March Madness 2013 Schedule: When and Where to Watch 1st-Round Games

Mike Moraitis@@michaelmoraitisAnalyst IMarch 17, 2013

COLUMBUS, OH - MARCH 16:  Jamar Wilson #31 of the Albany Great Danes goes in for a layup agains the Virginia Cavaliers during the first round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Nationwide Arena on March 16, 2007 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Travis Lindquist/Getty Images)
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The first round of the NCAA Tournament will give eight teams an opportunity to fight their way into the bracket.

These eight teams are made up of the four lowest-seeded automatic qualifiers and the four lowest-seeded at-large teams. The winners of the four play-in games will earn the right to make it to the main draw of the NCAA Tournament.

Once they have won their respective first-round matchups, each of these teams will get a crack at the No. 1 seeds of the tourney in the hopes of making history as the first No. 16 seed to defeat a No. 1 seed.

Let's take a look at the television schedule for the first round of the NCAA tourney and which teams have a shot to make it to these play-in games.


All first-round games will be broadcast on TruTV (Check local listings)

TruTV schedule can be found on

For the full NCAA Tournament schedule go to

Full NCAA Tournament bracket can be found at

First-Round Television Schedule

Tuesday, March 19

Game 1: 6:30 p.m. ET

Game 2: 9 p.m. ET


Wednesday, March 20

Game 1: 6:30 p.m. ET

Game 2: 9 p.m. ET


Some First Four in Candidates

Albany Great Danes (24-10)

The Great Danes earned their automatic bid by defeating Vermont in the America East Conference championship game, 53-49.

Albany's win was improbable considering Vermont had beaten it twice during the regular season, and one of those losses was Abany's worst defeat of the season. The Great Danes beat the two top-seeded squads in the tourney en route to the title.

For Albany, this trip to the NCAA Tournament is the first since 2007, and it will likely have to earn its way to the main draw by winning a play-in game first.


Liberty Flames (15-20)

Yes, you saw that record right. The Flames will be going to the NCAA Tournament after defeating the Charleston Southern Buccaneers in the Big South Championship, 87-76.

The game was very close in the first half, as Liberty took a slim one-point lead going into the second half against Charleston Southern. In the second frame, Liberty built itself a seven-point lead with about 12 minutes left to play, and it would never relinquish that lead.

Since the field of the tourney expanded to 68, the Flames are just the second team to advance with 20 losses, and their .429 winning percentage is the lowest of any tourney team since 2005, according to the Associated Press, per the New York Daily News.


Southern University Jaguars (23-9)

The Jaguars earned their right for a shot at the NCAA Tournament after beating the Prairie View A&M Panthers in the SWAC Tournament championship game, 45-44.

Southern University had a three-point lead going into halftime, and the game remained a back-and-forth contest the rest of the way. Some late turnovers gave the Panthers a shot to steal the game, but the Jaguars were able to hold them off.

Just two years ago, the Jags were a last-place squad in the SWAC conference, but now they are enjoying their first NCAA bid since 2006.


Download your printable NCAA Tournament bracket here.

Don't forget to check out the Selection Show at 6 p.m. ET on Sunday.