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First Four Preview: Tuesday night

FDU, FGCU, Wichita State and Vanderbilt are in action on the first night.

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Only the hardcore fans will get excited about Fairleigh Dickinson versus Florida Gulf Coast and Wichita State versus Vanderbilt will "only" decide who gets to play Arizona, but the First Four will truly be a treat this year.

These kids are battling for a chance to advance to the final 64. This opportunity doesn't come every season - especially for the 16 seeds - and the chance to showcase their talents on national television turns into an all out battle with 10+ players leaving their hearts out on the court.

Guard Darian Anderson (15 points per game) will lead Knights as they try to trip up Joe Dooley, Marc Eddy Norelia and Florida Gulf Coast. The Eagles won't exactly live up to their 'Dunk City' profile this time around as they run a more conventional offense through Norelia in the post, but they should be able to knock off the NEC Champions to play North Carolina in the first round.

The Shockers against the Commodores could be the best game in the short history of the First Four as both teams have plenty of firepower and star-studded players.

Wichita State features the backcourt of Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker while the Commodores have two NBA prospects in Wade Baldwin IV and Damian Jones. These teams have the experience and potential to knock off Arizona in the first round, but on Tuesday, they must go after each other on TruTV.

Play-in Games

Date Tip (ET) Network Site Game Play-by-Play/Analyst//Reporter
Tuesday, March 15 6:40 p.m. truTV Dayton Florida Gulf Coast Eagles vs. Fairleigh Dickinson Knights Andrew Catalon / Steve Lappas // Jamie Erdahl
Tuesday, March 15 After conc. I truTV Dayton Vanderbilt Commodores vs. Wichita State Shockers Catalon / Lappas // Erdahl
Wednesday, March 16 6:40 p.m. truTV Dayton Holy Cross Crusaders vs. Southern Jaguars Carter Blackburn / Mike Gminski // Jaime Maggio
Wednesday, March 16 After conc. I truTV Dayton Michigan Wolverines vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane Blackburn / Gminski //Maggio


Thursday March 17: Round of 64 Games

TIP (ET) NETWORK SITE Region GAME PLAY-BY-PLAY/ANALYST//REPORTER
12:15 p.m. CBS Providence West (4) Duke Blue Devils vs. (13) NC-Wilmington Seahawks Ian Eagle/Chris Webber/Len Elmore//Evan Washburn
12:40 p.m. truTV Raleigh Midwest (8) Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. (9) Butler Bulldogs Kevin Harlan/Reggie Miller/Dan Bonner//Lewis Johnson
1:30 p.m. TNT Des Moines South (8) Colorado Buffaloes vs. (9) Connecticut Huskies Jim Nantz/Grant Hill/Bill Raftery//Tracy Wolfson
2:00 p.m. TBS Denver Midwest (4) Iowa State Cyclones vs. (13) Iona Gaels Andrew Catalon/Steve Lappas//Jamie Erdahl
After conc. I CBS Providence West (5) Baylor Bears vs. (12) Yale Bulldogs Eagle/ Webber/Elmore//Washburn
After conc. I truTV Raleigh Midwest (1) Virginia Cavaliers vs. (16) Hampton Pirates Harlan/Miller/Bonner//Johnson
After conc. I TNT Des Moines South (1) Kansas Jayhawks vs. (16) Austin Peay Governors Nantz/Hill/Raftery//Wolfson
After conc. I TBS Denver Midwest (5) Purdue Boilermakers vs. (12) Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans Catalon/ Lappas// Erdahl
6:50 p.m. TNT Providence South (3) Miami-Florida Hurricanes vs. (14) Buffalo Bulls Eagle/ Webber/Elmore//Washburn
7:10 p.m. CBS Des Moines East (5) Indiana Hoosiers vs.(12) Chattanooga Mocs Nantz/Hill/Raftery//Wolfson
7:20 p.m. TBS Raleigh East (1) North Carolina Tar Heels vs. (16) Florida Gulf Coast/Fairleigh Dickinson Harlan/Miller/Bonner//Johnson
7:27 p.m. truTV Denver Midwest (3) Utah Utes vs. (14) Fresno State Bulldogs Catalon/ Lappas// Erdahl
After conc. III TNT Providence South (6) Arizona Wildcats vs. (11) Vanderbilt/Wichita State Eagle/ Webber/Elmore//Washburn
After conc. III CBS Des Moines East (4) Kentucky Wildcats vs. (13) Stony Brook Seawolves Nantz/Hill/Raftery//Wolfson
After conc. III TBS Raleigh East (8) USC Trojans vs. (9) Providence Friars Harlan/Miller/Bonner//Johnson
After conc. III truTV Denver Midwest (6) Seton Hall Pirates vs. (11) Gonzaga Bulldogs Catalon/ Lappas// Erdahl


Friday March 18: Round of 64

TIP (ET) NETWORK SITE Region GAME PLAY-BY-PLAY/ANALYST//REPORTER
12:15 p.m. CBS St. Louis Midwest (7) Dayton Flyers vs. (10) Syracuse Orange Brian Anderson/Steve Smith//Dana Jacobson
12:40 p.m. truTV Brooklyn South (2) Villanova Wildcats vs. (15) UNC-Asheville Bulldogs Verne Lundquist/Jim Spanarkel//Allie LaForce
1:30 p.m. TNT Oklahoma City West (7) Oregon State Beavers vs. 910) Virginia Commonwealth Rams Carter Blackburn/ Mike Gminski//Jaime Maggio
2:00 p.m. TBS Spokane South (4) California Golden Bears vs. (13) Hawaii Rainbow Warriors Spero Dedes/Doug Gottlieb//Ros Gold-Onwude
After conc. I CBS St. Louis Midwest (2) Michigan State Spartans vs. (15) Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Anderson/Smith//Jacobson
After conc. I TNT Oklahoma City West (2) Oklahoma Sooners vs. (15) CS-Bakersfield Roadrunners Blackburn/Gminski//Maggio
After conc. I Brooklyn South (7) Iowa Hawkeyes vs. (10) Temple Owls Lundquist/Spanarkel//LaForce
After conc. I TBS Spokane South (5) Maryland Terrapins vs. (12) South Dakota State Jackrabbits Dedes/Gottlieb//Gold-Onwude
6:50 p.m. TNT St. Louis East (7) Wisconsin Badgers vs.(10) Pittsburgh Panthers Anderson/Smith//Jacobson
7:10 p.m. CBS Brooklyn East (3) West Virginia Mountaineers vs. (14) Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks Lundquist/Spanarkel//LaForce
7:20 p.m. TBS Oklahoma City West (3) Texas A&M Aggies vs. (14) Green Bay Phoenix Blackburn/Gminski//Maggio
7:27 p.m. truTV Spokane West (1) Oregon Ducks vs. (16) Holy Cross/Southern U. Dedes/Gottlieb//Gold-Onwude
After conc. III TNT St. Louis East (2) Xavier Musketeers vs. (15) Weber State Wildcats Anderson/Smith//Jacobson
After conc. III CBS Brooklyn East (6) Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs.(11) Michigan/Tulsa Lundquist/Spanarkel//LaForce
After conc. III TBS Oklahoma City West (6) Texas Longhorns vs.(11) Northern Iowa Panthers Blackburn/Gminski//Maggio
After conc. III truTV Spokane West (8) Saint Josephs (PA) Hawks vs. (9) Cincinnati Bearcats Dedes/Gottlieb//Gold-Onwude