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* = tipping time for the second match of a doubleheader is approximate

^= game will be streamed or on additional outlets, see conference entry below for details

Friday, March 4, 2022

Tipping time (ET) Conference Round Match TV/Streaming Season Series
Tipping time (ET) Conference Round Match TV/Streaming Season Series
11:30 a.m. Great South QF (9) North Carolina A&T vs. (1) Longwood ESPN+ ($) 1-1 split at home
1 p.m. VMC QF (8) Illinois State vs. (1) Northern Iowa ESPN+ ($)^ UNI 2-0
2 p.m.* Great South QF (12) Charleston Southern vs. (4) USC Upstate ESPN+ ($) USCU 2-0
3:30 p.m.* VMC QF (5) Bradley vs. (4) Loyola Chicago ESPN+ ($)^ 1-1 split at home
5 p.m. SoCon 1st (9) The Citadel vs. (8) ETSU ESPN+ ($) Road split 1-1
6 p.m. Great South QF (7) High Point vs. (2) Winthrop ESPN+ ($) UHP 1-0 (H)
7 p.m. VMC QF (7) Valparaiso vs. (2) Missouri State ESPN+ ($)^ USM 2-0
7:30 p.m.* SoCon 1st (10) West Carolina vs. (7) Mercer ESPN+ ($) 1-1 split at home
8 p.m. OVC SF (4) Southeast Missouri State vs. (1) Murray State ESPNU USM 2-0
8:30 p.m.* Great South QF (6) Campbell vs. (3) Gardner-Webb ESPN+ ($) GWU 1-0 (A)
9 p.m. COE 2nd (8) Loyola Marymount vs. (5) BYU WCCN^ BYU 2-0
9:30 p.m.* VMC QF (6) Southern Illinois vs. (3) Drake ESPN+ ($)^ FROM 2-0
10:30 p.m.* OVC SF (3) Morehead State vs. (2) Belmont ESPNU 1-1 split at home
11:30 p.m.* COE 2nd (7) San Diego vs. (6) Portland WCCN^ 1-1 split at home

Great South quarter-finals

ESPN+ will broadcast all four games.

Game 5: (9) North Carolina A&T (12-19, 6-10) vs. (1) Longwood (23-6, 15-1), 12 p.m.
The regular season series was a 1-1 home tie.
Game 6: (12) Charleston Southern (6-24, 1-15) vs. (4) USC Upstate (13-15, 10-6), approx. 2:30 p.m.
The Spartans won the season series 2-0.
Game 7: (7) High Point (14-17, 7-9) vs (2) Winthrop (21-8, 14-2), 6 p.m.
The Panthers won the pair’s only regular season meeting at home.
Game 8: (6) Campbell (16-12, 8-8) vs. (3) Gardner-Webb (17-12, 11-5), approx. 8:30 p.m.
The Bulldogs won the pair’s only regular season meeting on the road.

After taking time off on Thursday for the women’s quarter-final round, the Great South is back. If Wednesday’s first round is any indicator, you’ll want to keep an eye on these matches for the mayhem of March. The first four games in Charlotte featured three OTs and a buzzer-beater in the only non-OT game — the one that pushed the last-placed Charleston Southern Buccaneers into the quarters.

MVC Quarterfinals

Bally Sports Midwest will air and either ESPN3 Where ESPN+ will broadcast all four games.

Game 3: (8) Illinois State (13-19, 5-13) vs. (1) Northern Iowa (18-10, 14-4), 1 p.m. (also on NBCS Chicago)
The Panthers won the season series 2-0.
Game 4: (5) Bradley (17-13, 11-7) vs. (4) Loyola Chicago (22-7, 13-5), approx. 3:30 p.m. (also on NBCS Chicago)
The series was a 1-1 home tie.
Game 5: (7) Valparaiso (14-17, 6-12) vs. (2) Missouri State (22-9, 13-5), 7 p.m. (also on NBCS Chicago Plus)
The Bears won the season series 2-0.
Game 6: (6) Southern Illinois (16-14, 9-9) vs. (3) Drake (22-9, 13-5), approx. 9:30 p.m. (also on NBCS Chicago Plus)
The Bulldogs won the season series 2-0.

The afternoon game; however, will begin around 2:30 a.m. local time in St. Louis. This is where Loyola, hovering just off the cut line, takes on Bradley in the Arch Madness 4-on-5 quarter-final. As the Ramblers beat the Braves by seven on Jan. 8 in Chicago, they needed OT to do it. Then Loyola dropped the rematch to Peoria, again by seven points.

Thursday night, Illinois State and Valparaiso both won their first-round games with ease. While the top four seeds all won their quarter-finals in 2021, Thursday’s two winners both won a second game in the ill-fated 2020 edition.

SoCon first round

ESPN+ will stream both games.

Game 1: (9) The Citadel (12-17, 6-12) vs. (8) ETSU (15-16, 7-11), 5 p.m.
The series was a 1-1 road split.
Game 2: (10) West Carolina (11-20, 5-13) vs. (7) Mercer (15-16, 8-10), approx. 7:30 p.m.
The series was a 1-1 home tie.

Rubber matches in Asheville will see the winners advance to face top-seeded Chattanooga and No. 2 Furman on Saturday.

OVC semi-finals

ESPNU will broadcast both games.

Game 5: (4) Southeast Missouri State (14-17, 8-9) vs. (1) Murray State (28-2, 18-0), 8 p.m.
The Racers won the season series 2-0.
Game 6: (3) Morehead State (22-10, 13-5) vs. (2) Belmont (25-6, 15-3), approx. 10:30 p.m.
The season series was a 1-1 home tie.

Murray State, 26th in KenPom and 23rd in NET, is likely safe no matter what tonight. And it could be anything, since the Racers played at SEMO on Saturday, where they won by just two, 70-68. That’s a far cry from the 106-81 win they recorded at home in the OVC opener on Dec. 30.

In game two, Belmont will need to win the automatic bid to dance, and that will be a challenge considering their opposition tonight. 2021 OVC Tournament champion Morehead State defeated the Bruins at home, 83-74, on January 20. Then Belmont won the return match by one, 48-47, on February 10. Last night, Morehead passed Tennessee Tech, 73-56, just after Southeast Missouri destroyed Tennessee State, 79-55.

Second round of COE

NBCS Bay Area and California; Root Sports Northwest; Bally Sport West, SoCal and San Diego; and BYU TV will air, and COE network and BYU-TV will stream both games.

Game 3: (8) Loyola Marymount (11-17, 3-12) vs. (5) BYU (21-9, 9-6), 9 p.m.
The Cougars won the season series 2-0.
Game 4: (7) San Diego (15-15, 7-9) vs. (6) Portland (17-13, 7-7), approx. 11:30 p.m.
The season series was 1-1 at home.

As the OVC semi-finals unfold, you’ll want to keep a screen on the first of two WCC second-round matches of the night. BYU must defeat LMU to stay in contention and set up a quarterfinal game on Saturday with fellow bubble team San Francisco. Although the Cougars have defeated the Lions twice, they needed OT to win the duo’s first meeting, 83-82, at Gersten Pavilion on Feb. 10. However, BYU handled them fairly easily in the rematch in Provo last Thursday, winning 79-59.

Game two sees a rubber match between Portland and San Diego. Even though the Toreros won the duo’s first meeting at home on Jan. 13, after OT, the Pilots wiped out the Toreros by 32 on Feb. 17.