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NCAA Tournament Open Thread

A place to chat about all the Thursday and Friday games

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The NCAA Tournament officially kicks off today with action from 12 PM to 12 AM for two consecutive days. For a huge college basketball fan like me this is paradise. While I’m a little jaded about the Deacs, I did get my bracket in, and will be ready to watch the shooty hoops for the next two days.

I’ll be around to chat from time to time, so I figured this would be the best way to communicate on here.

My Final Four picks are somewhat chalky, but I’m going with: Villanova, Gonzaga, Louisville (biggest question mark), and UNC. What do y’all have?

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The game times are listed below:

Thursday, March 16 (First Round)

Notre Dame vs. Princeton: 12:15, CBS (Buffalo)

Virginia vs. UNC-Wilmington: 12:40 p.m., TruTV (Orlando)

Butler vs. Winthrop: 1:30 p.m., TNT (Milwaukee)

Gonzaga vs. South Dakota State: 2 p.m., TBS (Salt Lake City)

West Virginia vs. Bucknell: approx. 2:45 p.m., CBS (Buffalo)

Florida vs. East Tennessee State University: approx. 3:10 p.m., TruTV (Orlando)

Minnesota vs. Middle Tennessee State: approx. 4 p.m., TNT (Milwaukee)

Northwestern vs. Vanderbilt: approx. 4:30 p.m., TBS (Salt Lake City)

Maryland vs. Xavier: 6:50 p.m., TNT (Orlando)

Villanova vs. Mt. Saint Mary’s/New Orleans: 7:10 p.m., CBS (Buffalo)

St. Mary’s vs. VCU: 7:20 p.m., TBS (Salt Lake City)

Purdue vs. Vermont: 7:27 p.m., TruTV (Milwaukee)

Florida State vs. Florida Gulf Coast: approx. 9:20 p.m., TNT (Orlando)

Wisconsin vs. Virginia Tech: approx. 9:40 p.m., CBS (Buffalo)

Arizona vs. North Dakota: approx. 9:50 p.m., TBS (Salt Lake City)

Iowa State vs. Nevada: approx. 9:57 p.m., TruTV (Milwaukee)

Friday, March 17 (First Round)

Michigan vs. Oklahoma State: 12:15, CBS (Indianapolis)

Baylor vs. New Mexico State: 12:40 p.m., TruTV (Tulsa)

Arkansas vs. Seton Hall: 1:30 p.m., TNT (Greenville)

Oregon vs. Iona: 2 p.m., TBS (Sacramento)

Louisville vs. Jacksonville State: approx. 2:45 p.m., CBS (Indianapolis)

SMU vs. Providence/USC: approx. 3:10 p.m., TruTV (Tulsa)

UNC vs. Texas Southern: approx. 4 p.m., TNT (Greenville)

Creighton vs. Rhode Island: approx. 4:30 p.m., TBS (Sacramento)

Kansas vs. NC Central/UC Davis: 6:50 p.m., TNT (Tulsa)

Dayton vs. Wichita State: 7:10 p.m., CBS (Indianapolis)

Duke vs. Troy: 7:20 p.m., TBS (Greenville)

Cincinnati vs. Kansas State/Wake Forest: 7:27 p.m., TruTV (Sacramento)

Miami vs. Michigan State: approx. 9:20 p.m., TNT (Tulsa)

Kentucky vs. Northern Kentucky: approx. 9:40 p.m., CBS (Indianapolis)

South Carolina vs. Marquette: approx. 9:50 p.m., TBS (Greenville)

UCLA vs. Kent State: approx. 9:57 p.m., TruTV (Sacramento)