The very first second-round NCAA Tournament matchup, and potential upset, begins with No. 3 seed Notre Dame taking on No. 14 Northeastern just after noon Thursday. Winners of five-straight, the streaking Fighting Irish (25-9, 14-4 ACC) and the Huskies (23-11, 12-6 CAA) tipoff the first major slate of the tournament, with 15 other games on deck throughout the afternoon and evening.
It will also be the first of three straight matchups pitting No. 3s versus No. 14s, followed by Iowa State taking on UAB, and Baylor meeting Georgia State.
The next grouping will feature No. 6 vs. No. 11 matchups, with Butler facing Texas, SMU staring down UCLA, and Xavier hoping to fend off upset minding Ole Miss, a team coming off a stunning 17-point second-half comeback over favored No. 11 BYU in the first round Tuesday.
A pair of No. 1 seeds will also receive their first challenges to a potential Final Four appearance, with No. 1 Villanova preparing to take on No. 16 Lafayette in the first game of the evening.
And undefeated No.1 Kentucky will battle No. 16 Hampton, who quickly dropped No. 16 Manhattan by 10 points in the first round.
The full schedule with tipoff times and television channels for each is below. The games can all be streamed online at the NCAA’s official site here.
Thursday, March 19 TV Schedule
No. 3 Notre Dame vs. No. 14 Northeastern at 12:15 p.m. ET on CBS
No. 3 Iowa State vs. No. 14 UAB at 12:40 p.m. on truTV
No. 3 Baylor vs No. 14 Georgia State at 1:40 p.m. on TBS
No. 2 Arizona vs. No. 15 Texas Southern at 2:10 p.m. on TNT
No. 6 Butler vs. No. 11 Texas at 2:45 p.m. on CBS
No. 6 SMU vs. No. 11 UCLA at 3:10 p.m. on truTV
No. 6 Xavier vs. No. 11 Ole Miss at 4:10 p.m. on TBS
No. 7 VCU vs. No. 10 Ohio State at 4:40 p.m. on TNT
No. 1 Villanova vs. No. 16 Lafayette at 6:50 p.m. on TBS
No. 8 Cincinnati vs. Purdue at 7:10 p.m. on CBS
No. 4 North Carolina vs. No. 13 Harvard at 7:20 p.m. on TNT
No. 5 Utah vs. SF Austin at 7:27 p.m. on truTV
No. 8 NC State vs. LSU at 9:20 p.m. on TBS
No. 1 Kentucky vs. No. 16 Hampton at 9:40 p.m. on CBS
No. 5 Arkansas vs. No. 12 Wofford at 9:50 p.m. on TNT
No. 4 Georgetown vs. Eastern Washington at 9:57 p.m. on truTV