By: Amanda Rizzuti
One of the world’s biggest sporting events started this week. Of course, I am talking about March Madness!
In fact, some viewers actually prefer to watch the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament over NFL playoff football. Yeah, you read that right. March Madness is seven rounds of single-elimination games to compete for the national championship in Division I Men’s Basketball.
When did the madness begin?
This past Sunday, March 17th, was Selection Sunday. This is when fans and teams learned who got invited to the tournament. Some teams knew they would be dancing, but didn’t know what seed they would be for the tournament. The higher the seed, the better… unless you face a bracket buster team! What’s a bracket buster? These are the teams that are seeded much lower than the team they are facing. For instance, in 2018, University of Maryland-Baltimore County was the first ever 16 seed to beat a No. 1 seed team, Virginia Cavaliers. It’s madness. Hence the name!
Dayton, Ohio hosted the First Four games earlier this week. The First round of the tournament tipped off yesterday, March 21st, at 12:15 PM with Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Louisville Cardinals.
The games continue tonight with matches you are not going to want to miss. Check out our top 4 games to watch below with insights by the NCAA.
Who are you rooting for?
- No. 1 Duke vs. North Dakota State (7:10 p.m., CBS). Normally a No. 1 seed blowing out an inferior opponent wouldn’t be up this high on our watchability list. But Zion Williamson dunking all over a Summit League school will likely lead to no shortage of highlight reels.
- No. 4 Kansas State vs. No. 13 UC Irvine (2 p.m. ET, TBS). Another potential upset in the South Region, the Anteaters are looking to become a mid-major Cinderella by knocking out the Big 12 co-champ that has plenty of vulnerabilities for a power conference team.
- No. 6 Buffalo vs. No. 11 Arizona State (4 p.m., TNT). The Sun Devils won their First Four game over St. John’s and look to carry that momentum into their first-round clash with Buffalo, a dangerous mid-major that earned a great seed thanks to a 31-3 year. Bobby Hurley faces his former team and assistant, Nate Oats, in a game that uniquely sees the power conference team as the higher seed.
- No. 5 Mississippi State vs. No. 5 Liberty (7:27 p.m., TBS). In a viable upset scenario, the Flames will look to lean on their top-six defense to control the game’s tempo in a way reminiscent of top-seeded Virginia’s style. Mississippi State, meanwhile, will look to use its athleticism as an advantage.
How Do I Watch?
Get ready to watch a total of 67 games in less than three weeks!!
Live-TV: Games will be on CBS, TBS, TNT and Tru TV. Some brackets list the channel the games are being played on or you can simply check the web.
Online: Games can be watched on NCAA on March Madness Live. *Be advised you will have to log in with your TV provider*
Mobile: Download the March Madness Live app (applicable for Apple and Android), stream the games on Roku or Fire TV or with todays technology you can feel in the action and watch the games in 360 degrees with Oculus.
But, don’t just watch the games, be a part of the madness! Fill out your own bracket and compete against your friends while rooting for your favorite team. Choose wisely, no one likes a broken bracket after the first round.
So… Who are you picking?!