NCAA Tournament 2016: Thursday Schedule, Game Times & TV Info

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Georges Niang and Iowa State take on Iona in what could be the most entertaining matchup on Thursday. (Getty)

The brackets are filled, the predictions have been made and the office pools are all ready for the person with the least basketball knowledge to win it all. Now, all that’s left is for the games to be played.

The first two days of the NCAA tournament, which feature 32 win-or-go-home games in a span of about 36 hours, need no introduction. But this year, after a season that had more Top-10 upsets and more scoring than ever before, could potentially provide even more drama and even more excitement than years previous. If that’s possible.

Thursday’s 16-game slate should provide a fantastic start. Three games opened with a spread of just one point. An array of teams will be on upset watch. Iona vs. Iowa State and Providence vs. USC should both be high-octane, first-one-to-80-wins kind of games.

Buckle up to your couch. It’s going to be good.

Here’s everything you need to know to watch:

2016 NCAA Tournament Round 1 Schedule

Note: All times ET

Thursday, March 17

West: No. 13 UNC Wilmington vs. No. 4 Duke, 12:15 p.m., CBS

Midwest: No. 9 Butler vs. No. 8 Texas Tech, 12:40 p.m., TruTV

South: No. 9 UConn vs. No. 8 Colorado, 1:30 p.m., TNT

Midwest: No. 13 Iona vs. No. 4 Iowa St., 2 p.m., TBS

West: No. 12 Yale vs. No. 5 Baylor, 2:45 p.m., CBS (30 minutes after UNC Wilmington vs. Duke)

Midwest: No. 16 Hampton vs. No. 1 Virginia, 3:10 p.m., TruTV (30 minutes after Butler vs. Texas)

South: No. 16 Austin Peay vs. No. 1 Kansas, 4 p.m., TNT (30 minutes after UConn vs. Colorado)

Midwest: No. 12 Arkansas Little-Rock vs. No. 5 Purdue, 4:30 p.m., TBS (30 minutes after Iona vs. Iowa St.)

South: No. 14 Buffalo vs. No. 3 Miami, 6:50 p.m., TNT

East: No. 12 Chattanooga vs. No. 5 Indiana, 7:10 p.m., CBS

East: No. 16 Florida Gulf Coast vs. No. 1 North Carolina, 7:20 p.m., TBS

Midwest: No. 14 Fresno St. vs. No. 3 Utah, 7:27 p.m., TruTV

South: No. 11 Wichita St. vs. No. 6 Arizona, 8:20 p.m., TNT (30 minutes after Buffalo vs. Miami)

East: No. 13 Stony Brook vs. No. 4 Kentucky, 8:40 p.m., CBS (30 minutes after Chattanooga vs. Indiana)

East: No. 9 Providence vs. No. 8 USC, 9:50 p.m., TBS (30 minutes after FGCU vs. UNC)

Midwest: No. 11 Gonzaga vs. No. 6 Seton Hall, 9:57 p.m., TruTV (30 minutes after Fresno St. vs. Utah)

Friday, March 18

Midwest: No. 10 Syracuse vs. No. 7 Dayton, 12:15 p.m., CBS

South: No. 15 UNC Asheville vs. No. 2 Villanova, 12:40 p.m., TruTV

West: No. 10 VCU vs. No. 7 Oregon State, 1:30 p.m., TNT

South: No. 13 Hawaii vs. No. 4 California, 2 p.m., TBS

Midwest: No. 15 Middle Tennessee vs. No. 2 Michigan State, 2:45 p.m., CBS (30 minutes after Syracuse vs. Dayton)

South: No. 10 Temple vs. No. 7 Iowa, 3:10 p.m., TruTV (30 minutes after UNC Asheville vs. Villanova)

West: No. 15 CSU Bakersfield vs. No. 2 Oklahoma, 4 p.m., TNT (30 minutes after VCU vs. Oregon State)

South: No. 12 South Dakota State vs. No. 5 Maryland, 4:30 p.m., TBS (30 minutes after Hawaii vs. California)

East: No. 10 Pittsburgh vs. No. 7 Wisconsin, 6:50 p.m., TNT

East: No. 14 Stephen F. Austin vs. No. 3 West Virginia, 7:10 p.m., CBS

West: No. 14 Green Bay vs. No. 3 Texas A&M, 7:20 p.m., TBS

West: No. 16 Holy Cross/Southern Winner vs. No. 1 Oregon, 7:27 p.m., TruTV

East: No. 15 Weber State vs. No. 2 Xavier, 9:20 p.m., TNT (30 minutes after Pittsburgh vs. Wisconsin)

East: No. 11 Michigan/Tulsa Winner vs. No. 6 Notre Dame, 9:40 p.m., CBS (30 minutes after Stephen F. Austin vs. West Virginia)

West: No. 11 Nothern Iowa vs. No. 6 Texas, 9:50 p.m., TBS (30 minutes after Green Bay vs. Texas A&M)

Wes: No. 9 Cincinnati vs. No. 8 Saint Joseph’s, 9:57 p.m., TruTV (30 minutes after Holy Cross/Southern vs. Oregon)