The first round of the NCAA Men’s basketball tournament is a couple of hours away from tipping off on Thursday afternoon. The round of 64 starts with the No. 4 seed Duke Blue Devils taking on 13-seeded UNC Wilmington on CBS. It’s the first of 16 games, so the Blue Devils will have center stage to commence the round of 64. It also means Duke could be the first casualty of the dreaded first round upset.
Three No. 1 seeds also get their NCAA tournament started today. The No. 1 seed Virginia Cavaliers are scheduled to be the first team to take the court a little after 3:00 p.m. Their game is in the Raleigh, NC Pod. Conveniently, they aren’t the only top seed in the building.
The North Carolina Tar Heels commence the night session in Raleigh. They are facing the FGCU Eagles in what has become an intriguing match up the last two days.
Des Moines, IA also gets to host a No. 1 seed. The Kansas Jayhawks play a late afternoon game against 16-seeded Austin Peay. Overall, the Des Moines pod has four programs with national championships. Connecticut, Indiana, and Kentucky are playing in the same arena. The Wildcats are featured in the last game of the night. They face first time NCAA tournament participant, Stony Brook.
Check out the location, times, and announcers of each tournament game on Thursday.
Let’s get March Madness started.
12:15 p.m. (4) Duke vs. (13) UNC Wilmington
2:45 p.m. (5) Baylor vs. (12) Yale
6:50 p.m. (3) Miami, Fl vs. (14) Buffalo
9:20 p.m. (6) Arizona vs. (11) Wichita State
CBS: Ian Eagle, Chris Webber, Len Elmore, Evan Washburn
12:40 p.m. (8) Texas Tech vs. (9) Butler
3:10 p.m. (16) Hampton vs. (1) Virginia
7:20 p.m. (16) FGCU vs. (1) North Carolina
9:50 p.m. (8) USC vs. (9) Providence
TruTV: Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Dan Bonner, Lewis Johnson
Des Moines, IA
1:30 p.m. (8) Colorado vs. (9) Connecticut
4:00 p.m. (16) Austin Peay vs. (1) Kansas
7:10 p.m. (12) Chattanooga vs. (5) Indiana
9:40 p.m. (13) Stony Brook vs. (4) Kentucky
TNT: Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, Bill Raftery, Tracy Wolfson
2:00 p.m. (4) Iowa State vs. (13) Iona
4:30 p.m. (12) Little Rock vs. (5) Purdue
7:27 p.m. (14) Fresno State vs. (3) Utah
9:57 p.m. (11) Gonzaga vs. (6) Seton Hall
TBS: Andrew Catalon, Steve Lappas, Jamie Erdahl