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NCAA First Four and First Round Broadcast Schedule

Brandon Contes

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CBS presented the NCAA Tournament field every year since 1982, but this year’s selection show was broadcast by TBS. Judging from the early feedback, it wasn’t received very well by viewers last night.

The two-hour show began with technical trouble as the audio/video was not synced properly, but much of the audience also didn’t enjoy the way the teams were announced. TBS first released which schools would be in the tournament, but waited to show the bracket and matchups. Teams were also announced alphabetically, which decreased the drama since schools new early on whether or not they made the tournament

Following the show, CBS Sports and Turner Sports announced the start times and broadcast teams for the first 36 games of the tournament. The broadcast schedule for the First Four and First Round of the tournament are listed below via NCAA.com.

The most notable difference in the early rounds from recent years is having no Verne Lundquist during the tournament. Lundquist, who retired from college football last year, announced last week he would be stepping down from calling March Madness games as well. The 77-year old Lundquist had back surgery in November, making the daily grind and travel required during the NCAA Tournament difficult. Brad Nessler will replace Lundquist, calling the first two rounds of the tournament, with Ian Eagle taking additional games, broadcasting through the regional finals.

NCAA First Four – Tuesday, March 13
TIP (ET)NETWORKSITEGAMEPLAY-BY-PLAY/ANALYST//REPORTER
6:40 p.m.truTVDayton I(16) LIU Brooklyn vs. (16) RadfordSpero Dedes / Steve Smith / Len Elmore // Ros Gold-Onwude
After conc. ItruTVDayton II(11) St. Bonaventure vs. (11) UCLADedes / Smith / Elmore // Gold-Onwude
 
TIP (ET)NETWORKSITEGAMEPLAY-BY-PLAY/ANALYST//REPORTER
6:40 p.m.truTVDayton I(16) N.C. Central vs. (16) Texas SouthernIan Eagle / Jim Spanarkel // Allie LaForce
After conc. ItruTVDayton II(11) Arizona St. vs. (11) SyracuseEagle / Spanarkel // LaForce
 
TIP (ET)NETWORKSITEGAMEPLAY-BY-PLAY/ANALYST//REPORTER
12:15 p.m.CBSPittsburgh I(10) Oklahoma vs. (7) Rhode IslandKevin Harlan / Reggie Miller / Dan Bonner // Dana Jacobson
12:40 p.m.truTVDallas I(14) Wright St. vs. (3) TennesseeSpero Dedes / Steve Smith / Len Elmore // Ros Gold-Onwude
1:30 p.m.TNTBoise I(13) UNCG vs. (4) GonzagaBrian Anderson / Chris Webber // Lisa Byington
2 p.m.TBSWichita I(16) Penn vs. (1) KansasBrad Nessler / Steve Lavin // Evan Washburn
After conc. ICBSPittsburgh II(15) Iona vs. (2) DukeHarlan / Miller / Bonner // Jacobson
After conc. ItruTVDallas II(11) Loyola (IL) vs. (6) MiamiDedes / Smith / Elmore // Gold-Onwude
After conc. ITNTBoise II(12) South Dakota St. vs. (5) Ohio St.Anderson / Webber // Byington
After conc. ITBSWichita II(9) N.C. State vs. (8) Seton HallNessler / Lavin // Washburn
 
TIP (ET)NETWORKSITEGAMEPLAY-BY-PLAY/ANALYST//REPORTER
6:50 p.m.TNTPittsburgh III(16) LIU Brooklyn/Radford vs. (1) VillanovaHarlan / Miller / Bonner // Jacobson
7:10 p.m.CBSBoise III(12) Davidson vs. (5) KentuckyAnderson / Webber // Byington
7:20 p.m.TBSWichita III(11) San Diego St. vs. (6) HoustonNessler / Lavin // Washburn
7:27 p.m.truTVDallas III(14) Stephen F. Austin vs. (3) Texas TechDedes / Smith / Elmore // Gold-Onwude
After conc. IIITNTPittsburgh IV(9) Alabama vs. (8) Virginia TechHarlan / Miller / Bonner // Jacobson
After conc. IIICBSBoise IV(13) Buffalo vs. (4) ArizonaAnderson / Webber // Byington
After conc. IIITBSWichita IV(14) Montana vs. (3) MichiganNessler / Lavin // Washburn
After conc. IIItruTVDallas IV(11) St. Bonaventure/UCLA vs. (6) FloridaDedes / Smith / Elmore // Gold-Onwude
 
TIP (ET)NETWORKSITEGAMEPLAY-BY-PLAY/ANALYST//REPORTER
12:15 p.m.CBSCharlotte I(10) Providence vs. (7) Texas A&MJim Nantz / Grant Hill / Bill Raftery // Tracy Wolfson
12:40 p.m.truTVDetroit I(15) Cal St. Fullerton vs. (2) PurdueIan Eagle / Jim Spanarkel // Allie LaForce
1:30 p.m.TNTSan Diego I(13) Marshall vs. (4) Wichita St.Carter Blackburn / Debbie Antonelli // John Schriffen
2 p.m.TBSNashville I(15) Georgia St. vs. (2) CincinnatiAndrew Catalon / Steve Lappas // Jamie Erdahl
After conc. ICBSCharlotte II(15) Lipscomb vs. (2) North CarolinaNantz / Hill / Raftery // Wolfson
After conc. ItruTVDetroit II(10) Butler vs. (7) ArkansasEagle / Spanarkel // LaForce
After conc. ITNTSan Diego II(12) Murray St. vs. (5) West VirginiaBlackburn / Antonelli // Schriffen
After conc. ITBSNashville II(10) Texas vs. (7) NevadaCatalon / Lappas // Erdahl

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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‘NFL Total Access’ has been a part of the NFL Network since 2003 and today it is set for its final episode. The news of the show coming to an end came down earlier this month. Many of the current show participants took to social media to post their thoughts including hosts Mike Yam and Kimmi Chex along with analyst Chase Daniel.

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