We’re only doing one open thread today, because the evening games start off with a particular contest for which we’ll have a dedicated open thread. We think you know the one.
There’s at least one game of local significance in every block today, with four Big 12 teams and two close rivals on the schedule. Wichita State and Marshall will meet in the Battle of the Tragic Plane Crashes in the early wave, both West Virginia and Texas take the floor during the afternoon, K-State is of course in action during dinner, and the late games feature both TCU and Missouri.
Butler and Texas are your best bets for non-8/9 upset picks today. Nobody else really jumps out, unfortunately for the Cinderella fans out there.
Here’s today’s schedule, and we’ll see you at 5:30 with the open thread for K-State’s 2018 Tournament debut.
- 11:15am CT, Charlotte - West - (7) Texas A&M Aggies vs (10) Providence Friars - CBS with Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery, Grant Hill, and Tracy Wolfson
- 11:40am CT, Detroit - East - (2) Purdue Boilermakers vs (15) Cal State-Fullerton Titans - TruTV with Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel, and Allie LaForce
- 12:30pm CT, San Diego - East - (4) Wichita State Shockers vs (13) Marshall Thundering Herd - TNT with Carter Blackburn, Debbie Antonelli, and John Schriffen
- 1:00pm CT, Nashville - South - (2) Cincinnati Bearcats vs (15) Georgia State Panthers - TBS with Andrew Catalon, Steve Lappas, and Jamie Erdahl
Afternoon shift (times approximate, games tip 30 minutes after conclusion of previous site game):
- 1:45pm CT, Charlotte - West - (2) North Carolina Tar Heels vs (15) Lipscomb Bison - CBS with Nantz’s crew
- 2:10pm CT, Detroit - East - (7) Arkansas Razorbacks vs (10) Butler Bulldogs - TruTV with Eagle’s crew
- 3:00pm CT, San Diego - East - (5) West Virginia Mountaineers vs (12) Murray State Racers - TNT with Blackburn’s crew
- 3:30pm CT, Nashville - South - (7) Nevada Wolf Pack vs (10) Texas Longhorns - TBS with Catalon’s crew
- 5:50pm CT, Charlotte - South - (8) Creighton Bluejays vs (9) Kansas State Wildcats - TNT with Nantz’s crew
- 6:10pm CT, Detroit - Midwest - (3) Michigan State Spartans vs (14) Bucknell Bison - CBS with Eagle’s crew
- 6:20pm CT, Nashville - West - (1) Xavier Musketeers vs (16) Texas Southern Tigers - TBS with Catalon’s crew
- 6:27pm CT, San Diego - Midwest - (4) Auburn Tigers vs (13) College of Charleston Cougars - TruTV with Blackburn’s crew
Late shift (times approximate):
- 8:20pm CT, Charlotte - South - (1) Virginia Cavaliers vs (16) Maryland-Baltimore County Retrievers - TNT with Nantz’s crew
- 8:40pm CT, Detroit - Midwest - (6) Texas Christian Horned Frogs vs (11) Syracuse Orange - CBS with Eagle’s crew
- 8:50pm CT, Nashville - West - (8) Missouri Tigers vs (9) Florida State Seminoles - TBS with Catalon’s crew
- 8:57pm CT, San Diego - Midwest - (5) Clemson Tigers vs (12) New Mexico State Aggies - TruTV with Blackburn’s crew