Selection Sunday is over and as of tomorrow, the First Four are going to be completed as well. The 2016 NCAA Tournament is officially under way and March Madness is going wild all around the country. Fill out your brackets and have them prepared, but that isn’t all the fun. No, the real fun comes in watching the days upon days of college basketball games and here is the full television schedule for the First Round.
There were some questionable and confusing selections for this year’s field of 68, but those that are in are now in. Those that were left out or snubbed are done for the season and will have to simply try again next year.
Over the course of March 15-16, there were four games played at the UD Arena in Dayton, Ohio, and those games determined the final four in. The winners of those four games would be the last teams chosen to enter the field of 64 and jump into the First Round.
All times below are Eastern and the games will once again be on the CBS family of networks. This full TV schedule will help you keep track, but if you get lost, just find a CBS network and you’ll find some basketball.
Please note that some games may have a slightly different tip-time if the previous games run longer. All times come straight from the NCAA so they are official.
First Round – Thursday, March 17 – Afternoon
West – Providence
#4 Duke vs. #13UNCW – 12:15 p.m. on CBS
#5 Baylor vs. #12 Yale – After conclusion of Game 1 on CBS
Midwest – Raleigh
#8 Texas Tech vs. #9 Butler – 12:40 p.m. on truTV
#1 Virginia vs. #16 Hampton – After conclusion of Game 1 on truTV
South – Des Moines
#8 Colorado vs. #9 UCONN – 1:30 p.m. on TNT
#1 Kansas vs. #16 Austin Peay – After conclusion of Game 1 on TNT
Midwest – Denver
#4 Iowa State vs. #13 Iona – 2 p.m. on TBS
#5 Purdue vs. #12 Arkansas-Little Rock – After conclusion of Game 1 on TBS
First Round – Thursday, March 17 – Evening
South – Providence
#3 Miami vs. #14 Buffalo – 6:50 p.m. on TNT
#6 Arizona vs. #11 Wichita State – After conclusion of Game 3 on TNT
East – Des Moines
#5 Indiana vs. #12 Chattanooga – 7:10 p.m. on CBS
#4 Kentucky vs. #13 Stony Brook – After conclusion of Game 3 on CBS
East – Raleigh
#1 North Carolina vs. #16 Florida Gulf Coast – 7:20 p.m. on TBS
#8 USC vs. #9 Providence – After conclusion of Game 3 on TBS
Midwest – Denver
#3 Utah vs. #14 Fresno State – 7:27 p.m. on truTV
#6 Seton Hall vs. #11 Gonzaga – After conclusion of Game 3 on truTV
First Round – Friday, March 18 – Afternoon
Midwest – St. Louis
#7 Dayton vs. #10 Syracuse – 12:15 p.m. on CBS
#2 Michigan State vs. #15 Middle Tennessee – After conclusion of Game 1 on CBS
South – Brooklyn
#2 Villanova vs. #15 UNC Asheville – 12:40 p.m. on truTV
#7 Iowa vs. #10 Temple – After conclusion of Game 1 on truTV
West – Oklahoma City
#7 Oregon State vs. #10 VCU – 1:30 p.m. on TNT
#2 Oklahoma vs. #15 CSU Bakersfield – After conclusion of Game 1 on TNT
South – Spokane
#4 California vs. #13 Hawaii – 2 p.m. on TBS
#5 Maryland vs. #12 South Dakota St. – After conclusion of Game 1 on TBS
First Round – Friday, March 18 – Evening
East – St. Louis
#7 Wisconsin vs. #10 Pittsburgh – 6:50 p.m. on TNT
#2 Xavier vs. #15 Weber State – After conclusion of Game 3 on TNT
East – Brooklyn
#3 West Virginia vs. #14 Stephen F. Austin – 7:10 p.m. on CBS
#6 Notre Dame vs. #11 Michigan – After conclusion of Game 3 on CBS
West – Oklahoma City
#3 Texas A&M vs. #14 UW-Green Bay – 7:20 p.m. on TBS
#6 Texas vs. #11 Northern Iowa – After conclusion of Game 3 on TBS
West – Spokane
#1 Oregon vs. #16 Holy Cross – 7:27 p.m. on truTV
#8 St. Joseph’s vs. #9 Cincinnati – After conclusion of Game 3 on truTV
There are options to live-stream the 2016 NCAA Tournament as well if you can’t get near a television and don’t want to miss any games. All games can be streamed online on NCAA.com and through the NCAA March Madness Live app.
That’s the full line-up of games for just the First Round of the tournament, and it’s going to be a wild two days. You need to have your brackets ready and hope they don’t get busted early on or else you may find yourself in trouble before the later rounds even begin.
It’s not too late to get in on all the fun and ESPN has one of the best competitions around with the Tournament Challenge.
Every single team in the 2016 NCAA Tournament has a shot at winning it all, and March Madness has the capability of a Cinderella winning the championship. Sure, it may not be likely, but that is the fun of it all. The TV schedule is now out for this year’s college basketball tournament and you don’t want to miss one second of the action.
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