NCAA Tournament 2014: Real-Time Bracket Updates and First Four Scores Tracker

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NCAA Tournament 2014: Real-Time Bracket Updates and First Four Scores Tracker
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The 2014 NCAA tournament is as wide open as any in recent memory, which means that college basketball fans should be engaged from start to finish.    

There is no clear-cut favorite to survive March Madness, and the possibility for an upset exists within essentially every game on the bracket.    

Here are all the tools that you need to follow the NCAA tournament, complete with an interactive bracket that will update after each and every matchup.

 

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2014 NCAA Tournament Schedule
Date 1st Round Time (ET) TV Live Stream
Tue, March 18 (16) Albany 71, (16) Mt. St. Mary's 64 6:40 p.m. truTV March Madness Live
Tue, March 18 (12) NC State 74, (12) Xavier 59 9:10 p.m. truTV March Madness Live
Wed, March 19 (16) Cal Poly 81, (16) Texas Southern 69 6:40 p.m. truTV March Madness Live
Wed, March 19 (11) Iowa 65, (11) Tennessee 78 (OT) 9:10 p.m. truTV March Madness Live
Date 2nd Round Time (ET) TV Live Stream
Thu, March 20 (11) Dayton vs. (6) Ohio State 12:15 p.m. CBS March Madness Live
Thu, March 20 (15) American vs. (2) Wisconsin 12:40 p.m. truTV March Madness Live
Thu, March 20 (9) Pittsburgh vs. (8) Colorado 1:40 p.m. TBS March Madness Live
Thu, March 20 (12) Harvard vs. (5) Cincinnati 2:10 p.m. TNT March Madness Live
Thu, March 20 (14) Western Michigan vs. (3) Syracuse 2:45 p.m. CBS March Madness Live
Thu, March 20 (10) BYU vs. (7) Oregon 3:10 p.m. truTV March Madness Live
Thu, March 20 (16) Albany vs. (1) Florida 4:10 p.m. TBS March Madness Live
Thu, March 20 (13) Delaware vs. (4) Michigan State 4:40 p.m. TNT March Madness Live
Thu, March 20 (10) Saint Joseph's vs. (7) Connecticut 6:55 p.m. TBS March Madness Live
Thu, March 20 (15) Wofford vs. (2) Michigan 7:10 p.m. CBS March Madness Live
Thu, March 20 (12) NC State vs. (5) Saint Louis 7:20 p.m. TNT March Madness Live
Thu, March 20 (12) North Dakota St. vs. (5) Oklahoma 7:27 p.m. truTV March Madness Live
Thu, March 20 (15) Milwaukee vs. (2) Villanova 9:25 p.m. TBS March Madness Live
Thu, March 20 (10) Arizona State vs. (7) Texas 9:40 p.m. CBS March Madness Live
Thu, March 20 (13) Manhattan vs. (4) Louisville 9:50 p.m. TNT March Madness Live
Thu, March 20 (13) New Mexico St. vs. (4) San Diego State 9:57 p.m. truTV March Madness Live
Fri, March 21 (14) Mercer vs. (3) Duke 12:15 p.m. CBS March Madness Live
Fri, March 21 (11) Nebraska vs. (6) Baylor 12:40 p.m. truTV March Madness Live
Fri, March 21 (10) Stanford vs. (7) New Mexico 1:40 p.m. TBS March Madness Live
Fri, March 21 (16) Weber State vs. (1) Arizona 2:10 p.m. TNT March Madness Live
Fri, March 21 (11) Tennessee vs. (5) Massachusetts 2:45 p.m. CBS March Madness Live
Fri, March 21 (14) LA-Lafayette vs. (3) Creighton 3:10 p.m. truTV March Madness Live
Fri, March 21 (15) Eastern Kentucky vs. (2) Kansas 4:10 p.m. TBS March Madness Live
Fri, March 21 (9) Oklahoma State vs. (8) Gonzaga 4:40 p.m. TNT March Madness Live
Fri, March 21 (9) George Washington vs. (8) Memphis 6:55 p.m. TBS March Madness Live
Fri, March 21 (16) Cal Poly vs. (1) Wichita State 7:10 p.m. CBS March Madness Live
Fri, March 21 (11) Providence vs. (6) North Carolina 7:20 p.m. truTV March Madness Live
Fri, March 21 (12) Stephen F. Austin vs. (5) VCU 7:27 p.m. TNT March Madness Live
Fri, March 21 (16) Coastal Carolina vs. (1) Virginia 9:25 p.m. TBS March Madness Live
Fri, March 21 (9) Kansas State vs. (8) Kentucky 9:40 p.m. CBS March Madness Live
Fri, March 21 (14) North Carolina Central vs. (3) Iowa State 9:50 p.m. TNT March Madness Live
Fri, March 21 (13) Tulsa vs. (4) UCLA 9:57 p.m. truTV March Madness Live
Date 3rd Round Time (ET) TV Live Stream
Sat, March 22 3rd Round - TBD Noon CBS March Madness Live
Sat, March 22 3rd Round - TBD 2:30 p.m. CBS March Madness Live
Sat, March 22 3rd Round - TBD 5:30 p.m. CBS March Madness Live
Sat, March 22 3rd Round - TBD 6 p.m. TNT March Madness Live
Sat, March 22 3rd Round - TBD 7 p.m. TBS March Madness Live
Sat, March 22 3rd Round - TBD 7:30 p.m. truTV March Madness Live
Sat, March 22 3rd Round - TBD 8:30 p.m. TNT March Madness Live
Sat, March 22 3rd Round - TBD 9:30 p.m. TBS March Madness Live
Sun, March 23 3rd Round - TBD Noon CBS March Madness Live
Sun, March 23 3rd Round - TBD 2:30 p.m. CBS March Madness Live
Sun, March 23 3rd Round - TBD 5:30 p.m. CBS March Madness Live
Sun, March 23 3rd Round - TBD 6 p.m. TNT March Madness Live
Sun, March 23 3rd Round - TBD 7 p.m. TBS March Madness Live
Sun, March 23 3rd Round - TBD 7:30 p.m. truTV March Madness Live
Sun, March 23 3rd Round - TBD 8:30 p.m. TNT March Madness Live
Sun, March 23 3rd Round - TBD 9:30 p.m. TBS March Madness Live
Date Regional Semifinals Time (ET) TV Live Stream
Thu, March 27 Regional Semifinal - TBD 7 p.m. CBS March Madness Live
Thu, March 27 Regional Semifinal - TBD 7:15 p.m. TBS March Madness Live
Thu, March 27 Regional Semifinal - TBD 9:30 p.m. CBS March Madness Live
Thu, March 27 Regional Semifinal - TBD 9:55 p.m. TBS March Madness Live
Fri, March 28 Regional Semifinal - TBD 7 p.m. CBS March Madness Live
Fri, March 28 Regional Semifinal - TBD 7:15 p.m. TBS March Madness Live
Fri, March 28 Regional Semifinal - TBD 9:30 p.m. CBS March Madness Live
Fri, March 28 Regional Semifinal - TBD 9:55 p.m. TBS March Madness Live
Date Regional Finals Time (ET) TV Live Stream
Sat, March 29 Regional Final - TBD 6 p.m. TBS March Madness Live
Sat, March 29 Regional Final - TBD 8:30 p.m. TBS March Madness Live
Sun, March 30 Regional Final - TBD 2:10 p.m. CBS March Madness Live
Sun, March 30 Regional Final - TBD 4:55 p.m. CBS March Madness Live
Date National Semifinals Time (ET) TV Live Stream
Sat, April 5 National Semifinal - TBD 6 p.m. TBS, TNT, truTV March Madness Live
Sat, April 5 National Semifinal - TBD 8:30 p.m. TBS, TNT, truTV March Madness Live
Date National Championship Time (ET) TV Live Stream
Mon, April 7 National Championship - TBD 9:10 p.m. CBS March Madness Live

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Picking an accurate bracket is never an easy exercise, but the parity that has existed in college basketball this year makes things even more difficult than usual.

The No. 1 seeds all have their merits, but they have obvious weaknesses as well. Florida doesn't necessarily have a player that can take a game over. The same can be said for Virginia. Wichita State is undefeated, but its quality of opponents has been questioned. Arizona closed the season on a somewhat uneven note.

With that said, all of them were ranked in the Top 25 prior to the regular season, as Jeremy Lundblad of ESPN.com highlights:

While there is little doubt that those teams deserve top seeds, many have questioned the seeding choices in other portions of the bracket. Louisville was a potential No. 1 seed that was saddled with a surprising No. 4. Michigan State is a No. 4 as well. Either of those teams could easily win it all, as could several No. 2 or No. 3 seeds.    

Michigan State is a particularly trendy pick after winning the Big Ten tournament, but as head coach Tom Izzo pointed out, it wasn't long ago that the Spartans were viewed as potential also-rans, according to Gillian Van Stratt of MLive.com.

"There are people around here that pronounced us dead a week ago," Izzo said. "All of a sudden, we went from the ugly duckling to the prom queen."

Whichever team wins the title this year will have to earn it, perhaps even more so than in most previous years. There is no easy road to the top, and that fact will unquestionably captivate college basketball fans in the coming weeks.   

 

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