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March Madness 2017: Saturday Late Games Live Thread

Can Middle Tennessee move on?

It’s only Saturday afternoon, and only one true Cinderella remains standing.
It’s only Saturday afternoon, and only one true Cinderella remains standing.
Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been a long time since the NCAA could point at their bracket and say, “See, we mostly got it right.”

But here we are, on Saturday afternoon of the first weekend, and only one team seeded higher than 11th is still alive. Say hello to your Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, the only 12 seed to survive an opening round of an NCAA Tournament which saw all four top seeds in each region advance.

It’s not just their status as Cinderella which makes their game against Butler the highlight of this evening’s slate, however. The rest of this afternoon’s games are, for one reason or another, sort of meh. Nobody wants to see Gonzaga after Thursday’s debacle. Nobody ever wants to see Arizona. Iowa State is playing a school that doesn’t even exist. Florida/Virginia could be fun, but it could also be awful.

So let’s all just do the right thing and cheer for the Blue Raiders. After all, what’s a Sweet Sixteen without a 12-seed?

Saturday’s Late Men’s Games

Region Team vs Team Site Time (CT) Network Announcers
Region Team vs Team Site Time (CT) Network Announcers
West (1) Gonzaga vs (8) Northwestern Salt Lake City UT 4:15pm CBS Andrew Catalon/Steve Lappas/Jamie Erdahl
West (3) Florida State vs (11) Xavier Orlando FL 5:15pm TNT Ian Eagle/Steve Lavin/Evan Washburn
South (4) Butler vs (12) Middle Tennessee State Milwaukee WI 6:10pm TBS Carter Blackburn/Mike Gminski/Debbie Antonelli/Lisa Byington
West (2) Arizona vs (7) Saint Mary's Salt Lake City UT 6:45pm CBS Andrew Catalon/Steve Lappas/Jamie Erdahl
East (4) Florida vs (5) Virginia Orlando FL 7:40pm TNT Ian Eagle/Steve Lavin/Evan Washburn
Midwest (4) Purdue vs (5) Iowa State Milwaukee WI 8:40pm TBS Carter Blackburn/Mike Gminski/Debbie Antonelli/Lisa Byington

The late women’s schedule has a Big 12 flavor, as both Baylor and Oklahoma are in action during the first wave.

Saturday’s Late Women’s Games

Region Team vs Team Site Time (CT) Network Announcers
Region Team vs Team Site Time (CT) Network Announcers
Bridgeport (7) Temple vs (10) Oregon Durham NC 5:35pm ESPN2/WatchESPN Clay Matvick/Christy Winters-Scott
Oklahoma City (1) Baylor vs (16) Texas Southern Waco TX 5:35pm ESPN2/WatchESPN Lowell Galindo/Sue Bird
Bridgeport (4) UCLA vs (13) Boise State Los Angeles CA 5:40pm ESPN2/WatchESPN Sam Gore/Julianna Viani
Oklahoma City (6) Oklahoma vs (11) Gonzaga Seattle WA 5:40pm ESPN2/WatchESPN Pam Ward/Gail Goestenkors
Bridgeport (5) Texas A&M vs (12) Pennsylvania Los Angeles CA 7:30pm ESPN2/WatchESPN Sam Gore/Julianna Viani
Bridgeport (2) Duke vs (15) Hampton Durham NC 7:30pm ESPN2/WatchESPN Clay Matvick/Christy Winters-Scott
Oklahoma City (3) Washington vs (14) Montana State Seattle WA 7:30pm ESPN2/WatchESPN Pam Ward/Gail Goestenkors
Oklahoma City (8) Louisiana State vs (9) California Waco TX 7:30pm ESPN2/WatchESPN Lowell Galindo/Sue Bird