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Scott D. Pierce
Scott D. Pierce writes about television for the Salt Lake Tribune. Vice president of the Television Critics Associationn, he's covered TV in Utah since 1990.

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This weekend on TV: BYUtv gets rights to NCAA volleyball

There's one local team that still has a shot at a national championship. The BYU women's college volleyball team begins play in the NCAA tournament on Friday.

I'm not in any way predicting the Cougars will win a national title - they're the No. 12 seed in the 64-team tournament - but it's possible.

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And this is one of those occasions when BYUtv proves its worth. The NCAA has granted to channel permission to telecast Friday's BYU vs. New Mexico State match at 7 p.m. And if the Cougs advance, their Saturday match against the winner of Arizona State and Oklahoma will also air at 7 p.m. on BYUtv.

Nobody at BYUtv asked for my advice, but I'd make one change from their coverage of the BYU women's soccer team's NCAA tournament games - no shrieking and cheerleading from the "expert" analyst.

Friday on TV ...

College football: MAC championship - Kent State vs. Northern Illinois (5 p.m., ESPN); Pac-12 championship - UCLA vs. Stanford (6 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13)

NBA (6 p.m., ROOT): Utah Jazz at Oklahoma City Thunder

Undercover Boss (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Diamond Resorts International CEO Stephen J. Cloobeck goes under cover for a second time.

Last Man Standing (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Vanessa's career-day presentation doesn't go well.

Malibu Country (7:30 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Reba feels threatened by her daughter's relationship with Kim.

CSI: NY (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Detective Lovato's cover is blown.

Haven (8 and 10 p.m., Syfy): Audrey comes face-to-face with the Bolt Gun Killer.

Blue Bloods (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Danny finds a murdered college student.

Jungle Gold (11 p.m., Discovery): Relationships with mining partners are strained.

Saturday on TV ...

College football: Conference USA championship, Central Florida at Tulsa (10 a.m.); SEC championship, Alabama vs. Georgia (2 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2); ACC championship, Florida State vs. Georgia Tech (6 p.m., ESPN); Big Ten championship, Nebraska vs. Wisconsin (6 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13)

MLS Cup (2:30 p.m., ESPN): Houston Dynamo at Los Angeles Galaxy for the championship

NBA (6 p.m., ROOT): Utah Jazz at Houston Rockets

Made in Jersey (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Martina's bosses want her to land a new client.

It's a Wonderful Life (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Classic 1946 film. (Repeat)

Wedding Band (8 and 9 p.m., TBS): Tommy starts dating every guy's fantasy girl.

The New Normal (10 p.m., Ch. 30): Bryan and David accidentally learn the baby's gender.

Sunday on TV ...

NFL: New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins (11 a.m., CBS/Ch. 2); Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Denver Broncos (11 a.m., Fox/Ch. 13); Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens (2 p.m., Fox/Ch. 2); Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys (6:20 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5)

60 Minutes (6 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Two adventurers who are hoping to circumnavigate the globe in a solar-powered plane; a man who escaped from a North Korean prison camp; doctors who allege their hospitals pressured them to admit patients who didn't require hospitalization.

The Amazing Race (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Contestants race through Spain, where they go into the bullring.

Once Upon a Time (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Mr. Gold and Regina plan to kill anyone who enters the portal.

The Walking Dead (7, 8 and 10 p.m., AMC): A new threat arises at the prison.

The Good Wife (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Will and Alicia are involved in two different trials involving two different people accused of the same murder.

Revenge (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Daniel's role as head of the company is challenged.

Boardwalk Empire (10 p.m., HBO): Nucky makes a deal with Rothstein. (Season finale)

666 Park Avenue (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Jane is sent back in time.

Dexter (10 p.m., Showtime): Dexter is unnerved when Hannah's father pays him a surprise visit.

Sister Wives (10 p.m., TLC): The Browns and another polygamist family plan a vacation together.

Homeland (11 p.m. Showtime): Carrie learns that she's not entirely in the loop on the plans for Brody.



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