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NCAA March Madness Round 1 Day 2 Game Thread

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...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

Tip (ET) Network Site Game
Tip (ET) Network Site Game
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:

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.