Your Guide To A Completely Jam-Packed College Basketball Saturday

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Mid-major conference tournaments, bubble madness, and top-25 matchups highlight a big Saturday in college basketball...

While most folks won't acknowledge the beginning of March Madness until Selection Sunday on the 16th, there is no doubt in my mind that we are already well underway.  Case in point...this is March Madness:

That shot from Andre Smith yesterday is just the tip of the iceberg that is March Madness as I'm sure we will have several more highlight reel clips to share tomorrow after today's exciting slate comes to a conclusion.  The full schedule can be found at the bottom of this post but let's take a look at a few things that we are watching..

What To Watch For

Our Jerome Results - GO BELMONT!

The reason why I love the above clip so much? Well, The Jerome.  For the past couple seasons, we have participated in a wonderful contest among other bloggers and writers known as "The Jerome" in which we are tasked with picking the winner of every conference tournament.  Points are assigned based on winning the tournament with numerous kickers for picking the 'upset team' to make a run through and win it all.  With that said, here are our picks.  We would appreciate your full support in rooting these guys on as hard as possible.

Conference Selection
Ohio Valley Belmont
Big South Winthrop
Atlantic Sun Mercer
Missouri Valley Wichita State
Southern Davidson
Colonial Athletic Towson
Metro Atlantic Athletic Iona
West Coast Gonzaga
Summit North Dakota State
Horizon Green Bay
Northeast Wagner
Patriot Boston University
America East Stony Brook


Big Day For The Bubbles

Most notably Oregon, Providence, and Georgetown.  All three of these teams are going up against Top-15 programs but the Oregon game against Arizona is the most intriguing.  The Ducks were utterly abysmal at the start of conference play but have rattled off six straight wins to get back into NCAA Tournament discussion.  Also, keep a close eye on the Oklahoma State - Iowa State game.  The Cowboys are likely on the plus side of the bubble but they could use a big road win against a top-20 team like Iowa State

The OVC Championship And Conference Tournament Semifinals

Eastern Kentucky knocked off perennial power Murray State last night in a wildly entertaining contest and now square off with the 24-8 Bruins from Belmont.  The two teams split the regular season schedule so the rubber match should be a blast to watch.  Belmont, our Jerome pick, absolutely drubbed Morehead State in the semifinals as they drained 11 three-point shots.  The Big South, Missouri Valley, Patriot, and Horizon leagues are also contesting semifinal matchups today.

The Full TV Schedule (All Times Pacific)

Time To Punch A Ticket! Conference Tournament Title Games

4 pm - Ohio Valley Conference championship, Belmont vs. Eastern Kentucky, ESPN2

March Madness! Conference Tournament Games

9 am - Big South semifinal, Winthrop vs. UNC-Asheville, ESPN3

9 am - MAAC quarterfinal, Iona vs. Rider, ESPN3

9 am - Southern Conference quarterfinal, Samford vs. Davidson, ESPN3

9 am - America East quarterfinal, Vermont vs. New Hampshire, ESPN3

11 am - Big South semifinal, VMI vs. Coastal Carolina, ESPN3

11:30 am - America East quarterfinal, Albany vs. UMBC, ESPN3

11:30 am - Southern Conference quarterfinal, Elon vs. Western Carolina, ESPN3

11:30 am - MAAC quarterfinal, Canisius vs. Siena, ESPN3

12 pm - Missouri Valley semifinal, No. 2 Wichita State vs. Missouri State, ESPN3

12:30 pm - Patriot League semifinal, Army at Boston U., CBS Sports Network

2:30 pm - Patriot League semifinal, Holy Cross at American, CBS Sports Network

3 pm - America East quarterfinal, Stony Brook vs. Maine, ESPN3

3 pm - Southern Conference quarterfinal, Chattanooga vs. Georgia Southern, ESPN3

3:30 pm - MAAC quarterfinal, St. Peter's vs. Manhattan, ESPN3

4 pm - Horizon semifinal, Cleveland vs. Wright State, ESPN3

5:30 pm - Southern Conference quarterfinal, Wofford vs. The Citadel, ESPN3

5:30 pm - America East quarterfinal, Hartford vs. Binghamton, ESPN3

6 pm - West Coast quarterfinal, Gonzaga vs. Santa Clara, ESPN2

6 pm - MAAC quarterfinal, Quinnipiac vs. Niagara, ESPN3

6:30 pm - Horizon semifinal, Milwaukee at Green Bay, ESPNU

8 pm - West Coast quarterfinal, St. Mary's vs. Pepperdine, ESPN2

Major Bubble Implications! Power Conference Slate

9 am - No. 25 Kentucky at No. 1 Florida, CBS

9 am - No. 8 Kansas at West Virginia, ESPN

9 am - No. 18 SMU at No. 20 Memphis, ESPN2

9 am - St. John's at Marquette, FOX Sports 1

9 am - No. 15 Cincinnati at Rutgers, ESPNNEWS

10:30 am - Vanderbilt at Ole Miss (SEC TV affiliates, WTTO in Birmingham)

11 am - No. 21 UConn at No. 11 Louisville, CBS

11 am - Oklahoma State at No. 16 Iowa State, ESPN

11 am - Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech, ESPN2

11 am - Georgetown at No. 6 Villanova, FOX Sports 1

11 am - Temple at USF, ESPNNEWS

1 pm - No. 3 Arizona at Oregon, CBS

1 pm - Missouri at Tennessee, ESPN

1 pm - Texas at Texas Tech, ESPNNews

1 pm - Auburn at Texas A&M (SEC TV affiliates, WTTO in Birmingham)

1 pm - South Carolina at Mississippi State (SEC TV affiliates)

1 pm - Arkansas at Alabama, ESPN3

1 pm - No. 23 Oklahoma at TCU, ESPN3

1:30 pm - Seton Hall at Butler, FOX Sports 1

2 pm - Georgia at LSU, Fox Sports Net

3 pm - Indiana at Michigan, ESPN

5 pm - Providence at No. 13 Creighton, CBS Sports Network

6 pm - No. 14 North Carolina at No. 4 Duke, ESPN

7 pm - No. 21 New Mexico at No. 10 San Diego State, CBS Sports Network

8 pm - UCLA at Washington State, FOX Sports 1

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