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2019 NCAA Tournament: All Three Pac-12 Teams Play This Afternoon

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Today’s action starts off with what should be another good game when Cincinnati plays Iowa. Plus, Ben Howland returns to the Big Dance.

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-First Round-Florida vs Nevada
Nevada head coach Eric Musselman offers the Surrender Cobra during yesterday’s loss to the Florida Gators.
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Well, there were just two upsets yesterday as the 2019 NCAA Tournament got underway. In the opening game, the 10 seed Minnesota Golden Gophers upended the 7 seed Louisville Cardinals, 86-76. Later on, the 12 seed Murray State Racers beat the 5 seed Marquette Golden Eagles, 83-64. Finally, the Nevada Wolf Pack lost to the Florida Gators, 70-61. Hopefully, that puts all the Musselman-to-Westwood rumors to rest.

Now, we’re on to the second and final day of the First Round. Today’s action begins with another 7 vs. 10 matchup. This one features the Cincinnati Bearcats and the Iowa Hawkeyes. This afternoon, we’ll see all three of the Pac-12 teams which were selected for this year’s tournament when the Arizona State Sun Devils take on the Buffalo Bisons, the Oregon Ducks face the Wisconsin Badgers and the Washington Huskies play the Utah State Aggies.

Later on today, former UCLA Bruins head coach Ben Howland leads the Mississippi State Bulldogs against the Liberty Flames. Yup! We have the guy UCLA replaced with Steve Alford taking on the team who did Alford in. I don’t know if it’s a coincidence or what, but it’s just the latest in what I’ve felt has been the Selection Committee’s ongoing sense of humor when it comes to UCLA.

I almost forgot....For those looking for a Southern California team to root for, the UC Irvine Anteaters tip-off at 11 am PT against the Kansas State Wildcats. To UCI’s credit, these guys have had a great season, but I do have to say that I’ve been finding the UCI players to be a bit arrogant when they claim to be the best team in Southern California. Making a 68-team tournament doesn’t necessarily make you a better team than one that doesn’t make the field when you got in with a conference’s automatic bid. So, I’ll be rooting for K-State in that one.

Here’s today’s full slate of games:

2019 NCAA Tournament, First Round, Day 2

Game Location Time (PT) TV Commentators
Game Location Time (PT) TV Commentators
Cincinnati vs. Iowa Columbus I 9:15 AM CBS Brian Anderson / Chris Webber // Allie LaForce
Ole Miss vs. Oklahoma Columbia I 9:40 AM truTV Jim Nantz / Bill Ratery / Grant Hill // Tracy Wolfson
Texas Tech vs. Northern Kentucky Tulsa I 10:30 AM TNT Brad Nessler / Steve Lavin / Jim Jackson // Evan Washburn
Kansas State vs. UC Irvine San Jose I 11:00 AM TBS Spero Dedes / Len Elmore / Steve Smith // Ros Gold-Onwude
Tennessee vs. Colgate Columbus II After conc. 1 CBS Brian Anderson / Chris Webber // Allie LaForce
Virgina vs. Gardner-Webb Columbia II After conc. 1 truTV Jim Nantz / Bill Ratery / Grant Hill // Tracy Wolfson
Buffalo vs. Arizona State Tulsa II After conc. 1 TNT Brad Nessler / Steve Lavin / Jim Jackson // Evan Washburn
Wisconsin vs. Oregon San Jose II After conc. 1 TBS Spero Dedes / Len Elmore / Steve Smith // Ros Gold-Onwude
Utah State vs. Washington Columbus III 3:50 PM TNT Brian Anderson / Chris Webber // Allie LaForce
Duke vs. North Dakota State Columbia III 4:10 PM CBS Jim Nantz / Bill Ratery / Grant Hill // Tracy Wolfson
Houston vs. Georgia State Tulsa III 4:20 PM TBS Brad Nessler / Steve Lavin / Jim Jackson // Evan Washburn
Mississippi State vs. Liberty San Jose III 4:27 PM truTV Spero Dedes / Len Elmore / Steve Smith // Ros Gold-Onwude
North Carolina vs. Iona Columbus IV After conc. III TNT Brian Anderson / Chris Webber // Allie LaForce
VCU vs. UCF Columbia IV After conc. III CBS Jim Nantz / Bill Ratery / Grant Hill // Tracy Wolfson
Iowa State vs. Ohio State Tulsa IV After conc. III TBS Brad Nessler / Steve Lavin / Jim Jackson // Evan Washburn
Virginia Tech vs. Saint Louis San Jose IV After conc. III truTV Spero Dedes / Len Elmore / Steve Smith // Ros Gold-Onwude



Go Bruins.