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NCAA Tournament 2016 first round TV schedule, announcers and start times

CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV will carry the play-in and first round games.

The NCAA Tournament field has been set. Eight teams travel to Dayton, Ohio to open the March Madness proceedings in the play-in First Four round on March 15 and 16. The round of 64 picks up later in the week for 24 full hours of basketball on TV in the span of two days.

After the release of this year's bracket, the NCAA and released the coverage schedule and broadcast teams for the first round and First Four action. Verne Lundquist in Brooklyn! Jim Nantz in Des Moines! Doug Gottlieb in Spokane! Reggie Miller anywhere near a microphone! This is March.

CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV will carry the tournament this year, with truTV broadcasting the First Four round. CBS will have the Final Four and championship games exclusively. All full rundown of network television and online streaming tournament coverage can be found here.

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Tuesday, March 15 (First Four)

No. 16 FGCU vs. No. 16 Fairleigh Dickinson, 6:40 p.m., truTV — Andrew Catalon, Steve Lappas and Jamie Erdahl

No. 11 Vanderbilt vs. No. 11 Wichita State, 9:10 p.m., truTV — Catalon, Lappas and Erdahl

Wednesday, March 16 (First Four)

No. 16 Holy Cross vs. No. 16 Southern, 6:40 p.m., truTV — Carter Blackburn, Mike Gminski and Jaime Maggio

No. 11 Michigan vs. No. 11 Tulsa, 9:10 p.m., truTV — Blackburn, Gminski and Maggio

Thursday, March 17 (First Round)

No. 4 Duke vs. No. 13 UNCW, 12:15 p.m., CBS -- Ian Eagle, Chris Webber, Len Elmore and Evan Washburn

No. 8 Texas Tech vs. No. 9 Butler, 12:40 p.m., truTV — Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Dan Bonner and Lewis Johnson

No. 8 Colorado vs. No. 9 Connecticut, 1:30 p.m., TNT — Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, Bill Raftery and Tracy Wolfson

No. 4 Iowa State vs. No. 14 Iona, 2 p.m., TBS — Catalon, Lappas and Erdahl

No. 5 Baylor vs. No. 12 Yale, 2:45 p.m., CBS — Eagle, Webber, Elmore and Washburn

No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 16 Hampton 3:10 p.m., truTV — Harlan, Miller, Bonner and Johnson

No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 16 Austin Peay, 4 p.m., TNT — Nantz, Hill, Raftery, and Wolfson

No. 5 Purdue vs. No. 12 Arkansas-Little Rock, 4:30 p.m., TBS — Catalon, Lappas and Erdahl

No. 3 Miami vs. No. 14 Buffalo, 6:50 p.m., TNT — Eagle, Webber, Elmore and Washburn

No. 5 Indiana vs. No. 12 Chattanooga, 7:10 p.m., CBS — Nantz, Hill, Raftery and Wolfson

No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 16 FGCU/Fairleigh Dickinson winner, 7:20 p.m., TBS — Harlan, Miller, Bonner and Johnson

No. 3 Utah vs. No. 14 Fresno State, 7:27 p.m., truTV — Catalon, Lappas and Erdahl

No. 6 Arizona vs. No. 11 Vanderbilt/Wichita State winner, 9:20 p.m., TNT — Eagle, Webber, Elmore and Washburn

No. 4 Kentucky vs. No. 13 Stony Brook, 9:40 p.m., CBS — Nantz, Hill, Raftery and Wolfson

No. 8 USC vs. No. 9 Providence, 9:50 p.m., TBS — Harlan, Miller, Bonner and Johnson

No. 6 Seton Hall vs. No. 11 Gonzaga, 9:57 p.m., truTV — Catalon, Lappas and Erdahl

Friday, March 18 (First Round)

No. 7 Dayton vs. No. 10 Syracuse, 12:15 p.m., CBS — Brian Anderson, Steve Smith and Dana Jacobson

No. 2 Villanova vs. No. 15 UNC-Asheville, 12:40 p.m., truTV — Verne Lundquist, Jim Spanarkel and Allie LaForce

No. 7 Oregon State vs. No. 10 VCU, 1:30 p.m., TNT — Blackburn, Gminski and Maggio

No. 4 California vs. No. 13 Hawaii, 2 p.m., TBS — Spero Dedes, Doug Gottlieb and Rosalyn Gold-Onwude

No. 2 Michigan State vs. No. 15 Middle Tennessee, 2:45 p.m., CBS — Anderson, Smith and Jacobson

No. 7 Iowa vs. No. 10 Temple, 3:10 p.m., truTV — Lundquist, Spanarkel and LaForce

No. 2 Oklahoma vs. No. 15 CSU-Bakersfield, 4 p.m., TNT — Blackburn, Gminski and Maggio

No. 5 Maryland vs. No. 12 South Dakota State, 4:30 p.m., TBS — Dedes, Gottlieb and Gold-Onwude

No. 7 Wisconsin vs. No. 10 Pittsburgh, 6:50 p.m., TNT — Anderson, Smith and Jacobson

No. 3 West Virginia vs. No. 14 Stephen F. Austin, 7:10 p.m., CBS — Lundquist, Spanarkel and LaForce

No. 3 Texas A&M vs. No. 14 UW-Green Bay, 7:20 p.m., TBS — Blackburn, Gminski and Maggio

No. 1 Oregon vs. No. 16 Holy Cross/Southern winner, 7:27 p.m., truTV — Dedes, Gottlieb and Gold-Onwude

No. 2 Xavier vs. No. 15 Weber State, 9:20 p.m., TNT — Anderson, Smith and Jacobson

No. 6 Notre Dame vs. No. 11 Michigan/Tulsa winner, 9:40 p.m., CBS — Lundquist, Spanarkel and LaForce

No. 6 Texas vs. No. 11 Northern Iowa, 9:50 p.m., TBS — Blackburn, Gminski and Maggio

No. 8 St. Joseph's vs. No. 9 Cincinnati, 9:57 p.m., truTV — Dedes, Gottlieb and Gold-Onwude

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