…are Sweet on Spokane.
There’s something poetic about the fact that both St. Mary’s and Gonzaga are done for the season, but two other WCC teams are still alive. That would be USF and Santa Clara, who battle each other in the little-known Collegeinsider.com Tournament.
Yes, even beyond the obscurity of the NIT lies the CIT. Never heard of it? Who cares? It has afforded the Broncos and the Dons the opportunity to keep playing. And with a slice of karmic destiny, they’re facing off against each other Tuesday at 7 p.m. on the hilltop, their third meeting this season. The winner advances to the semifinals and will face SMU either Saturday or Sunday.
There’s no TV until the final on March 30. There is an online option advertised on the tournament web site, but unfortunately a test during Santa Clara’s previous match proved that it doesn’t work. That leaves radio. USF’s broadcast is on Green 960 AM and online, and Santa Clara’s is on KDOW 1220 AM and online.
If you’ve been confused by the new networks used during the first two rounds of the men’s NCAA tourney, rest easy. TNT and Tru TV are done. CBS and TBS have the Sweet 16, and for the weekend, it’s exclusively CBS and back to business as usual.
Here’s the lineup for Thursday and Friday:
Thursday, March 24
CBS, KPIX channel 5. From Anaheim, Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery
4:00 p.m.: San Diego State vs. Connecticut
30 minutes after SDSU/UConn ends: Duke vs. Arizona
TBS, From New Orleans, Gus Johnson/Len Elmore
4:20 p.m.: Florida vs. BYU
30 minutes after Florida/BYU ends: Wisconsin vs. Butler
Friday, March 25
CBS, KPIX channel 5. From Newark, Jim Nantz/Clark Kellogg
4:00 p.m.: North Carolina vs Marquette
30 minutes after UNC/MU ends: Ohio State vs. Kentucky
TBS, From San Antonio, Marv Albert/Steve Kerr
4:20p.m.: Kansas vs Richmond
30 minutes after KU/Richmond ends: Florida State vs. VCU
Remember, if you don’t have TBS, you can watch online.
No surprise: The #1 seeded Stanford women move on to their Sweet 16 in Spokane to face #5 seed North Carolina. Saturday’s game time hasn’t been set yet, but it’ll most likely be either 6 p.m. on ESPN or 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2. Either way, it’ll also be online on ESPN3.
And finally: A shout-out to anyone who has VCU this far in their bracket. You are either a genius or a psychic. Maybe both. Cheers!
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