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CBS and Turner list times, networks and talent for first three days of NCAA Tourney, starting Thursday

CBS and Turner quickly announced the times, the networks and talent for the first three days of the NCAA Tournament. Just a few hours ago, the NCAA released the seeds.

In years past, the ‘First Four’ was played on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Now it’s moved to this Thursday and Friday nights. Full schedule, including talent, detailed below. Enjoy the start of March Madness. Duke and Kentucky aren’t playing. Still, there’s always a good heartwarming story.

(Below the NCAA listings are the NIT announcers and schedule. Games on ESPN)

Commentary on talent linked:

CBS/Turner announce 10 game crews for March Madness; New personnel and changes listed

NCAA First Four – Thursday, March 18

Tip (ET)-Network-Site-Game-Play-by-Play/Analyst//Reporter

5:10 PM-truTV-Assembly Hall-

(16) Texas Southern vs. (16) Mount St. Mary’s-

Brad Nessler / Steve Lavin / Avery Johnson // Evan Washburn

6:27 PM-TBS-Mackey Arena

(11) Drake vs. (11) Wichita St.

Brian Anderson / Jim Jackson // Allie LaForce

8:40 PM-truTV-Assembly Hall

(16) Appalachian St. vs. (16) Norfolk St.

Nessler / Lavin / Johnson // Washburn

9:57 PM-TBS-Mackey Arena

(11) UCLA vs. (11) Michigan St.

Anderson / Jackson // LaForce

 

First Round Games – Friday Afternoon, March 19

Tip (ET)-Network-Site-Game-Play-by-Play/Analyst//Reporter

12:15 PM-CBS-Hinkle Fieldhouse

(10) Virginia Tech vs. (7) Florida

Jim Nantz / Bill Raftery / Grant Hill // Tracy Wolfson

12:45 PM-truTV-Bankers Life Fieldhouse

(14) Colgate vs. (3) Arkansas

Spero Dedes / Brendan Haywood // Lauren Shehadi

1:15 PM-TBS-Farmers Coliseum

(16) Drexel vs. (1) Illinois

Kevin Harlan / Dan Bonner // Dana Jacobson

1:45 PM-TNT-Assembly Hall

(11) Utah St. vs. (6) Texas Tech

Carter Blackburn / Debbie Antonelli // Washburn

3:00 PM-CBS-Mackey Arena

(15) Oral Roberts vs. (2) Ohio St.

Ian Eagle / Jim Spanarkel // Jamie Erdahl

3:30 PM-truTV-Lucas Oil Stadium Unity (South)

(16) Hartford vs. (1) Baylor

Lisa Byington / Steve Smith // AJ Ross

4:00 PM-TBS-Hinkle Fieldhouse

(9) Georgia Tech vs. (8) Loyola Chicago

Nantz / Raftery / Hill // Wolfson

4:30 PM-TNT-Bankers Life Fieldhouse

(12) Oregon St. vs. (5) Tennessee

Dedes / Haywood // Shehadi

 First Round Games – Friday Evening, March 19

Tip (ET)-Network-Site-Game-Play-by-Play/Analyst//Reporter

6:25 PM-TBS-Farmers Coliseum

(13) Liberty vs. (4) Oklahoma St.

Harlan / Bonner // Jacobson

7:10 PM-CBS-Mackey Arena

(9) Wisconsin vs. (8) North Carolina

Eagle / Spanarkel // Erdahl

7:15 PM-truTV-Assembly Hall

(15) Cleveland St. vs. (2) Houston

Blackburn / Antonelli // Washburn

7:25 PM-TNT-Lucas Oil Stadium Equality (North)

(13) North Texas vs. (4) Purdue

Tom McCarthy / Avery Johnson // Ross

9:20 PM-TBS-Bankers Life Fieldhouse

(10) Rutgers vs. (7) Clemson

Dedes / Haywood // Shehadi

9:40 PM-CBS-Hinkle Fieldhouse

(11) Syracuse vs. (6) San Diego St.

Nantz / Raftery / Hill // Wolfson

9:50 PM-truTV-Lucas Oil Stadium Unity (South)

(14) Morehead St. vs. (3) West Virginia

Byington / Smith // Ross

9:57 PM-TNT-Farmers Coliseum

(12) Winthrop vs. (5) Villanova

Harlan / Bonner // Jacobson

 For updates see Eye on Sky and Air Sports

First Round Games – Saturday Afternoon, March 20

Tip (ET)-Network-Site-Game-Play-by-Play/Analyst//Reporter

12:15 PM-CBS-Hinkle Fieldhouse

(12) Georgetown vs. (5) Colorado

Andrew Catalon / Steve Lappas // Ross

12:45 PM-truTV-Bankers Life Fieldhouse

(13) UNC Greensboro vs. (4) Florida St.

Anderson / Jackson // LaForce

1:15 PM-TBS-Farmers Coliseum

(14) Eastern Washington vs. (3) Kansas

Nessler / Lavin // Washburn

1:45 PM-TNT-Assembly Hall

(9) St. Bonaventure vs. (8) LSU

Blackburn / Antonelli // Jacobson

3:00 PM-CBS-Mackey Arena

(16) Mount St. Mary’s/Texas Southern vs. (1) Michigan

Eagle / Spanarkel // Erdahl

3:30 PM-truTV-Lucas Oil Stadium Unity (South)

(12) UC Santa Barbara vs. (5) Creighton

Byington / Smith // Shehadi

4:00 PM-TBS-Hinkle Fieldhouse

(15) Iona vs. (2) Alabama

Catalon / Lappas // Ross

4:30 PM-TNT-Bankers Life Fieldhouse

(11) Wichita St./Drake vs. (6) USC

Anderson / Jackson // LaForce

 

First Round Games – Saturday Evening, March 20

Tip (ET)-Network-Site-Game-Play-by-Play/Analyst//Reporter

6:25 PM-TBS-Farmers Coliseum

(15) Grand Canyon vs. (2) Iowa

Nessler / Lavin // Washburn

7:10 PM-CBS-Mackey Arena

(10) Maryland vs. (7) UConn

Eagle / Spanarkel // Erdahl

7:15 PM-truTV-Assembly Hall

(13) Ohio vs. (4) Virginia

Blackburn / Antonelli // Jacobson

7:25 PM-TNT – Lucas Oil Stadium Equality (North)

(9) Missouri vs. (8) Oklahoma

McCarthy / Johnson // Shehadi

9:20 PM-TBS

Bankers Life Fieldhouse

(16) Norfolk St./Appalachian St. vs. (1) Gonzaga

Anderson / Jackson // LaForce

9:40 PM-CBS

Hinkle Fieldhouse

(11) Michigan St./UCLA vs. (6) BYU

Catalon / Lappas // Ross

9:50 PM-truTV-Lucas Oil Stadium Unity (South)

(14) Abilene Christian vs. (3) Texas

Byington / Smith // Shehadi

9:57 PM-TNT-Farmers Coliseum

(10) VCU vs. (7) Oregon

Nessler / Lavin // Washburn

NATIONAL INVITATION TOURNAMENT

Wednesday, March 17
7 PM- Richmond vs. Toledo (Denton) 
ESPN2: Dave Feldman, King McClure 
9 PM- Saint Mary’s vs. Western Kentucky (Frisco) 
ESPN2: Doug Sherman, Chris Spatola 
Thursday, March 18
7 PM- Davidson vs. NC State (Denton) 
ESPN: Derek Jones, Cory Alexander 
9 PM- Boise State vs. SMU (Frisco) 
ESPN: John Schriffen, Fran Fraschilla 
Friday, March 19
7 PM- Colorado State vs. Buffalo (Denton) 
ESPN2: Dave Feldman, Brooke Weisbrod 
9 PM- Ole Miss vs. Louisiana Tech (Frisco) 
ESPN2: Wes Durham, Chris Spatola 
Saturday, March 20
Noon- Memphis vs. Dayton (Denton) 
ESPN: Derek Jones, Cory Alexander 
5 PM- St. Louis vs. Mississippi State (Frisco) 
ESPN: John Schriffen, Fran Fraschilla 
Eye on Sky and Air Sports -for updates on schedules
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David J. Halberstam
David J. Halberstam

David is a 40-year industry veteran who served as play-by-play announcer for St. John's University basketball in New York and as radio play-by-play voice of the Miami Heat in South Florida. He is the author of Sports on New York Radio: A Play-by-Play History.

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