March Madness: Conference tournament TV schedule, game previews
Welcome to March Madness! Looking for the television channel to watch college basketball tournaments or see which teams make the NCAA tournament? Here's the complete broadcast schedule and previews of some of the top conference games for this Selection Sunday.
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Sunday, March 13
(all times Eastern)
Saint Joseph's vs. Virginia Commonwealth, 12:30 p.m., CBS
Louisiana Monroe vs. University of Arkansas-Little Rock, 1 p.m., ESPN2
No. 16 Kentucky at No. 17 Texas A&M, 1 p.m., ESPN
Preview: The top two seeds will face each other in the SEC title game for the third consecutive season as No. 2 seed Kentucky meets top-seeded Texas A&M with the championship on the line. The Wildcats are looking for their 29th SEC championship, while Texas A&M has never won a conference tournament title in either the Big 12 or the SEC.
Players to watch: Kentucky guard Jamal Murray has 49 points through two games in the SEC Tournament, and has led the Wildcats in scoring each of the last six games. Forward Jalen Jones leads the Aggies with averages of 15.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.
Key stats: Texas A&M allows 65 points per game and held LSU to a season-low 38 in the semifinals. Both teams are 4-1 in neutral site games this season. Texas A&M won the only regular season meeting, knocking off Kentucky 79-77 in overtime on Feb. 20. Kentucky is riding a four-game winning streak, while the Aggies have won their last eight. The top seed has won each of the last two SEC Championship games. Murray leads the Wildcats at 20.2 points per game while point guard Tyler Ulis averages 16.2. Kentucky averages 79.2 points per game, while the Aggies average 75.9.
No. 13 Purdue vs. No. 2 Michigan State , 3 p.m., CBS
Preview: Back in the conference championship game for the fourth time in five years, Michigan State looks to take home the title after losing to Wisconsin a season ago in the Big Ten finale. Purdue returns to the championship game for the first time in seven seasons after handling Michigan in the semifinals.
Players to watch: Purdue center A.J. Hammons had 27 points in the semifinal win over Michigan, and leads the Boilermakers with 15.1 points per game this season. Michigan State forward Denzel Valentine had 18 points, seven rebounds and 10 assists in Saturday’s win over Maryland.
Key stats: Michigan State is seeking its record fifth Big Ten Tournament title, while Purdue has won the tournament once previously. The Boilermakers are appearing in the title game for just the second time ever, and first since 2009. A victory gives Michigan State three of the last five Big Ten Tournament titles. The Boilermakers average 78.2 points per game and hold opponents to 64.5. Purdue won the only regular season meeting, an 82-81 overtime thriller in West Lafayette on Feb. 9. Michigan State is 6-0 in neutral-site games this season.
Injuries: Michigan State forward Kenny Goins is out with a foot injury.
Memphis vs. Connecticut, 3:15 p.m., ESPN
Preview: Connecticut has likely done enough to reach the NCAA Tournament regardless of the result in Sunday’s AAC championship game, but Memphis certainly needs a win to qualify as the fifth-seeded Huskies meet the sixth-seeded Tigers in an improbable final. Connecticut has come up the loser in the first two AAC title games, while the Tigers are looking for their first championship since winning the Conference USA tournament in 2013.
Players to watch: Forward Dedric Lawson leads the Tigers with averages of 15.6 points and 9.3 rebounds. He also has 39 steals and 55 blocks this season. Connecticut forward Daniel Hamilton has 51 points and 23 rebounds in the AAC Tournament, and averages 12.5 points and 8.8 rebounds on the season.
Key stats: Connecticut won both meetings during the regular season, an 81-78 win on Jan. 9 and a 77-57 rout on Feb. 4. Opponents are hitting 25-of-109 (22.9 percent) from 3-point range in the last five games against Memphis. Forward Shonn Miller leads the Huskies at 12.8 points per game, though four players average at least 12 points for Connecticut. The Tigers average 77.1 points per game and allow 70.2, The Huskies shoot 36.3 percent from 3-point range, while Memphis shoots just 32.5 percent. Whichever team wins the game will become the lowest seed to win the AAC Tournament.
Injuries: Memphis guard Avery Woodson missed the semifinal win over Tulane with a shoulder injury suffered in Thursday’s quarterfinals.
Selection Sunday, 5:30 p.m., CBS