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March Madness: How to Watch Round 1 of the NCAA Tournament + Open Thread

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Let the madness begin!

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The madness is set to really begin on Thursday.
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It’s finally here. That time of year we all know and love: March Madness. We got a taste a week ago with plenty of craziness across the country with every conference in America playing a conference tournament. Hawkeye fans in particular got to relish in the joys of a buzzer beater when Jordan Bohannon opened the bank against Indiana to send Iowa to the Big Ten Tournament Championship.

But now the madness kicks up a notch with 32 NCAA Tournament games in two days of round one. There are 16 games each of the next two days spread across the CBS family of networks with tipoffs running from 11:15am CT to 8:57pm CT on Thursday and Friday. The channel lineup includes CBS, TBS, TNT and TruTV.

To help you identify which game is on when and where, we’ve put together a rundown of the games with tip time, tv channel and opening line. As a reminder, you can stream all of the NCAA Tournament games on Parmount+. Pro tip, they are running a free week trial which would get you through the first two rounds of the tournament if you’re so inclined.

Here’s a look at the full bracket.

Image via NCAA.org

Now for the round one games. Click each matchup to be taken to the NCAA’s site for live stats. If you’re so inclined, you can also click each game line to put your money where your mind is. And if you’re looking for some best bets ahead of the action, be sure to check out BoilerHawk’s Ponks for the NCAA Tournament.

Thursday Slate

What: No. 6 Colorado State vs. No. 11 Michigan
Where: Gainbridge Fieldhouse - Indianapolis, Indiana
When: 11:15 AM CT
TV: CBS
Stream: Parmount+
DraftKings Sportsbook Line: Michigan -1.5, O/U 137

What: No. 4 Providence vs. No. 13 South Dakota State
Where: KeyBank Center - Buffalo, New York
When: 11:40 AM CT
TV: TruTV
Stream: Parmount+
DraftKings Sportsbook Line: Providence -2, O/U 148.5

What: No. 8 Boise State vs. No. 9 Memphis
Where: Moda Center - Portland, Oregon
When: 12:45 PM CT
TV: TNT
Stream: Parmount+
DraftKings Sportsbook Line: Memphis -3, O/U 133.5

What: No. 1 Baylor vs. No. 16 Norfolk State
Where: Dickies Arena - Fort Worth, Texas
When: 1:00 PM CT
TV: TBS
Stream: Parmount+
DraftKings Sportsbook Line: Baylor -20.5, O/U 137.5

What: No. 3 Tennessee vs. No. 14 Longwood
Where: Gainbridge Fieldhouse - Indianapolis, Indiana
When: 1:45 PM CT
TV: CBS
Stream: Parmount+
DraftKings Sportsbook Line: Tennessee -18, O/U 133

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What: No. 5 Iowa vs. No. 12 Richmond
Where: KeyBank Center - Buffalo, New York
When: 2:10 PM CT
TV: TruTV
Stream: Parmount+
DraftKings Sportsbook Line: Iowa -10.5, O/U 150

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What: No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 16 Georgia State
Where: Moda Center - Portland, Oregon
When: 3:15 PM CT
TV: TNT
Stream: Parmount+
DraftKings Sportsbook Line: Gonzaga -23.5, O/U 149.5

What: No. 8 North Carolina vs. No. 9 Marquette
Where: Dickies Arena - Fort Worth, Texas
When: 3:30 PM CT
TV: TBS
Stream: Parmount+
DraftKings Sportsbook Line: North Carolina -3.5, O/U 152.5

What: No. 5 UConn vs. No. 12 New Mexico State
Where: KeyBank Center - Buffalo, New York
When: 5:50 PM CT
TV: TNT
Stream: Parmount+
DraftKings Sportsbook Line: UConn -6.5, O/U 132

What: No. 2 Kentucky vs. No. 15 Saint Peter’s
Where: Gainbridge Fieldhouse - Indianapolis, Indiana
When: 6:10 PM CT
TV: CBS
Stream: Parmount+
DraftKings Sportsbook Line: Kentucky -18, O/U 131.5

What: No. 5 Saint Mary’s (CA) vs. No. 12 Indiana
Where: Moda Center - Portland, Oregon
When: 6:20 PM CT
TV: TBS
Stream: Parmount+
DraftKings Sportsbook Line: Saint Mary’s -2.5, O/U 126.5

What: No. 8 San Diego State vs. No. 9 Creighton
Where: Dickies Arena - Fort Worth, Texas
When: 6:27 PM CT
TV: TruTV
Stream: Parmount+
DraftKings Sportsbook Line: San Diego State -2, O/U 120.5

What: No. 4 Arkansas vs. No. 13 Vermont
Where: KeyBank Center - Buffalo, New York
When: 8:20 PM CT
TV: TNT
Stream: Parmount+
DraftKings Sportsbook Line: Arkansas -5, O/U 139

What: No. 7 Murray State vs. No. 10 San Francisco
Where: Gainbridge Fieldhouse - Indianapolis, Indiana
When: 8:40 PM CT
TV: CBS
Stream: Parmount+
DraftKings Sportsbook Line: Murray State -2, O/U 137.5

What: No. 4 UCLA vs. No. 13 Akron
Where: Moda Center - Portland, Oregon
When: 8:50 PM CT
TV: TBS
Stream: Parmount+
DraftKings Sportsbook Line: UCLA -13.5, O/U 128.5

What: No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 16 Texas Southern
Where: Dickies Arena - Fort Worth, Texas
When: 8:57 PM CT
TV: TruTV
Stream: Parmount+
DraftKings Sportsbook Line: Kansas -21.5, O/U 146


That’s the full slate for day one. We’ll update with the full Friday slate, which will mirror Thursday’s tip times, once we get through a chunk of the Thursday slate so as to not totally muddy things up. We’ll also have a fully separate game thread with details on how to watch as the 5 seed Iowa Hawkeyes take on 12 seed Richmond this afternoon.

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Most importantly, enjoy the madness!