How to Close the Scheduling Gap

18 Aug

Over the past few seasons the NCAA Selection Committee has done a good job at making what they do more transparent.  They have allowed media members to join in mock committees for example, and this past year they talked to some of the best analytical minds in the sport to try and tweak the metrics that they use and even try to come up with a universal metric that they can use going forward.  Over the summer they announced another slight change where road wins will carry slightly more weight than home victories in the eyes of the committee this season.  These are all positive steps for the committee and their selection process but one major hurdle still exists that greatly impacts that process, the scheduling chasm between the haves and the have nots in college basketball.

Every selection Sunday people talk about the reason why mid-majors x,y, and z didn’t make the field and the answer is almost always, ”they didn’t win enough high-profile games”, while a middling high major team who has two or three times as many opportunities at high-profile games makes the field.  While the committee tweaks its process, scheduling is actually the biggest hurdle in getting the best teams into the tournament.  For a few years ESPN had the BracketBuster event which thrust mid-major teams into the spotlight.  The problem was those teams would play each other, thus giving one of them a potentially resume crushing loss before March.

To close the scheduling gap I propose the solution of using the new metric rumored to be adopted by the NCAA and pitting the top 10 conferences by that metric against the middle 10 in an ACC/Big 10 Challenge type format.

How it would work

Annually:

-Using the metric adopted by the NCAA a top 10 conference would be randomly matched up with a middle 10 conference.

-Once those match ups are set, randomly match up teams within those conferences so that every team from a middle 10 conference gets a game with a team in the top 10 conference it is matched up with.

-This process should be done early enough so any top 10 conference team without a game in this process can fill its schedule if need be.

-The randomization will be repeated if needed so that there are no repeat match ups in back-to-back years.

-Each resulting game would have a five-year window to complete a home-and-home series.

Logistics:

-Games will be played at all NCAA Tournament sites for that year (or future years if there are scheduling conflicts).

-Games will be played in Mid-February much like the BracketBusters.

-Games will be played at the most geo-centric venue to both teams.

-Games will be played with doubleheaders on Thursday and Friday and tripleheaders on Saturday and Sunday as needed.

-Gate money for the games will be split four ways with money going to each conference as well as each institution.

What happens to the bottom 12 conferences each season? If they agree to they would be randomly matched up using the same process and play each other, beginning a home-and-home series that would have the same five year window to complete.

I know there are probably logistical flaws I missed and getting conferences and schools to agree to something like this is an astronomical long shot but this would at least close the scheduling gap just a little and address the underlying issue that impacts the selection process the most.

Key Stat for Every First Round Game

16 Mar

East

  1. Villanova vs. 16. Mount St. Mary’s

Villanova is 7th in fg percentage (49.7) and Mount St. Mary’s is 227th in fg percentage defense (44.8)

  1. Wisconsin vs. 9. Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech is 13th in 3 point fg percentage (40.3) and Wisconsin is 307th in 3 point fg percentage defense (37.7)

  1. Virginia vs. 12. UNC-Wilmington

Virginia is 1st in scoring defense (55.6) and UNC-Wilmington is 10th in scoring offense (85.2)

  1. Florida vs. East Tennessee State

Florida is 48th in total free throws attempted (764) East Tennessee State in 313th in fewest fouls (679)

  1. Baylor vs. 14. New Mexico State

Baylor is 4th in rebound margin (8.9) and New Mexico State is 16th (6.9)

  1. SMU vs. 11. USC

SMU is 3rd in rebound margin (9.0) and USC is 184th (0.4)

  1. South Carolina vs. 10. Marquette

Marquette is 1st in 3 point fg percentage (43.0) and South Carolina is 5th in 3 point fg percentage defense (29.3)

  1. Duke vs. 15. Troy

Duke is 33rd in fg percentage (47.7) and Troy is 9th in total rebounds (1,330)

Midwest

  1. Kansas vs. 16. UC Davis

Kansas is 79th in steals per game (6.9) and UC Davis is 275th in turnovers per game (14.1)

  1. Miami vs. 9. Michigan State

Michigan State is 57th in fg percentage (46.8) and Miami is 55th in fg percentage defense (41.4)

  1. Iowa State vs. 12. Nevada

Iowa State is 14th in 3 point fg percentage (40.2) and Nevada is 16th in 3 point fg percentage defense (30.7)

  1. Purdue vs. 13. Vermont

Purdue is 65th in rebounds per game (37.94) and Vermont is 263rd (34.24)

  1. Oregon vs. 14. Iona

Oregon is 10th in scoring margin (14.1) and Iona is 109th (4.1)

  1. Creighton vs. 11. Rhode Island

Creighton is 18th in 3 point fg percentage (39.9) and Rhode Island is 3rd in 3 point fg percentage defense (29.0)

  1. Michigan vs. 10.Oklahoma State

Michigan is 1st in turnovers per game (9.4) and Oklahoma State is 31st in steals per game (7.8)

  1. Louisville vs. 15. Jacksonville State

Louisville is 14th in offensive rebounds per game (13.31) and Jacksonville State is 144th in defensive rebounds per game (25.59)

West

  1. Gonzaga vs. 16. South Dakota State

Gonzaga is 2nd in fg percentage (51.8) and South Dakota State is 243rd in fg percentage defense (45.2)

  1. Northwestern vs. 9. Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt is 8th in free throw percentage ( 77.6) and Northwestern is 185th in fouls per game (19.0)

  1. Notre Dame vs. 12. Princeton

Notre Dame is 2nd in turnovers per game (9.4) and Princeton is 5th (10.0)

  1. West Virginia vs. 13. Bucknell

West Virginia is 5th in offensive rebounds per game (14.32) and Bucknell is 299th (8.62)

  1. Florida State vs. 14. Florida Gulf Coast

Florida Gulf Coast is 5th in fg percentage (50.2) and Florida State is 45th in fg percentage defense (41.2)

  1. Maryland vs. 11. Xavier

Maryland is 40th in blocks per game (4.7) and Xavier is 261st (2.7)

  1. St. Mary’s vs. 10. VCU

St. Mary’s is 254th in turnover margin (-1.2) and VCU is 24th in total steals (256)

  1. Arizona vs. 15. North Dakota

North Dakota is 19th in fg percentage (48.3) and Arizona is 35th (47.6)

South

  1. North Carolina vs. 16. Texas Southern

North Carolina is 95th in fouls per game (17.8) and Texas Southern is 2nd in free throws made (643)

  1. Arkansas vs. 9. Seton Hall

Arkansas is 42nd in steals per game (7.5) and Seton Hall is 231st in turnovers per game (13.6)

  1. Minnesota vs. 12. Middle Tennessee State

Minnesota is 1st in blocked shots per game (6.8) and Middle Tennessee State is 12th in fg percentage (49.0)

  1. Butler vs. 13. Winthrop

Winthrop is 90th in rebounds per game (37.41) and Butler 325th (32.03)

  1. UCLA vs. 14. Kent State

UCLA is 6th in defensive rebounds per game (29.45) and Kent State is 2nd in offensive rebounds per game (14.97)

  1. Cincinnati vs. 11. Kansas State

Cincinnati is 10th in turnovers per game (10.0) and Kansas State is 28th in steals per game (7.8)

  1. Dayton vs. 10. Wichita State

Wichita State is 5th in rebound margin (8.9) and Dayton is 192nd (0.2)

  1. Kentucky vs. 15. Northern Kentucky

Kentucky is 285th in fewest fouls (656) and Northern Kentucky is 267th in free throw percentage (67.6)

Key Stats for the First Four

14 Mar

First Four

 

  1. Mount St. Mary’s vs. 16. New Orleans

Mount St. Mary’s is 182nd in turnovers per game (13.1) and New Orleans is 14th turnovers forced (16.29)

  1. North Carolina Central vs. 16. UC Davis

North Carolina Central is 10th in fg percentage defense (39.1) and UC Davis is 213th in fg percentage (43.7)

  1. Providence vs. 11. USC

USC is 23rd in assist to turnover ratio (1.37) and Providence is 132nd in turnovers per game (12.6)

  1. Kansas State vs. 11. Wake Forest

Kansas State is 56th in scoring defense and Wake Forest is 16th in offense

3/12 Tournament Schedule

12 Mar

American

Championship

3/12

Game 10: No 1 SMU Mustangs vs. No 2 Cincinnati Bearcats, 3:15 p.m.

 

Atlantic 10

Championship

3/12

Game 13: No 4 Rhode Island Rams vs. No 2 VCU Rams, 12:30 p.m.

 

Big Ten Championship

3/12

Game 3: No 8 Michigan Wolverines vs. No 2 Wisconsin Badgers, 12 p.m.

 

Ivy League

Championship

3/12

Game 13: No 1 Princeton Tigers vs. No 3 Yale Bulldogs, 3 p.m.

 

 

SEC

Championship

3/12

Game 13: No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats vs. No 3 Arkansas Razorbacks, 1 p.m.

 

Sun Belt

Championship

3/12

Game 11: No 4 Texas State Bobcats vs. No 6 Troy Trojans, 2 p.m.

3/11 Tournament Schedule

11 Mar

America East
Championship
3/11
Game 7: No. 3 Albany at No. 1 Vermont, 11 a.m.

American
Semifinals
3/11
Game 8: No. 1 SMU Mustangs 4 vs. No 4 UCF Golden Knights, 3 p.m.
Game 9: No 2 Cincinnati Bearcats vs. No 6 UConn Huskies, approx. 5:30 p.m.

Atlantic 10
Semifinals
3/11
Game 11: No. 9 Davidson Wildcats vs. No. 4 Rhode Island Rams, 1 p.m.
Game 12: No 2 VCU Rams vs. No 3 Richmond Spiders approx. 3:30 p.m.

ACC
Championship
3/11
Game 14: No 5 Duke Blue Devils vs. No 3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 9 p.m.

Big 12
Championship
3/11
Game 9: No. 4 Iowa State Cyclones vs. No 2 West Virginia Mountaineers, 6 p.m.
Big East
Championship
3/11
Game 9: No 1 Villanova Wildcats vs. No 6 Creighton Bluejays, 5:30 p.m.

Big Sky
Championship
3/11
Game 10: No 1 North Dakota Fighting Hawks vs. No 3 Weber State Wildcats, 8:30 p.m.

Big Ten
Semifinals
3/11
Game 11: No. 8 Michigan Wolverines vs. No. 4 Minnesota Golden Gophers, 1 p.m.
Game 12: No 2 Wisconsin Badgers vs. No 6 Northwestern Wildcats, approx. 3:30 p.m.

Big West
Championship
3/11
Game 7: No 1 UC Irvine Anteaters vs. No 2 UC Davis, 11:30 p.m.

Conference USA
Championship
3/11
Game 11: No. 1 Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders vs. No. 6 Marshall Thundering Herd, 8 p.m.

Ivy
Semifinals
3/11
Game 1: No. 4 Penn Quakers vs. No. 1 Princeton Tigers, 1:30 p.m.
Game 2: No. 3 Yale Bulldogs vs. No. 2 Harvard Crimson, approx. 4 p.m.

Mid-American
Championship
3/11
Game 11: No 1 Akron Zips vs. No 6 Kent State Golden Flashes, 7:30 p.m.

MEAC
Championship
3/11
Game 22: No 1 North Carolina Central Eagles vs. No 2 Norfolk State Spartans, 1 p.m.

Mountain West
Championship
3/11
Game 10: No 1 Nevada Wolfpack vs No 2 Colorado State Rams, 6 p.m.

PAC 12
Championship
3/11
Game 11: No 1 Oregon Ducks vs. No 2 Arizona Wildcats, 11 p.m.

SEC
Semifinals
3/11
Game 11: No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats vs. No 5 Alabama Crimson Tide, 1 p.m.
Game 12: No 7 Vanderbilt Commodores vs. No 3 Arkansas Razorbacks, approx. 3:30 p.m.

Southland
Championship
3/11
Game 7: No. 1 New Orleans Privateers vs. No 2 Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders, 9:30 p.m.

SWAC
Championship
3/11
Game 7: No 1 Texas Southern Jaguars vs. No 2 Alcorn State Braves, 6:30 p.m.

Sun Belt
Semifinals
3/11
Game 9: No. 1 UT-Arlington Mavericks vs. No. 4 Texas State Bobcats, 12:30 p.m.
Game 10: No 2 Georgia State Panthers vs. No 6 Troy Trojans, approx. 3 p.m.

WAC
Championship
3/11
Game 6: No 1 Cal State Bakersfield vs. No 2New Mexico State Aggies, 11 p.m.

3/10 Tournament Schedule

10 Mar

American

Quarterfinals

3/10

Game 4: No. 9 East Carolina Pirates vs. No. 1 SMU Mustangs, 12 p.m.

Game 5: No. 5 Memphis Tigers vs. No. 4 UCF Knights , approx. 2:30 p.m.

Game 6: No. 7 Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs. No. 2 Cincinnati Bearcats, 7 p.m.

Game 7: No. 6 UConn Huskies vs. No. 3 Houston Cougars, approx. 9:30 p.m.

 

Atlantic 10

Quarterfinals

3/10

Game 7: No. 9 Davidson Wildcats vs. No. 1 Dayton Flyers, 12 p.m.

Game 8: No. 5 St. Bonaventure Bonnies vs. No. 4 Rhode Island Rams, approx. 2:30 p.m.

Game 9: No. 7 George Mason Patriots vs. No. 2 VCU Rams, 6:30 p.m.

Game 10: No 6 George Washington Colonials vs. No. 3 Richmond Spiders, approx. 9 p.m.

 

ACC

Semifinals

3/10

Game 12: No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels vs. No. 5 Duke Blue Devils, 7 p.m.

Game 13: No. 2 Florida State Seminoles vs. No 3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish, approx. 9:30 p.m.

 

Big 12

Semifinals

3/10

Game 7: No. 4 Iowa State Cyclones vs. No. 8 TCU Horned Frogs 4, 7 p.m.

Game 8: No. 2 West Virginia Mountaineers vs. No. 6 Kansas State Wildcats, approx. 9:30 p.m.

 

Big East

Semifinals

3/10

Game 7: No. 1 Villanova Wildcats vs. No. 4 Marquette Golden Eagles, 6:30 p.m.

Game 8: No. 7 Xavier Muskateers vs. No 6 Creighton Bluejays, approx. 9 p.m.

 

Big Sky

Semifinals

3/10

Game 8: No. 1 North Dakota Fighting Hawks vs. No. 4 Idaho Vandals, 8:35 p.m.

Game 9: No. 2 Eastern Washington Eagles vs. No. 3 Weber State Wildcats, approx. 11:05 p.m.

 

Big Ten

Quarterfinals

3/10

Game 7: No. 8 Michigan Wolverines vs. No. 1 Purdue Boilermakers, 12 p.m.

Game 8: No. 5 Michigan State Spartans vs. No. 4 Minnesota Golden Gophers, approx. 2:30 p.m.

Game 9: No. 10 Indiana Hoosiers vs. No. 2 Wisconsin Badgers, 6:30 p.m.

Game 10: No. 6 Northwestern Wildcats vs. No. 3 Maryland Terrapins, approx. 9 p.m.

 

Big West

Semifinals

3/10

Game 5: No. 2 UC Davis Aggies vs. No. 3 Cal State Fullerton Titans, 9:30 p.m.

Game 6: No 5 Long Beach 49ers vs. No. 2 UC Irvine Anteaers. 12 a.m.

 

Conference USA

Semifinals

3/10

Game 9: No. 1 Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders vs. No. 4 UTEP Miners, 12:30 p.m.

Game 10: No. 2 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs. No. 6 Marshall Thundering Herd, approx. 3 p.m.

 

Mid-American

Semifinals

3/10

Game 9: No. 1 Akron Zips vs. No. 4 Ball State Cardinals, 5:30 p.m.

Game 10: No. 2 Ohio Bobcats vs. No. 6 Kent Golden Flashes, approx. 8 p.m.

 

MEAC

Semifinals

3/10

Game 20: No. 1 North Carolina Central Eagles vs. No. 5 Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks 17, 6 p.m.

Game 21: No. 2 Norfolk State Spartans vs. No. 11 Howard Bison, approx. 8:30 p.m.

 

Mountain West

Semifinals

3/10

Game 8: No. 1 Nevada Wolfpack vs. No. 4 Fresno State Bulldogs, 10 p.m.

Game 9: No. 2 Colorado State Rams vs. No 6 San Diego State Aztecs, approx. 12:30 a.m.

 

PAC-12

Semifinals

3/10

Game 9: No. 1 Oregon Ducks vs. No. 5 California Bears, 9 p.m.

Game 10: No. 2 Arizona Wildcats vs. No. 3 UCLA Bruins, approx. 11:30 p.m.

 

SEC

Quarterfinals

3/10

Game 7: No. 8 Georgia Bulldogs vs. No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats, 1 p.m.

Game 8: No. 5 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. No. 4 South Carolina Gamecocks, approx. 3:30 p.m.

Game 9: No. 7 Vanderbilt Commodores vs. No. 2 Florida Gators, 7 p.m.

Game 10: No. 6 Mississippi Rebels vs. #3 Arkansas Razorbacks, approx. 9:30

 

Southland

Semifinals

3/10

Game 5: No. 5 Sam Houston State Bearkats vs. No. 1 New Orleans Privateers, 6 p.m.

Game 6: No. 6 Lamar Cardinals vs. No. 2 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders, approx. 8:30 p.m.

 

SWAC

Semifinals

3/10

Game 5: No. 5 Grambling State Tigers vs. No. 1 Texas Southern Tigers, 3:30 p.m.

Game 6: No. 3 Southern Jaguars vs. No. 2 Alcorn State Braves, 9:30 p.m.

 

Sun Belt

Quarterfinals

3/10

Game 5: No. 8 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers vs. No. 1 UT Arlington Mavericks, 12:30 p.m.

Game 6: No. 12 Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks vs. No. 4 Texas State Bobcats, approx. 3 p.m.

Game 7: No. 7 Louisiana Ragin Cajuns vs. No. 2 Georgia State Panthers, 6 p.m.

Game 8: No 6 Troy Trojans  vs. No. 3 Georgia Southern Eagles, approx. 8:30 p.m.

 

WAC

Semifinals

3/10

Game 4: No. 4 Utah Valley Wolverines vs. No. 1 Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners, 9 p.m.

Game 5: No. 2 New Mexico State Aggies vs. No. 3 UMKC Kangaroos, approx. 11:30 p.m.

3/9 Tournament Schedule

9 Mar

American
First Round
3/9
Game 1: No. 9 East Carolina Pirates vs. No. 8 Temple Owls, 3:30 p.m.
Game 2: No. 10 Tulane Green Wave vs. No. 7 Tulsa Golden Hurricane, approx. 6 p.m.
Game 3: No. 11 USF Bulls vs. No. 6 UConn Huskies, approx. 8:30 p.m.

Atlantic 10
Second Round
3/9
Game 3: No. 9 Davidson Wildcats vs. No. 8 La Salle Explorers, 12 p.m.
Game 4: No. 12 Massachusetts Minutemen vs. No. 5 St. Bonaventure Bonnies, approx. 2:30 p.m.
Game 5: No. 10 Fordham Rams vs. No. 7 George Mason Patriots, 6:30 p.m.
Game 6: No. 11 St. Louis Billikens vs No. 6 George Washington Colonials, approx. 9 p.m.

ACC
Quarterfinals
3/9
Game 8: No. 9 Miami Hurricanes vs. No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels, 12 p.m.
Game 9: No. 5 Duke Blue Devils vs. No. 4 Louisville Cardinals, approx. 2:30 p.m.
Game 10: No. 7 Virginia Tech vs. No. 2 Florida State Seminoles, 7 p.m.
Game 11: No 6 Virginia Cavaliers vs. No. 3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish, approx. 9:30 p.m.

Big 12
Quarterfinals
3/9
Game 3: No. 5 Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. No. 4 Iowa State Cyclones, 12:30 p.m.
Game 4: No. 8 TCU Horned Frogs vs. No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks, approx. 3 p.m.
Game 5: No. 10 Texas Longhorns vs. No. 2 West Virginia Mountaineers, 7 p.m.
Game 6: No. 6 Kansas State Wildcats vs. No. 3 Baylor Bears, approx. 9:30 p.m.

Big East
Quarterfinals
3/9
Game 3: No. 8 St. John’s Red Storm vs. No. 1 Villanova Wildcats, 12 p.m.
Game 4: No. 5 Seton Hall Pirates vs. No. 4 Marquette Golden Eagles, approx. 2:30 p.m.
Game 5: No 7 Xavier Muskateers vs. No. 2 Butler Bulldogs, 7 p.m.
Game 6: No. 6 Creighton Bluejays vs. No. 3 Providence Friars, approx. 9:30 p.m.

Big Sky
Quarterfinals
3/9
Game 4: No. 8 Portland State Vikings vs. No. 1 North Dakota Fighting Hawks, 3:05 p.m.
Game 5: No. 5 Montana Grizzlies vs. No. 4 Idaho Vandals, approx. 5:35 p.m.
Game 6: Winner Game 2 vs. No. 2 Eastern Washington Eagles, 8:35 p.m.
Game 7: Winner Game 3 vs. No. 3 Weber State Wildcats, approx. 11:05 p.m.

Big Ten
Second Round
3/9
Game 3: No. 9 Illinois Fighting Illini vs. No. 8 Michigan Wolverines, 12 p.m.
Game 4: No. 13 Penn State Nitany Lions vs. No. 5 Michigan State Spartans, approx. 2:30 p.m.
Game 5: No. 10 Indiana Hoosiers vs. No. 7 Iowa Hawkeyes, 6:30 p.m.
Game 6: No. 14 Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs No. 6 Northwestern Wildcats, approx. 9 p.m.

Big West
Quarterfinals
3/9
Game 1: No. 7 Cal Poly Mustangs vs. No. 2 UC Davis Aggies, 3 p.m.
Game 2: No. 6 Cal State Northridge Matadors vs. No. 3 Cal State Fullerton Titans, approx. 5:30 p.m.
Game 3: No. 7 UC Riverside Highlanders vs. No. 1 UC Irvine Anteaters, 9 p.m.
Game 4: No. 5 Long Beach State 49ers vs. No. 4 Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors, approx. 11:30 p.m.

Conference USA
Quarterfinals
3/9
Game 5: No. 9 Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners vs. No. 1 Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, 12:30 p.m.
Game 6: No. 5 Rice Owls vs. No. 4 UTEP Miners, approx. 3 p.m.
Game 7: No. 7 UAB Blazers vs. No. 2 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, 6:30 p.m.
Game 8: No 6 Marshall Thundering Herd vs. No. 3 Old Dominion Monarchs, approx. 9 p.m.

Mid-American
Quarterfinals
3/9
Game 5: No. 8 Eastern Michigan vs. No. 1 Akron Zips, 12 p.m.
Game 6: No. 5 Western Michigan vs. No. 4 Ball State Cardinals, approx. 2:30 p.m.
Game 7: No. 7 Toledo vs. No. 2 Ohio Bobcats, 6:30 p.m.
Game 8: No. 6 Kent State vs. No. 3 Buffalo Bulls, approx. 9 p.m.

MEAC
Quarterfinals
3/9
Game 16: No. 11 Howard vs. No. 3 Morgan State Bears, 6 p.m.
Game 17: No. 5 Maryland Eastern Shore vs. No. 4 Hampton Pirates, approx. 8:30 p.m.
Mountain West
Quarterfinals
3/9
Game 4: No. 8 Utah State Aggies vs. No. 1 Nevada Wolf Pack, 3 p.m.
Game 5: No. 5 New Mexico Lobos vs. No. 4 Fresno State Bulldogs, approx. 5:30 p.m.
Game 6: No. 10 Air Force Falcons vs. No. 2 Colorado State Rams, 9 p.m.
Game 7: No. 6 San Diego State Aztecs vs. No. 3 Boise State Broncos, approx. 11:30 p.m.

PAC 12
Quarterfinals
3/9
Game 5: No. 8 Arizona State Sun Devils vs. No. 1 Oregon Ducks, 3 p.m.
Game 6: No. 5 California Bears vs. No. 4 Utah Utes, 5:30 p.m.
Game 7: No 7 Colorado Buffaloes vs. No. 2 Arizona Wildcats, 9 p.m.
Game 8: No 6 USC Trojans vs. No. 3 UCLA Bruins, approx. 11:30 p.m.

SEC
Second Round
3/9
Game 3: No. 9 Tennessee Volunteers vs. No. 8 Georgia Bulldogs, 1 p.m.
Game 4: No. 12 Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. No. 5 Alabama Crimson Tide, approx. 3:30 p.m.
Game 5: No. 10 Texas A&M Aggies vs. No. 7 Vanderbilt Commodores, 7 p.m.
Game 6: No 14 Missouri Tigers vs No. 6 Ole Miss Rebels, approx. 9:30 p.m.

Southland
Quarterfinals
3/9
Game 3: No. 5 Sam Houston State Bearkats vs. No. 4 Houston Baptist Huskies, 6 p.m.
Game 4: No 6 Lamar Cardinals vs. No. 3 Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks, approx. 8:30 p.m.

WAC
Quarterfinals
3/9
Game 1: No. 5 Seattle Redhawks vs. No. 4 Utah Valley Wolverines, 5 p.m.
Game 2: No. 7 Chicago State Cougars vs. No. 2 New Mexico State Aggies, approx. 7:30 p.m.
Game 3: No. 6 UTRGV Vaqueros vs. No. 3 UMKC Kangaroos, approx. 10 p.m.

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