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Fear the Sword's NCAA Tournament Open Thread

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The NCAA Tournament started on Thursday, March 17. Here's a place to discuss the games and root for Syracuse. Or whatever other (and obviously worse) team you support.

Kansas is the top overall seed this year, with Virginia, Michigan State and North Carolina as the other favorites to take the crown.

There have been a few big upsets already: 12-seed Yale winning it's first tournament game ever over 5-seed Baylor, 12-seed Arkansas Little-Rock shocking 5-seed Purdue in double overtime, and the under-seeded Wichita State Shockers dismantling 6-seed Arizona.

Schedule for Friday, March 18 -

St. Louis

(7) Dayton vs (10) Syracuse at 12:15 PM [CBS]

(2) Michigan St. vs (15) Middle Tennessee St. after conclusion of game one [CBS]

(7) Wisconsin vs (10) Pittsburgh at 6:50 PM [TNT]

(2) Xavier vs (15) Weber St. after conclusion of game three [TNT]


(2) Villanova vs (15) UNC-Ashville at 12:40 PM [truTV]

(7) Iowa vs (10) Temple after conclusion of game one [truTV]

(3) West Virginia vs (14) Stephen F. Austin at 7:10 PM [CBS]

(6) Notre Dame vs (11) Michigan after conclusion of game three [CBS]

Oklahoma City

(7) Oregon St. vs (10) VCU at 1:30 PM [TNT]

(2) Oklahoma vs (15) CSU Bakersfield after conclusion of game one [TNT]

(3) Texas A&M vs (14) UW-Green Bay at 7:20 PM [TBS]

(6) Texas vs (11) Northern Iowa after conclusion of game three [TBS]


(4) California vs (13) Hawaii at 2:00 PM [TBS]

(5) Maryland vs (12) South Dakota St. after conclusion of game one [TBS]

(1) Oregon vs (16) Holy Cross at 7:27 PM [truTV]

(8) St. Joseph's vs (9) Cincinnati after conclusion of game three [truTV]

All games are being broadcast live online at