NCAA Basketball: This Day in March Madness (3/21/14)

CBS Sports The devastated Arizona State bench after Texas' Cameron Ridley made a game-winning tip-in at the buzzer that eliminated them from the tournament Thursday evening.

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The devastated Arizona State bench after Texas’ Cameron Ridley made a game-winning tip-in at the buzzer that eliminated them from the NCAA tournament Thursday evening.

With the last game of a historic first day of the 2014 NCAA tournament ending somewhere between 12:30 and 1 a.m. in the Midwest this morning, we were only given a scant amount of time to prepare for another full day where 16 teams will live to dream another day and another 16 will be laid out in defeat as if an AK sprayed across their bench (see above).

That’s how it is, that’s how it’s supposed to be.

Thursday was, for lack of a better word, insane — four overtime games (a first for any day in the history of the tournament) highlighted a day in which there were still many great story lines to go around: Michigan State came out strong and its big man, Adreian Payne, put on a performance for the ages.

Wisconsin (yes, Wisconsin) had the biggest win of the day, the biggest of its tournament history. Dayton ended the era of Aaron Craft at Ohio State, an era whose beginning historians are still trying to place either just before or after the Spanish-American War.

Multiple No. 12 seeds proved why you should always respect that seeding against a No. 5 as North Dakota State and Harvard joined Dayton in screwing up everyone’s hopes at an completely un-earned billion dollar payday. No. 1 seed Florida was even challenged more than expected by Albany.

Opening Fridays can be just as crazy as Thursdays in the tournament but its going to be hard to top what we’ve already seen. Short of an ultra historic 16-seed upset over a No. 1, what else could we see that we haven’t already?

We don’t know exactly, but we do know when and where the 32 teams today will be playing and you can see them all below, including the remaining three No. 1 seeds who will try to stave off Madness history for another year.

Here’s each game for Friday, its location and their announcing teams and some commentary for select matchups. All times are Central:

CBS

At PNC Arena, Raleigh, N.C.

Announcers: Kevin Harlan, Len Elmore, Reggie Miller, Rachel Nichols

11:15 a.m.: No. 3 Duke vs. No. 14 Mercer (Midwest Region)

I’ve been sort of hung up on the supposed “one-man gangs” in this year’s tournament. In a field where there are so many possible wild cards it would seem to be a benefit to have that one player that can trump anything that an opponent can offer — Creighton (Doug McDermott) and N.C. State (T.J. Warren) are two examples, Duke and Jabari Parker may be the most tantalizing of them all. He’s already made this a freshman year to remember, lets see how far and memorable he can take it and make it.

*1:45 p.m.: No. 6 Massachusetts vs. No. 11 Tennessee (Midwest Region)

At Scottrade Center, St. Louis

Announcers: Jim Nantz, Greg Anthony, Tracy Wolfson

6:10 p.m.: No. 1 Wichita State vs. No. 16 Cal Poly (Midwest Region)

*8:40 p.m.: No. 8 Kentucky vs. No. 9 Kansas State (Midwest Region)

The classic games don’t always come from the match-ups you expect but I don’t mind having high expectations for this one. Both teams probably feel they’re being slept on in one way or another — Kentucky due to its seeding and KSU due to being matched against Kentucky. Two schools that can go deep in the tourney in any given year and they both have the players to go at each other hard on both ends of the court.

TruTV

At AT&T Center, San Antonio.

Announcers: Marv Albert, Steve Kerr, Craig Sager

11:40 a.m.: No. 6 Baylor vs. No. 11 Nebraska (West Region)

*2:10 p.m.: No. 3 Creighton vs. No. 14 Louisiana-Lafayette (West Region)

At Viejas Arena, San Diego

Announcers: Andrew Catalon, Mike Gminski, Otis Livingston

6:27 p.m. No. 5 VCU vs. No. 12 Stephen F. Austin (South Region)

VCU has become an easy team to root for in the tourney under Shaka Smart but “Stone Cold” Stephen F. Austin has a 28-game win streak, only undefeated Wichita State has a better current streak.

*8:57 p.m.: No. 4 UCLA vs. No. 13 Tulsa (South Region)

TBS

At Scottrade Center, St. Louis

Announcers: Jim Nantz, Greg Anthony, Tracy Wolfson

12:40 p.m.: No. 7 New Mexico vs. No. 10 Stanford (South Region)

Got little on this game, just wanted to share this feel-good story on UNM’s Deshawn Delaney, another of the less heralded Chicago products in the tournament (of which there are quite a few, good to learn more about them).

*3:10 p.m.: No. 2 Kansas vs. No. 15 Eastern Kentucky (South Region)

At PNC Arena, Raleigh, N.C.

Announcers: Kevin Harlan, Len Elmore, Reggie Miller, Rachel Nichols

5:55 p.m.: No. 8 Memphis vs. No. 9 George Washington (East Region)

*8:25 p.m.: No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 16 Coastal Carolina (East Region)

TNT

At Viejas Arena, San Diego

Announcers: Andrew Catalon, Mike Gminski, Otis Livingston

1:10 p.m.: No. 1 Arizona vs. No. 16 Weber State (West Region)

*3:40 p.m.: No. 8 Gonzaga vs. No. 9 Oklahoma State (West Region)

At AT&T Center, San Antonio.

Announcers: Marv Albert, Steve Kerr, Craig Sager

6:20 p.m.: No. 6 North Carolina vs. No. 11 Providence (East Region)

*8:50 p.m.: No. 3 Iowa State vs. No. 14 N.C. Central (East Region)

Two very rootable teams for me here. ISU’s Melvin Ejim is a stud and I’ve also taken to rooting for the Cyclone’s fifth-year senior DeAndre Kane, who’s overcome a lot to get where he is currently. As far as N.C. Central goes, it is their first tournament berth, which is always a treat. Plus, you don’t want to re-nig on your black card by throwing shade at an HBCU. Also, Pooh, Phonte and 9th first met at N.C. Central — that’s enough right there.

* – approximate time, game will start about 30 minutes after the conclusion of the earlier contest

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