March Madness 2014 Schedule: TV Info and Sleeper Teams for NCAA Tournament

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March Madness 2014 Schedule: TV Info and Sleeper Teams for NCAA Tournament
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The action comes fast and furious over the first four days of the NCAA tournament. It is important, as a viewer, to be properly prepared. 

Below, you'll find the TV information for the entire tournament. Also, I have all the bracket information needed if you're in a last minute rush to try and win the office pool. To that end, I'll also offer up a few sleeper teams to eye for potential upsets. 

 

All Your Bracket Essentials

 

NCAA Tournament TV Schedule
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., 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
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

 

West No. 6: Baylor

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With junior guard Kenny Chery ending the season on a tear, the Baylor Bears are dangerous.

Chery struggled with nagging injuries and he wasn't starting. Once back to health and in the starting lineup, he was fantastic. 

NBC Sports.com's Rob Dauster was having a hard time thinking of any point guard who was better down the closing stretch:

Chery is a well-rounded player. He can create buckets for himself and set up easy looks for his teammates. Having quality guard play is a huge plus in the NCAA tournament, and the Bears are set. 

On top of guard play, one of the first things I look for in a sleeper pick is momentum. Winners of 10 of their last 12, the Bears have that.

That closing stretch ended with a loss to Iowa State in the Big 12 championship game. Earlier in the run, the Bears beat the Cyclones by 13, and Iowa State is the No. 3 seed in the East.

The Bears are in the lower half of the West, where they face potential matchups with Wisconsin (No. 2) and Creighton (No. 3). Both are vulnerable. Creighton slumped at the end of the season and is far too reliant on Doug McDermott. Meanwhile, the Badgers picked up six losses in the Big Ten. 

 

West No. 12: Harvard 

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Harvard made waves in last year's tournament by beating No. 3 seed New Mexico State in the round of 64. The Crimson are ready to use the experience from last year and build on it. 

It won't be easy. Harvard gets a great defensive team in Cincinnati in the round of 64, but the Crimson have the kind of controlled offense that can get good looks against any defense.

Harvard lost just four games this year and dominated the Ivy League, and head coach Tommy Amaker is turning the Crimson into a perennial tournament team. 

With five players averaging double digits in scoring, this is a well-rounded team that could shoot its way to several upsets. 

The team mentality is not surprising given the following quote from Amaker passed along by KPNX NBC Phoenix's Doug Meehan

To have success in this tournament, Harvard will have to hit its shots. This is a team that shoots 38.7 percent from beyond the arc, however, so hitting shots is something the Crimson are prepared to do. 

 

East No. 7 Connecticut 

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Louisville beat Connecticut by double digits twice in its final four games. Those were the Huskies only two losses in its last seven games. Good news for the Huskies, they don't have to worry about the possibility of playing Louisville until the championship game. 

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The Cardinals are a bad matchup for the Huskies, but this team has proven it can play with top teams. On Dec. 2, Connecticut beat No. 1 Florida. 

The Huskies have the backcourt for tournament success. With senior guard Shabazz Napier and junior guard Ryan Boatright, the Huskies have a competent and well-rounded backcourt.

They also feature Niels Giffey and his 53-percent shooting from beyond the arc.

The Huskies also have one of the tournament's bigger wild cards with 7'0" freshman Amida Brimah. He's been getting better as the season has progressed. In the last two games of the season, against quality opponents in Cincinnati and Louisville, he averaged nine points, seven rebounds and three blocks per game. 

Connecticut faces No. 10 St. Joseph's in its first game. View a preview of that matchup below: 

After that is a possible matchup with No. 2 Villanova. The Wildcats played a very light schedule and are vulnerable. Villanova likes to win with quality guard play, and Connecticut's guards will provide a far tougher test than the Wildcats are used to. 

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