...the ball is tipped!
The reigning national champions are finally in Indiana, have passed all the Covid protocols, and are ready to defend their title as the featured (at least, in our minds) prime time event this evening against 13th-seeded Ohio University. Before fourth-seeded Virginia Cavaliers take the court, we have a full slate of exciting basketball ahead of us, and we’re leaving this post up as today’s all-day game thread.
Here is the full tip-off schedule for all of your March Madness games, beginning with Colorado-Georgetown at 12:15 p.m. ET and wrapping up with Oregon and VCU just before 10 p.m. ET tonight.
Saturday, March 20 Tipoff Times
|12:15 PM||CBS||Hinkle Fieldhouse||(12) Georgetown vs. (5) Colorado|
|12:45 PM||truTV||Bankers Life Fieldhouse||(13) UNC Greensboro vs. (4) Florida St.|
|1:15 PM||TBS||Farmers Coliseum||(14) Eastern Washington vs. (3) Kansas|
|1:45 PM||TNT||Assembly Hall||(9) St. Bonaventure vs. (8) LSU|
|3:00 PM||CBS||Mackey Arena||(16) Mount St. Mary’s/Texas Southern vs. (1) Michigan|
|3:30 PM||truTV||Lucas Oil Stadium Unity (South)||(12) UC Santa Barbara vs. (5) Creighton|
|4:00 PM||TBS||Hinkle Fieldhouse||(15) Iona vs. (2) Alabama|
|4:30 PM||TNT||Bankers Life Fieldhouse||(11) Wichita St./Drake vs. (6) USC|
|6:25 PM||TBS||Farmers Coliseum||(15) Grand Canyon vs. (2) Iowa|
|7:10 PM||CBS||Mackey Arena||(10) Maryland vs. (7) UConn|
|7:15 PM||truTV||Assembly Hall||(13) Ohio vs. (4) Virginia|
|7:25 PM||TNT||Lucas Oil Stadium Equality (North)||(9) Missouri vs. (8) Oklahoma|
|9:20 PM||TBS||Bankers Life Fieldhouse||(16) Norfolk St./Appalachian St. vs. (1) Gonzaga|
|9:40 PM||CBS||Hinkle Fieldhouse||(11) Michigan St./UCLA vs. (6) BYU|
|9:50 PM||truTV||Lucas Oil Stadium Unity (South)||(14) Abilene Christian vs. (3) Texas|
|9:57 PM||TNT||Farmers Coliseum||(10) VCU vs. (7) Oregon|
ESPN reported that Virginia has passed its two COVID-19 tests since arriving, including a 1:15 p.m. test and a 1:15 a.m. test. Here’s what this week has looked like for the ACC regular season champions:
Thankfulness is one of @UVAMensHoops' five foundational pillars. The coaches and players will exude this when they take the court tonight after patiently getting thru the past eight days to get the chance to play in #MarchMadness #GoHoos pic.twitter.com/7wLO72Q1GI— bill hofheimer (@bhofheimer_espn) March 20, 2021
Not an easy schedule for anyone, but if anyone is up to the challenge, it’s head coach Tony Bennett and company. Leave your pre-, in-, and post-game thoughts here.