Here are your highlights for today:
- The Patriot League Tournament: Our preview -- published prior to the quarterfinals round -- is here. Our special edition of THE FACEOFF for the Patriot League Tournament is here. The remaining four teams in the tournament do not look like they have the strongest at-large profiles for NCAA Tournament inclusion, making tonight's games in Annapolis all the more important.
- ACC Tournament: Our preview is here. Our special edition of THE FACEOFF for the ACC Tournament is here. Interesting question from noted television person and generally handsome individual, Eamon McAnaney: Move the ACC Tournament to New York City?
- Hofstra-Fairfield // Delaware-Massachusetts: This is important: THUNDERDOME! closes its regular season this weekend. The conference hasn't received a ton of ink this season given the Patriot League's incomprehensible results, but THUNDERDOME! remains as soul-crushing as ever. Tonight is a major night in the conference and there are eight -- eight! -- current THUNDERDOME! Tournament scenarios in play with only three league games remaining on the schedule. Importantly: (1) Hofstra must win tonight or the Pride are out of the THUNDERDOME! Tournament; (2) Massachusetts can still progress to the THUNDERDOME! Tournament if the Minutemen lose to Delaware, but there is a scenario where Massachusetts dies before the league's postseason event if the Minutemen fall to Hens; (3) Delaware can only ruin things; and (4) A Fairfield win locks the Stags into no lower than the THUNDERDOME! Tournament second seed and a Fairfield loss only creates issues for the Stags if the league needs to use its goal differential tiebreaker due to a five-team logjam with the quintet holding identical 3-2 records. (If you're into THUNDERDOME! devolving into a five-way tie for first, you're rooting for Hofstra and Massachusetts to win tonight and Drexel to beat Towson tomorrow.)
Here's Friday's full schedule. Please let me know if there are errors. I'll fix/populate links to live stats and video as the day progresses (if necessary).
|AWAY||HOME||TIME (ET)||LIVE STATS||VIDEO|
|Colgate||Bucknell||4:30 P.M.||LIVE STATS||VIDEO // CBS Sports Network|
|Duke||Notre Dame||5:30 P.M.||LIVE STATS||VIDEO // ESPNU|
|Hofstra||Fairfield||7:00 P.M.||LIVE STATS||VIDEO|
|Delaware||Massachusetts||7:00 P.M.||LIVE STATS||VIDEO|
|Stony Brook||Hartford||7:00 P.M.||LIVE STATS||VIDEO|
|Army||Navy||7:30 P.M.||LIVE STATS||VIDEO // CBS Sports Network|
|Syracuse||North Carolina||8:00 P.M.||LIVE STATS||VIDEO // ESPNU|
This is your open thread for Friday. Does Tom Wolfe wear white underpants? People will be around to yak about whatever is tickling their fancy.