March Madness 2019: NCAA Tournament First Round TV Schedule

Rui Hachimura, Gonzaga
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Rui Hachimura of the No. 1 seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs

It had never happened before in NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament history. Few thought it would ever happen. And now we’re wondering if it will ever happen again.

Of course, we’re referring to the No. 16-seeded UMBC Retrievers knocking out the No. 1-seeded Virginia Cavaliers 74-54 in the first round of last year’s tournament. The Cavaliers were favored by 20.5 points and had a 98 percent chance of winning, but the Retrievers took that two percent and became March Madness legends. The upset probably busted your bracket, but a bettor in Vegas turned an $800 bet on UMBC into a $16,000 payout.

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No. 1 seeds are now 135-1 vs. 16 seeds, and the first-round matchups can’t be thought of as automatic wins for the bracket’s top teams any longer.

Duke, Gonzaga, North Carolina and Virginia (again) are this tournament’s No. 1 seeds hoping to avoid being on the wrong side of tournament history.

March Madness creeps farther into April with an unusually late start to the tournament. First Four games take place March 19-20, and first-round action tips off on Thursday, March 21.

All 67 tournament games will again be nationally televised across CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV, and stream online and on mobile devices via NCAA March Madness Live. CBS airs the Final Four and National Championship from U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

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NCAA Tournament Schedule at a Glance
First Round March 21-22 (CBS, TBS, TNT & truTV)
Second Round March 23-24 (CBS, TBS, TNT & truTV)
Regionals March 28-31 (CBS & TBS)
Final Four April 6 (CBS)
Championship Game April 8 (CBS)

2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament First Round TV Schedule

All Times Eastern.

First Four, Wednesday, March 20
NC Central vs. North Dakota State 6:30pm truTV
St. John’s vs. Arizona State 9pm truTV
First Round, Thursday, March 21
Minnesota vs. Louisville 12pm CBS
Yale vs. LSU 12:30pm truTV
New Mexico St. vs. Auburn 1:20pm TNT
Vermont vs. Florida St. 1:50pm TBS
Bradley vs. Michigan St. 2:30pm CBS
Belmont vs. Maryland 3pm truTV
Northeastern vs. Kansas 3:50pm TNT
Murray St. vs. Marquette 4:20pm TBS
Florida vs. Nevada 6:45pm TNT
Abilene Christian vs. Kentucky 7pm CBS
Saint Mary’s vs. Villanova 7:15pm TBS
Fairleigh Dickinson vs. Gonzaga 7:15pm truTV
Montana vs. Michigan 9:15pm TNT
Seton Hall vs. Wofford 9:30pm CBS
Old Dominion vs. Purdue 9:45pm TBS
Baylor vs. Syracuse 9:55pm truTV
First Round, Friday, March 22
Iowa vs. Cincinnati 12pm CBS
Oklahoma vs. Mississippi 12:30pm truTV
Northern Kentucky vs. Texas Tech 1:30pm TNT
UC Irvine vs. Kansas St. 1:50pm TBS
Colgate vs. Tennessee 2:30pm CBS
Gardner-Webb vs. Virginia 3pm truTV
Arizona St. vs. Buffalo 3:50pm
Oregon vs. Wisconsin 4:20pm TBS
Washington vs. Utah St. 6:45pm TNT
North Dakota St. vs. Duke 7pm CBS
Georgia St. vs. Houston 7:15pm TBS
Liberty vs. Mississippi St. 7:15pm truTV
Iona vs. North Carolina 9:15pm TNT
UCF vs. VCU 9:30pm CBS
Ohio St. vs. Iowa St. 9:45pm TBS
Saint Louis vs. Virginia Tech 9:55pm truTV