The insanity is absolutely underway.
The primary full day of the males’s NCAA Event started Thursday with some dramatic upsets, with No. 13 seed Furman scoring the day’s first upset when the Paladins shocked No. 4 Virginia. Then, No. 15 Princeton busted brackets all over the place by upending No. 2 Arizona after trailing many of the recreation – and marking the third straight yr a No. 15 seed superior to the second spherical.
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No. 10 Penn State 76, No. 7 Texas A&M 59
The Nittany Lions closed out the primary full day of the boys’s NCAA Event with a dominant victory in a Huge Ten-SEC battle.
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Andrew Funk led the best way within the beatdown by scoring 27 factors. All his area objectives got here from 3-point vary as he went a blistering 8-for-10 from deep. As a group, Penn State shot 59.1% from past the arc (13-for-22). Texas A&M took far more 3-pointers and made much less (10-for-34) because the Aggies struggled from the sector all evening (20-for-59, 33.9%).
Penn State’s victory is its first within the NCAA Event since 2001.
No. 2 UCLA 86, No. 15 UNC Asheville 53
The primary spherical was drama-free for the veteran Bruins. UCLA led 14-0 earlier than UNC Asheville bought on the board and the Bruins have been by no means threatened.
5 gamers completed in double-figures for UCLA, which shot 54% from the sector. The Bruins additionally outrebounded the Bulldogs 40-25 and had a 24-9 benefit in assists. Maybe essentially the most spectacular statistic – and one which definitely made defensive-minded coach Mick Cronin joyful – was UCLA’s 11 steals, with Jaime Jaquez Jr. out in entrance with 5.
Ultimate: No. 4 Tennessee 58, No. 13 Louisiana 55
The Volunteers managed to win regardless of scoring their sixth-fewest factors of the season. That is primarily as a result of Louisiana’s 55 factors have been a season low.
Each groups struggled from the sector, Tennessee taking pictures 45.7% and Louisiana hitting at a 40% clip. The Vols went 4-for-16 (25%) from deep. The Ragin’ Cajuns went 6-for-18 (33.3%) from 3. Even the free-throw taking pictures was dangerous, as Tennessee went 12-for-21 from the road and Louisiana went 5-for-9. Each groups have been sloppy, as nicely: Tennessee had 18 turnovers and Louisiana had 15.
Ultimately, the Vols did sufficient to outlive and advance, however they will want a a lot better effort in the event that they hope to beat Duke and advance to the second weekend for simply the second time below coach Rick Barnes.
Ultimate: No. 1 Houston 63, No. 16 Northern Kentucky 52
Houston has solely itself responsible for what’s going to certainly be a brief keep within the NCAA match.
Simply 5 days after Marcus Sasser injured his groin within the American Athletic Convention match semifinals, he was again within the Cougars’ beginning lineup Thursday evening. For a first-round recreation in opposition to a No. 16 group.
For individuals who want a refresher, like Kelvin Sampson apparently, a 16 seed has overwhelmed a No. 1 simply as soon as because the males’s match started seeding groups greater than 40 years in the past. As pesky as Northern Kentucky was, the percentages of the Norse beating Houston have been infinitesimally small. Definitely smaller than the percentages of Sasser tweaking his groin, an damage that’s famously sluggish to heal and simply as straightforward to worsen.
Certain sufficient, with lower than 90 seconds left within the first half, Sasser limped to the Houston bench. He regarded pained simply sliding over on the seat, and Houston trainers shortly rewrapped his leg. When the Cougars got here out for the second half, Sasser was in warmups.
He had “aggravated his groin damage,” the varsity stated, and was “questionable (to) return tonight.”
Now Houston’s hopes of profitable its first nationwide title, in its hometown no much less, are questionable, too. And for what? A recreation Sasser didn’t have to be, and had no enterprise, taking part in in.
– Nancy Armour
Half: No. 10 Penn State 38, No. 7 Texas A&M 22
The Nittany Lions are nicely on their strategy to their first NCAA Event victory since 2001.
Texas A&M made simply eight area objectives within the first half on 25 makes an attempt (32%). Penn State hit 54.2% of its pictures from the sector and went 6-for-9 (66.7%) on 3-pointers.
Half: No. 2 UCLA 46, No. 15 UNC Asheville 25
UCLA opened its first-round matchup in opposition to UNC Asheville on a 14-0 run and didn’t let up. The Bruins opened up a 21-point lead within the first half, outscoring the Bulldogs 46-25. They shot 59.4% from the sector. Jaime Jaquez Jr. led UCLA with 14 factors, 5 steals and two rebounds.
The Bulldogs didn’t assist themselves with 12 first-half turnovers. Drew Pember and Alex Caldwell every scored seven factors.
Marcus Sasser aggravates groin damage
Seems, the excellent news of Marcus Sasser’s return for No. 1 Houston was transient.
Sasser aggravated his left groin damage in line with the Cougars’ official Twitter account, and his return for the second half in opposition to No. 16 Northern Kentucky is questionable.
The senior guard, the AAC participant of the yr and Houston’s greatest participant, went to the bench late within the first half in apparent ache. He limped again to the locker room together with his groin wrapped on the break. He performed 14 minutes within the first half, scoring 5 factors and grabbing two rebounds.
– Lindsay Schnell
Half: No. 1 Houston 30, No. 16 Northern Kentucky 27
No. 1 Houston is in a dogfight by way of 20 minutes.
The Cougars took only a three-point lead into halftime in opposition to the Horizon League match champions. They hit simply considered one of their 9 3-point makes an attempt within the first half, although Northern Kentucky managed to go simply 2-for-12 from deep and really shot worse general (33% from the sector to Houston’s 46.4%). 9 Houston turnovers have not helped.
Of explicit concern to Houston within the second half is the well being of Marcus Sasser. The Cougars star returned to the beginning lineup after lacking the American Athletic match title recreation however gave the impression to be in ache on the bench late within the first half, his higher leg wrapped. Houston stated he aggravated his groin damage and was questionable to return.
Houston has 20 minutes to keep away from changing into simply the second No. 1 seed to lose to a No. 16.
Half: No. 4 Tennessee 30, No. 13 Louisiana 19
The Volunteers entered halftime with an 11-point lead regardless of turning the ball over a dozen occasions within the first half. Uros Plavsic has a team-high seven factors and Jahmai Mashack added six factors.
The Cajuns have did not knock down a 3 to this point, going 0-for-6 past the arc, and are solely taking pictures 29.6% from the sector. Jordan Brown has 12 of Louisiana’s 19 factors, whereas the remainder of the group has mixed for seven factors.
Ultimate: No. 2 Texas 81, No. 15 Colgate 61
A No. 15 seed took out a No. 2 seed early Thursday with Princeton’s win over Arizona, however that wasn’t the case for Texas. The Longhorns superior with a decisive, 20-point win over the Colgate Raiders.
Texas shot 53.4% from the sector and went 13-for-23 from three. Sir’Jabari Rice completed with 23 factors off the bench, adopted by Dylan Disu’s and Marcus Carr’s 17 factors every.
Keegan Data and Ryan Moffatt had a group excessive 13 factors for the Raiders, who weren’t capable of get it achieved on the defensive finish, both. Colgate was outrebounded by Texas 34-24.
Ultimate: No. 7 Northwestern 75, No. 10 Boise State 67
Boise State was capable of shut the Wildcats’ result in 4 earlier than Northwestern pulled away for a 75-67 win.
Boo Buie scored a game-high 22 factors, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Chase Audige additionally exploded for the Wildcats, scoring 13 of his 20 factors within the second half to complete the Broncos off.
Boise State’s Marcus Shaver Jr. returned within the second half with a taped ankle and a noticeable limp after leaving the primary half early with a twisted proper ankle. Max Rice led the Broncos with 17 factors, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, with Chibuzo Agbo including 12 factors and Shaver recording 10. However the Broncos weren’t capable of generate sufficient offense to get previous Northwestern, who led everything of the sport.
Marcus Sasser returns to Houston lineup
Houston bought a win earlier than the Cougars even tipped off within the 2023 NCAA Event: Marcus Sasser is again.
Sasser is the Cougars’ main scorer at 17.1 factors, and likewise chips in 3.2 assists and a pair of.8 rebounds per recreation. The AAC participant of the yr, he bought damage late within the first half of Houston’s convention match semifinal, slipping on the ground and hurting his groin. He didn’t play within the AAC match championship, which Houston misplaced 75-65 to Memphis. Houston coach Kelvin Sampson stated earlier this week that Sasser can be a game-time determination Thursday.
In a potent offense — all 5 Cougar starters common 9 factors or extra — Sasser is the important thing. A 6-foot-2, 195-pound combo guard, he’s UH’s first first-team All-American since Hakeem Olajuwon and a possible second spherical choose within the 2023 NBA draft.
– Lindsay Schnell
Ultimate: No. 5 Duke 74, No. 12 Oral Roberts 51
Jon Scheyer’s first NCAA Event win as head coach at Duke was a breeze.
The No. 5 Blue Devils jumped out to a 15-0 lead and by no means regarded again as they cruised previous Oral Roberts and into the second spherical. Jeremy Roach led the best way with a game-high 23 factors.
Duke dominated the boards, ending with a 47-32 benefit. Extremely-touted freshman Dereck Full of life II paced the sector with 12 rebounds. Oral Roberts shot poorly, simply 30.2% from the ground and an even-poorer 25% from 3.
It feels odd to think about Duke a darkish horse, however with a No. 5 seed and with out Mike Krzyzewski on the sideline the Blue Devils definitely weren’t the favorites to win this match. However they are taking part in nearly in addition to any group within the nation, now winners of 10 straight video games, together with a run to the ACC match title.
Ultimate: No. 9 Auburn 83, No. 8 Iowa 75
Charles Barkley is unquestionably joyful. His alma mater, Auburn, is transferring on to the second spherical of the NCAA Event following an 83-75 win over the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Johni Broome (19 factors, 12 rebounds, 5 blocks) and Allen Flanigan (10 factors, 10 rebounds, 4 assists) completed with double-doubles, whereas 4 different Tigers reached double-digit factors.
Payton Sandfort led the Hawkeyes with 21 factors off the bench, but it surely wasn’t sufficient to mount a comeback.
Half: No. 2 Texas 41, No. 15 Colgate 32
The Longhorns led by as many as 17 factors within the first half, however the Raiders reduce it to a single-digit lead going into halftime. Texas jumped to an early lead by the use of the 3-point line, taking pictures 53.3% from past the arc. Sir’Jabari Rice has 15 factors, two assists and 4 rebounds off the bench for Texas.
However the Raiders closed the half on a 14-6 run to remain inside putting distance. Ryan Moffatt leads Colgate with six factors, one steal and one help.
Half: No. 7 Northwestern 38, No. 10 Boise State, 32
The Wildcats entered halftime with a six-point lead over the Broncos, having led your complete recreation and by as many as 10 factors. Guard Boo Buie is the one Wildcat in double figures with 11 factors, three assists and three rebounds. Chase Audige added seven factors and Ty Berry recorded six. Northwestern solely dedicated 4 turnovers and fouls within the half.
Broncos guard Marcus Shaver Jr. went down after twisting his proper ankle with 2:33 left within the first half. He was helped again to the locker room and couldn’t apply strain to his ankle. It isn’t clear if he’ll return. Chibuzo Agbo leads the Broncos with 10 factors, one help and three rebounds.
Half: Duke 40, Oral Roberts 23
The Blue Devils bought out to a dominant begin of their first-round matchup, leaping out to a commanding early lead.
Duke had two gamers end the half with double-digit factors. Jeremy Roach posted 13 and Dariq Whitehead added 10 off the bench. Dereck Full of life II was a pressure on the glass, flattening 9 rebounds.
Oral Roberts, in the meantime, struggled to search out momentum. Max Abmas led the group with eight factors within the first 20 minutes.
General, the Blue Devils shot a formidable 50% from the sector and 40% from 3-point vary. The Golden Eagles shot simply 26.5% from the sector and shot 20% from past the arc. Duke received the rebound battle 25-15.
Half: Auburn 31, Iowa 26
The ninth-seeded Tigers unfold the scoring round, ending the primary half with 4 gamers tallying not less than 5 factors. 9 gamers scored for Auburn general.
Each Johni Broome (eight factors, six rebounds) and Allen Flanigan (six factors, seven rebounds) are on double-double look ahead to the Tigers. Iowa’s Filip Rebraca led all scorers with 10 factors on the break.
Each groups struggled from 3-point vary. Auburn related on simply 1 of 9 pictures from past the arc whereas Iowa missed all 9 of its makes an attempt.
President Biden’s bracket fully busted midway by way of first day of NCAA Event
President Joe Biden shared his brackets for the boys’s and ladies’s NCAA Tournaments on Twitter forward of Thursday’s tip-off of the boys’s motion and, nicely … his bracket is simply as busted as the remainder of us.
The commander in chief picked Arizona to win the entire thing. Midway by way of the day’s motion, the No. 2 seed Wildcats had been eradicated, shocked by No. 15 Princeton within the first spherical.
To make issues worse, the president had Arizona squaring off with No. 4 Virginia within the Elite Eight. The Cavaliers have been additionally upset Thursday, falling to No. 13 Furman in jaw-dropping trend. Not nice to have already got a complete area basically eradicated on Day 1, however we think about Biden has larger issues to fret about.
Ultimate: No. 8 Arkansas 73, No. 9 Illinois 63
Regardless of Illinois’ torrid comeback try, No. 8 Arkansas held on for a first-round victory over the ninth-seeded Preventing Illini.
Ricky Council IV was a pressure for the Razorbacks, tallying 18 factors and 10 rebounds. Teammate Davonte Davis added 16 factors.
In the meantime, Illinois’ Terrence Shannon Jr. led all scorers with 20 whereas teammates Coleman Hawkins and RJ Melendez added 10 factors apiece.
The Preventing Illini have been hampered by turnovers, gifting away 17 possessions in comparison with Arkansas’ 11 turnovers within the recreation. Each groups shot lower than 40% from the sector, however the Razorbacks received the rebound battle 42-34 and superior to the spherical of 32.
Ultimate: No. 15 Princeton 59, No. 2 Arizona 55
Greatest upset of the match? The No. 15-seeded Tigers erased a double-digit deficit within the second half to knock off the second-seeded Wildcats.
Arizona was out-rebounded 39-37 and fell sufferer to 6 blocked pictures within the loss. Princeton’s Tosan Evbuomwan paced the group with 15 factors, seven rebounds and 4 assists.
The Wildcats acquired a 22-point effort from Azuolas Tubelis and bought a double-double from Oumar Ballo (13 factors, 12 rebounds) however couldn’t shut out the first-round matchup.
Princeton, which shot simply 16% from 3-point vary (4-for-25), did simply sufficient to drag off an unforgettable upset. The Tigers completed the sport on a 9-0 run.
Small South Carolina college offers first upset of the day
Furman kicked off the insanity by knocking off No. 4 Virginia due to a clutch 3-point shot from JP Pegues within the ultimate seconds.
It marked the primary match win since 1974 for the personal college with an enrollment of 2,500.
Be taught concerning the college that was thrust into the NCAA Event highlight, like, what’s a Paladin?
— Jordan Mendoza
Ultimate: San Diego State 63, School of Charleston 57
The Aztecs survived in one of many closest video games of the day. Matt Bradley led all scorers with 17 factors and likewise added seven rebounds and 4 assists. Jaedon LeDee pulled down 10 rebounds and contributed eight factors.
Charleston bought up a formidable efficiency by Ante Brzovic, who posted 12 factors and eight rebounds. Jaylon Scott chipped in with 9 factors and 7 rebounds.
Charleston took a whopping 24 makes an attempt from past the arc however made simply 5 of them (20.8%). The Cougars have been a disappointing 31.5% general from the sector. San Diego State, in the meantime, shot 42.9% from the sector and out-rebounded Charleston 44-34 to advance to the spherical of 32.
The Azetcs, who will play No. 13 seed Furman within the second spherical on Saturday, final received an NCAA match recreation in 2015 over St. John’s.
Ultimate: Alabama 96, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 75
Proficient freshman Brandon Miller was held scoreless, however the top-seeded Crimson Tide acquired loads of scoring in a blowout victory over the No. 16 seed.
Nick Pringle led all scorers and posted a double-double with 22 factors and 14 rebounds, whereas Mark Sears added 15 factors and Jahvon Quinerly chipped in with 13.
The Islanders have been led by Isaac Mushila, who went for a double-double with 15 factors and 15 rebounds. Trey Tennyson had a team-high 20 factors.
Alabama was lethal from 3-point vary, connecting on 15 of 33 makes an attempt (45.5%). The Crimson Tide additionally shot 47.8% from the sector.
Miller, who contributed 5 rebounds and three assists, had not been held to fewer than eight factors all season.
Half: Arkansas 36, Illinois 26
The Razorbacks have been dominant within the first half. Ricky Council IV led all scorers with 10 factors and added six rebounds. Anthony Black chipped in with seven factors and 4 rebounds.
In the meantime, the Preventing Illini have been paced by Terrence Shannon Jr. (eight factors) and Luke Goode (six factors).
Illinois shot simply 27.6% from the sector and went simply 3 of 11 from 3-point vary. They have been out-rebounded 27-19.
Half: Arizona 31, Princeton 30
Arizona got here alive within the ultimate minutes of the half to take a one-pointn lead over Princeton. The Wildcats have been paced by Azuolas Tubelis, who scored 14 factors and added three rebounds and an help within the first 20 minutes.
Tosan Evbuomwan led the Tigers with eight factors and 4 assists. Zach Martini positioned himself on double-double watch with seven factors and 5 rebounds.
Princeton made simply two 3-pointers out of 12 makes an attempt. It additionally didn’t try a first-half free throw. The Tigers, nevertheless, out-rebounded the Wildcats 22-17 to maintain the sport shut.
Half: San Diego State 32, School of Charleston 29
The Aztecs rode a 15-5 run to finish the half. San Diego State guard Matt Bradley paced all scorers with 9 factors to go together with 4 rebounds and two assists.
Charleston tried 11 three-pointers and made simply three of them. San Diego State shot 49% from the sector. The Aztecs dedicated 11 turnovers to search out themselves in an early gap however responded within the ultimate 10 minutes of the half.
Half: Alabama 54, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 34
The Crimson Tide rolled to a giant halftime lead over the Bison. Mark Sears led all scorers with 13 factors to tempo Alabama. Teammate Noah Clowney added 10 factors and 4 rebounds.
Alabama star freshman Brandon Miller was held scoreless within the first half. Miller performed 13 minutes within the half, going 0 of three from the sector and 0 of two from 3-point vary. He added 5 rebounds and an help. Miller’s regular-season low was eight factors in opposition to Houston.
Isaac Mushila led Texas A&M-Corpus Christi with 9 factors and 5 rebounds. The Islanders are attempting to turn into simply the second No. 16 seed to upset a high seed in match historical past. College of Maryland Baltimore County posted a 74-54 win over No. 1 Virginia within the first spherical of the 2018 match.
Kansas 96, Howard 68
Jalen Wilson, a first-team All-America choice, scored 20 factors and added seven rebounds because the Jayhawks began their nationwide title protection. Kansas had little hassle dispatching Howard, which was making simply their third NCAA match look.
Gradey Dick added 19 factors, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, and three steals for the Jayhawks, who hit 52 p.c of their pictures and led by as many as 24.
The Jayhawks performed the sport with out head coach Invoice Self, who remains to be recovering from a well being difficulty that induced him to overlook the Huge 12 Convention match. The Jayhawks, who had all 5 starters rating in double figures, will play the winner of Illinois and Arkansas on Saturday.
Howard freshman ahead Shy Odom had 15 factors and eight rebounds within the recreation, which was attended by Vice President Kamala Harris, a Howard College alum.
Missouri 76, Utah State 65
Kobe Brown hit three three-pointers within the second half, on the best way to a private 12-0 scoring spurt, to interrupt open an in depth recreation and lead the Tigers to a 76-65 victory over Utah State within the first spherical of the South Area.
Brown completed with 19 factors for Missouri, who which can tackle the winner of Arizona and Princeton on Saturday. D’Moi Hodge led the best way with 22 factors, hitting 5 three-pointers of his personal.
Utah State had a 49-47 lead within the second half however couldn’t maintain it attributable to poor taking pictures and turnovers. The Aggies have been led by Taylor Funk’s 16 factors and 7 rebounds.
Maryland 67, West Virginia 65
The South’s No. 8 seed Maryland used a late spurt to drag away with a 67-65 victory over No. 9 West Virginia, in a recreation that featured 9 ties and 11 lead adjustments. The Terrapins now transfer on to play the winner of Alabama and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday. Maryland misplaced to Alabama within the second spherical of their final NCAA match look in 2021.
The Mountaineers had an opportunity to win the sport however Kedrian Johnson’s final-second 3-point try was brief.
Julian Reese led 4 Terrapins, who have been down by 13 factors within the first half in double figures with 17 factors, 9 rebounds, three assists, and three blocks. Hakim Hart added 15 and Donta Scott had 11 factors and eight rebounds.
West Virginia was led by Johnson, who scored 27 factors.
Furman 68, Virginia 67
Virginia guard Kihei Clark threw away a cross that was intercepted by Furman’s Garrett Hien, resulting in JP Pegues drilling a 3-pointer with 2.4 seconds left to provide No. 13 seed Furman the primary upset of the match over the fourth-seeded Cavaliers.
The Paladins, who rallied from a 12-point second-half deficit, will play the winner of Charleston and San Diego State on Saturday.
After Hien made two free throws with 12 seconds left to chop the Virginia result in two, Furman trapped Clark, who tried to throw it to a teammate the place it was picked off by Hien close to midcourt. Reece Beekman’s three-point try on the buzzer missed, setting off a wild celebration by Furman.
Jalen Slawson led the Paladins, who made their first journey to the NCAA Event in 43 years, with 19 factors, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and was considered one of 4 Furman gamers in double figures.
Virginia exits the match early as soon as once more, harking back to their 2018 upset by the hands of UMBC. The Cavaliers have been paced by Kadin Shedrick who had 15 factors and 13 rebounds.
Virginia in a battle with Furman
The Cavaliers have led by as a lot as 10 over Furman, however the Paladins are protecting it shut and path 32-27 at halftime, regardless of taking pictures solely 34 p.c, together with 4-14 from 3-point vary. They’re additionally being outrebounded by eight.
Reece Beekman is pacing the Cavaliers with 10 factors and 4 rebounds and Jalen Swanson leads Furman with eight. Main scorer Mike Bothwell, who averages 18 factors a recreation, has 5 factors, but additionally has three private fouls.
Maryland main West Virginia at halftime
The Terrapins discovered themselves down 13 factors early in opposition to the Mountaineers however closed robust to take a 32-30 halftime lead. Jahmir Younger and Hakim Hart led a balanced Maryland assault with seven factors every, whereas Kedrian Johnson of West Virginia leads all scorers with 10. Maryland is taking pictures 58 p.c from the sector.
First two match video games underway
The primary video games of March Insanity are underway as a pair of South Area video games kick off the motion.
West Virginia and Maryland are going again in forth of their 8-9 matchup in Birmingham, Alabama as the primary half winds down, whereas the primary recreation in Orlando pits No. 4 seed Virginia and No. 13 seed Furman.
Invoice Self won’t coach Kansas’ first-round recreation
Kansas coach Invoice Self won’t be on the sideline when the top-ranked Jayhawks tackle No. 16 seed Howard on Thursday.
Norm Roberts will proceed to function performing head coach rather than Self, who is taken into account day after day.
Self returned to apply this week after being discharged from the College of Kansas Well being System, the place he had two stents inserted to deal with blocked arteries in his coronary heart.
Kansas takes on Howard at 2 p.m. ET.
5 potential NCAA Event first-round upsets
It’s exhausting to concentrate to each group in faculty basketball all through the lengthy season that began manner again in November, when all people was nonetheless targeted on soccer. And, even when the gridiron motion is completed, the hardwood groups from big-name conferences snag many of the marquee TV slots. So quite a lot of you may not learn about these so-called mid majors which can be about to swoop in and seize their share of the highlight, if just for a couple of days, and even the occasional energy convention group that limps in as a double-digit seed however hits its stride on the proper time. We’re right here to assist. Listed below are 5 candidates to think about strongly to drag off a first-round upset.
— Eddie Timanus
watch NCAA Event first-round video games
Whether or not it is at house, at a bar or at work, hundreds of thousands of Individuals might be tuning in to look at groups make or break their bracket.
CBS and Turner Sports activities have the broadcasting rights to the males’s NCAA Event and broadcast video games on 4 channels. Three of them – CBS, TNT and TBS – chances are you’ll know from broadcasting dozens of different sporting occasions annually, however the remaining channel, truTV, is one which at all times eludes basketball followers annually.
Here is the place to search out TruTV, relying in your cable supplier or streaming service, and what video games might be on the community:
What channel is truTV?
TruTV could be discovered on a number of cable suppliers, and has the identical channel quantity nationwide on a number of the suppliers. Listed below are the channels:
AT&T U-Verse: 164/1164
Cox: Varies by location
Spectrum: Varies by location
Xfinity: Varies by location
For streaming, truTV can be out there on: YouTube TV, iOS App Retailer, Google Play, Amazon App Retailer, Chromecast, Apple TV, Amazon Hearth TV, Roku and Android TV.
Which March Insanity video games might be on truTV?
Eight video games might be broadcast on truTV within the first rounds of March Insanity. Listed below are the video games that might be on truTV, in addition to tip-off occasions (in ET):
- No. 4 Virginia vs. No. 13 Furman (Thursday, 12:40 p.m.)
- No. 5 San Diego State vs. No. 12 School of Charleston (Thursday, 3:10 p.m.)
- No. 7 Northwestern vs. No. 10 Boise State (Thursday, 7:35 p.m.)
- No. 2 UCLA vs. No. 15 UNC Asheville (Thursday, 10:05 p.m.)
- No. 3 Xavier vs. No. 14 Kennesaw State (Friday, 12:40 p.m.)
- No. 6 Iowa State vs. No. 11 Pittsburgh (Friday, 3:10 p.m.)
- No. 3 Gonzaga vs. No. 14 Grand Canyon (Friday, 7:35 p.m.)
- No. 6 TCU vs. No. 11 Nevada/No. 11 Arizona State (Friday, 10:05 p.m.)
— Jordan Mendoza
You will in all probability must trash your bracket
The fact of the NCAA Event is that unpredictability and randomness often trump an ideal script. And this yr particularly, we should always all spend the following three weeks embracing the concept our picks are ineffective and our brackets will doubtless have to be thrown within the trash.
On paper, this has the potential to be one of many craziest tournaments we’ve ever seen.
Why? Possibly as a result of this has not been a dominant yr for the massive, conventional manufacturers. As an alternative, we’ve seen Houston cruise by way of the American Athletic Convention whereas barely getting a worthy check from anybody moreover Memphis. We’ve seen soccer faculties Alabama and Texas A&M dominate the SEC whereas Kentucky comes into the match wanting like an underachiever.
We’ve seen Miami, a group constructed on veterans and transfers, rise to the highest of the ACC whereas Duke went manner below the radar many of the yr and North Carolina missed the match fully. And the Huge Ten nearly felt like a random outcomes generator at occasions with 9 groups ending inside two video games of one another within the standings behind Purdue, which ran off with the convention title.
— Dan Wolken
Ultimate USA TODAY Sports activities coaches ballot
Houston enters the NCAA Event with the No. 1 rating within the USA TODAY Sports activities coaches ballot, regardless of its loss within the American Athletic Convention championship recreation simply previous to the disclosing of the brackets on Sunday.
The Cougars, who have been taking part in with out main scorer Marcus Sasser within the loss to Memphis, retained 21 of 32 No. 1 votes to stave off second-ranked Alabama. The Crimson Tide acquired eight firsts after profitable the SEC title in spectacular trend on Sunday.
— Eddie Timanus
Alabama clear favourite in South Area
The South Area is loaded. It begins on the high with the general highest seed, but when Alabama is to make its first Ultimate 4 in program historical past, it should navigate a bracket crammed with a lot of completed applications, together with 4 applications with nationwide championship banners hanging of their house arenas.
Two of the three most up-to-date NCAA champs are right here, Baylor and Virginia. Arizona, a powerhouse of the ‘90’s, is again within the title hunt. Then there’s Maryland, which reduce down the nets early this century and is hoping to make noise as one of many Huge Ten’s quite a few representatives within the area.
— Eddie Timanus
Defending champion Kansas leads West Area
Excellent news for the Jayhawks – they wouldn’t must play Texas once more till the Ultimate 4. Even higher information – Kansas head coach Invoice Self is anticipated to rejoin the group. He was discharged Sunday from the hospital, the place he checked in final week with chest tightness and stability issues. In response to medical doctors, Self had two stents positioned with the intention to deal with blocked arteries in his coronary heart.
The No. 2 seed, UCLA, enters the match with damage points. If UCLA hadn’t misplaced defensive whiz Jaylen Clark to damage within the regular-season finale, there’s an excellent likelihood the Bruins would have had a No. 1 seed and a path to the Ultimate 4.
— Josh Peter
Purdue No. 1 in East, however many contenders loom
Purdue is seeking to advance to the Ultimate 4 for the primary time below coach Matt Painter and the primary time as a program since 1980. The Boilermakers are constructed round 7-foot-4 junior heart Zach Edey, the favourite for nationwide participant of the yr.
The East Area would not lack for star energy: Purdue is joined by No. 2 Marquette, No. 3 Kansas State and No. 4 Tennessee, adopted by No. 5 Duke and No. 6 Kentucky.
— Paul Myerberg
Texas A&M, Penn State have little time to bounce again
How are you going to not like a regional bracket that – if the seedings maintain kind – may have Texas assembly Texas A&M within the second spherical and wind its strategy to Houston, and Texas taking part in for a spot in a Ultimate 4 being held in Houston?
The most effective first-round matchup within the Midwest?
The Texas A&M-Penn State recreation pairs groups that had nice runs final weekend and have great guard play; however each performed Sunday and have to come back again and play Thursday. (It additionally matches the sartorial splendiferousness of Aggies coach Buzz Williams and his go well with vests in opposition to the quarter-zip-casual Micah Shrewsberry.)
— Steve Berkowitz