Tuesday marks the first round of NCAA tournament action, as teams will look to advance to the field of 64 and take part in Round 2 action. Upon the conclusion of Selection Sunday, the final bracket was released, and many intriguing matchups are present in the tournament's early rounds.
March Madness continues to be one of the most highly anticipated sporting events each year, and none of the action should be missed.
Let's take a look at the full tournament schedule and viewing information, and highlight some must-see games that will take place in Round 2 of the 2014 NCAA tournament.
|Round||Date||Time (ET)||TV Info|
|First Four||Tues., March 18||6:30 p.m.||TruTV|
|First Four||Tues., March 18||9 p.m.||TruTV|
|First Four||Wed., March 19||6:30 p.m.||TruTV|
|First Four||Wed., March 19||9 p.m.||TruTV|
|2||Thurs., March 20||12 p.m.||CBS|
|2||Thurs., March 20||12:30 p.m.||TruTV|
|2||Thurs., March 20||1:30 p.m.||TBS|
|2||Thurs., March 20||2 p.m.||TNT|
|2||Thurs., March 20||2:30 p.m.||CBS|
|2||Thurs., March 20||3 p.m.||TruTV|
|2||Thurs., March 20||4 p.m.||TBS|
|2||Thurs., March 20||4:30 p.m.||TNT|
|2||Thurs., March 20||6:45 p.m.||TBS|
|2||Thurs., March 20||7 p.m.||CBS|
|2||Thurs., March 20||7:14 p.m.||TruTV|
|2||Thurs., March 20||7:15 p.m.||TNT|
|2||Thurs., March 20||9:15 p.m.||TBS|
|2||Thurs., March 20||9:30 p.m.||CBS|
|2||Thurs., March 20||9:45 p.m.||TNT|
|2||Thurs., March 20||9:55 p.m.||TruTV|
|2||Wed., March 21||12 p.m.||CBS|
|2||Wed., March 21||12:30 p.m.||TruTV|
|2||Wed., March 21||1:30 p.m.||TBS|
|2||Wed., March 21||2 p.m.||TNT|
|2||Wed., March 21||2:30 p.m.||CBS|
|2||Wed., March 21||3 p.m.||TruTV|
|2||Wed., March 21||4 p.m.||TBS|
|2||Wed., March 21||4:30 p.m.||TNT|
|2||Wed., March 21||6:45 p.m.||TBS|
|2||Wed., March 21||7 p.m.||CBS|
|2||Wed., March 21||7:15 p.m.||TruTV|
|2||Wed., March 21||7:15 p.m.||TNT|
|2||Wed., March 21||9:15 p.m.||TBS|
|2||Wed., March 21||9:30 p.m.||CBS|
|2||Wed., March 21||9:45 p.m.||TNT|
|2||Wed., March 21||9:55 p.m.||TruTV|
|3||Thurs., March 22||12 p.m.||CBS|
|3||Thurs., March 22||2:30 p.m.||CBS|
|3||Thurs., March 22||5 p.m.||CBS|
|3||Thurs., March 22||6 p.m.||TNT|
|3||Thurs., March 22||7 p.m.||TBS|
|3||Thurs., March 22||7:30 p.m.||CBS|
|3||Thurs., March 22||8:30 p.m.||TNT|
|3||Thurs., March 22||9:30 p.m.||TBS|
|3||Fri., March 23||12 p.m.||CBS|
|3||Fri., March 23||2:30 p.m.||CBS|
|3||Fri., March 23||5:30 p.m.||CBS|
|3||Fri., March 23||6 p.m.||TNT|
|3||Fri., March 23||7 p.m.||TBS|
|3||Fri., March 23||7:30 p.m.||TruTV|
|3||Fri., March 23||8:30 p.m.||TNT|
|3||Fri., March 23||9:30 p.m.||TBS|
|Sweet 16||Thurs., March 27||7 p.m.||CBS|
|Sweet 16||Thurs., March 27||7:15 p.m.||TBS|
|Sweet 16||Thurs., March 27||9:30 p.m.||CBS|
|Sweet 16||Thurs., March 27||9:55 p.m.||TBS|
|Sweet 16||Fri., March 28||7 p.m.||CBS|
|Sweet 16||Fri., March 28||7:15 p.m.||TBS|
|Sweet 16||Fri., March 28||9:30 p.m.||CBS|
|Sweet 16||Fri., March 28||9:55 p.m.||TBS|
|Elite Eight||Sat., March 29||6 p.m.||TBS|
|Elite Eight||Sat., March 29||8:30 p.m.||TBS|
|Elite Eight||Sun., March 30||2:10 p.m.||CBS|
|Elite Eight||Sun., March 30||4:55 p.m.||CBS|
|Final Four||Sat., April 5||6 p.m.||TBS, TNT, TruTV|
|Final Four||Sat., April 5||8:30 p.m.||TBS, TNT, TruTV|
|Championship||Mon., April 7||9 p.m.||CBS|
The 2014 NCAA tournament can be live streamed on NCAA.com.
Must-See Round 2 Games
Midwest Region: No. 7 Texas vs. No. 10 Arizona State
Date: Thursday, March 20
Time: 9:40 p.m. EDT
This matchup features two strong teams that have been faltering of late. A win here would provide some much-needed confidence for both teams going forward.
Texas is coming off of a bad 86-69 loss to Baylor in the Big 12 tournament. The team has been struggling recently, dropping five of its last eight games.
The Longhorns showed that they can compete with the nation's better teams earlier in the year though. They took down No. 14 UNC, No. 8 Iowa State, No. 22 Kansas State and No. 24 Baylor over the course of the regular season.
X-Factor in Texas/Arizona State may be Longhorns' PF Jonathan Holmes. Sun Devils have struggled with athletic front lines in recent years.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) March 17, 2014
Arizona State is in the same boat. The team has lost its last three games and five of its last seven. Stanford blew away the Sun Devils in the Pac-12 tournament by a score of 79-58.
Like Texas, Arizona State also has quality wins under its belt. The team defeated No. 25 Marquette and No. 2 Arizona during the regular season. The Sun Devils also split their matchups with the high-octane Oregon Ducks.
These teams match up very well together and should provide a thrilling game.
West Region: No. 7 Oregon vs. No. 10 BYU
Date: Thursday, March 20
Time: 3:10 p.m. EDT
If you like offense, this is the game for you. Oregon's 11th-ranked scoring offense takes on BYU's third-ranked unit in this adrenaline-filled matchup. Neither team has much of a defense to speak of, so this should be one of the second round's highest-scoring games.
BYU outshot Oregon from the field and arc, outrebounded Oregon by 11 in the Ducks' 100-96 OT win in Dec. BYU's 14 missed FTs, 18 TOs key.— Greg Wrubell (@gregwrubell) March 16, 2014
Oregon was riding an eight-game winning streak—scoring at least 78 points in all but two of those contests—before the team was derailed by UCLA in the Pac-12 tournament.
BYU had a nice run of its own, with a six-game winning streak in which the team scored at least 73 points in five of those contests. The Cougars were defeated by Gonzaga in the WCC tournament.
Both of these teams are looking to regain momentum in the NCAA tournament, and the stage is set for a big-time shootout.
West Region: No. 8 Gonzaga vs. No. 9 Oklahoma State
Date: Friday, March 21
Time: 4:40 p.m. EDT
This is a very enticing matchup, as the well-rounded Gonzaga Bulldogs take on the powerful Oklahoma State Cowboys.
Gonzaga #8 - to play OK State #9 - that's a game to watch— Eric Pincus (@EricPincus) March 16, 2014
Gonzaga has been on a tear of late. They are currently riding a five-game winning streak that culminated with a 75-64 victory over BYU in the WCC championship game. The Bulldogs offense flourished and managed to score at least 70 points in each of those contests.
After defeating BYU, head coach Mark Few praised his team's accomplishments during a press conference with the Associated Press, via ESPN.com:
It never gets old. Never gets old. It's obviously something we start talking about it and prepare for way back in the summer. For these guys to step up and make it happen, not only in the regular season but to win here and not share, is just an awesome, awesome accomplishment.
Oklahoma State has a high-powered offense of its own, ranking 16th in the nation. Since the return of Marcus Smart from his three-game suspension, the Cowboys have been a fun team to watch.
The Cowboys have won five of their last seven games and scored at least 70 points in each of those contests. In early March, Oklahoma State got a huge win against No. 5 Kansas, but the team faltered in the Big 12 tournament, as they were bounced by that same Jayhawks team.
Gonzaga will look to keep up its winning trend while Smart and the Cowboys will attempt to light up the scoreboard and get back to their winning ways.