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NCAA Round of 32 Open Thread: times, announcers, matchups

An opening round filled with surprises gets more serious.

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

It started with Yale pounding Baylor on the glass, beating the Bears at their own strength.

Then Little Rock got in on the fun, taking Purdue to four overtimes, making smart plays behind an explosive performance from Josh Hagins.

Hawaii surprised an injured California team with two of their NBA-bound stars out (the Golden Bears looked like a team that relied way too much on individual talent, on individual attacks).

And then the Middle Tennessee wrecked everyone’s bracket, ended Denzel Valentine’s storied career, getting on top of arguably the nation’s best coach and one of the best programs - then holding those Spartans off for a win.

And then Stephen F Austin out hustled and out worked West Virginia. And Northern Iowa outplayed Texas, gave up the lead, but finished their late game off with a buzzer-beating heave.

Some other lower seeds won - like those plucky Syracuse Orange team and the under seeded Wichita State and Gonzaga. Those four wins stood out; one thing we saw consistently is that well-coached low major teams weren’t trying to just out shoot the opponents, they attacked them at their own games, confidently.

Saturday and Sunday welcome more “day of reckoning” kind of games, as programs work to get into the Sweet Sixteen.

The match ups are below.

Saturday, March 19: 2nd Round Games

12:10p CBS Providence South (3) Miami-Florida Hurricanes vs. (11) Wichita State Shockers Ian Eagle/Chris Webber/Len Elmore//Evan Washburn
After Conc. CBS Providence West (4) Duke Blue Devils vs. (12) Yale Bulldogs Eagle/Webber/Elmore//Washburn
5:15p CBS Des Moines East (4) Kentucky Wildcats vs. (5) Indiana Hoosiers Jim Nantz/Grant Hill/Bill Raftery//Tracy Wolfson
6:10p TNT Denver Midwest (4) Iowa State Cyclones vs. (12) Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans Andrew Catalon/Steve Lappas//Jamie Erdahl
7:10p TBS Raleigh Midwest (1) Virginia Cavaliers vs. (9) Butler Bulldogs Kevin Harlan/Reggie Miller/Dan Bonner//Lewis Johnson
After Conc. CBS Des Moines South (1) Kansas Jayhawks vs. (9) Connecticut Huskies Nantz/ Hill/ Raftery//Wolfson
After Conc. TNT Denver Midwest (3) Utah Utes vs. (11) Gonzaga Bulldogs Catalon/Lappas//Erdahl
After Conc. TBS Raleigh East (1) North Carolina Tar Heels vs. (9) Providence Friars Harlan/Miller/Bonner//Johnson

March 20, 2016

12:10p CBS Brooklyn South (2) Villanova Wildcats vs. (7) Iowa Hawkeyes Verne Lundquist/Jim Spanarkel//Allie LaForce
After Conc. CBS Brooklyn East (6) Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs (14) Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks Lundquist/Spanarkel//LaForce
5:15p CBS Oklahoma City West (2) Oklahoma Sooners vs. (10) VCU Rams Carter Blackburn/Mike Gminski//Jaime Maggio
6:10p TNT St. Louis Midwest (10) Syracuse Orange vs. (15) Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Brian Anderson/Steve Smith//Dana Jacobson
7:10p TBS Spokane South (5) Maryland Terrapins vs. (13) Hawaii Warriors Spero Dedes/Doug Gottlieb//Ros Gold-Onwude
After Conc. truTV Oklahoma City West (3) Texas A&M Aggies vs. (11) Northern Iowa Panthers Blackburn/Gminski//Maggio
After Conc. TNT St. Louis East (2) Xavier Musketeers vs. (7) Wisconsin Badgers Anderson/Smith//Jacobson
After Conc. TBS Spokane West (1) Oregon Ducks vs. (8) St. Joseph's Hawks Dedes/Gottlieb//Gold-Onwude