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March Madness 2013 TV Schedule: Viewer's Guide for Saturday's Action

SAN JOSE, CA - MARCH 21: Syracuse Orange assistant coach Gerry McNamara and Michael Carter-Williams #1 celebrate late in the game against the Montana Grizzlies during the second round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at HP Pavilion on March 21, 2013 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Mike ShiekmanFeatured ColumnistMarch 23, 2013

March Madness Saturday should entertain from start to finish, chock-full of juicy matchups for the college basketball purist or casual March Madness fan.

Two top seeds, Gonzaga and Louisville, look to avoid any missteps on their way to the second weekend.

Meanwhile Michigan State and Syracuse will both try to continue their dominance and prove that the tournament committee underseeded them. As of this moment, it sure looks like it.

The television slate for Saturday’s showdowns can be found below, as well as a few highlighted features from the third round action.

 

NCAA MEN'S TOURNAMENT THIRD ROUND

VCU vs. Michigan, CBS, 12:15 p.m. ET

Memphis vs. Michigan State, CBS, 2:45 p.m. ET

Colorado State vs. Louisville, CBS, 5:15 p.m. ET

Harvard vs. Arizona, TNT, 6:10 p.m. ET

Oregon vs. Saint Louis, TBS, 7:10 p.m. ET

Butler vs. Marquette, CBS, 7:45 p.m. ET 

Wichita State vs. Gonzaga, TNT, 8:40 p.m. ET

California vs. Syracuse, TBS, 9:40 p.m. ET

 

Sunday’s Third Round and Beyond

Mar. 24

Third Round

12:00

CBS

45

Mar. 24

Third Round

2:30

CBS

46

Mar. 24

Third Round

5:00

CBS

47

Mar. 24

Third Round

6:00

TNT

48

Mar. 24

Third Round

7:00

TBS

49

Mar. 24

Third Round

7:30

truTV

50

Mar. 24

Third Round

8:30

TNT

51

Mar. 24

Third Round

9:30

TBS

52

Mar. 28

Sweet 16

7:00

CBS

53

Mar. 28

Sweet 16

7:30

TBS

54

Mar. 28

Sweet 16

9:30

CBS

55

Mar. 28

Sweet 16

10:00

TBS

56

Mar. 29

Sweet 16

7:00

CBS

57

Mar. 29

Sweet 16

7:30

TBS

58

Mar. 29

Sweet 16

9:30

CBS

59

Mar. 29

Sweet 16

10:00

TBS

60

Mar. 30

Elite Eight

4:20

CBS

61

Mar. 30

Elite Eight

6:55

CBS

62

Mar. 31

Elite Eight

2:10

CBS

63

Mar. 31

Elite Eight

4:55

CBS

64

Apr. 6

Final Four

6:00

CBS

65

Apr. 6

Final Four

8:49

CBS

66

Apr. 8

2013 NCAA National Championship

9:23

CBS


 

 

Cinderella to Watch

Ole Miss Rebels

While all of the Cinderella hoopla has been tilting towards Harvard, the Marshall Henderson show could be headed to the second weekend. 

Henderson's Rebels took advantage of an awful shooting day from Wisconsin for a double-digit victory. Ole Miss poise and resilience from their SEC Tournament run was on full display, staying in the game despite Henderson's 1-for-11 first half and producing winning plays down the stretch.

Now a second-round date with Kansas State awaits, certainly a winnable game for the SEC squad. Its only a matter of time before Henderson gets hot in this tournament. 

 

Key Player

Allen Crabbe, Cal

There are more obvious names featured on Saturday, but Cal's star guard will be the catalyst in neutralizing Syracuse's zone. It seems Crabbe can continue to raise his NBA stock if the Bears can continue to advance, as ESPN’s Chad Ford explains,

Cal has four players who shoot over 31 percent, but only Crabbe has shot over 100 three-pointers on the year. He’ll need a fortunate three-point shooting day to get past the Orangemen.

 

Best Matchup

No. 5 VCU vs. No. 4 Michigan, CBS, 12:15 pm ET

Both teams in this matchup looked underseeded in their first round game, coasting to easy victories against their opponents.

The Wolverines looked like their top-five selves from February, hitting a barrage of three-pointers for a double-digit win over South Dakota State.

Meanwhile, VCU took control early with their “Havoc” defense and never looked back against Akron. With Rams forward Juvonte Reddick having his way inside and guard Troy Daniels raining threes, VCU doesn’t just look like a defensive juggernaut.

Viewers will have a better idea about this team when the clock strikes zero Saturday afternoon.

 

Make sure to check out NCAA.com's live stream of every tournament game, stay glued to the live tournament bracket for up-to-the-minute updates and print out a PDF bracket if you’re old school.

Make your picks for the 2013 NCAA tournament here with the Bracket Challenge Game.

 

Mike Shiekman is a Breaking News Writer for Bleacher Report. Follow his March Madness coverage on Twitter.

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