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NCAA Tournament 2014: schedule, TV times, announcers, possible upset specials

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Enjoy this day of unproductivity, long lunches, and increased internet usage at our places of business with the Rumble.

The national holiday - basketball Christmas, if you will - is here!

Let this serve as an open thread for all smarting from St. John's loss to Robert Morris in the first round of the NIT, who want to think of better things and capable hoops. And let this serve as an open thread for those who just love watching teams prominent and unknown competing on the largest stage for the sport.

Of particular interest, judging by Vegas odds, is:

  • 11 Dayton/ 6 Ohio State game (OSU -6)
  • 12 Harvard/ 5 Cincinnati (CIN -3)
  • 10 BYU/ 7Oregon (ORE -5)
  • 10 St. Joseph's/ 7Connecticut (CONN -5.5)
  • 12 North Carolina State/ 5 St. Louis (SLU -3)
  • 12 North Dakota State/ 5 Oklahoma (OKL -3.5)
  • 10 Arizona State/ 7 Texas (TEX -2)

Which of those games did you pick as an upset today? Or did you pick a different game? What was your reasoning?

If it's before first tip, you might still be able to get your picks in on the Rumble Bracket Challenge on Yahoo! USE THIS INVITE LINK.

Thursday's Game Schedule

Region Game Venue Tip Time TV Announcers
South Dayton Flyers (11) vs. Ohio State Buckeyes (6) First Niagara Center (Buffalo, NY) 12:15p CBS Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery/Allie LaForce
West American University Eagles (15) vs. Wisconsin Badgers (2) BMO Harris Bradley Center (Milwaukee, WI) 12:40p truTV Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel/Lewis Johnson
South Pittsburgh Panthers (9) vs. Colorado Buffaloes (8) Amway Center (Orlando, FL) 1:40p TBS Brian Anderson/Dan Bonner//Kristine Leahy
East Harvard Crimson (12) vs. Cincinnati Bearcats (5) Spokane Memorial Arena (Spokane, WA) 2:10p TNT Spero Dedes/Doug Gottlieb//Jaime Maggio
South Western Michigan Broncos (14) vs. Syracuse Orange (3) First Niagara Center (Buffalo, NY) 2:45p CBS Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery/Allie LaForce
West BYU Cougars (10) vs. Oregon Ducks (7) BMO Harris Bradley Center (Milwaukee, WI) 3:10p truTV Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel/Lewis Johnson
South Albany Great Danes/ Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers (16) vs. Florida Gators (1) Amway Center (Orlando, FL) 4:10p TBS Brian Anderson/Dan Bonner//Kristine Leahy
East Delaware Blue Hens (13) vs. Michigan State Spartans (4) Spokane Memorial Arena (Spokane, WA) 4:40p TNT Spero Dedes/Doug Gottlieb//Jaime Maggio
East Saint Joseph's (PA) Hawks (10) vs. Connecticut Huskies (7) First Niagara Center (Buffalo, NY) 6:55p TBS Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery/Allie LaForce
Midwest Wofford Terriers (15) vs. Michigan Wolverines (2) BMO Harris Bradley Center (Milwaukee, WI) 7:10p CBS Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel/Lewis Johnson
Midwest North Carolina State Wolfpack/Xavier Musketeers (12) vs. Saint Louis Billikens (5) Amway Center (Orlando, FL) 7:20p TNT Brian Anderson/Dan Bonner//Kristine Leahy
West North Dakota State Bison (12) vs. Oklahoma Sooners (5) Spokane Memorial Arena (Spokane, WA) 7:27p truTV Spero Dedes/Doug Gottlieb//Jaime Maggio
East Milwaukee Panthers (15) vs. Villanova Wildcats (2) First Niagara Center (Buffalo, NY) 9:25p TBS Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery/Allie LaForce
Midwest Arizona State Sun Devils (10) vs. Texas Longhorns (7) BMO Harris Bradley Center (Milwaukee, WI) 9:40p CBS Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel/Lewis Johnson
Midwest Manhattan Jaspers (13) vs. Louisville Cardinals (4) Amway Center (Orlando, FL) 9:50p TNT Brian Anderson/Dan Bonner//Kristine Leahy
West New Mexico State Aggies (13) vs. San Diego State Aztecs (4) Spokane Memorial Arena (Spokane, WA) 9:57p truTV Spero Dedes/Doug Gottlieb//Jaime Maggio