March Madness 2014 Schedule: Daily NCAA Tourney TV Listings and Live Stream Info

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March Madness 2014 Schedule: Daily NCAA Tourney TV Listings and Live Stream Info
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Selection Sunday has set the field for the 2014 NCAA tournament, and the majority of March Madness chaos occurs within the first four days once the round of 64 commences. With so much exciting college basketball to keep up with, it can be hard to figure out which games are worth watching and when to watch certain teams.

Between the constant CBS telecasts and a ton of live stream coverage, there are plenty of places to view the action. Given the general excitement that always accompanies this tournament, just about every game is worth watching for basketball enthusiasts—and even the countless others who fill out brackets.

Below is an overview of the TV listings for the Big Dance, along with live stream information and a brief look ahead at the top national championship contenders before the tourney gets underway.

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Live Stream Info

To have access to every game online, click here for NCAA.com's March Madness Live homepage. It provides the entire schedule for the 2014 NCAA tournament. Scroll down on the main page and click on "How to Watch." That leads to an easy three-step guide where users select their TV provider, sign in and are then able to access all the games.

 

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. 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 Station
National Championship Game 9 p.m. CBS

Source: ChristianToday.com

 

Top NCAA Title Contenders

Florida

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Three consecutive appearances in the Elite Eight have all resulted in losses, which has to have seniors Patric Young, Scottie Wilbekin, Will Yeguete and lead scorer Casey Prather fed up.

The Gators are bound to do at least one better than that this time around given their experience accumulated over the years and how they've fulfilled their potential to become the No. 1 team in the nation.

Kevin Brockway of the Gainesville Sun noted how precedent is in the Gators' favor to advance to the Final Four this time around:

A perfect 18-0 record in the Southeastern Conference was backed up when Florida topped Kentucky 61-60 in Sunday's thrilling SEC tournament final. Former Missouri star Kim English is impressed with how well-balanced the Gators have been:

There's no question Florida will have a bull's-eye on its back as the team to beat in the Big Dance, but that's something the Gators should welcome and embrace.

With how many individual options this bunch has on offense and how disciplined they play for two-time NCAA tournament-winning coach Billy Donovan, look for Florida to raise a third championship banner—or at least come closer than the all-too-familiar regional finals.

 

Arizona

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Losing in the Pac-12 tournament final to UCLA was not the way the Wildcats wanted to finish, but coach Sean Miller's squad should actually benefit from the setback in the end. At least that's the message Miller publicly communicated following the 75-71 defeat.

"We lost a game we could have won," said Miller, per the Associated Press (via ESPN.com). "Jordan Adams hit a great shot and I believe some of the things we learned in today's game will better serve us for the biggest prize, why we all do this, and that's to hopefully advance next week in the NCAA tournament."

Seth Davis of CBS Sports didn't doubt the team's status as a No. 1 seed:

The loss takes pressure off Arizona to an extent because maintaining a monster winning streak under the heightened intensity of March Madness would place even more of a burden on the region's top seed.

Uncharacteristic lapses on defense put the Wildcats down early against the Bruins, and 6'9" UCLA point guard Kyle Anderson was a huge match-up problem. Making just six of 16 free-throw attempts also didn't help their cause in what was only a four-point loss.

The first two games of the NCAA tourney will present great chances for Arizona's elite defense to get back on track against inferior competition. If this team shuts down opponents as has been the case all season and can execute offensively, there's no reason the Wildcats should miss the Final Four.

Wichita State

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After shocking the world a season ago by becoming national semifinalists, the Shockers have backed up that sensational run in a big way. All they've done is win—literally—for 34 straight games.

ESPN Stats & Info noted the historical significance of the squad's perfect season following a 14-point win over Indiana State in the Missouri Valley Conference title game:

Strength of schedule is a rubbing point for Wichita State and provides ammunition for its detractors, but standout sophomore Ron Baker dismisses those concerns:

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No matter who the opponents are, winning that many contests in a row is something that can't be discounted, snickered at or overlooked. Gregg Marshall has done a masterful job keeping his players focused, and it's resulted in an epic 2013-14 campaign to date.

Guard play is vital in the NCAA tournament, and the Shockers have one of the most underrated point guards in the country in Fred VanVleet. Not only is he a great three-point shooter, but the sophomore dishes out 5.3 assists per game to just 1.4 turnovers.

A collective effort to crash the boards has aided Wichita State's efforts in sporting an unblemished record. Dealing with heightened expectations this time around doesn't seem to be fazing the Shockers, and they should not be dismissed just because they hail from the MVC.

Doubting Wichita State proved foolish last season, and to discount the team again this year would be even more so based on its ability to back up last year's Cinderella story.

 

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