Tuesday represents the appetizer for what will be a college basketball feast this week.
While many of the bigger conference tournaments don’t start until Wednesday, there is still a good slate of basketball on tap for Tuesday. The highly anticipated ACC tournament, which likely features 10 NCAA tourney teams, gets underway with a triplet of first-round matchups starting at noon ET, while four more NCAA tournament tickets will be punched later in the night.
The biggest of those four conference championships, of course, will be in the WCC, where No. 4 Gonzaga will look to hold onto its projected No. 1 seed when it takes on No. 19 Saint Mary’s. The Zags made relatively easy work of Saint Mary’s during their two regular-season contests, but if the Gaels play anything like they did against BYU on Monday night, this one could be a barnburner.
Here’s a complete look at the championship week schedule for Tuesday:
Note: All times are ET
ACC Tournament 1st Round: NC State vs. Clemson, Noon, ESPN2
ACC Tournament 1st Round: Boston College vs. Wake Forest, 2 p.m., ESPN2
MEAC Tournament 1st Round: Bethune-Cookman vs. Delaware State, 4 p.m., ESPN3
Big Sky Tournament 1st Round: Northern Arizona vs. Portland State, 5:35 p.m.
MEAC Tournament 1st Round: Florida A&M vs. South Carolina State, 6 p.m., ESPN3
Horizon Tournament Final: Northern Kentucky vs. Milwaukee, 7 p.m., ESPN
Northeast Tournament Final: St. Francis vs. Mount St. Mary’s, 7 p.m., ESPN2
ACC Tournament 1st Round: Pittsburgh vs. Georgia Tech, 7 p.m., ESPNU
SWAC Tournament Quarterfinal: Mississippi Valley State vs. Alcorn State, 7 p.m.
SWAC Tournament Quarterfinal: Alabama State vs. Texas Southern, 8:30 p.m.
SWAC Tournament Quarterfinal: Jackson State vs. Southern, 8:30 p.m.
Big Sky Tournament 1st Round: Idaho State vs. Sacramento State, 8:35 p.m.
WCC Tournament Final: Gonzaga vs. Saint Mary’s, 9 p.m., ESPN
Summit League Tournament Final: South Dakota State vs. Omaha, 9 p.m., ESPN2
SWAC Tournament Quarterfinal: Grambling vs. Prairie View A&M, 9 p.m.
Big Sky Tournament 1st Round: Southern Utah vs. Montana State, 11:05 p.m.