Friday’s NCAA Tournament games have a lot to live up to, following Thursday’s slate of upsets and contests that went down to the wire. Thirty-two teams will compete for a trip to the third round as some of the favorites to win the national championship take the court.
No.15-seeded New Mexico State takes on No.2-seeded Kansas in Friday’s opener. Only seven No.15 seeds have ever won a game in March Madness, though the Aggies are barely double-digit underdogs. Both Baylor and Iowa State lost on Thursday after being nine-point and 14-point favorites, respectively.
Duke is Friday’s first No.1 seed scheduled to take the court. They’ll tip off against Robert Morris at 7:10 p.m. ET, looking to avoid an opening game upset for the third time in four years. A loss for the Blue Devils would be the biggest upset in NCAA Tournament history, considering no No.16 seed has ever won a game. No.1-seeded Wisconsin is set to take on Coastal Carolina in one of the final games of the night.
Four Big 12 teams are on the schedule, and the conference is hoping to perform much better than it did on Thursday. The Big 12 is tied with the Big Ten with seven teams qualifying for the tournament, but the conference went 0-3 on the first day in the Round of 64. All three teams were favored to win their respective games.
With half of the second round done, a No.12 seed has yet to advance. The final No.12 vs. No.5 matchups will occur simultaneously. Wyoming vs. Northern Iowa is set to start at 1:40 p.m. ET, while Buffalo and West Virginia will start their contest 30 minutes later.
Providence and Dayton have the final scheduled tip-off, though the start time will likely be pushed back because the previous games will run late. Dayton is one of four teams that are technically playing in their second 2015 NCAA Tournament game, after their win over Boise State on Wednesday. Providence is favored, and they are looking for their first NCAA Tournament win since 1997.
Viewers will be able to watch all 16 games, since every contest will be nationally broadcast across four different TV channels. Every game can also be seen for free online with March Madness Live.
No.2 Kansas vs. No.15 New Mexico State at 12:15 p.m. ET, CBS
No.7 Michigan State vs. No.10 Georgia at 12:40 p.m. ET, truTV
No.5 Northern Iowa vs. No.12 Wyoming at 1:40 p.m. ET, TBS
No.5 West Virginia vs. No.12 Buffalo at 2:10 p.m. ET, TNT
No.7 Wichita State vs. No.10 Indiana at 2:45 p.m. ET, CBS
No.2 Virginia vs. No.15 Belmont at 3:10 p.m. ET, truTV
No.4 Louisville vs. No.13 UC Irvine at 4:10 p.m. ET, TBS
No.4 Maryland vs. No.13 Valparaiso at 4:40 p.m. ET, TNT
No.8 Oregon vs. No.9 Oklahoma State at 6:50 p.m. ET, TBS
No.1 Duke vs. No.16 Robert Morris at 7:10 p.m. ET, CBS
No.7 Iowa vs. No.10 Davidson at 7:20 p.m. ET, TNT
No.3 Oklahoma vs. No. 14 Albany at 7:27 p.m. ET, truTV
No.1 Wisconsin vs. No. 16 Coast Carolina at 9:20 p.m. ET, TBS
No.8 San Diego State vs. No. 9 St. John’s at 9:40 p.m. ET, CBS
No.2 Gonzaga vs. No. 15 North Dakota State at 9:50 p.m. ET, TNT
No.6 Providence vs. No.11 Dayton at 9:57 p.m. ET, truTV