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Friday, March 9, 2012
Enough of the last four in and the first four out. Time to pick the First Four on the Road to the Final Four.
The 68-team NCAA men's basketball tournament field will be announced Sunday at 6 p.m. on CBS, and talked about constantly on ESPN through the week.
Before the four channels get their schedule for the next few weeks, the top conference have their tournaments.
The ACC heads to Atlanta, with coverage on the ACC network. The quarterfinals start noon Friday with top-seed North Carolina in action against Maryland, then Virginia plays N.C. State at 2:30 p.m. Second-seed Duke awaits Virginia Tech at 7 p.m., followed by Florida State's tournament opener.
Semifinals start Saturday at 1 p.m., and Sunday's final is at 1 p.m.
CBS prepares for the tournament with six games over the weekend. Saturday starts at 11:30 a.m. with the Conference USA title game, followed by the two semifinals in the Big Ten. The Pac-12 crowns its champion at 6 p.m.
Sunday, the Atlantic 10 bid is on the line at 1 p.m. before the Big Ten championship.
ABC has the semifinals of the SEC championship Saturday starting at 1:30 p.m., and the final is Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Big East's semifinals start Friday at 7 p.m., and the title game tips Saturday at 9 p.m.
ESPN has plenty of other action besides the Big East and ACC (outside conference territory). Friday at noon, the first two Big Ten quarterfinal games are on ESPN. The Big 12 title goes Saturday at 6 p.m., There's six tournament berths on the line Saturday on ESPN2. The day starts in the America East, with Vermont meeting Stony Brook at 11 a.m. The MEAC goes at 1 p.m., followed by the Southland. The MAC takes the stage at 8 p.m., then the Big West goes at 10 p.m. The WAC closes the night at midnight.
Friday on Comcast, there's the four Atlantic 10 quarterfinals starting at noon.
MASN has the semifinals of the Big 12 tournament Friday starting at 7:30 p.m.