March Madness 2014: Bracket, Odds, TV Channel Listings and Underrated Teams

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March Madness 2014: Bracket, Odds, TV Channel Listings and Underrated Teams
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The regular season is over. The conference tournaments have crowned their winners. The bracket has been set. The arguments over matchups and snubs and seedings have just gotten started. 

Let the games begin!

Below, you'll find out all the information you'll need to completely immerse yourself and to ensure you don't miss a single game once the NCAA tournament gets underway. There isn't anything better than March Madness.

 

Bleacher Report

 

Odds

VegasInsider.com provides the betting odds for every team to win the National Championship.

 

Watch

All games will be shown on CBS, TNT, TBS or TruTV. The tournament can also be streamed on computers or phones with March Madness Live or the March Madness Live app.

You can find the full television listings below:

2014 NCAA Tournament TV Listings
Tuesday, March 18 (Dayton) Time (ET) Station
First Four (Game 1) 6:30 p.m. TruTV
First Four (Game 2) 9 p.m. TruTV
Wednesday, March 19 (Dayton) Time (ET) Station
First Four (Game 3) 6:30 p.m. TruTV
First Four (Game 4) 9 p.m. TruTV
Thursday, March 20 (Buffalo, Milwaukee, Orlando, Spokane) Time (ET) Station
Second Round 12 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m. CBS
Second Round 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 9:55 p.m. TruTV
Second Round 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 9:15 p.m. TBS
Second Round 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 9:45 p.m. TNT
Friday, March 21 (Raleigh, San Antonio, San Diego, St. Louis) Time (ET) Station
Second Round 12 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m. CBS
Second Round 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 9:55 p.m. TruTV
Second Round 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 9:15 p.m. TBS
Second Round 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 9:45 p.m. TNT
Saturday, March 22 (Buffalo, Milwaukee, Orlando, Spokane) Time (ET) Station
Third Round 12 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m. CBS
Third Round 6 p.m., 8:30 p.m. TNT
Third Round 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m. TBS
Sunday, March 23 (Raleigh, San Antonio, San Diego, St. Louis) Time (ET) Station
Third Round 12 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. CBS
Third Round 6 p.m., 8:30 p.m. TNT
Third Round 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m. TBS
Third Round 7:30 p.m. TruTV
Thursday, March 27 (Memphis, Anaheim) Time (ET) Station
Sweet Sixteen 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m. CBS
Sweet Sixteen 7:15 p.m., 9:55 p.m. TBS
Friday, March 28 (New York, Indianapolis) Time (ET) Station
Sweet Sixteen 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m. CBS
Sweet Sixteen 7:15 p.m., 9:55 p.m. TBS
Saturday, March 29 (Memphis, Anaheim) Time (ET) Station
Elite Eight 6 p.m., 8:30 p.m. TBS
Sunday, March 30 (New York, Indianapolis) Time (ET) Station
Elite Eight 6 p.m., 8:30 p.m. TBS
Saturday, April 5 (Arlington) Times (ET) Stations
Final Four (Game 1), Final Four Game 2 6 p.m., 8:30 p.m. TBS, TNT, TruTV
Monday, April 7 (Arlington) Time (ET) Station
National Championship Game 9 p.m. CBS

Source: ChristianToday.com

 

Sleepers to Watch

North Carolina

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There are two different types of sleepers in March—the sleepers that pull off upsets you never saw coming, and the sleepers that are national-championship contenders and surprise folks by making a run into the Final Four.   

The Tar Heels are the latter. 

This is a team that finished the regular season strong, winning 13-of-15 and seemingly putting things together after a slow start. They Tar Heels play excellent defense, have experienced players in Marcus Paige and James Michael McAdoo leading the way and have one of the best coaches in the business in Roy Williams.

Yes, losing to Duke on the final day of the regular season may have shaken their confidence a bit. But don't sleep on North Carolina when filling out your bracket, this is a team that has put it together down the stretch.

 

Oregon

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Like North Carolina, Oregon is a team that finished the regular season strong. The Ducks closed things out by winning seven straight, including victories over UCLA and Arizona before hitting the conference tournament.

Yet it's hard to overlook the 82-63 shellacking UCLA put on them in the Pac-12 tournament. The Ducks are a team that will be incredibly difficult to predict, but if the offense is clicking...look out.

 

Harvard

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Harvard isn't going to win a national championship. It isn't going to sniff the Final Four. But if you are looking for a team capable of pulling off a few upsets, look no further.

The Crimson won't get much respect heading into the tournament, however. Eamonn Brennan of ESPN explains why while running down the team's regular-season resume:

The Crimson went 13-1 in Ivy League play, with a loss coming to Yale and couple of overtime games (the second, against Brown, came Saturday after the league title was already sewn up) providing sporadic tests. But by and large, Harvard dominated the Ivy, finishing first in points per trip (1.14) and points allowed (.896).

Statistically, the defense stacks up nationally, too: Harvard finished the season ranked 30th in adjusted defensive efficiency and 34th overall in the KenPom ratings—one spot ahead of Saint Louis, four spots behind UConn. Statistically, this Amaker's best team—deeper and more balanced than any he has had. 

So why has no one noticed? For the same reasons Harvard had to win the Ivy League to get a tournament bid: When the Crimson played good teams this season, they lost. They lost at Colorado on Nov. 24. They lost at aforementioned UConn.

They beat Green Bay and Vermont—two of the better mid-majors in the country—but in their two big showcase chances, they simply didn't get it done. 

Harvard is another team that put things together down the stretch, so as upset specials go, it isn't hard to see them disappointing quite a few teams in the dance. Don't sleep on the Crimson.

 

Kentucky

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Like North Carolina, Kentucky is a sleeper because they have the potential to win a national championship. If only they could play up to their immense talent. They were humbled by Florida in their final game of the regular season, but there is so much young talent for the Wildcats, it isn't crazy to see them stringing together six straight wins and winning another title.

Reaching the SEC tournament title game is a confidence booster, and the narrow defeat to the Gators (the No. 1 overall team) should toughen up this young group. 

 

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