The NCAA Tournament kicks off Tuesday with a pair of games from the First Four—the first two, you may be inclined to say—on TruTV, the channel you've had since this time last year but have not watched.
The Big Dance begins in earnest at 6:40 p.m. ET with a pair of No. 16 seeds, the Albany Great Danes and the Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers. Mount St. Mary's found its way into the field of 68 after finishing fourth in the Northeast Conference regular season but getting hot at the right time to win three games in the league tournament, topping top-seeded Robert Morris in the championship game 88-71 to earn the NEC's automatic NCAA berth.
Albany also upset its conference's top seed in its tournament, eliminating America East regular-season champion Vermont in the tournament semifinals before winning the final over Stony Brook. Vermont was the league's best chance at advancing beyond the field of 64, but the Catamounts were sent to the NIT.
The winner between Mount St. Mary's and Albany will play No. 1 overall Florida in Orlando, less than two hours from the Gators' campus, on Thursday.
After the first game, two at-large selections face off for a spot in the round of 64 as a No. 12 seed. The North Carolina State Wolfpack, led by 6'8 scoring machine T.J. Warren, take on the Xavier Musketeers. Warren has scored at least 20 points in each of his last 17 games, a streak dating back to Jan. 11. The winner will advance to play the No. 5 Saint Louis Billikens on Thursday.
Albany Great Danes vs. Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers, 6:40 p.m. ET, TruTV
North Carolina State Wolfpack vs. Xavier Musketeers, approx. 9:10 p.m. ET, TruTV