College Basketball TV Schedule

2018 NCAA Basketball Conference Tournament TV Schedule

We are there again.  The precursor to March Madness!  Conference tournament time!  To be honest, conference tournament time is a lot of fun and usually there are some fantastic finishes and a lot of teams most people (especially me) would never watch.  I also make the excuse that this will help me with my March Madness pools but I know that’s a load of crap because I have only won once in the past decade.

This is the third year of doing this and I keep improving.  Last year was the first time I put pretty logos up.  Well the Bell and Rogers logos aren’t that pretty so they are now replaced with the SP designation to denote that those games will go to the specialty pack.  And believe me, the specialty pack is LOADED with these games.  So let’s get to the schedule already (followed by some mediocre analysis):

February 28 Big Ten First Round Game #1 5:30 PM  
February 28 Big Ten First Round Game #2 8:00 PM
March 1 Big Ten Second Round Game #1 Noon
March 1 Big Ten Second Round Game #2 2:30 PM
March 1 Big Ten Second Round Game #3 6:30 PM
March 1 Big Ten Second Round Game #4 9:00 PM
March 2 Big Ten Quarter-Final #1 Noon
March 2 Big Ten Quarter-Final #2 2:30 PM
March 2 Big Ten Quarter-Final #3 6:30 PM
March 2 Ohio Valley Semi-Final #1 8:00 PM
March 2 Big Ten Quarter-Final #4 9:00 PM
March 2 Ohio Valley Semi-Final #2 10:00 PM
March 3 Big Ten Semi-Final #1 2:00 PM
March 3 Missouri Valley Semi-Final #1 3:30 PM cbssportsnetwork_logo_on_light
March 3 Big-Ten Semi-Final #2 4:30 PM
March 3 Missouri Valley Semi-Final #2 6:00 PM cbssportsnetwork_logo_on_light
March 3 Ohio Valley Championship 8:00 PM
March 3 WCC Quarter-Final #3 10:00 PM
March 4 WCC Quarter-Final #4 Midnight
March 4 Patriot League Semi-Final #1 Noon cbssportsnetwork_logo_on_light
March 4 Big South Championship 1:00 PM
March 4 Missouri Valley Championship 2:00 PM
March 4 Patriot League Semi-Final #2 2:00 PM cbssportsnetwork_logo_on_light
March 4 Atlantic Sun Championship 3:00 PM
March 4 Big Ten Championship 4:00 PM
March 4 MAAC Semi-Final #2 9:30 PM
March 5 CAA Semi-Final #1 6:00 PM cbssportsnetwork_logo_on_light
March 5 MAAC Championship 7:00 PM
March 5 Horizon League Semi-Final #1 7:00 PM
March 5 CAA Semi-Final #2 8:30 PM cbssportsnetwork_logo_on_light
March 5 WCC Semi-Final #1 9:00 PM
March 5 SoCon Championship 9:00 PM
March 5 Horizon League Semi-Final #2 9:00 PM
March 5 WCC Semi-Final #2 11:30 PM
March 6 ACC First Round Game #1 Noon
March 6 ACC First Round Game #2 2:00 PM
March 6 Horizon League Championship 7:00 PM
March 6 NEC Championship 7:00 PM
March 6 ACC First Round Game #3 7:00 PM
March 6 CAA Championship 7:00 PM cbssportsnetwork_logo_on_light
March 6 WCC Championship 9:00 PM
March 6 Summit League Championship 9:00 PM
March 7 ACC Second Round Game #1 Noon
March 7 ACC Second Round Game #2 2:00 PM
March 7 ACC Second Round Game #3 7:00 PM
March 7 Big XII First Round Game #1 7:00 PM
March 7 SEC First Round Game #1 7:00 PM
March 7 Patriot League Championship 7:30 PM cbssportsnetwork_logo_on_light
March 7 ACC Second Round Game #4 9:00 PM
March 7 Big XII First Round Game #2 9:00 PM
March 7 SEC First Round Game #2 9:00 PM
March 8 ACC Quarter-Final #1 Noon
March 8 AAC First Round Game #1 Noon
March 8 Big XII Quarter-Final #1 12:30 PM
March 8 SEC Second Round Game #1 1:00 PM
March 8 ACC Quarter-Final #2 2:00 PM
March 8 AAC First Round Game #2 2:00 PM
March 8 Big XII Quarter-Final #2 2:30 PM
March 8 Mountain West Quarter-Final #1 3:00 PM cbssportsnetwork_logo_on_light
March 8 SEC Second Round Game #2 3:00 PM
March 8 Mountain West Quarter-Final #2 5:30 PM cbssportsnetwork_logo_on_light
March 8 ACC Quarter-Final #3 7:00 PM
March 8 Big XII Quarter-Final #3 7:00 PM
March 8 AAC First Round Game #3 7:00 PM
March 8 SEC Second Round Game #3 7:00 PM
March 8 ACC Quarter-Final #4 9:00 PM
March 8 Big XII Quarter-Final #4 9:00 PM
March 8 AAC First Round Game #4 9:00 PM
March 8 SEC Second Round Game #4 9:00 PM
March 8 Mountain West Quarter-Final #3 9:00 PM cbssportsnetwork_logo_on_light
March 8 Mountain West Quarter-Final #4 11:30 PM cbssportsnetwork_logo_on_light
March 9 AAC Quarter-Final #1 Noon
March 9 SEC Quarter-Final #1 1:00 PM
March 9 Conference USA Semi-Final #1 1:30 PM cbssportsnetwork_logo_on_light
March 9 AAC Quarter-Final #2 2:00 PM
March 9 SEC Quarter-Final #2 3:00 PM
March 9 Conference USA Semi-Final #2 4:00 PM cbssportsnetwork_logo_on_light
March 9 MAC Semi-Final #1 6:30 PM cbssportsnetwork_logo_on_light
March 9 ACC Semi-Final #1 7:00 PM TSN2
March 9 Big XII Semi-Final #1 7:00 PM
March 9 AAC Quarter-Final #3 7:00 PM
March 9 SEC Quarter-Final #3 7:00 PM
March 9 ACC Semi-Final #2 9:00 PM TSN2
March 9 Big XII Semi-Final #2 9:00 PM
March 9 AAC Quarter-Final #4 9:00 PM
March 9 SEC Quarter-Final #4 9:00 PM
March 9 Mountain West Semi-Final #1 9:00 PM cbssportsnetwork_logo_on_light
March 9 Mountain West Semi-Final #2 11:30 PM cbssportsnetwork_logo_on_light
March 10 Big West Semi-Final #1 Midnight
March 10 America East Championship 11:00 AM
March 10 Ivy League Semi-Final #1 12:30 PM
March 10 AAC Semi-Final #1 1:00 PM
March 10 SEC Semi-Final #1 1:00 PM
March 10 MEAC Championship 1:00 PM
March 10 Atlantic-10 Semi-Final #1 1:00 PM cbssportsnetwork_logo_on_light
March 10 SEC Semi-Final #2 3:00 PM
March 10 Ivy League Semi-Final #2 3:00 PM
March 10 AAC Semi-Final #2 3:30 PM
March 10 Atlantic-10 Semi-Final #2 3:30 PM cbssportsnetwork_logo_on_light
March 10 SWAC Championship 5:00 PM
March 10 Mountain West Championship 6:00 PM
March 10 Big XII Championship 6:00 PM
March 10 Big East Championship 6:30 PM
March 10 MAC Championship 7:00 PM
March 10 Big Sky Championship 8:00 PM
March 10 ACC Championship 8:30 PM
March 10 Conference USA Championship 8:30 PM cbssportsnetwork_logo_on_light
March 10 Southland Championship 9:00 PM
March 10 WAC Championship 10:00 PM
March 11 Big West Championship Midnight
March 11 Ivy League Championship Noon
March 11 Atlantic-10 Championship 1:00 PM
March 11 SEC Championship 1:00 PM TSN2
March 11 Sun Belt Championship 2:00 PM
March 11 AAC Championship 3:30 PM
March 11 Selection Sunday 5:30 PM

A few notes:

  • Again I wonder if they shouldn’t put more tournaments in New York and Las Vegas.  It’s getting ridiculous at this point.
  • As of right now there is no TSN information on what will be appearing on any of the five channels when it comes to conference tournament action.  Last year there were a few games so I assume at least one will migrate from the specialty pack to TSN.
  • This year, Selection Sunday is not on CBS.  It’s on TBS in the States.  So this means, chances are, that the Selection Show will be on TSN.  As of this point I see nothing in the TSN schedule that says that would be the case.  The ESPN Bracketology show is on at 7:00 on March 11th, just after the selections are announced.
  • I don’t know what it going on with the ACC Network telecasts.  Last year some of the ACC tournament games ended up there and on the specialty pack; some were just on the ACC Network (so WSBK, WNLO and a few others up here); and some were just on the specialty pack.  The ACC Championship also ended up on TSN.  So it’s a crapshoot at this point.  It’s the second-last season this will occur before the true ACC Network is up and running and the specialty pack has to add more games (and hopefully more channels).  UPDATE #5: From what I can see, these ACC tournament games will end up on Peachtree TV for some reason.  Didn’t think ACC Network games ended up there but there you go.  Don’t see them on WSBK or WNLO at all.  However, for the semi-finals and championship, the games WILL be on WSBK and WNLO (and all other ACC Network affiliates).  I give up.

UPDATE #1: Might as well start numbering them now.  Starting to get some info for TSN.  The two ACC semi-final games will be on TSN2 on the 9th starting at 7:00.  This means it will come off the specialty pack.

UPDATE #2:  Not really an update but more of an explanation.  Like last year, the Brier runs from March 3rd until the 11th…so right in the heart of conference tournament time.  Those ACC semi-final games are the first games TSN will be showing this entire conference tournament season.  I don’t expect more than one or two games on the weekend to go to TSN (and chances are they will go to TSN2 since the rest of the stations are being used for Brier coverage).

UPDATE #3: The Big XII and ACC title games on March 10th will be on TSN5.

UPDATE #4: The SEC Championship will be on TSN2 on March 11th.

The NCAA Tournament First Four starts March 13th with the actual tournament (you know, the one you can do your bracket selections in) starting March 15th.  The First Four is only on TSN GO.  Same with a few games in the first round of the tournament.  After that, pretty much everything is on at least one of the TSN networks, as well as CBS.

I will be doing, I assume, quite a few updates on this post for the next week and a bit.  It’s what happened last year so I have to assume it’s the same this time around.

Next post will be another mock draft post.  Hold your applause.  It’s the third version of it so I will go back and forth as to whether to make myself look dumb by going to two rounds or keep the stupidity to a minimum and go with one round.  I’ll see how I feel.

So other than that there is not a whole lot to post about, at least for the next couple months.  The dead period is upon us my friends.

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