The 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament officially gets underway in not too far away Dayton, OH this evening. While the play-in game as it was once known was a relative non-event, now with the onset of the First Four, University of Dayton Arena is now privy to four games in two days, two in the likeness of the once-and-former play-in contest, but two featuring two bubble teams too battling for their very tournament lives.
While in recent years you'd have to pay for access to stream a game on a device other than your computer, if you have a cable subscription, this year you can watch any games airing on TBS, TNT, or TruTV using the official NCAA March Madness Live app. Click here to download the app for your iOS device (e.g. iPhone, iPad, iPod) or click here to get it for your Android device.
As has been the case in the past, you can stream all the games through the NCAA's website.
If you live outside the Columbus area and your cable provider doesn't offer TruTV, your best bet might be to try to watch it online (note: open only to participating cable subscribers). If you have DirecTV though, you can find it on channel 246, and if you have it on Dish, you should be able to find it on channel 204. If you're located in Columbus, you can find truTV on Time Warner Columbus/Delaware on channel 220 HD and channels 74 for SD. If you have WOW, you'll be able to find it on channel 279 HD or channel 67 SD.
In terms of the games themselves, tonight at 6:40 p.m. ET, potential 16-seeds Farleigh Dickinson and Florida Gulf Coast kick things off with the winner advancing to face No. 1 seed, North Carolina. In the second matchup, potential 11-seeds Wichita State and Vanderbilt tip off at 9:10 p.m. with the winner of that getting Arizona.
Tomorrow evening, again at 6:40 p.m., Southern will take on Holy Cross with the winner getting Dana Altman and the Oregon Ducks, who just received the first ever one-seed in school history. After that at 9:10, would-be eleven seeds Tulsa and a certain that team went winless against Ohio State, Michigan, go head to head with the winner drawing six-seeded Notre Dame.