NCAA Tournament Open Thread: Third Round Saturday

DENVER, CO - MARCH 17: Kenneth Faried #35 of the Morehead State Eagles reacts after a play as Terrence Jennings #23 of the Louisville Cardinals looks on during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Pepsi Center on March 17, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The Second Third Round has arrived, which brings more TV changes. CBS will have two national games today and Sunday, which will take place at the same site and tip consecutively. Previously, the network had just one national game before splitting the country multiple ways for game two.

So, CBS will have tips at 12 p.m. ET and approximately 2:30, though 3 p.m. ET is a bit more likely. CBS's third game will tip at 5 p.m., with the first Turner network, TNT, getting involved an hour later, just in time for that Denver tip to get to halftime.

CBS has one final tip at 7:30 p.m. ET, but the bulk of the evening's action will be on cable. After the jump, I'll have more specifics.

Announcers

Tampa: Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel
Washington: Tim Brando/Mike Gminski
Denver: Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery
Tucson: Kevin Harlan/Reggie Miller/Dan Bonner

National Games

Tampa (E)
No. 5 West Virginia Mountaineers vs. No. 4 Kentucky Wildcats 12:15 p.m. ET CBS
Tampa (SE)
No. 7 UCLA Bruins vs. No. 2 Florida Gators  approx. 2:45 p.m. ET CBS


My Picks: I'm going with both SEC teams in the afternoon games, though they'll both be challenged. Kentucky, in particular, will have issues if West Virginia decides to shoot well, and if Brandon Knight struggles from the field.

Early Evening Window

Denver (SW)
No. 13 Morehead St. Eagles vs. No. 12 Richmond Spiders 5:15 p.m. ET CBS
Tucson (W)
No. 7 Temple Owls vs. No. 2 San Diego St. Aztecs 6:10 p.m. ET TNT

 

My picks: In the Southwest, Kenneth Faried and the Eagles will once again keep Richmond from the second weekend, while San Diego State will have too much size for Temple, even if the Aztecs' backcourt is suspect.

Mid-Evening Window

Washington (SE)
No. 8 Butler Bulldogs vs. No. 1 Pittsburgh Panthers 7:10 p.m. ET TBS
Denver (SE)
No. 11 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. No. 3 BYU Cougars approx. 7:45 p.m. ET CBS

 

My Picks: Pitt catches a break in not having to face ODU, and they should have success getting the Butler bigs in foul trouble to advance, while BYU will get a challenge from the Zags, before they top their future league-mates in a close contest.

Late Evening Window

Tucson (SE)
No. 5 Kansas St. Wildcats vs. No. 4 Wisconsin Badgers approx. 8:40 p.m. ET TNT
Washington (W)
No. 6 Cincinnati Bearcats vs. No. 3 Connecticut Huskies 7:15 p.m. ET TBS


My Picks: Kansas State outslugs Wisconsin in what's going to be a difficult contest to watch, while Kemba Walker and UConn top the Bearcats for the second time this season.

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