Friday, March 11, 2011

Weekend watchdog

It's time for those mid-March traditions - waiting for the NCAA tournament field to be announced, and watching either Duke or North Carolina win the ACC championship.
The 58th edition of the ACC tournament began Thursday with Miami edging Virginia in overtime. For that, the Hurricanes get to face North Carolina Friday at noon on NBC29 and other ACC network affiliates.
Fourth-seeded Clemson plays Boston College at 2:30 p.m., with Duke tipping off the night session against Maryland at 7 p.m. and Florida State-Virginia Tech in the final game at 9:30 p.m.
Saturday's semifinals start at 1:30 p.m., with the final Sunday at 1 p.m.
Outside the ACC area, ESPN2 has the Friday coverage and ESPN shows the semifinals and final.
The Big East tournament has reached its semifinals Friday at 7 and 9 p.m. The championship is Saturday at 9 p.m.
As the home of the NCAA tournament, CBS gears up with some big games. Conference USA crowns its champion Saturday at 11:30 a.m., then it's the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament. The PAC-10 conference final will be at 8 p.m.
Sunday, the Atlantic 10 title tilt is at 1 p.m. followed by the Big Ten championship. Then it's wait to see who's in, who's not and who's going where at 6 p.m.
ESPN has the Big Ten tournament in the afternoon Friday, with top-seed Ohio State meeting Northwestern at noon followed by Michigan-Illinois. After midnight, there's a WAC semifinal. On ESPN2, Lafayette and Bucknell battle for the Patriot League crown at 4:30 p.m.
Six leagues crown their champs on ESPN2 Saturday - America East at noon, followed by MEAC, Southland, MAC, Big West and WAC. The Big 12 championship game is Saturday at 6 p.m. on ESPN before the Big East finale.
ABC offers the Southeastern Conference final Sunday at 1 p.m.
Comcast has the first two games of the Atlantic 10 tournament Friday at noon. The Pac-10 semifinals will air after Capitals' ice hockey Friday, with the first game joined in progress at 10 p.m.
MASN has a semifinal from the Big 12 tournament Friday at 12:30 p.m.
Versus brings the mens and womens final from the Mountain West Saturday. The women tip at 4 p.m. and the mens teams battle at 7 p.m.
The women's field will be announced Monday on ESPN, and there's plenty of tournament action this weekend. Comcast has the Big 12 championship Saturday at 12:30 p.m., followed by the Pac-10. Sunday at 1 p.m., the CAA crowns its champion.
MASN shows a Big South semifinal Saturday at 4 p.m. and championship game Sunday at 2 p.m.
The pros play this weekend also. ABC has Orlando at Phoenix Sunday at 3 p.m., while the Wizards host the Clippers Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
Spring training takes the air Friday on MASN, with the Nationals playing the Astros at 6 p.m. Saturday, it's the Yankees playing Washington at 1 p.m.
TPC Blue Monster hosts the PGA tour this weekend, with the WGC-Cadillac Championship on NBC Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The Capitals are home this weekend, hosting Carolina Friday on Comcast and Chicago Sunday afternoon on the NBC Game of the Week.

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