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NCAA Tournament Round 2: Saturday tip-off times released

Nick Schultz03/16/23
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The first round of the NCAA Tournament did not disappoint as brackets across the country were busted just hours in to the weekend. Now, the first round of tip-off times are set for the second round, the NCAA announced Thursday night.

The first big upset of the first round came when No. 4 seed Virginia fell to a No. 13 seed for the second time in three years. This time, it was Furman that knocked off the Cavaliers 68-67 to advance to the Round of 32, where the Paladins will take on San Diego State. The Aztecs played a close game with No. 12 seed Charleston, which was a popular upset pick, before pulling away to get the 63-57 win.

Then, for the third straight tournament, a No. 15 seed defeated a No. 2 seed. Princeton stunned Arizona 59-55 — and, in the process, light up social media with broken brackets — to set up a second-round matchup with Mizzou, which handled Utah State in the first round to advance to the weekend.

There was almost a third major upset as No. 16 seed Northern Kentucky kept close pace No. 1 seed Houston. But the Cougars, despite losing Marcus Sasser after he aggravated his groin injury, held on for the 63-52 victory to survive and advance. They’ll take on No. 9 seed Auburn after the Tigers fought off Iowa in opening round action on Thursday.

The rest of the first-round games will tip off Friday, and those times were assigned after the selection show on Sunday. Here are the TV assignments the first group of second-round games.

All times Eastern

NCAA Tournament Round 2 TV Assignments: South Region

No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 8 Maryland — March 18, 9:40 p.m., TBS

No. 5 San Diego State vs. No. 13 Furman — March 18, 12:10 p.m., CBS

No. 7 Missouri vs. No. 15 Princeton — March 18, 6:10 p.m., TNT

NCAA Tournament Round 2 TV Assignments: Midwest Region

No. 1 Houston vs. No. 9 Auburn — March 18, 7:10 p.m., TBS

No. 2 Texas vs. No. 10 Penn State — March 18, 7:45 p.m., CBS

NCAA Tournament Round 2 TV Assignments: West Region

No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 8 Arkansas — March 18, 5:15 p.m., CBS

No. 2 UCLA vs. No. 7 Northwestern — March 18, 8:40 p.m., TNT

NCAA Tournament Round 2 TV Assignments: East Region

No. 4 Tennessee vs. No. 5 Duke — March 18, 2:40 p.m., CBS