Madness!

Well, not every team that hoped to get in did, which is always the case. There were some snubs and many were questionable, but the field of 68 is set and we couldn’t be more excited for our favorite sporting event of the year! Fill out your brackets and tell us who you’ve got. The field this year is wide open!

Basketball buffet

Today, sit down to a feast of college basketball hoops….all you can eat….beginning at Noon EST and going late into the night. March is here. Hope you’re hungry! http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/

It’s here! It’s finally here!

The best four days of sports kick off today, first tip time around 12:15 EST, with play continuing late into the early morning tomorrow! There will be buzzer-beaters, upsets, drama, tears, hugs, joy, sorrow and some great athletic feats in between. Tuesday we gave you the channel directory for all the networks carrying the games. Here is the full schedule for the weekend. Don’t forget to fill out your brackets before the deadline this morning!

Seven Crazy Cinderella Stories

When you fill out your brackets we know you need that one Cinderella to take you to the promised land. Here, courtesy of Cheatsheet.com, is a synopsis of 7 incredible runs through the tournament by teams not supposed to be there. How many do you remember?

March Madness, Baby!

It’s here, and we’re all excited! We love the NCAA Tournament and CoachDeck and cant wait to fill out our brackets. The parity in this year’s field means lots of upsets and Cinderella runs… What else is new! Good luck with your bracket!

College Hoops Heaven (2)

We told you yesterday that we were fired-up about a day of college basketball that began at Noon Eastern time and would go well past midnight. Well, college basketball junkies, it’s even better today! Not only do games begin earlier and go later, the slate on tap is better as semi-final and quarter-final games begin paring out pretenders from contenders and bringing opportunities to Cinderellas. Enjoy the feast!

College Hoops Heaven?

Is there a better day than today for college hoops fans? Sure, a week from today the Big Dance begins and we all know that the first two (four?) days of the tournament are impossible to beat. But look what’s on tap today. The first games of the day begin at Noon Eastern Time and the final games start at 11:30 PM. That means an astounding 14-hour smorgasbord of hardwood to feast on, with 13 games involving ranked teams. Enjoy!

Today’s Quote

We’ll send you into the weekend with this deep thought by Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Our chief want in life is somebody who will make us do what we can.” Enjoy the weekend of football, basketball and exercise!

College Hoops Day!

We hereby give any huge college basketball fans permission to duck out early from work today, pull up a chair want feast on NCAA basketball as eleven of the Top 25 are in action, starting at 3:30 EST and not ending until midnight, or later! Clearly the marquise match-ups will be Duke vs. Kansas and Kentucky vs. Michigan State at Madison Square Garden, but if those are the main course, there are plenty of great appetizers before, during and after. Appropriate, this close to Thanksgiving!

Today and tomorrow’s NCAA tournament television schedule

It’s the best four days of the year in sports. Now, the best three. Here are the television games schedule for today, March 18 and tomorrow the 19th. Hope your bracket still looks good!

Tip (ET) Network Site Game Play-by-Play/Analyst//Reporter
12:15 p.m. CBS St. Louis  I Dayton vs. Syracuse Brian Anderson/Steve Smith//Dana Jacobson
       
12:40 p.m. truTV Brooklyn  I Villanova vs. UNC Asheville Verne Lundquist/Jim Spanarkel//Allie LaForce
       
1:30 p.m. TNT Oklahoma City  I Oregon St. vs. VCU Carter Blackburn/Mike Gminski//Jaime Maggio
       
2:00 p.m. TBS Spokane  I California vs. Hawaii Spero Dedes/Doug Gottlieb//Ros Gold-Onwude
       
After conc. I CBS St. Louis  II Michigan St. vs. Middle Tennessee St Anderson/Smith//Jacobson
       
After conc. I truTV Brooklyn  II Iowa vs. Temple Lundquist/Spanarkel//LaForce

 

       
After conc. I TNT Oklahoma City  II Oklahoma vs. CSU Bakersfield Blackburn/Gminski//Maggio
       
After conc. I TBS Spokane II Maryland vs. South Dakota St. Dedes/Gottlieb//Gold-Onwude
       

First Round Games

Friday Evening, March 18 (6:30 p.m. ET-Midnight)

(Announce Teams Same as Day Games)

Tip (ET) Network Site Game Play-by-Play/Analyst//Reporter
6:50 p.m. TNT St. Louis III Wisconsin vs. Pittsburgh Anderson/Smith//Jacobson
       
7:10 p.m. CBS Brooklyn III West Virginia vs. Stephen F. Austin Lundquist/Spanarkel//LaForce
       
7:20 p.m. TBS Oklahoma City III Texas A&M vs. UW-Green Bay Blackburn/Gminski//Maggio
       
7:27 p.m. truTV Spokane III Oregon vs. Holy Cross Dedes/Gottlieb//Gold-Onwude
       
After conc. III TNT St. Louis IV Xavier vs. Weber St. Anderson/Smith//Jacobson
       
After conc. III CBS Brooklyn IV Notre Dame vs. Michigan Lundquist/Spanarkel//LaForce
       
After conc. III TBS Oklahoma City IV Texas vs. Northern Iowa Blackburn/Gminski//Maggio
       
After conc. III truTV Spokane IV St. Joseph’s vs. Cincinnati Dedes/Gottlieb//Gold-Onwude
       

Second Round Games

Saturday Afternoon, March 19 (Noon-Midnight ET)

Tip (ET)

Network

Site Game Play-by-Play/Analyst//Reporter
12:10 p.m. CBS Providence  I Miami vs. Wichita State Ian Eagle/Chris Webber/Len Elmore//Evan Washburn
       
After Conc. I CBS Providence  II Duke vs. Yale Eagle/Webber/Elmore//Washburn
       
5:15 p.m. CBS Des Moines I Kentucky vs. Indiana Jim Nantz/Grant Hill/Bill Raftery//Tracy Wolfson
       
6:10 p.m. TNT Denver  I Iowa State vs. Arkansas-Little Rock Andrew Catalon/Steve Lappas//Jamie Erdahl
       
7:10 p.m. TBS Raleigh  I Virginia vs. Butler Kevin Harlan/Reggie Miller/Dan Bonner//Lewis Johnson
       
After Conc. I CBS Des Moines II Kansas vs. Connecticut Nantz/ Hill/ Raftery//Wolfson
       
After Conc. I TNT Denver II Utah vs. Seton Hall/Gonzaga Catalon/Lappas//Erdahl
       
After Conc. I TBS Raleigh  II North Carolina vs. Providence Harlan/Miller/Bonner//Johnson