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.