Well, Day 1 of March Madness 2018 is in the bag, and even if your bracket has already gone up in a cloud of smoke (thanks a lot Arizona), you can at least hang your hat on the fact that the Ohio State Buckeyes have advanced at least one round in this year’s NCAA Tournament with a win over the South Dakota State Jackrabbits. You’ll have to wait until Saturday at 7:45 p.m. ET to cheer on the Buckeyes again, but there’s still plenty of basketball to be played before then.
Tip-off for Day 2 of the tournament begins Friday, March 16 at noon ET, and every game is available via livestream.
Two more Big Ten teams take the floor on Friday afternoon, with the No. 2 Purdue Boilermakers facing the No. 15 Cal State Fullerton Titans at 12:40 p.m. ET (on truTV) and the No. 3 Michigan State Spartans taking on the No. 14 Bucknell Bison at 7:10 p.m. ET (on CBS). Both the Buckeyes and rival Michigan won their first round matchups on Thursday, and could see some inter-conference competition before the tournament's end.
Ohio basketball fans will also want to check out the No. 2 Cincinnati Bearcats as they face off with the darlings of the 2015 tournament, the No. 15 Georgia State Panthers. The Bearcats have their highest seeding since the Steve Logan days back in 2002. That game will tip at 2:00 p.m. ET.
OSU coach Chris Holtmann’s former team, the No. 10 Butler Bulldogs will face off against the No. 7 Arkansas Razorbacks at 3:10 p.m. ET. The winner of this game will have the unenviable task of going up against the winner of the Purdue Cal State Fullerton game... so Purdue.
Another night game on Friday to keep an eye on, is the No. 8 Missouri Tigers versus the No. 9 Florida State Seminoles. The winner of that matchup will go on to face the winner of the No. 1 Xavier Musketeers vs. No. 16 Texas Southern Tigers first-round game — which history would predict Xavier definitely winning. If Ohio State wins on Saturday, they would face the winner of that Xavier-Missouri/FSU matchup.
The last game that might be of unique interest tonight is the No. 6 TCU Horned Frogs and the No. 11 Syracuse Orange
men. The ‘Cuse had to win their First Four game against Arizona State on Thursday, so the expectation might be that they are an also-ran that just barely got into the tournament. And, while that might in fact be true, Jim Boeheim has a history of taking his team on improbable runs. So, anything can happen when the Orange are in the tournament.
March Madness Schedule: Friday, March 16
|TEAMS||TIME (ET)||TV Channel|
|TEAMS||TIME (ET)||TV Channel|
|(10) Providence vs. (7) Texas A&M||12:15 p.m.||CBS|
|(15) CSU Fullerton vs. (2) Purdue||12:40 p.m.||truTV|
|(13) Marshall vs. (4) Wichita State||1:30 p.m.||TNT|
|(15) Georgia State vs. (2) Cincinnati||2 p.m.||TBS|
|(15) Lipscomb vs. (2) UNC||2:45 p.m.||CBS|
|(10) Butler vs. (7) Arkansas||3:10 p.m.||truTV|
|(12) Murray State vs. (5) West Virginia||4:00 p.m.||TNT|
|(10) Texas vs. (7) Nevada||4:30 p.m.||TBS|
|(9) Kansas State vs. (8) Creighton||6:50 p.m.||TNT|
|(14) Bucknell vs. (3) Michigan State||7:10 p.m.||CBS|
|(16) Texas Southern vs. (1) Xavier||7:15 p.m.||TBS|
|(13) Charleston vs. (4) Auburn||7:27 p.m.||truTV|
|(16) UMBC vs. (1) Virginia||9:20 p.m.||TNT|
|(11) Syracuse vs. (6) TCU||9:30 p.m.||CBS|
|(9) Florida State vs. (8) Missouri||9:50 p.m.||TBS|
|(12) New Mexico State vs. (5) Clemson||9:57 p.m.||truTV|
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