Let’s be honest, there’s too much basketball to be able to watch everything this weekend. Obviously, you can watch the semifinal and championship games of the major conferences. But what about some of the more under the radar schools that might be worth checking out? All times are Eastern.
- 2:30 PM/NBC Sports Network – Virginia Commonwealth vs. Richmond in the Atlantic 10 quarterfinals. VCU, with 23 wins under coach Shaka Smart, is only the fifth seed and scrambling to try to earn a berth into the NCAA Tournament. They take on No. 4-seed Richmond today.
- 6:00 PM/ESPN3 – North Carolina Central vs. Delaware State in the MEAC semifinals. If you’re looking for a team that might be able to give someone fits in the opening round of the tournament, check out North Carolina Central. They finished the year undefeated in the MEAC and are 25-6 overall.
- 6:00 PM/ESPN3 – Stephen F. Austin vs. Northwestern State in the Southland semifinals. Another team to keep an eye on the first weekend of the tournament is Stephen F. Austin, a squad that’s coming into this semifinal matchup with a record of 27-4 and is 13th in the nation in scoring, and fifth in field goal percentage. The Lumberjacks took Northern Iowa to overtime earlier this year.
- 9:00 PM/CBS Sports Network – Wyoming vs. No. 25 Boise State in the Mountain West semifinals. Be honest, you didn’t even realize that Boise State was ranked. Wyoming features Larry Nance, Jr., one of the most under the radar stars in America. The son of the former Cleveland Cavalier and frequent NBA Dunk Contest competitor averages 16.0 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.
- 9:00 PM/ESPN – No. 11 Notre Dame vs. No. 2 Duke in the ACC semifinals. Two of the most fun to watch offensive teams in America go head to head in a rubber match, after Notre Dame beat Duke in South Bend, while the Dukies crushed the Irish in Durham.
- 9:30 PM/ESPN3 – Hawaii vs. UC Davis in the Big West semifinals. If you want a fun story to root for, UC Davis is aiming for its first ever NCAA Tournament berth since transitioning to Division I. In fact, Davis hasn’t won more than 14 games in a season since making the transition after the 2003 season. This year, they’re 25-5 and fourth in the nation in field goal percentage. Senior guard Corey Hawkins is exactly the type of player who could blow up in the Big Dance, averaging 20.4 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 3.5 assists while shooting 49.6% from the field, 82.2% from the free throw line, and 48.7% from long distance.
- 9:30 PM/Fox Sports 1 – No. 23 Georgetown vs. Xavier in the Big East semifinals. Because let’s be honest here, when is it not worthwhile to root against the Hoyas?