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Conference tournament viewers guide for March 9th

We take a look at some games being played in conference tournaments tonight, including odds, spread, and tv schedule

Dan Fotu and Tanner Krebs of the Saint Mary’s Gaels box out Corey Kispert of the Gonzaga Bulldogs after a free throw in the second half at McCarthey Athletic Center on February 29, 2020 in Spokane, Washington. Gonzaga defeats Saint Mary’s 86-76. Photo by William Mancebo/Getty Images

The Road to the Final Four starts Tuesday evening, as four leagues begin their conference tournaments. 32 conferences will help set the field for the NCAA Tournament with the bracket finalized on March 15th during Selection Sunday.

We’ll take a look at the matchup and spreads for each game tonight, and give you a bit of context for each game. We’ll be eliminating teams each day for the next week, so join us!

The good games

West Coast Conference Semifinals

No. 5 San Francisco Dons vs. No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs

Spread: Gonzaga -13
O/U: 152
Time: 9 p.m. ET

The ‘Zags might be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA’s even with a loss, but lock up the top line with a win. There might be a rust concern as they haven’t played in nine days thanks to the double-bye format of the WCC Tournament, as well as an added off day for the women’s tournament on the same floor, but it shouldn’t be much of an issue for a team that lost this event in the final last year.

No. 3 Saint Mary’s Gaels vs. No. 2 BYU Cougars

Spread: BYU -4.5
O/U: 146.5
Time: 11:30 p.m. ET

Both these teams should be in safely, with the Gaels on an 8-line or so, and the Cougars in the 5-6 range. BYU would need to beat Gonzaga in the final to move up, while Saint Mary’s could remove 100% of the 1% of doubt about their status with a win here.

Southern Conference Championship

No. 7 Wofford Terriers vs. No. 1 E. Tennessee State Buccaneers

Spread: ETSU -7
O/U: 133
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET

Wofford with the out-of-nowhere run in the SoCon, knocking off No. 2 Furman in the quarterfinals by nine, then UT-Chattanooga last night by a bucket. ETSU will be their biggest challenge however, as the Buccaneers would be a bubble candidate even with a loss. In a bad year for the mid-majors, the Bucs are 29-4 and 18-2 in the league. They beat Wofford twice this season, but only by seven points combined.

The Sleeper Game

CAA Semifinals

No. 5 Delaware Blue Hens vs. No. 1 Hofstra Pride

Spread: Hofstra -3.5
O/U: 147
TV: CBS Sports
Time: 6:00 p.m. ET

This one should be good. Hofstra can score with anyone on the perimeter, and UD is excellent on the block at at getting to the line. The Blue Hens won in Newark in January, but the Pride cracked back by 16 on their home floor 16 days ago. A fun clash of styles in a terrific little gym in Southeast Washington DC, home of the WNBA Champion Washington Mystics.

The Rest of The Slate

CBB Tournaments March 9

Visitor Home Time TV
Visitor Home Time TV
Oral Roberts North Dakota St. -1 7:00 PM
Green Bay Northern Kentucky -5 9:30 PM ESPN2
Coastal Carolina App State -3.5 7:00 PM
Illinois Chicago Wright St. -6 7:00 PM ESPNU
Purdue Fort Wayne North Dakota -2 9:30 PM
Central Michigan Ohio -5 7:00 PM
Eastern Michigan Kent St. -7.5 7:00 PM
Elon Northeastern -9 8:30 PM CBSSN
Louisiana Georgia Southern -8.5 7:00 PM
Miami OH Buffalo -9 7:30 PM
Western Michigan Toledo -9.5 7:00 PM

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