/10 winner to take on 2. East Tennessee State, 6 p.m.

3. Furman vs. 6. UNC Greensboro, 8:30 p.m.

Skinny:  Matt McCall has performed quite a turnaround for the Mocs, going 25-5 and having their best regular season since the Chicago White Sox were “Winnin’ Ugly” way back in 1983.  But ETSU also enters this tournament on a mini hot streak having won eight of their last 9 game.  The only blemish, you guessed it–when Chattanooga edged them out by a 76-68 count.

West Coast Conference

All games to take place in Las Vegas, Nevada

Check cable listings for games on ESPNU, ESPN2, and ESPN

First Round On Friday, March 4

8. Loyola-Marymount vs. 9. San Diego, 9 p.m.

Quarterfinals:

Saturday, March 5

3. BYU vs. 6. Santa Clara, 4 p.m.

8/9 winner to take on 1. St. Mary’s (California)

4. Pepperdine vs. 5. San Francisco, 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 6

2. Gonzaga vs. 7. Portland, midnight

Semifinals on Monday, March 7

Championship game on Tuesday, March 8

Skinny:  The talk will be all about St. Mary’s, Gonzaga, and BYU all weekend long.  Leading the conversation is a puzzling question:  Will the Zags streak of reaching the NCAA’s be halted after 17 years?  St. Mary’s hopes to finally break through since they are 24-4 and lead the country in both field goal shooting and assist-turnover ratio.  Gonzaga only lost to the Gaels by three and five points, respectively.  However, my darkhorse for the last several years has been and will continue to be the BYU Cougars.  Filling in for the big shoes left behind by Jimmer Fredette, Kyle Collinsworth is very capable of filling up the baskets in droves.  His five triple-doubles led the NCAA in that department.  This should be one tournament to definitely check out, even though some of the games will air very late in the Eastern half of the country.

Saturday has action starting in the Horizon League at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, while the Summit League will get things hopping up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Expect three Indiana schools to get the lion’s share of the attention, led by multiple Cinderella darlings in Valparaiso, and the newer kids on the block in medical schools IUPUI and IPFW (that’s Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis and Indiana-Purdue of Fort Wayne).

Again, it bears repeating–please check the individual conference websites and the school’s individual athletic pages for exact times and key streaming information either via video or college radio.

I will check back in if other upsets occur on Friday.

If not, the next update will be after the OVC title game on Saturday as the first of the 32 automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament will be signed, sealed, and delivered.

Please have a good night, everybody.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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