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NCAA Tournament First Round: Times, TV schedule, and how to stream online

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The best day of the year is finally here.

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Salt Lake City Practice Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Gonzaga Bulldogs 21 run begins on today with a game against the No. 16 Fairleigh Dickinson Knights.

It won’t be until later in the day, which leaves plenty of time to get excited throughout the first real day of the NCAA Tournament, also known as the first round, also known as sports heaven.

The Zags are favored by 27 in this game and it will be interesting to see if Gonzaga can beat such a huge spread. The Zags defeated conference opponents by 27 points per game this season, and the Knights KenPom ranking would place them as the third-worst team in the WCC. Although it is the NCAA Tournament, and truly anything can happen, it would be quite the shock if Fairleigh Dickinson is able to keep this game close for any meaningful amount of time.

Presuming the Zags win on Thursday, they would face the winner of Syracuse and Baylor on Saturday, in the second round.

All games can be streamed online via March Madness Live.

Thursday’s Schedule

Game Day Location Time (ET) TV Commentators
Game Day Location Time (ET) TV Commentators
Louisville vs. Minnesota Thursday Des Moines I 12:15 p.m. CBS Kevin Harlan / Reggie Miller / Dan Bonner // Dana Jacobson
LSU vs. Yale Thursday Jacksonville I 12:40 p.m. truTV Ian Eagle / Jim Spanarkel // Jamie Erdahl
Auburn vs. New Mexico State Thursday Salt Lake City I 1:30 p.m. TNT Andrew Catalon / Steve Lappas // Lisa Byington
Florida State vs. Vermont Thursday Hartford I 2 p.m. TBS Carter Blackburn / Debbie Antonelli // John Schriffen
Michigan State vs. Bradley Thursday Des Moines II After conc. 1 CBS Kevin Harlan / Reggie Miller / Dan Bonner // Dana Jacobson
Maryland vs. Belmont Thursday Jacksonville II After conc. 1 truTV Ian Eagle / Jim Spanarkel // Jamie Erdahl
Kansas vs. Northeastern Thursday Salt Lake City II After conc. 1 TNT Andrew Catalon / Steve Lappas // Lisa Byington
Marquette vs. Murray State Thursday Hartford II After conc. 1 TBS Carter Blackburn / Debbie Antonelli // John Schriffen
Nevada vs .Florida Thursday Des Moines III 6:50 p.m. TNT Kevin Harlan / Reggie Miller / Dan Bonner // Dana Jacobson
Kentucky vs. Abilene Christian Thursday Jacksonville III 7:10 p.m. CBS Ian Eagle / Jim Spanarkel // Jamie Erdahl
Villanova vs. Saint Mary's (CA) Thursday Hartford III 7:20 p.m. TBS Andrew Catalon / Steve Lappas // Lisa Byington
Gonzaga vs. Fairleigh Dickinson Thursday Salt Lake City III 7:27 p.m. truTV Carter Blackburn / Debbie Antonelli // John Schriffen
Michigan vs. Montana Thursday Des Moines IV After conc. III TNT Kevin Harlan / Reggie Miller / Dan Bonner // Dana Jacobson
Wofford vs. Seton Hall Thursday Jacksonville IV After conc. III CBS Ian Eagle / Jim Spanarkel // Jamie Erdahl
Purdue vs. Old Dominion Thursday Hartford IV After conc. III TBS Andrew Catalon / Steve Lappas // Lisa Byington
Syracuse vs. Baylor Thursday Salt Lake City IV After conc. III truTV Carter Blackburn / Debbie Antonelli // John Schriffen