Friday, March 2, 2018

Weekend watchdog

The first weekend of March usually brings a few conference tournaments from leagues at the lower end of Division I.
This year, the Big Ten gets a jump on the rest of the big guys.
Scheduling issues at Madison Square Garden - where the Big Ten tournament will be held - moved them a week earlier than usual.
CBS has the semifinals Saturday at 2 and 4:30 p.m., with the final Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
The Missouri Valley Conference holds its final Sunday at 2 p.m. on CBS.
ESPN2 has the Ohio Valley Championship Saturday at 8 p.m.
The Big South holds its championship Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN, followed by the Atlantic Sun at 3 p.m.
As the regular season closes, Texas-Arlington takes on Texas State Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2, then it's Iowa State-Oklahoma.
Kentucky faces Florida on CBS Saturday at noon.
Fox has three contests from the Big East Saturday, starting at noon with Xavier's trip to DePaul. Creighton clashes with Marquette at 2:30 p.m. and Georgetown tangles with Villanova at 5 p.m.
ESPN starts its day Saturday at noon with West Virginia against Texas. Baylor battles Kansas State at 2 p.m., followed by Kansas-Oklahoma and Louisville's contest with North Carolina State at 6 p.m. The GameDay crew catches Duke-North Carolina at 8:15 p.m., with UCLA meeting USC in the nightcap at 10:15 p.m.
Virginia Tech meets Miami at noon Saturday on ESPN2, then it's Alabama against Texas A&M at 2 p.m. TCU tangles with Texas Tech at 4 p.m. before Arkansas battles Missouri at 6 p.m. There's a pair of quarterfinals of the West Coast Conference Saturday at 10 a.m. and early Sunday at 12:30 a.m.
Virginia closes out its regular season against Notre Dame Saturday at 4 p.m. on the ACC network ACC network after Syracuse hosts Clemson at 2 p.m.
George Washington faces Dayton Saturday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
There's a pair of games on NBC Sports Washington Saturday, with Wake Forest-Georgia Tech at noon followed by Boston College against Florida State.
CBS has Cincinnati's clash with Wichita State Sunday at noon.
The Wizards take on the Raptors Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington and ESPN. ESPN continues coverage at 10:30 p.m. with Timberwolves-Jazz.
 The Wizards host the Pacers Sunday at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
The Celtics face the Rockets Saturday at 8:30 p.m. on ABC. Sunday, the Bucks host the 76ers at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
There's four women's championship games on ESPN2 Sunday. It's the ACC at 2 p.m., followed by the SEC at 4:30 p.m. and Big Ten at 7 p.m. The PAC-12 crowns its champion at 9 p.m.
NASCAR starts its western swing this weekend, with the Monster Series on Fox Sunday at 3:30 p.m. The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 4 p.m. on FoxSports1, which has the Truck Series race Friday at 9 p.m.
The Naval Academy hosts the NHL's Stadium Series contest Saturday at 8 p.m., with the Capitals against the Maple Leafs on NBC.
NBC Sports network has the Red Wings taking on the Wild Sunday at 7 p.m.
The PGA tour goes south of the border for the Mexico Championship, with coverage on NBC Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
The MLS season gets going on ESPN Sunday at 7 p.m. with Seattle against Los Angeles.
Burnley battles Everton Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Liverpool-Newcastle United at 12:30 p.m.
Brighton & Hove Albion meets Arsenal Sunday at 8:25 a.m. and Manchester City clashes with Chelsea at 10:55 a.m. on NBC Sports network.
In the Bundesliga, Schalke battles Berlin on FoxSports1 Saturday at 9 a.m. and Sunday at 9:30 a.m. it's Koln-Stuttgart before Freiburg battles Bayern Munich at noon.
There's an women's soccer friendly between the United States and France Sunday at noon on ESPN2.
NBC Sports network has rugby between Harlequins and Bath Friday at 2:30 p.m.
There's TYR Pro Swim Series on NBC Sports network Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.

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