NCAA Tournament Round 1 Open Thread/How to Watch

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

OK, so Miami didn't make it to the big dance this year. You still have brackets, right?

Super Bowl, World Series, Daytona 500, ADAA Dodgeball Tournament on the Ocho.

All decent events.

But for my money March Madness is the single greatest, and most,unique sporting event on the planet.

Upsets will happen. Buzzer beaters are imminent. Gus Johnson is going to scream about something!

In this year's opening round (technically the 2nd round if you count the four qualifiers who play Tuesday and Wednesday) you have some outstanding match-ups.

Intrastate rivals Dayton and Ohio State should be fun to watch.

Exciting do-it-all PG Jahii Carson and Arizona State face off with Texas.

The smartest jump shooters on the planet at Harvard will look to upset the tough as nails kids from Cincinnati.

A gritty Manhattan squad will go against the team arguably playing the best ball in the country right now in Louisville.

And that's just for starters.

So crack open your favorite adult beverage, grab some popcorn, and enjoy.

And whatever you do, do NOT misplace your remote control. Oh yeah if you want to leave comment below, please do that as well.

If you're looking for some last minute bracket advice, John Pickens has you covered.

Full Schedule for Thursday/Friday Below:

Thursday's Game Schedule

Region Game Venue Time TV Announcers
South Dayton Flyers (11) vs. Ohio State Buckeyes (6) First Niagara Center (Buffalo, NY) 12:15p CBS Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery/Allie LaForce
West American University Eagles (15) vs. Wisconsin Badgers (2) BMO Harris Bradley Center (Milwaukee, WI) 12:40p truTV Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel/Lewis Johnson
South Pittsburgh Panthers (9) vs. Colorado Buffaloes (8) Amway Center (Orlando, FL) 1:40p TBS Brian Anderson/Dan Bonner//Kristine Leahy
East Harvard Crimson (12) vs. Cincinnati Bearcats (5) Spokane Memorial Arena (Spokane, WA) 2:10p TNT Spero Dedes/Doug Gottlieb//Jaime Maggio
South Western Michigan Broncos (14) vs. Syracuse Orange (3) First Niagara Center (Buffalo, NY) 2:45p CBS Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery/Allie LaForce
West BYU Cougars (10) vs. Oregon Ducks (7) BMO Harris Bradley Center (Milwaukee, WI) 3:10p truTV Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel/Lewis Johnson
South Albany Great Danes/ Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers (16) vs. Florida Gators (1) Amway Center (Orlando, FL) 4:10p TBS Brian Anderson/Dan Bonner//Kristine Leahy
East Delaware Blue Hens (13) vs. Michigan State Spartans (4) Spokane Memorial Arena (Spokane, WA) 4:40p TNT Spero Dedes/Doug Gottlieb//Jaime Maggio
East Saint Joseph's (PA) Hawks (10) vs. Connecticut Huskies (7) First Niagara Center (Buffalo, NY) 6:55p TBS Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery/Allie LaForce
MidWest Wofford Terriers (15) vs. Michigan Wolverines (2) BMO Harris Bradley Center (Milwaukee, WI) 7:10p CBS Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel/Lewis Johnson
MidWest North Carolina State Wolfpack/Xavier Musketeers (12) vs. Saint Louis Billikens (5) Amway Center (Orlando, FL) 7:20p TNT Brian Anderson/Dan Bonner//Kristine Leahy
West North Dakota State Bison (12) vs. Oklahoma Sooners (5) Spokane Memorial Arena (Spokane, WA) 7:27p truTV Spero Dedes/Doug Gottlieb//Jaime Maggio
East Milwaukee Panthers (15) vs. Villanova Wildcats (2) First Niagara Center (Buffalo, NY) 9:25p TBS Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery/Allie LaForce
MidWest Arizona State Sun Devils (10) vs. Texas Longhorns (7) BMO Harris Bradley Center (Milwaukee, WI) 9:40p CBS Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel/Lewis Johnson
MidWest Manhattan Jaspers (13) vs. Louisville Cardinals (4) Amway Center (Orlando, FL) 9:50p TNT Brian Anderson/Dan Bonner//Kristine Leahy
West New Mexico State Aggies (13) vs. San Diego State Aztecs (4) Spokane Memorial Arena (Spokane, WA) 9:57p truTV Spero Dedes/Doug Gottlieb//Jaime Maggio

Friday's Game Schedule

Region Game Venue Time TV Announcers
MidWest Mercer Bears (14) vs. Duke Blue Devils(3) PNC Arena (Raleigh, NC) 12:15p CBS Kevin Harlan/Len Elmore/Reggie Miller/Rachel Nichols
West Nebraska Cornhuskers (11) vs. Baylor Bears (6) AT&T Center (San Antonio, TX) 12:40p truTV Marv Albert/Steve Kerr/Craigh Sager
South Stanford Cardinal (10) vs. New Mexico Lobos (7) Scottrade Center (St. Louis, MO) 1:40p TBS Jim Nantz/Greg Anthony/Tracy Wolfson
West Weber State Wildcats (16) vs. Arizona Wildcats (1) Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl (San Diego, CA) 2:10p TNT Andrew Catalon/Mike Gminski/Otis Livingston
MidWest Iowa Hawkeyes/Tennessee Volunteers (11) vs. Massachusetts Minutemen (6) PNC Arena (Raleigh, NC) 2:45p CBS Kevin Harlan/Len Elmore/Reggie Miller/Rachel Nichols
West Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns (14) vs. Creighton Bluejays (3) AT&T Center (San Antonio, TX) 3:10p truTV Marv Albert/Steve Kerr/Craigh Sager
South Eastern Kentucky Colonels (15) vs. Kansas Jayhawks (2) Scottrade Center (St. Louis, MO) 4:10p TBS Jim Nantz/Greg Anthony/Tracy Wolfson
West Oklahoma State Cowboys (9) vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs (8) Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl (San Diego, CA) 4:40p TNT Andrew Catalon/Mike Gminski/Otis Livingston
East George Washington Colonials (9) vs. Memphis Tigers (8) PNC Arena (Raleigh, NC) 6:55p TBS Kevin Harlan/Len Elmore/Reggie Miller/Rachel Nichols
MidWest Cal Poly Mustangs/ Texas Southern Tigers (16) vs. Wichita State Shockers (1) Scottrade Center (St. Louis, MO) 7:10p CBS Jim Nantz/Greg Anthony/Tracy Wolfson
East Providence Friars (11) vs. North Carolina Tar Heels (6) AT&T Center (San Antonio, TX) 7:20p TNT Marv Albert/Steve Kerr/Craigh Sager
South Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (12) vs. Virginia Commonwealth Rams (5) Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl (San Diego, CA) 7:27p truTV Andrew Catalon/Mike Gminski/Otis Livingston
East Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (16) vs. Virginia Cavaliers (1) PNC Arena (Raleigh, NC) 9:25p TBS Kevin Harlan/Len Elmore/Reggie Miller/Rachel Nichols
MidWest Kansas State Wildcats (9) vs. Kentucky Wildcats (8) Scottrade Center (St. Louis, MO) 9:40p CBS Jim Nantz/Greg Anthony/Tracy Wolfson
East NC Central Eagles (14) vs. Iowa State Cyclones (3) AT&T Center (San Antonio, TX) 9:50p TNT Marv Albert/Steve Kerr/Craigh Sager
South Tulsa Golden Hurricane (13) vs. UCLA Bruins (4) Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl (San Diego, CA) 9:57p truTV Andrew Catalon/Mike Gminski/Otis Livingston
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