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GAME THREAD: NCAA Day 1, Round 1

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NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Pittsburgh Practice Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

WHO: Sixteen NCAA teams!

WHAT: The first round of the NCAA tournament

WHEN: 11:15am (CST) straight on through to the early am hours, Friday

WHERE: Pittsburgh, Dallas, Boise, and Wichita

HOW: CBS, TNT, TBS, truTV, and online

The Story: The weekend hailed by many as one of the best sports weekends of the year is finally here. The first round of the NCAA Tournament starts today and for Dallas Mavericks fans there are plenty of players worth watching and pining after.

Key players to consider (in order of game time):

  • Trae Young, Oklahoma (12:15 PM, EDT)
  • Devonte’ Graham, Kansas (2:00 PM, EDT)
  • Marvin Bagley III, Duke (2:45 PM, EDT)
  • Wendell Carter, Jr., Duke (2:45 PM, EDT)
  • Lonnie Walker IV, Miami (3:10 PM, EDT)
  • Keita Bates-Diop, Ohio State (4:00 PM, EDT)
  • Mikal Bridges, Villanova (6:50 PM, EDT)
  • Kevin Knox, Kentucky (7:10 PM, EDT)
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kentucky, (7:10 PM, EDT)
  • Malik Pope, San Diego State (7:20 PM, EDT)
  • Zhaire Smith, Texas Tech (7:27 PM, EDT)
  • Collin Sexton, Alabama (9:20 PM, EDT)
  • DeAndre Ayton, Arizona (9:40 PM, EDT)

I’m personally very interested in seeing Keita Bates-Diop and Zhaire Smith.

NCAA Tournament, Day 1

MATCHUP VS. TIME (EDT) NAT TV
MATCHUP VS. TIME (EDT) NAT TV
#10 Oklahoma #7 Rhode Island 12:15 PM CBS
#14 Wright State #3 Tennessee 12:40 PM truTV
#13 UNC Greensboro #4 Gonzaga 1:30 PM TNT
#16 Pennsylvania #1 Kansas 2:00 PM TBS
#15 Iona #2 Duke 2:45 PM CBS
#11 Loyola (Chi) #6 Miami 3:10 PM truTV
#12 South Dakota State #5 Ohio State 4:00 PM TNT
#9 NC State #8 Seton Hall 4:30 PM TBS
#16 Radford #1 Villanova 6:50 PM TNT
#12 Davidson #5 Kentucky 7:10 PM CBS
#11 San Diego State #6 Houston 7:20 PM TBS
#14 Stephen F. Austin #3 Texas Tech 7:27 PM truTV
#9 Alabama #8 Virginia Tech 9:20 PM TNT
#13 Buffalo #4 Arizona 9:40 PM CBS
#14 Montana #3 Michigan 9:50 PM TBS
#11 St. Bonaventure #6 Florida 9:57 PM truTV