Friday in Championship Week has the ACC and Big East playing semifinal games in New York…while the Big Ten and Atlantic 10 have their turn at the Quarterfinal Quadrupleheader.  There are also limited opportunities for bubble schools to bounce their way into Sunday’s bracket.  An Indiana at 18-14 thinks it can punch its at-large ticket with two more wins…and who’s to say a 20-15 IU team on a roll doesn’t merit consideration?

Old Guard/New Money-

The ACC is a league named after an ocean that now stretches to the shores of the Ohio and St. Joseph Rivers; but it’s always been about tobacco road.  So even though this week’s tourney is being played in Brooklyn (which for the record resides on the Atlantic coast), there’s a contrast on tap tonight.  The first semifinal pits bluebloods North Carolina and Duke-two schools that have combined to win 37 of the 63 ACC Tournaments.  The nightcap?  Florida State and Notre Dame- two programs that have cut down the nets this decade.

Tonight’s Games-

6 p.m.

Atlantic 10 Quarterfinals- George Mason (20-12) plays VCU (24-7), NBC Sports Network. The Rams took both regular season games…topping the Patriots last Saturday as well as in December.  Mason is coming off an overtime win against Fordham…one where Marquise Moore tallied 25 points and 19 rebounds.  His numbers against VCU this winter? 13.5 and 8.5.  The Rams boast JeQuan Lewis outside and Justin Tillman inside…and have a history of dominating the A-10 tourney in their short time in the league.

8 p.m.

MEAC Semifinals- Howard (10-23) meets Norfolk State, ESPN3.  The Bison lasting longer than Georgetown as well as Virginia and Virginia Tech has to be the major upset of Championship Week.  The Bison lost to the Spartans 73-65 February 25th…despite 28 points from freshman Charles Williams.

8:30 p.m.

Atlantic 10 Quarterfinals- George Washington (19-13) plays Richmond (19-11), NBC Sports Network.  Conference Player of the Year T.J. Cline dominated the Colonials during their regular season sweep of GW, averaging 23 points and 12 rebounds while notching 7 assists in the Smith Center game.  Tyler Cavanaugh’s fresh from scoring 9 points on 3-12 shooting in the Colonials’ win over Saint Louis…they’ll need more from the senior against the Rams.

9 p.m.

Big Ten Quarterfinals- #25 Maryland (24-7) faces Northwestern (22-10), Big Ten Network. The Terps took the regular season matchup in Evanston by ten…but the Wildcats were minus Scottie Lindsey (mononucleosis).  The junior guard scored 16 points last night in the win over Rutgers, a game punctuated by a 31-0 Northwestern run.  But not as bad as the Scarlet Knights allowing 160 straight games during the football season.

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