NCAA Tournament Schedule 2013: Dates and Times for Every Round

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIMarch 18, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 16:  Louisville Cardinals players celebrate on the bench against the Syracuse Orange during the final of the Big East Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 16, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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For those of you who are planning on watching the NCAA tournament, dates and times of all of the rounds would be pretty important to know.

Luckily for you, we have prepared a list of all of the dates and times for each round, along with some potential games to watch out for.


First Round: March 19-20 6:40-9:10 ET

The first round of the tournament will feature all of the play-in games.  While none of these teams will make it out of the second round, they will all be fighting to stay in the Big Dance for at least a little bit longer.

The game to watch will be N.C. A&T vs. Liberty, which will tip-off on Tuesday at 6:40 ET on truTV.  The winner will go on to play Louisville, the No. 1 overall seed.  Even if they won't win another game, it will be fun to see two smaller programs fight it out.


Second Round: March 21-22 12:00-10:00 ET

The tournament really kicks off on Thursday, where teams will be upset while others move on.  With 32 games in two days, people will be calling in sick for two days to sit in front of their TVs.

If you're looking for a good game with a potential upset, the Oregon vs. Oklahoma State game has a shot at being one of those matchups.  The game will take place on Thursday at 4:40 ET on TNT. 

Oregon has been a solid team all year, with big wins against Arizona and UCLA twice.  They are accustomed to being underdogs and could give Oklahoma State a run for their money.


Third Round: March 23-24

After the third round is over, the Cinderella stories start gaining some momentum, while powerhouses begin to state their cases as NCAA champions.

A very interesting matchup could be Virginia Commonwealth vs. Michigan.  VCU is known around the country as a team that makes deep tournament runs.  In 2011, they made a Final Four appearance as an 11th seed.  Their stingy defense could give guys like Trey Burke some trouble, and it has the potential to be the best matchup of not only the third round but the whole tournament.


Sweet 16: March 28-29

With two wins away from going to Atlanta, the games will feature the best of the best in college basketball.  The games will be close, and the winners will be a game away from the Final Four.

The Sweet 16 could pose a real threat to Gonzaga.  As a No. 1 seed, they will likely play either Wisconsin or Kansas State.  Both teams would be tough for Gonzaga to play against, but Wisconsin in particular could end their season.

The Badgers feature some tough defense, allowing only 55.9 points per game.  They have shown they can play with the big boys, beating Indiana twice this season. It would be a tough game for Gonzaga, and they would have to prove that they earned a No. 1 seed for a reason.


Elite Eight: March 30-31

The regional finals will determine who goes to Atlanta out of the South, Midwest, West and East.  The teams just need to win in this round and then they're in the Final Four.

It's harder to predict who will make it this far, but there are still some potential games that would excite any basketball fan. 

If things go a certain way in the East region, head coach Tom Crean could be bringing his Hoosiers into a game against Marquette, his old school.  Louisville could be going into a rematch against Duke, trying to get revenge after losing to the Blue Devils earlier in the year.


Final Four: April 6

With four teams remaining, they will have a week of rest to prepare for the biggest stage in college basketball.  The Final Four is just as exciting as the National Championship, with teams just a game away from playing for the title.

Strangely enough, there is actually a chance that the Final Four consists of four teams from the Big Ten conference. 

In the Midwest, Michigan State has some really good shooters in Keith Appling and Gary Harris, who could lead the Spartans to wins over teams like Duke and Louisville.  They have a great starting five and some solid players off of the bench.

In the South, Michigan has the fourth seed, and they have a good shot at a trip to Atlanta.  With Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr., the star power on this team is impressive.

The West features Wisconsin and Ohio State, two teams that battled before in the Big Ten Championship.  Both teams are good enough to win in this easier region and could very well be making a push at the National Championship.

The Hoosiers have the top seed in the East.  It's a tough road, but they were the No. 1 ranked team in the country multiple times this year and have guys like Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo who can step up.

There's no way to guarantee who will be in the Final Four, but all B1G teams in Atlanta is a possibility.


National Championship: April 8

It's the game that every team wants to be in.  Teams that win the National Championship return to their campuses as heroes, honored forever in their stadiums with trophies and banners.  On April 8, we will finally know who the best team in the country is this year.

With so much parity in college basketball this season, there are dozens of teams that have a shot at the title.  Whoever plays, it will certainly be a great game.

Enjoy watching nonstop basketball for the next couple of weeks.  Just remember to go outside from time to time.


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