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March Madness 2017: Saturday Games Early Live Thread

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The early flight ends with the Wildcat women in action at Bramlage.

There’s little doubt as to how today’s first game will unfold.
There’s little doubt as to how today’s first game will unfold.
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We know last night was hard. It was so devastatingly awful that we all shut down. But there’s more basketball today, and K-State still has a team playing meaningful NCAA Tournament games, so we soldier on.

Unlike yesterday, where K-State was part of the opening flight of the late games, the Wildcats close out the early section today. So we will have a separate game thread for the women as they take on Drake. Here’s your early thread for everything else.

The men’s schedule is light early, with only two games before the dinner hour. West Virginia starts the day, fighting for all that is good and wonderful; that’s followed by Villanova, also fighting for the same basic credo.

Saturday Early Men’s Games

Region Team vs Team Site Time (CT) Network Announcers
Region Team vs Team Site Time (CT) Network Announcers
West (4) West Virginia vs (5) Notre Dame Buffalo NY 11:10am CBS Verne Lundquist/Jim Spanarkel/Allie LaForce
East (1) Villanova vs (8) Wisconsin Buffalo NY 1:40pm CBS Verne Lundquist/Jim Spanarkel/Allie LaForce

The women’s schedule is more normal this morning. The day starts with an inevitable UConn victory, followed by our friends from Ames trying to pop a very mild 8-9 upset over Syracuse. And then, our main event of the day will tip at about 2:30.

Saturday Early Women’s Games

Region Team vs Team Site Time (CT) Network Announcers
Region Team vs Team Site Time (CT) Network Announcers
Bridgeport (1) Connecticut vs (16) Albany Storrs CT 10:05am ESPN2/WatchESPN Eric Frede/Dan Hughes
Bridgeport (8) Syracuse vs (9) Iowa State Storrs CT noon ESPN2/WatchESPN Eric Frede/Dan Hughes
Stockton (5) Marquette vs (12) Quinnipiac Coral Gables FL 12:35pm ESPN2/WatchESPN Jenn Hildreth/Steffi Sorensen
Lexington (2) Stanford vs (15) New Mexico State Manhattan KS 12:45pm ESPN2/WatchESPN Brenda VanLengen/Carol Ross
Oklahoma City (4) Louisville vs (13) Chattanooga Louisville KY 12:45pm ESPN2/WatchESPN Dave O'Brien/Doris Burke/Kara Lawson
Oklahoma City (5) Tennessee vs (12) Dayton Louisville KY 2:30pm ESPN2/WatchESPN Dave O'Brien/Doris Burke/Kara Lawson
Stockton (4) Miami vs (13) Florida Gulf Coast Coral Gables FL 2:30pm ESPN2/WatchESPN Jenn Hildreth/Steffi Sorensen
Lexington (7) Kansas State vs (10) Drake Manhattan KS 2:30pm ESPN2/WatchESPN Brenda VanLengen/Carol Ross