NCAA Tournament Schedule 2014: When, Where to Watch 1st and 2nd-Round Games

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIMarch 18, 2014

North Carolina's James Michael McAdoo (43) walks downcourt during the second half of a quarterfinal NCAA college basketball game against Pittsburgh at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Friday, March 14, 2014. Pittsburgh won 80-75. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
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With the NCAA tournament bracket officially set, the next week is about to feature a ton of basketball games, as the first- and second-round matchups will be starting up.

The Big Dance will officially get started on Tuesday with the first-round play-in games. After that, there will be 32 games in the second round and plenty of basketball to stay focused on, as there are bound to be a number of exciting finishes and surprising upsets.

Below is a look at the schedule for the first and second rounds, followed by a preview of a couple of the big games to watch for.

 

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You can view the official NCAA bracket here

 

Schedule

Schedule for First and Second Rounds
Date1st RoundTime (ET)TVLive Stream
Tue, March 18(16) Albany vs. (16) Mt. St. Mary's6:40 p.m.truTVMarch Madness Live
Tue, March 18(12) NC State vs. (12) Xavier9:10 p.m.truTVMarch Madness Live
Wed, March 19(16) Cal Poly vs. (16) Texas Southern6:40 p.m.truTVMarch Madness Live
Wed, March 19(11) Iowa vs. (11) Tennessee9:10 p.m.truTVMarch Madness Live
Date2nd RoundTime (ET)TVLive Stream
Thu, March 20(11) Dayton vs. (6) Ohio State12:15 p.m.CBSMarch Madness Live
Thu, March 20(15) American vs. (2) Wisconsin12:40 p.m.truTVMarch Madness Live
Thu, March 20(9) Pittsburgh vs. (8) Colorado1:40 p.m.TBSMarch Madness Live
Thu, March 20(12) Harvard vs. (5) Cincinnati2:10 p.m.TNTMarch Madness Live
Thu, March 20(14) Western Michigan vs. (3) Syracuse2:45 p.m.CBSMarch Madness Live
Thu, March 20(10) BYU vs. (7) Oregon3:10 p.m.truTVMarch Madness Live
Thu, March 20(16) Albany/Mt. St. Mary's vs. (1) Florida4:10 p.m.TBSMarch Madness Live
Thu, March 20(13) Delaware vs. (4) Michigan State4:40 p.m.TNTMarch Madness Live
Thu, March 20(10) Saint Joseph's vs. (7) Connecticut6:55 p.m.TBSMarch Madness Live
Thu, March 20(15) Wofford vs. (2) Michigan7:10 p.m.CBSMarch Madness Live
Thu, March 20(12) NC State/Xavier vs. (5) Saint Louis7:20 p.m.TNTMarch Madness Live
Thu, March 20(12) North Dakota St. vs. (5) Oklahoma7:27 p.m.truTVMarch Madness Live
Thu, March 20(15) Milwaukee vs. (2) Villanova9:25 p.m.TBSMarch Madness Live
Thu, March 20(10) Arizona State vs. (7) Texas9:40 p.m.CBSMarch Madness Live
Thu, March 20(13) Manhattan vs. (4) Louisville9:50 p.m.TNTMarch Madness Live
Thu, March 20(13) New Mexico St. vs. (4) San Diego State9:57 p.m.truTVMarch Madness Live
Fri, March 21(14) Mercer vs. (3) Duke12:15 p.m.CBSMarch Madness Live
Fri, March 21(11) Nebraska vs. (6) Baylor12:40 p.m.truTVMarch Madness Live
Fri, March 21(10) Stanford vs. (7) New Mexico1:40 p.m.TBSMarch Madness Live
Fri, March 21(16) Weber State vs. (1) Arizona2:10 p.m.TNTMarch Madness Live
Fri, March 21(11) Iowa/Tennessee vs. (6) Massachusetts2:45 p.m.CBSMarch Madness Live
Fri, March 21(14) LA-Lafayette vs. (3) Creighton3:10 p.m.truTVMarch Madness Live
Fri, March 21(15) Eastern Kentucky vs. (2) Kansas4:10 p.m.TBSMarch Madness Live
Fri, March 21(9) Oklahoma State vs. (8) Gonzaga4:40 p.m.TNTMarch Madness Live
Fri, March 21(9) George Washington vs. (8) Memphis6:55 p.m.TBSMarch Madness Live
Fri, March 21(16) Cal Poly/Texas Southern vs. (1) Wichita State7:10 p.m.CBSMarch Madness Live
Fri, March 21(11) Providence vs. (6) North Carolina7:20 p.m.TNTMarch Madness Live
Fri, March 21(12) Stephen F. Austin vs. (5) VCU7:27 p.m.truTVMarch Madness Live
Fri, March 21(16) Coastal Carolina vs. (1) Virginia9:25 p.m.TBSMarch Madness Live
Fri, March 21(9) Kansas State vs. (8) Kentucky9:40 p.m.CBSMarch Madness Live
Fri, March 21(14) North Carolina Central vs. (3) Iowa State9:50 p.m.TNTMarch Madness Live
Fri, March 21(13) Tulsa vs. (4) UCLA9:57 p.m.truTVMarch Madness Live

 

No. 6 North Carolina Tar Heels vs. No. 11 Providence Friars

Date: Friday, March 21

Time: 7:20 p.m. ET

TV: TNT

Anything can happen in the NCAA tournament, which is why the North Carolina Tar Heels need to be careful in their matchup against the Providence Friars.

The Tar Heels have been the definition of an inconsistent team this season, taking down teams like Duke, Louisville and Michigan State while losing to UAB, Wake Forest and Miami. But things have started to get a little better lately, as they've gone 12-2 in their last 14 games. 

Thanks to a strong finish in the Big East, the Friars were able to punch a ticket, winning six of their last seven games, including the Big East championship. They don't do a ton well but they do a great job of getting to the line and shooting 78.1 percent from the free-throw line, the second-best mark in the NCAA.

This game will depend on which Tar Heels team we see, but if they can continue to play well down low and avoid getting into foul trouble, they should be in good shape.

 

No. 7 Texas Longhorns vs. No. 10 Arizona State Sun Devils

Date: Thursday, March 20

Time: 9:40 p.m. ET

TV: CBS

While a No. 7 vs. No. 10 matchup doesn't sound like the most exciting game in the world, this game intrigues me, as we have two very different teams going against each other.

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 13:  Jahii Carson #1 of the Arizona State Sun Devils brings the ball up the court against the Stanford Cardinal during a quarterfinal game of the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 13, 2014 in Las Veg
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The Texas Longhorns have some solid wins this year over teams like Iowa State, Kansas and Baylor, but they've struggled lately, going 3-5 in their last eight games.

While they aren't the most efficient team offensively, they thrive down low with a big frontcourt. They average 41.8 rebounds per game, ranking fourth in the nation.

Since taking down the Arizona Wildcats, the Arizona State Sun Devils have been limping into the Big Dance, going 2-5, including a loss in overtime to Stanford and another loss to Utah. While Texas has the strong frontcourt, the Sun Devils have two great guards in their backcourt in Jahii Carson and Jermaine Marshall, who average a combined 33.6 points per game.

At the same time, the Sun Devils also have a big man of their own in Jordan Bachynski, who averages 11.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 4.1 blocks per game, while shooting 54.3 percent from the floor. 

While Texas has the higher seeding, the Sun Devils might just be the better team, so the Longhorns could be on upset alert in the second round.