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March Madness schedule 2019: Dates, times, TV channels, live stream for every NCAA Tournament game | NCAA Basketball

March Madness is finally here. 

Below are the important dates, locations, times and TV channels for the entire 2019 NCAA Tournament schedule: Everything you need to know to tune in to college basketball’s Big Dance, which runs March 19-April 8.

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Sporting News will keep you updated with scores and schedules throughout the entire tournament, from the First Four to the national championship game.

That said, here’s everything you need to know to tune in to the latest edition of March Madness:

March Madness TV channels, live stream

The NCAA Tournament will be broadcast across several stations, including truTV, CBS, TNT and TBS. TruTV will broadcast the First Four (March 19-20). CBS, truTV, TNT and TBS will all broadcast portions of the first- and second-round games from March 21-24. From there, the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight (March 28-31) will be covered exclusively by CBS and TBS. CBS hold broadcast rights for the Final Four (April 6) and national championship game (April 8).

Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, Bill Raftery and Tracy Wolfson are CBS’s lead broadcast team and will call the Final Four national semifinals and championship game.

You can get an updated, printable NCAA Tournament bracket here to fill out before the tournament begins. Sporting News will continue to update the bracket as games are played.

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NCAA Tournament schedule 2019

(all times Eastern)

Round Location Date TV
First Four Dayton, Ohio March 19-20 truTV
First, second rounds Hartford, Conn. March 21, 23 CBS, truTV, TNT, TBS
First, second rounds Salt Lake City March 21, 23 CBS, truTV, TNT, TBS
First, second rounds Des Moines, Iowa March 21, 23 CBS, truTV, TNT, TBS
First, second rounds Jacksonville, Fla. March 21, 23 CBS, truTV, TNT, TBS
First, second rounds Tulsa, Okla. March 22, 24 CBS, truTV, TNT, TBS
First, second rounds Columbus, Ohio March 22, 24 CBS, truTV, TNT, TBS
First, second rounds Columbia, S.C. March 22, 24 CBS, truTV, TNT, TBS
First, second rounds San Jose, Calif. March 22, 24 CBS, truTV, TNT, TBS
South Regional Louisville, Ky. March 28, 30 CBS, TBS
West Regional Anaheim, Calif. March 28, 30 CBS, TBS
East Regional Washington, D.C. March 29, 31 CBS, TBS
Midwest Regional Kansas City, Mo. March 29, 31 CBS
Final Four Minneapolis April 6 CBS
National championship Minneapolis April 8 CBS

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First Four

Tuesday, March 19

Matchup Time TV
Prairie View A&M vs. Farleigh Dickinson 6:40 p.m. truTV
Temple vs. Belmont 9:10 p.m. truTV

Wednesday, March 20

Matchup Time TV
NC Central vs. North Dakota State 6:40 p.m. truTV
Arizona State vs. St. John’s 9 p.m. truTV

First Round

Thursday, March 21

Matchup Time TV
Louisville (7) vs. Minnesota (10) 12:15 p.m. CBS
LSU (3) vs. Yale (14) 12:40 p.m. truTV
Auburn (5) vs. New Mexico State (12) 1:30 p.m. TNT
Florida State (4) vs. Vermont (13) 2:00 p.m. TBS
Michigan State (2) vs. Bradley (15) 2:30 p.m. CBS
Maryland (6) vs. Belmont/Temple (11) 3 p.m. truTV
Kansas (4) vs. Northeastern (13) 3:50 p.m. TNT
Marquette (5) vs. Murray State (12) 4:20 p.m. TBS
Nevada (7) vs. Florida (10) 6:50 p.m. TNT
Kentucky (2) vs. Abelene Christian (15) 7:10 p.m. CBS
Villanova (6) vs. Saint Mary’s (11) 7:20 p.m. TBS
Gonzaga (1) vs. Farleigh Dickinson/Prairie View A&M (16) 7:27 p.m. truTV
Michigan (2) vs. Montana (15) 9:15 p.m. TNT
Wofford (7) vs. Seton Hall (10) 9:30 p.m. CBS
Purdue (3) vs. Old Dominion (14) 9:45 p.m. TBS
Syracuse (8) vs. Baylor (9) 9:55 p.m. truTV

Friday, March 22

Matchup Time TV
Cincinnati (7) vs. Iowa (10) 12:15 p.m. CBS
Ole Miss (8) vs. Oklahoma (9) 12:40 p.m. truTV
Texas Tech (3) vs. Northern Kentucky (14) 1:30 p.m. TNT
Kansas State (4) vs. UC Irvine (13) 2:00 p.m. TBS
Tennessee (2) vs. Colgate (15) 2:30 p.m. CBS
Virginia (1) vs. Gardner-Webb (16) 3 p.m. truTV
Buffalo (6) vs. Arizona St./St. John’s (11) 3:50 p.m. TNT
Wisconsin (5) vs. Oregon (12) 4:20 p.m. TBS
Utah State (8) vs. Washington (9) 6:50 p.m. TNT
Duke (1) vs. N.C. Central/North Dakota State (16) 7:10 p.m. CBS
Houston (3) vs. Georgia State (14) 7:20 p.m. TBS
Mississippi State (5) vs. Liberty (12) 7:27 p.m. truTV
North Carolina (1) vs. Iona (16) 9:15 p.m. TNT
VCU (8) vs. UCF (9) 9:30 p.m. CBS
Iowa State (6) vs. Ohio State (11) 9:45 p.m. TBS
Virginia Tech (4) vs. Saint Louis 13) 9:55 p.m. truTV

Second Round

Saturday, March 23

Matchup Time TV
TBD vs. TBD Noon CBS
TBD vs. TBD 2:30 p.m. CBS
TBD vs. TBD 5 p.m. CBS
TBD vs. TBD 6 p.m. TNT
TBD vs. TBD 7 p.m. TBS
TBD vs. TBD 7:30 p.m. CBS
TBD vs. TBD 8:30 p.m. TNT
TBD vs. TBD 9:30 p.m. TBS

Sunday, March 24

Matchup Time TV
TBD vs. TBD Noon CBS
TBD vs. TBD 2:30 p.m. CBS
TBD vs. TBD 5 p.m. CBS
TBD vs. TBD 6 p.m. TNT
TBD vs. TBD 7 p.m. TBS
TBD vs. TBD 7:30 p.m. truTV
TBD vs. TBD 8:30 p.m. TNT
TBD vs. TBD 9:30 p.m. TBS

Sweet 16

Thursday, March 28

Matchup Time TV
TBD vs. TBD 7 p.m. CBS
TBD vs. TBD 7:15 p.m. TBS
TBD vs. TBD 9:30 p.m. CBS
TBD vs. TBD 9:45 p.m. TBS

Friday, March 29

Matchup Time TV
TBD vs. TBD 7 p.m. CBS
TBD vs. TBD 7:15 p.m. TBS
TBD vs. TBD 9:30 p.m. CBS
TBD vs. TBD 9:45 p.m. TBS

Elite Eight

Saturday, March 30

Matchup Location TV
TBD vs. TBD Louisville, Ky. CBS, TBS
TBD vs. TBD Anaheim, Calif. CBS, TBS

Sunday, March 31

Matchup Location TV
TBD vs. TBD Washington, D.C. CBS, TBS
TBD vs. TBD Kansas City, Mo. CBS, TBS

Final Four

Saturday, April 6

Matchup Time TV
TBD vs. TBD 6 p.m. CBS
TBD vs. TBD 8:30 p.m. CBS

National championship

Monday, April 8

Matchup Location TV
TBD vs. TBD 9 p.m. CBS

March Madness features from Sporting News

“40 Minutes of Hell” to Hog Heaven :  Nolan Richardson’s 1993-94 Arkansas team will go down as one of the most fun SEC title-winning teams of all time. It was something he built, one minute at a time.

A barrier-breaking title : The 1961-62 Cincinnati Bearcats made history when they started four black players in their NCAA title game win over Ohio State. We remember the importance of that groundbreaking win.

An Oral History of Steph Curry’s 2008 Breakout : In 2008, a little-known, baby-faced guard from Davidson completely took over the NCAA Tournament.

Upset City : Reliving the wildest opening venue in NCAA Tournament history.

The Fagan Jinx : They’re not just upset “alerts” when Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan is in attendance. Recapping the many improbable upsets Fagan has been on hand to witness. 

More than a timeout : The 1993 NCAA Tournament is more than Chris Webber’s ill-fated timeout in the national championship game against UNC. 

Danny and the Miracles : Recalling Kansas’ improbable 1988 title run.

Chalmers’ shot still resonates : Mario Chalmers never gets tired talking about his 3-pointer against Memphis in 2008.

DeCourcy’s best of 30 years : Sporting News’ Mike DeCourcy ranks the best games he has witnessed from 30 years’ worth of NCAA Tournament coverage. 

The thrill of victory… : Sporting News staff recall their favorite memories of the NCAA Tournament. 

…And the agony of defeat : Sporting News staff recalls their most heartbreaking memories from the NCAA Tournament. Get your tissues ready.

Top 80 upsets in March Madness history :  It’s not March Madness until there’s an upset. Ranking the best we ever saw:

Best buzzer-beaters in NCAA Tournament history :  The defining shots of the NCAA Tournament, and the reason it’s dubbed “March Madness.”



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