Let the March Madness begin with live televised and online basketball all month long! Fans will enjoy live televised and online games from 2014 Men’s Championship Week with games throughout the coming week. They’ll set the stage for the upcoming Selection Sunday which also will be seen on live TV. Among the major tournaments many fans will be keeping an eye on are those from the ACC, new American conference, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12 and SEC. Many of the tournaments will be shown on live TV or online thanks to ESPN throughout the week, so let’s break down the Atlantic Coastal Conference to see which teams play when and where fans can watch them live.
Wichita State, Mercer, Harvard, Eastern Kentucky and Coastal Carolina. Those are the five teams to have advanced to this year’s Big Dance so far. They all won automatic berths into the tournament. Notably, several of those teams will return to the tournament for the first time in decades. Wichita State, who made it all the way to the Final Four, won the MVC tournament just yesterday and is now 34-0 heading towards the Big Dance!
There’s still plenty of tournaments games to watch on television and online in the coming week though, with the potential for some surprise tournament winners to get themselves into the NCAA tournament. One of the biggest to watch is the ACC Tournament in Greensboro, North Carolina featuring UNC, Duke and newcomer Syracuse, as well as top seed Virginia. The Cavaliers lost just two games all season in the conference and earned themselves the conference title. Now fans will be watching to see if they will be able to take down opponents like Syracuse, Duke and UNC en route to the conference tournament title.
2014 ACC Basketball Tournament Breakdown:
(Top Seeds: #1 Virginia, #2 Syracuse, #3 Duke, #4 UNC)
Television coverage of the ACC will be through various ESPN channels on cable and satellite. Fans will be able to start watching games on ESPNU and WatchESPN as of Wednesday March 13 and Thursday, March 14 with the quarterfinals on Friday March 16. The semifinals will play out on Saturday via ESPN for TV, producing two teams to compete in the ACC Championship Sunday night on ESPN.
First Round Schedule – WED March 12th:
Game 1: #12 Wake Forest vs. #13 Notre Dame (1PM EST, ESPN2)
Game 2: #10 Miami vs. #15 Virginia Tech (3:30 PM EST, ESPN2)
Game 3: #11 GA Tech vs. #14 Boston College (7:00PM EST, ESPN2)
Second Round Schedule – THU March 13th:
Game 4: #8 Maryland vs. #9 FSU (12PM EST, ESPN)
Game 5: #5 Pitt vs. Wake Forest (2PM EST, ESPN)
Game 6: #7 NC State vs. Miami FL (7PM EST, ESPN)
Game 7: #6 Clemson vs. GA Tech (9PM EST, ESPN)
Quarterfinals Schedule – Friday March 14th:
Game 8: #9 Florida State vs. #1 Virginia (12PM EST, ESPN or ESPN2)
Game 9: #5 Pittsburgh vs. #4 UNC (2PM EST, ESPN or ESPN2)
Game 10: #7 NC State vs. #2 Syracuse (7PM EST, ESPN or ESPN2)
Game 11: #6 Clemson vs. #3 Duke (9PM EST, ESPN or ESPN2)
Semifinals Schedule – SAT March 15th:
Pittsburgh vs. Virginia (1PM EST, ESPN)
NC State vs. Duke (3PM EST, ESPN)
Championship Game – SUN March 16th
Duke vs. Virginia (1PM EST on ACC Network & ESPN)
The schedule listed above includes games shown on the ESPN networks, some of which may be on ESPNU, ESPN or ESPN2, depending on other conference tournaments and potential schedule conflicts. Television viewers who have the ACC Network as part of their cable or satellite television service may be able to watch the tournament games on there as well. In addition, subscribers of specific cable or satellite companies associated with ESPN, may be able to watch games live online through the WatchESPN broadband sports network. Check out ESPN’s website for more details including any mobile apps or other information about the live online viewing service.