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2018 NCAA Tournament: Kentucky and Villanova Highlight Today’s Games

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The First Round of the Tournament begins as the Pac-12 has just one school left.

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NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-First Round-Wright State vs Tennessee
Madness will ensue.
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Well, that was quick.

Not only are the UCLA Bruins finished in the 2018 NCAA Tournament, they weren’t really in it since they lost a play-in game. But March Madness marches on.

And, it marches on without the Arizona State Sun Devils, who lost their play-in game yesterday, leaving the Pac-12 with just one school left and, of course, it U of Pay.

Well, at least there are some good games today. Kansas is already playing now as I write this as is Duke.

The NC State-Seton Hall game should be a good one and, of course, Jay Wright’s Villanova Wildcats can be counted on for some strong fundamental basketball. They should have it easy today against 16-seed Radford who beat LIU Brooklyn before the UCLA game on Tuesday.

The Kentucky-Davidson game could be an interesting #5 vs. #12 matchup this afternoon as well.

This evening, Arizona and Michigan should have easy games. Then, the last game features St. Bonaventure against Florida. Can the Bonnies defeat the Gators?

Here is today’s full slate of games:

2018 NCAA Tournament, First Round, Day 2

Game Site TV Approx. Tip Time (PT) Announcers
Game Site TV Approx. Tip Time (PT) Announcers
Providence vs. Texas A&M Charlotte CBS 9:15 AM Jim Nantz / Bill Raftery / Grant Hill // Tracy Wolfson
Cal State Fullerton vs. Purdue Detroit truTV 9:40 AM Ian Eagle / Jim Spanarkel // Allie LaForce
Marshall vs. Wichita State San Diego TNT 10:30 AM Carter Blackburn / Debbie Antonelli // John Schriffen
Georgia State vs. Cincinnati Nashville TBS 11:00 AM Andrew Catalon / Steve Lappas // Jamie Erdahl
Lipscomb vs. North Carolina Charlotte CBS 11:45 AM Jim Nantz / Bill Raftery / Grant Hill // Tracy Wolfson
Butler vs. Arkansas Detroit truTV 12:00 PM Ian Eagle / Jim Spanarkel // Allie LaForce
Murray State vs. West Virginia San Diego TNT 1:00 PM Carter Blackburn / Debbie Antonelli // John Schriffen
Texas vs. Nevada Nashville TBS 1:30 PM Andrew Catalon / Steve Lappas // Jamie Erdahl
Kansas State vs. Creighton Charlotte TNT 3:50 PM Jim Nantz / Bill Raftery / Grant Hill // Tracy Wolfson
Bucknell vs. Michigan State Detroit CBS 4:10 PM Ian Eagle / Jim Spanarkel // Allie LaForce
Texas Southern vs. Xavier Nashville TBS 4:20 PM Andrew Catalon / Steve Lappas // Jamie Erdahl
Charleston vs. Auburn San Diego truTV 4:27 PM Carter Blackburn / Debbie Antonelli // John Schriffen
UMBC vs. Virginia Charlotte TNT 6:20 PM Jim Nantz / Bill Raftery / Grant Hill // Tracy Wolfson
Syracuse vs. TCU Detroit CBS 6:40 PM Ian Eagle / Jim Spanarkel // Allie LaForce
Florida State vs. Mizzou Nashville TBS 6:50 PM Andrew Catalon / Steve Lappas // Jamie Erdahl
New Mexico State vs. Clemson San Diego truTV 6:57 PM Carter Blackburn / Debbie Antonelli // John Schriffen

Just a few more important pieces of info for you in case you are watching online. You can use four different ways to catch games online:

This is your running late, but sounding great 2018 NCAA Tournament, First Round, Day 1 open thread.


Go Bruins. Fire Steve Alford.