The Postseason And Regular Season Collide For A Glorious College Basketball Saturday

Regular season and postseason conference championships will be on the line throughout Saturday's college hoops action. We've got you covered on when and where to catch it all.

Four days ago it was Feb. 29, and now comes the only college basketball Saturday of the year featuring both regular season and postseason games.

Let's get weird. Let's get real weird.

All times are Eastern Standard Time.

Memphis at Tulsa (Noon/CBS)

OK, not exactly an ideal start to get weird with, but we can do something here. Memphis can lock up yet another C-USA title with a win over a Tulsa squad that lost its shot at the crown when it was beaten by UAB earlier this week. If the Tigers lose and Southern Miss beats Central Florida, then the Golden Eagles will be the top seed in next week's conference tournament.

Pittsburgh at Connecticut (Noon/ESPN)

Probably not how the folks at the four letter network envisioned this one before the season, but there's still some intrigue. If Connecticut loses then it's probably going to have to win at least three games in the Big East Tournament to even be in the conversation for an at-large bid. A sad state of affairs for a team with two lottery picks and four of the five leading scorers from a team that won the national title less than 12 months ago.


Bomani Jones on UNC-Duke

Big South Championship: VMI at UNC-Asheville (Noon/ESPN2)

Top-seeded and host UNC-Asheville will look to claim back-to-back conference titles for the first time in program history against the 7th-seeded Keydets, who began the tournament with a losing record before winning three games in three days to get to this point. The Bulldogs won a pair of high-scoring affairs (94-85 and 89-86) over VMI during the regular season.

George Washington at Dayton (Noon/CBS Sports Network)

The Flyers are going for their first winning season in the A-10 since 2008-09 and their second in the last seven seasons. They're also almost certainly playing for their NCAA Tournament life.

CAA Quarterfinal: Drexel vs. UNC-Wilmington (Noon/Comcast)

This is perhaps a deceptively dangerous quarterfinal draw for the top-seeded Dragons, who have won 17 straight. UNC-Wilmington won just five regular season games in the Colonial, but they do have one of the nation's top double-double men in Keith Rendleman. The junior scored 23 in the only meeting between the two in the regular season, a decisive Drexel victory.

West Virginia at South Florida (Noon/MSG/SNY)

If South Florida wins and Marquette beats Georgetown, the Bulls get the fourth double bye in the Big East Tournament. Swear to God.

Nebraska at Minnesota (12:30 p.m./Big Ten Network)

This has all the makings of a first round Big Ten Tournament game next Thursday that no one pays attention to. I know they played, I've actually seen the score on the ticker at least five times, and I still couldn't tell you who won. I mean, I'd guess Minnesota, but I'm not going to like bet hard money on it or anything. Actually, put me down for two bones on the Gophers. Indianapolis in March is Tubby Time ... or Tubby's Place ... whatever, just put me down for two hundred.

Oklahoma State at Kansas State (1:30 p.m./Altitude)

Kansas State hasn't played particularly well at home this season, but with revenge, Senior Night and a chance to all but lock up an at-large bid all being factors here, it's hard to see them laying an egg against an inferior opponent.

LSU at Auburn (2 p.m./CBS Regional)

If you're in one of the regions that CBS is subjecting to this last weekend sewage, then I don't even know what to tell you. This is ridiculous. You should drive to an area that gets the other game. It seems absurd, but it would seriously be worth it.

Washington at UCLA (2 p.m./CBS Regional)

Oh my God I could not have been more wrong. What ... I mean ... if .... what is happening here? This is like Fox replacing American Idol with Jeremy Irons Talks About The Construction of The Chrysler Building during Sweeps Week. You know what? You don't deserve Gus.

Cincinnati at Villanova (2 p.m./ESPN)

That would be swing and miss No. 2 for ESPN on the day. The only semi-interesting note here is that Cincinnati can keep alive its outside shot at a Big East Tournament double bye with a victory. Villanova was ready for next season about seven weeks ago.

OVC Championship: No. 12 Murray State vs. Tennessee State (2 p.m./ESPN2)

The Racers look to move to 30-1 and claim the Ohio Valley Conference title in the process by defeating the team that ruined their perfect season last month. They certainly have the full support of Bubble Nation. Is "Bubble Nation" a thing yet? It sounds like it is or at least should be, so I'm just going to to go with it. Don't correct me if it isn't because I don't edit these things once they're out of my hands. Sure I could, I just ... don't.

Southern Mississippi at Marshall (2 p.m./FSN)

This one will get a lot more interesting if Memphis loses to Tulsa beforehand. And by "a lot more interesting," I mean from "don't waste 1/15 of a brain cell processing any portion of that score" to "worth a glance at some point during the day if you have 12 seconds to spare."

Patriot League Semifinal: Lafayette at Bucknell (2 p.m./CBS Sports Network)

Top-seeded Bucknell won the two regular season meetings between the pair fairly handily, but Lafayette is the program making its third straight appearance in the Patriot League semis. Also, you should read The Last Amateurs.

No. 11 Georgetown at No. 8 Marquette (2 p.m./SNY/MASN)

Marquette led the first meeting with Georgetown by 17 with just 13 minutes to play before completely unraveling and taking a 73-70 loss. They've gone 12-3 since. The Hoyas can finish as high as second in the Big East with a win, and as low as sixth with a loss.

Charlotte at Xavier (2 p.m./FS Ohio)

Xavier, which is probably on the wrong side of the bubble as I type this in nothing but blue snowflake boxers, can lock up a first round bye in the A-10 tournament with a win on senior day.

Northwestern at Iowa (2:30 p.m./Big Ten Network)

The winner gets the seven seed in the Big Ten Tournament while the loser is relegated one whole spot lower.

CAA Quarterfinal: Old Dominion vs. Delaware (2:30 p.m./Comcast)

It's the CAA's preseason favorite against the suddenly red-hot darkhorse Blue Hens. The winner likely gets a shot at Drexel in the semis.

MVC Semifinal: No. 15 Wichita State vs. Illinois State (2:30 p.m./FS Midwest/FCS Atlantic)

Illinois State is going to have a tough time defending Garrett Stutz without the services of center Jordan Threloff, who is out with a broken thumb. Also, Joe Ragland is faster than you are.

No. 19 Louisville at No. 2 Syracuse (4 p.m./CBS)

It's hard to see the Orange going 1-for-29 from outside the paint like they did in their first meeting with the Cardinals, a game they still won on the road, 52-51. Louisville has scored less than 60 points in four of its last five games, three of which have resulted in losses.

Vanderbilt at Tennessee (4 p.m./ESPN)

The 2011 Boston Red Sox think ESPN is finishing soft.

Colorado at Oregon State (4 p.m./FSN)

Tyrone likes Oregon State to cover. Legitimately the only thing I could find on this game. Not that the lack of coverage isn't appropriate. Way to be a trooper, Tyrone.

Boise State at New Mexico (4 p.m./NBC Sports Network)

The Broncos head 37-feet below the ground for the first time. At least it'll be an experience.

Colorado State at Air Force (4 p.m./The Mountain)

The Rams can't let their victory over UNLV be sullied by what would be a disastrous loss inside Clune Arena.

No. 7 Missouri at Texas Tech (4 p.m./MASN/Altitude)

Missouri will look to set a new school record for wins against a Texas Tech team that is on the verge of having one of the least successful conference seasons in Big 12 history. No member of the league has won less than two conference games since Colorado achieved the feat by going 1-15 in 2008-09. The Red Raiders enter the regular season finale at 1-16.

Alabama at Ole Miss (4 p.m./MSG)

Anthony Grant seems to be willing this Crimson Tide team into the NCAA Tournament. Meanwhile, if you look to your left, I think you can see Mississippi State head coach Rick Stansbury reclining and watching the Bulldogs collapse with the rest of us.

Rhode Island at Massachusetts (4 p.m./CSS/Comcast)

This game is occurring.

Patriot League Semifinal: American at Lehigh (4:30 p.m./CBS Sports Network)

The teams split the two regular-season games, with each winning at home. C.J. McCollum is very good. Lehigh is going to win.

Arkansas at Mississippi State (5 p.m./FSN/FS South)

I already got my Stansbury burn in, so I've really got nothing to add. Although I'm pretty sure I've beaten Arkansas at home four times this season, so Rick should probably be able to take care of business on this Saturday.

MVC Semifinal: No. 25 Creighton vs. Evansville (5 p.m./FS Midwest/FCS Atlantic)

A very dangerous game for the Jays against a team that beat them at home and then lost to them by just one in overtime two weeks later. Colt Ryan dropped 43 in the second meeting. The kid is fun to watch.

CAA Quarterfinal: VCU vs. Northeastern (6 p.m./CSS/Comcast)

Northeastern gave the Rams all they could handle in the lone regular season meeting between the teams. VCU pulled out the narrow home victory, 59-56.

Seton Hall at DePaul (6 p.m./MSG/MASN)

I've decided to rename the opening game of the Big East Tournament "The DePaul." Now UConn can place its "The DePaul" champions trophy right next to its national championship trophy. The DePaul champions trophy is a Jerry Wainwright fat head, by the way.

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No. 6 North Carolina at No. 4 Duke (7 p.m./ESPN)

Three embarrassingly bad whiffs followed by a 515-foot bomb. If you only got this channel then you would have the privilege of experiencing what it's like to be a fan of a team that starts Adam Dunn. Enough has been said about this game by me and others elsewhere here.

Atlantic Sun Championship: Belmont vs. Florida Gulf Coast (7 p.m./ESPN2)

The Bruins caught a huge break in not having to play Mercer at home when sixth-seeded Florida Gulf Coast upset the Bears Friday night. Belmont won the two regular season games against FGC by a combined 65 points. This one could, and probably will, get a little ugly.

No. 21 San Diego State at TCU (7 p.m./The Mountain)

The Aztecs clinch the No. 1 seed in the Mountain West Tournament and at least a share of the league's regular season title with a win.

Long Beach State at Cal State Fullerton (7 p.m./FS West)

The Greatest Show on Surf looks to wrap up a perfect regular season in the Big West, and keep its hopes for an at-large bid (that it won't need) alive in the process.

Summit League Quarterfinal: Oral Roberts vs. IPFW (7 p.m./FCS Central)

The Summit League is up this year, but it's also very top heavy. Top-seeded Oral Roberts shouldn't have much trouble getting to the title game to face South Dakota State or Oakland.

Houston at Rice (8 p.m./CSS)

Do not watch this basketball game.

St. John's at Rutgers (8 p.m./MASN/MSG)

Watch this basketball game if you have a blood-relative with whom you've spoken to in the past three weeks playing.

Horizon League Semifinal: Valparaiso vs. Butler (8:30 p.m./ESPNU)

The two-time defending national runner-ups have looked awfully impressive in their first two postseason victories. Now they have the advantage of being in a rhythm as they face a Valpo squad that hasn't played in over a week.

CAA Quarterfinal: George Mason vs. Georgia State (8:30 p.m./Comcast)

Georgia State pulled off the bigest beatdown in CAA Tournament history with its 85-50 win over Hofstra in the first round on Friday. They lost at George Mason by three on Jan. 7.

Texas at No. 3 Kansas (9 p.m./ESPN)

This is sort of like putting Hogan/Savage before Andre the Giant/Koko B. Ware.

WCC Semifinal: Saint Mary's vs. San Francisco (9 p.m./ESPN2)

San Francisco spared Saint Mary's the task of facing a Loyola Marymount team that trounced them a couple of weeks ago by upsetting the fourth-seeded Lions Friday night. The regular season champs handled San Fran in both regular season meetings.

Summit League Quarterfinal: South Dakota State vs. IUPUI (9:30 p.m./FCS Central)

Jackrabbits + Nate Wolters = America's team if they win three straight here.

Wyoming at No. 17 UNLV (10 p.m./The Mountain)

UNLV will look to complete a 16-0 season at the Thomas & Mack Center by knocking off the Wyoming team that upset them on Feb. 4.

WCC Semifinal: Gonzaga vs. BYU (11:30 p.m./ESPN2)

There are certainly worse ways to finish up a Saturday. Getting stabbed is one of them.

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