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March Madness 2017: Thursday Early Games Open Thread

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Directional Tennessee takes the stage, hoping for a pair of Cinderella stories.

JaCorey Williams and the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders are expected to give Minnesota fits.
JaCorey Williams and the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders are expected to give Minnesota fits.
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Are you ready for some NCAA Tournament basketball?

The main event kicks off this morning as Notre Dame faces off against Princeton, but the real chaos appears to be set for the early afternoon games as a couple of trendy upset picks are in action.

Here’s the early schedule for today. All times Central. Enjoy!

Thursday Early Games

Region Team vs Team Site Tipoff Network Announcers
Region Team vs Team Site Tipoff Network Announcers
West (5) Notre Dame vs (12) Princeton Buffalo NY 11:15am CBS Verne Lundquist/Jim Spanarkel/Allie LaForce
East (5) Virginia vs (12) UNC-Wilmington Orlando FL 11:40am truTV Ian Eagle/Steve Lavin/Evan Washburn
South (4) Butler vs (13) Winthrop Milwaukee WI 12:30pm TNT Carter Blackburn/Mike Gminski/Debbie Antonelli
West (1) Gonzaga vs (16) South Dakota State Salt Lake City UT 1pm TBS Andrew Catalon/Steve Lappas/Jamie Erdahl
West (4) West Virginia vs (13) Bucknell Buffalo NY 1:45pm CBS Verne Lundquist/Jim Spanarkel/Allie LaForce
East (4) Florida vs (13) East Tennessee State Orlando FL 2pm truTV Ian Eagle/Steve Lavin/Evan Washburn
South (5) Minnesota vs (12) Middle Tennessee State Milwaukee WI 3pm TNT Carter Blackburn/Mike Gminski/Debbie Antonelli
West (8) Northwestern vs (9) Vanderbilt Salt Lake City UT 3:30pm TBS Andrew Catalon/Steve Lappas/Jamie Erdahl