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2017 NCAA Tournament: Wildcat Saturday Sees Villanova, Arizona and Northwestern All Play

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Today’s action also features all of the four-seeds in action.

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-First Round-Northwestern vs Vanderbilt Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

The First Round is in the books. All four Pac-12 teams advanced to the Second Round yesterday. In addition to UCLA beating Kent State, Oregon topped Iona and Southern Cal squeaked by SMU.

Besides Southern Cal’s upset, there were a few others yesterday. The biggest surprise was probably Michigan State beating Miami by 20 points, 78-58. Rhode Island, an 11 seed, upset 6 seed Creighton; meanwhile, Wichita State defeated Dayton. That game, while technically an upset, really wasn’t as the seeding in that game should probably have been reversed on Selection Sunday.

The Second Round begins today with eight games on tap. You could almost call today “Four-Seed Saturday” since all of the four-seeds play today. West Virginia will start things off this morning against Notre Dame while the Midwest four-seed Purdue will wrap up the action tonight when they play the five-seed Iowa St. Cyclones.

In between, we’ll get top-seeds Villanova and Gonzaga in games against Wisconsin and Northwestern, respectively. And, of course, Arizona will play St. Mary’s later on this afternoon.

Here’s today’s full slate:

NCAA Second Round, Day 1

Game Date Approx. Tip Time (PT) Network Site Commentators
Game Date Approx. Tip Time (PT) Network Site Commentators
(4) West Virginia Mountaineers vs. (5) Notre Dame Fighting Irish March 18 9:10 AM CBS Buffalo Verne Lundquist / Jim Spanarkel / Allie LaForce
(1) Villanova Wildcats vs. (8) Wisconsin Badgers March 18 11:40 AM CBS Buffalo Verne Lundquist / Jim Spanarkel / Allie LaForce
(1) Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. (8) Northwestern Wildcats March 18 2:15 PM CBS Salt Lake City Andrew Catalon / Steve Lappas / Jamie Erdahl
(3) Florida State Seminoles vs. (11) Xavier Musketeers March 18 3:10 PM TNT Orlando Ian Eagle / Steve Lavin / Evan Washburn
(4) Butler Bulldogs vs. (12) Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders March 18 4:10 PM TBS Milwaukee Carter Blackburn / Mike Gminski / Debbie Antonelli / Lisa Byington
(2) Arizona Wildcats vs. (7) St. Mary's Gaels March 18 4:45 PM CBS Salt Lake City Andrew Catalon / Steve Lappas / Jamie Erdahl
(4) Florida Gators vs. (5) Virginia Cavaliers March 18 5:40 PM TNT Orlando Ian Eagle / Steve Lavin / Evan Washburn
(4) Purdue Boilermakers vs. (5) Iowa State Cyclones March 18 6:40 PM TBS Milwaukee Carter Blackburn / Mike Gminski / Debbie Antonelli / Lisa Byington

This is your NCAA Tournament Round 2, Day 1 Open Thread.


Go Bruins!