March Madness is finally here, now without CBS dictating what you can watch.
The second year of the NCAA tournament's decentralization from CBS to include TNT, TBS and TruTV kicks off in earnest Thursday with the second round — the round of 64 — and isn't it nice to know a man in a CBS production booth doesn't decide what games you get to watch?
Of note is that of the two No. 1 seeds playing Thursday — Gonzaga and Louisville — both play their respective games on TBS instead of CBS. The schedules seem to carry names of equal face value between the four. TBS has both No. 1 seeds Thursday, but the other three networks will each air a No. 3 seed at some point throughout the day.
12:15 p.m. ET, CBS: No. 14 Valparaiso Crusaders vs. No. 3 Michigan State Spartans, Midwest regional, Auburn Hills, Mich.
1:40 p.m. ET, TBS: No. 9 Wichita State Shockers vs. No. 8 Pittsburgh Panthers, West regional, Salt Lake City, Utah
2:10 p.m. ET, TNT: No. 13 New Mexico State Aggies vs. No. 4 Saint Louis Billikens, Midwest regional, San Jose, Calif.
Approx. 2:40 p.m. ET, CBS: (No. 11 Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders/No. 11 St. Mary's Gaels) vs. No. 6 Memphis Tigers, Midwest regional, Auburn Hills, Mich.
Approx. 4:10 p.m. ET, TBS: No. 16 Southern Jaguars vs. No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs, West regional, Salt Lake City, Utah
Approx. 4:40 p.m. ET, TNT: No. 12 Oregon Ducks vs. No. 5 Oklahoma State Cowboys, Midwest regional, San Jose, Calif.
7:15 p.m. ET, CBS: No. 13 South Dakota State Jackrabbits vs. No. 4 Michigan Wolverines, South regional, Auburn Hills, Mich.
Approx. 9:20 p.m. ET, TBS: No. 9 Missouri Tigers vs. No. 8 Colorado State Rams, Midwest regional, Lexington, Ky.
Approx. 9:45 p.m. ET, CBS: No. 12 Akron Zips vs. No. 5 VCU Rams, South regional, Auburn Hills, Mich.
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