March Madness 2014 TV Schedule: Listings, Times and More for NCAA Tournament

Kenny DeJohnAnalyst IIIMarch 19, 2014

Michigan State guard Gary Harris holds up a piece of the net after his team defeated Michigan 69-55 in an NCAA college basketball game in the championship of the Big Ten Conference tournament on Sunday, March 16, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
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Missing any of the action of the NCAA tournament might make you go mad, but I'm here to provide you with a full TV schedule for 2014's installment of March Madness to ensure that you don't miss any of the upsets, buzzer-beaters or breakout performances.

With every game televised, there's no excuse to miss a single dribble of the tournament. No, none at all.

Following the schedule you'll find a few of my own favorites for the NCAA tourney. The teams listed may or may not surprise you, but feel free to disagree and let me hear it.

Here's everything you need to know about the NCAA tournament schedule.

 

All Your Bracket Essentials

 

Schedule

 

Teams to Watch

Louisville

Head coach Rick Pitino wasn't thrilled with grabbing a No. 4 seed, and he's out to prove to the selection committee that his Louisville Cardinals are one of the best teams in the country.

No team in the tournament should feel comfortable playing Louisville. They're one of the hottest teams in the country, and Kyle Ringo of Yahoo! Sports breaks down why:

They've lost just once since late January, beat Rutgers by 61 points in its first game in the conference tournament and followed up with a 29-point victory over Houston in the semifinals. It beat UConn by 33 in the regular season finale last week before beating the Huskies handily again Saturday.

What makes Louisville a true contender is that they have a star player to rally behind. Sometimes the difference between winning and losing in the tournament is not having a player capable of taking over the game.

Senior Russ Smith is that guy for the Cardinals. He averaged 18.3 points per game this season while shooting 47.5 percent from the floor. He's a bit streaky, but he has scored at least 16 points in seven of the last nine games. In one of the games he did not reach 16 points, he dished out three assists.

Smith is the perfect player for the Cardinals to get behind in March.

 

Michigan State

The Michigan State Spartans are a real threat to win it all, and Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News agrees:

They have NBA talent in the backcourt and frontcourt, more than one way to score at the end of the shot clock, and a HoF coach; and they're comfortable playing/grinding in half-court situations.

Four of their players average double figures in points. Guard Gary Harris (17.1 per game) and forward Adreian Payne (15.8 per game) give the Spartans an inside-outside threat. When Harris is on the perimeter, he both looks to score and set up Payne inside with easy looks.

Michigan State is not a one-dimensional team on offense. Head coach Tom Izzo is as experienced as they come in the NCAA tournament, and he'll make sure that his team doesn't deviate from what it has done all season long.

I'm of the belief that a head coach can change the landscape of a game. With that being the case, there's no better coach to have in your corner than Izzo.

 

Oklahoma State

As a No. 9 seed, the Oklahoma State Cowboys have a lot to prove to most people before they start believing in their upset capabilities. I'm convinced that the Cowboys will be the ultimate sleeper of the tournament, however.

A seven-game losing streak in late January and early February resulted in their stock plummeting, but remember, the Cowboys were without lead-scorer Marcus Smart for several games in that span. Averaging 17.8 points per game, Smart is a game-changer.

When he's not firing on all cylinders, the Cowboys also have guard Markel Brown. The senior finished with 17.1 points per game this season. When the two are on, the Cowboys are difficult to stop.

They'll have to get through Arizona in the round of 32 to come out of the West, but Oklahoma State has the potential to ruin a ton of brackets.