The second day of the NCAA Men’s basketball tournament is set to get underway on Friday. Although there were a few surprises on during yesterday’s first round, there weren’t any complete shocks going into March Madness. All of that can change by this afternoon.
Once again, opening tip is set for 12:15 on CBS. The No. 7 Dayton Flyers will face off against the No. 10 Syracuse Orange. Dayton comes into the game as a 1.5 favorite and is predicted to be the closest game of the day.
Overall, six games have double digit point spreads. All four two seeds get their first taste of the NCAA Tournament, starting with the No. 2 Villanova Wildcats taking on UNC Asheville in Brooklyn. The Wildcats have struggled in recent tournaments, so they want to get off to a strong start this year.
The PAC-12 didn’t have the strongest performance on the first day, so they will look to get better production on Friday. Unfortunately, the No. 4 seed Cal Bears will be without injured point guard Tyrone Wallace. Oregon State will be playing at the same time against VCU in the 2:00 block. The conference ends their first round with No. 1 seed Oregon taking on Holy Cross. The first three No. 1 seeds won by an average of 26 points.
The West Virginia Mountaineers are only a 7.5 favorite over Stephen F. Austin. With the Big 12 already losing two games, the conference will be under the microscope. The Mountaineers should be in for a long battle. Keep in mind, they are facing the team with the longest win streak in college basketball. That game is on CBS.
Here’s the entire NCAA Tournament schedule, with announcers, and TV times.
St. Louis, MO
12:15 p.m. (7) Dayton vs. (10) Syracuse
2:45 p.m. (2) Michigan State vs. (15) MTSU
6:50 p.m. (7) Wisconsin vs. (10) Pittsburgh
9:20 p.m. (2) Xavier vs. (15) Weber State
CBS/TNT: Brian Anderson, Steve Smith, Dana Jacobson
12:40 p.m. (2) Villanova vs. 15 (UNC Asheville)
3:10 p.m. (7) Iowa vs. (10) Temple
7:10 p.m. (3) West Virginia vs. (14) Stephen F. Austin
9:40 p.m. (6) Notre Dame vs. (11) Michigan
TruTV/CBS: Verne Lundquist, Jim Spanarkel, Aliie LaForce
Oklahoma City, OK
1:30 p.m. (7) Oregon State vs. (10) VCU
4:00 p.m. (2) Oklahoma vs. (15) CSU Bakersfield
7:20 p.m. (3) Texas A&M vs. (14) UW-Green Bay
9:50 p.m. (6) Texas vs. (11) Northern Iowa
TNT/TBS: Carter Blackburn, Mike Gminski, Jamie Magglo
2:00 p.m. (4) California vs. (13) Hawaii
4:30 p.m. (5) Maryland vs. (12) South Dakota State
7:27 p.m. (1) Oregon vs. (16) Holy Cross
9:57 p.m. (8) St. Joseph vs. (9) Cincinnati
TBS/truTV: Spero Dedes, Doug Gottlieb, Ros Gold-Onwude