How does this phrase sound: a March Saturday packed full with a full slate of First Round games of the NCAA Tournament.
The first game of interest will feature 13 seed UNC Greensboro attempting to take down 4 seed Florida State in a matchup that tips off at 12:45 p.m. Shortly after at 1:15, we’ll see if Eastern Washington can hang with 3 seed Kansas as the Jayhawks battle some internal COVID issues. LSU and St. Bonaventure’s highly anticipated 8-9 matchup will cap off the early slate at 1:45.
Rick Pitino’s “triumphant” return to the NCAA Tournament will likely be short-lived as 15 seed Iona will try to bust some brackets early with what would be a shocking upset of a bracket darling in 2 seed Alabama. That game will top off at 4 p.m. following the EWU-Kansas tilt.
In the evening slate, perhaps one of the most intriguing matchups is shamefully being banished to truTV. Ohio has been generating a lot of buzz as a trendy Cinderella pick 13 seed, and will get the benefit of playing a Virginia team that’s facing COVID issues and won’t even get to Indianapolis until Friday. Don’t miss out on this 7:15 p.m. tip.
It’s a good thing it’s going to be the weekend, because the late slate is loaded with mid-major intrigue.
The top overall seed Gonzaga Bulldogs will continue its pursuit of perfection at 9:20 p.m against the winner the First Four matchup between Norfolk State and Appalachian State. Their WCC counterparts from Provo will also get underway at 9:40 when 6 seed BYU faces the winner of the Michigan State-UCLA play-in game.
Lastly, an all-Texas matchup between 14 seed Abilene Christian and 3 seed Texas tips off at 9:50, while 10 seed VCU and 7 seed Oregon cap off what expects to be a wild Saturday of games at 9:57 p.m.
Sounds like a GREAT way to spend a Saturday to me.
Here is the full list of matchups, tip times, networks, and broadcaster pairings. All games can also be streamed on March Madness Live.
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