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2018 NCAA Tournament First Round Day 1 Viewing Guide & Open Thread

If you gotta know when and what to watch, we’re gonna make sure you find out.

Gonzaga v South Dakota State Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

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WHO’S READY FOR THE FIRST DAY OF BASKETBALL CHRISTMAS?!? IT’S HERE!

With a Big East trained eye on the festivities, there are two games of import to the league, with Seton Hall and Villanova in action. Both Big East teams are favored, although SHU’s contest is a bit more of a coin toss than Villanova’s is.

I think the highlights of the day are pretty obvious. In chronological order:

  1. Trae Young and Oklahoma are in action in the very first game of the day.
  2. Penn and their 11% chance (according to KenPom) take on Kansas.
  3. BLERS FEVER, CATCH IT!
  4. MIKE DAUM!
  5. Wildcat on Wildcat violence in Kentucky vs Davidson.
  6. The #WojBomb Tour continues with St. Bonaventure in action.

Of course, this is the NCAA tournament, so we’re bound to get some kind of insanity elsewhere on the slate, so make sure your channel flipping thumb is properly stretched out.

All games today are being streamed via March Madness Live, and they’re kicking off a fancy new Red Zone-esque channel this year, so if you don’t know which game to watch at any given moment, be sure to tune into that.

And with that, I turn the comments section over to you, the fair reader.

All times Central.

11:15am - #7 Rhode Island vs #10 Oklahoma, CBS
11:40am - #3 Tennessee vs #14 Wright State, TruTV

12:30pm - #4 Gonzaga vs #13 UNC Greensboro, TNT
1pm - #1 Kansas vs #16 Penn, TBS

1:45pm - #2 Duke vs #15 Iona, CBS
2:10pm - #6 Miami vs #11 Loyola-Chicago, TruTV

3pm - #5 Ohio State vs #12 South Dakota State, TNT
3:30pm - #8 Seton Hall vs #9 North Carolina State, TBS

5:50pm - #1 Villanova vs #16 Radford, TNT
6:10pm - #5 Kentucky vs #12 Davidson, CBS
6:20pm - #6 Houston vs #11 San Diego State
6:27pm - #3 Texas Tech vs #14 Stephen F. Austin, TruTV

8:20pm - #8 Virginia Tech vs #9 Alabama, TNT
8:40pm - #4 Arizona vs #13 Buffalo, CBS
8:50pm - #3 Michigan vs #14 Montana, TBS
8:57pm - #6 Florida vs #11 St. Bonaventure, TruTV