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2017 Championship “Week” Update: March 3

Alllllllll sorts of hoops on the calendar today.

NCAA Basketball: Illinois State at Texas Christian
MiKyle McIntosh & Illinois State start their path to lock up their NCAA tournament berth today.
Sean Pokorny-USA TODAY Sports

Murray State continues their ridiculous romp through the Ohio Valley tournament after last night’s 75-69 win over Morehead State. Jonathan Stark played all 40 minutes - again - and scored 37 points thanks to 7-of-13 shooting from behind the arc to propel the Racers into the OVC semifinals.

The Big South tournament went completely sideways yesterday with the #2 and #3 seeds getting knocked out. Sadly, Radford and Campbell have to play each other in the semifinals, so we won’t get a completely ridiculous title game there. Only half ridiculous.

Things kick into high gear today with the start of the CAA, Horizon League, SoCon, and West Coast tournaments. That’s a lot of basketball! Because these leagues are doing their top seeds a favor and giving them byes into the later rounds, only the Missouri Valley gives us DAYTIME BASKETBALL today.

All times Central

BIG SOUTH SEMIFINALS (WatchESPN)

5pm: #6 Radford vs #7 Campbell
7:30pm: #4 Gardner-Webb at #1 Winthrop

CAA FIRST ROUND (CAA.tv)

5pm: #8 Hofstra vs #9 Delaware
7:30pm: #7 James Madison vs Drexel

HORIZON LEAGUE FIRST ROUND (WatchESPN)

4:30pm: #7 Detroit vs #10 Milwaukee
7pm: #8 Cleveland State vs #9 Youngstown State

MAAC QUARTERFINALS (WatchESPN)

6pm: #1 Monmouth vs #9 Niagara
8:30pm: #2 Saint Peter’s vs #7 Canisius

MISSOURI VALLEY QUARTERFINALS

12pm: #1 Illinois State vs #8 Evansville (WatchESPN)
2:30pm: #4 Southern Illinois vs #5 Loyola-Chicago (WatchESPN)
6pm: #2 Wichita State vs #7 Bradley
8:30pm: #3 Northern Iowa vs #6 Missouri State

OHIO VALLEY SEMIFINALS (ESPNU)

6:30pm: #1 Belmont vs #4 Jacksonville State
9pm: #2 Tennessee-Martin vs #7 Murray State

SOCON FIRST ROUND (WatchESPN)

4pm: #8 Western Carolina vs #9 The Citadel
6:30pm: #7 Samford vs #10 VMI

WEST COAST FIRST ROUND (TheW.tv)

8pm: #8 Pepperdine vs #9 Pacific
10:30pm: #7 San Diego vs #10 Portland