What a weekend!

For those of you dragging into work today bleary-eyed from hundreds of dunks, threes and brackets, we’re right there with you. A few days off and then it all starts again. We don’t know if this was the “most upsetting” first four days in NCAA Tournament history, but it sure felt like it. This is why we need to always have college basketball. No pro development league will provide a millionth of the drama and spectacle. Let’s hope this magic event never goes away.

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Two days of sports heaven

Maybe you’re a college student and today’s classes are not all that important. Maybe you have vacation days saved at work or you’ve got a little bug that’s going to keep you out the rest of the week. Or, maybe you’re like us and have lots of work that has to get done but you’ll be sneaking peeks on your computer or mobile device throughout the day today and tomorrow. Whatever the case, the fun tips off at 12:15 EST and doesn’t end until about twelve hours later. And then, we do it all again tomorrow! Enjoy March Madness’ most thrill-filled two days. We are sponsoring a bill to make these days a national holiday. Are you with us?

Best two weeks in sports of the year?

Yeah, we know. We say it other times too. Like in the fall when we’re enjoying postseason baseball, college and pro football, and the early stirrings of hockey and the NBA. But as far as two weeks of concentrated action, we don’t think you can beat the week of NCAA basketball conference championships followed by the glorious first week of the NCAA Tourney. We love college hoops!

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?

Why we love the madness

March Madness is incredible and the four consecutive days we get at the beginning of the tournament every year are the best four days in sports. Here’s to the final day of the fourth being the best.

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

 

Where can I watch today’s tournament games?

If you’re at work, you probably have the online schedule wired with the “boss button” ready to go any minute. But if you’re lucky enough to be in front of a television today, here is the full schedule in graphic form, courtesy of USA Today. Here’s hoping your bracket isn’t busted after Round One!