Friday, March 4, 2016

Weekend watchdog

final four 2016The road to Houston starts this weekend.
 CBS has six games covering six different conferences as the first bids go out for the 68-team NCAA tournament field.
    Saturday starts with North Carolina State against Notre Dame at noon, followed by LSU-Kentucky and Stanford visiting Arizona at 4 p.m.
SMU clashes with Cincinnati at noon Sunday, then the Missouri Valley Conference crowns its champion at 2 p.m. Big Ten leaders Maryland and Indiana battle at 4 p.m.
The Ohio Valley Conference has its championship game Saturday at 6 p.m. on ESPN2. Sunday, it's the turn for the Big South at 2:30 p.m. and the Atlantic Sun at 7 p.m.
The other automatic berths will be claimed throughout the week.
Friday's play on ESPN starts in the MAC with Kent State facing Akron at 7 p.m. before Texas battles Oklahoma State.
ESPN starts Saturday at noon with Ohio State-Michigan State. West Virginia takes on Baylor at 2 p.m. and top-ranked Kansas closes out the Big 12 regular season against Iowa State. Primetime belongs to the ACC, with Duke meeting North Carolina at 6:30 p.m. and Virginia hosting Louisville at 8:30 p.m.
Virginia Tech takes on Miami on ACC network Saturday at 6 p.m., and there's Georgia Tech against Pittsburgh at 2 p.m.
Villanova meets Georgetown on Fox Saturday at noon, followed by Creighton-Xavier.
On ESPN2, Vanderbilt takes on Texas A&M Saturday at noon. It's Syracuse-Florida State at 2 p.m. and Alabama against Georgia at 4 p.m. In primetime, Arizona State hosts California before a pair of quarterfinals in the West Coast Conference tournament at 10 p.m. and midnight.
Providence plays St. John's on FoxSports1 Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Comcast has quarterfinals from the CAA tournament Saturday, with Hofstra playing a Friday winner at noon and James Madison meeting William & Mary at 2:30 p.m. The semifinals are on NBC Sports network Sunday at 1 and 3:30 p.m.
George Washington faces Davidson on NBC Sports network Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Florida Atlantic faces Alabama-Birmingham Saturday at noon on MASN, then Old Dominion takes on Rice. Grand Canyon plays Utah Valley at 4 p.m. and it's off to the A-10 for Richmond against Dayton at 6 p.m.
MASN2 has a pair of games from Big East Saturday, with Seton Hall facing DePaul at noon followed by Marquette-Butler at 2:30 p.m.
The Wizards visit the Cavaliers Friday at 8 p.m. on Comcast and ESPN. ESPN has the Hawks against Lakers in the nightcap.
The Bulls face the Rockets on ABC Saturday at 8:30 p.m. and the Warriors take on the Lakers Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
Comcast has quarterfinal action from the ACC women's tournament Friday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
ESPN has four women's tournament champion games Sunday, starting with the ACC at 12:30 p.m. The SEC crowns its champion at 2:30 p.m., then it's the Big Ten title tilt at 7 p.m. and PAC-12 at 9 p.m.
There's a quarterfinal game from the Atlantic 10 Friday at 4:30 p.m. on Comcast.
MASN2 has a pair of quarterfinal games from the Big 12 on Saturday at 7 and 9:30 p.m. and FoxSports1 has the semifinals Sunday at 2:30 and 5 p.m.
The Capitals visit Boston Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
NBC Sports network has the Blues against the Wild Sunday at 8 p.m.
On the college ice, Penn State faces Wisconsin Friday at 8 p.m. on MASN.
The MLS starts its season this weekend, with Portland clashing with Columbus at 4:30 p.m. on ESPN and Kansas City against Seattle on FoxSports1 at 7 p.m.
Tottenham Hotspur takes on Arsenal Saturday at 7:40 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Manchester City-Aston Villa and Watford against Leicester City at 12:25 p.m. Crystal Palace clashes with Liverpool at 8:25 a.m. Sunday before West Bromwich Albion faces Manchester United.
The PGA tour visits Miami for the Cadillac Championships Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC.
NASCAR starts its west coast swing this weekend in Las Vegas, with the Sprint Cup race Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on Fox. The Xfinity Series race will be on FoxSports1 Saturday at 4 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the World Rugby Sevens Series Friday at 9 p.m. and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The USA Sevens are Sunday at 6 p.m.

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