March Madness truly gets underway this afternoon, with four "early" games and four "late" games; given the way the NCAA now staggers the start times for games, though, it's basically non-stop basketball from now until 6 PM, with a brief break before another flurry of hoops action this evening. The "early" session features a slew of games involving 2 and 3 seeds, so they could all be blowouts; UAB and Georgia State seem to have the best upset odds, but even they don't have very good odds.
The "late" session features a trio of 6vs11 games and a 7vs10 game and there's some real potential there -- VCU-OSU looks like the game of the session, but we could also wring some schadenfreude out of SMU-UCLA and watching Rick Barnes Barnes it up for Texas could be worth a chuckle, too. If Ole Miss has anything left in the tank after their wild win over BYU on Tuesday night, their game with Xavier could be a fun one, too.
Here's your schedule (all times CT):
|#3 Notre Dame||VS||#14 Northeastern||CBS||11:15 AM|
|#3 Iowa State||VS||#14 UAB||truTV||11:40 AM|
|#3 Baylor||VS||#14 Georgia State||TBS||12:40 PM|
|#2 Arizona||VS||#15 Texas Southern||TNT||1:10 PM|
|#6 Butler||VS||#11 Texas||CBS||1:45 PM|
|#6 SMU||VS||#11 UCLA||truTV||2:10 PM|
|#6 Xavier||VS||#11 Ole Miss||TBS||3:10 PM|
|#7 VCU||VS||#10 Ohio State||TNT||3:40 PM|
If you're not near a TV, you can stream the games through March Madness Live.
The usual rules apply.