One of the most exciting days of the college basketball season. Championships and semi-finals starting now (get your DC fix on CBS! with Gus Johnson announcing!) and culminating with the Big East Championship in what should be a good game. In between, you've got:
11:30 - Conference USA Championship - Houston v. UTEP (CBS - GUS JOHNSON)
Will the committee create a story-line with DC (re)United with his classmates Jerry Smith and Edgar Sosa against the Coach/Father Figure who cast him away?
12:00 - America East Championship - Vermont v. Boston U (ESPN2)
Vermont could be a sexy 12 over 5 pick with a win today. Boston U could be a easily-forgotten 15 seed.
1:00 - SEC Semifinal - UK v. Tennessee (ABC) (really? ABC? Weird)
Nothing much to say about this one. Except that I can't wait until UK plays a good team this season.
1:00 - A-10 Semifinal - Temple v. Rhode Island (Not Televised?)
Nothing much to say about this one, for real this time.
1:30 - ACC Semifinal - Duke v. Miami (ESPN)
Miami somehow stealing an at-large spot is the only thing that may, maybe like 1% keep us out. So, gulp, let's go Duke.
1:40 - Big 10 Semifinal - Illinois v. OSU (CBS)
National Player of the Year Evan Turner tries to chase the Kuric feeling against Illinois, who should be in regardless but could solidify things with a strong showing or win. OSU has an outside chance at a #1 seed but regardless should end up in Syracuse's bracket, I randomly predict. Regardless.
3:00 - SEC Semifinal - Vandy v. MSU (ABC)
Not quite Marquette/Georgetown or even Rhode Island/Temple really.
3:30 - ACC Semifinal - NC State v. GaTech (ESPN)
Not quite Vandy/MSU.
4:00 - Big 10 Semifinal - Minnesota v. Purdue (CBS)
Tubby has his team poised to be literally the least sexy sexy 12-5 upset pick ever.
6:00 - Big 12 CHAMPIONSHIP - Kansas v. K-State (ESPN)
Probably the best game of the day. Kansas has a chance to lock up the overall #1 seed with a win. K-State is a team that for some reason people think is good even though I don't believe it. When they knock us out next Saturday in the 2 v. 10 match-up, I will feel bad for having written this blurb.
6:00 - Pac 10 CHAMPIONSHIP - Cal v. Washington (CBS)
Washington making the Championship may be enough to prevent the Pac-10 from embarrassingly becoming a 1-bid league this year. Winning it would assure that, although we can all still point and laugh.
7:00 - Mountain West CHAMPIONSHIP - UNLV v. San Diego State (Maybe VS or something)
San Diego State is listed as a 12 on the Bracket Matrix, which makes me think they are one of the last at-large teams in. UNLV safely on the 9 line. Should be a battle either way, but both of these teams present a scary first round match-up for whomever they end up facing the first weekend.
9:00 - BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIP - Georgetown v. WVU (ESPN obv)
The great-uncle of them all. Since both teams got at least one bye, there should be some reasonably fresh legs. WVU still has a very outside chance at a #1 seed and a beatdown tonight would give them a boost (along with Duke and OSU losing by like 50) but Georgetown has a chance to really improve their seed. Seriously, where do they seed the Big East teams this year? Georgetown could be anywhere from a 3 to a 7, ND could be a 5-10, we could be a 8-12, Marquette in the same 7-11 range.
So, lots of good basketball. Even if we aren't playing.