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On The Menu: 2016 NCAA Tournament First Round Friday

Thursday's game featured a 12 over 5 upset, and perfect showings by the five 9 and 11 seeds in action. Might we see a bigger upset on Friday? You'll have to tune in to find out. Here's when and where to find each of the 16 games on today's slate.

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Broadcast Teams by Venue

(Thanks to Fang's Bites.)

Brooklyn: Verne Lundquist/Jim Spanarkel//Allie LaForce (reporter)
Oklahoma City: Carter Blackburn/ Mike Gminski//Jaime Maggio (reporter)
St. Louis: Brian Anderson/Steve Smith//Dana Jacobson (reporter)
Spokane: Spero Dedes/Doug Gottlieb//Ros Gold-Onwude (reporter)

Streaming

All games are streaming on March Madness Live.

Early Afternoon Window

Cuse

St. Louis: Scottrade Center
MIDWEST REGION

No. 10 Syracuse Orange (19-13)
ACC at-large
vs.
No. 4 Dayton Flyers (25-7)
A 10 at-large and Regular Season Co-Champion

Tip Time: 12:15 p.m.

Channel: CBS

Dayton
unca

Brooklyn: Barclays Center
SOUTH REGION

No. 15 UNC Asheville Bulldogs (22-11)
Big South Tournament Champion
vs.
No. 2 Villanova Wildcats (29-5)
Big East at-large and Regular Season Champion

Tip Time: 12:40 p.m.

Channel: TruTV

Nova
vcu

Oklahoma City: Chesapeake Energy Arena
WEST REGION

No. 10 VCU Rams (24-10)
A 10 at-large and Regular Season Champion (co)
vs.
No. 7 Oregon State Beavers (19-12)
Pac-12 at-large

Tip Time: 1:30 p.m.

Channel: TNT

OreSt
haw

Spokane: Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
SOUTH REGION

No. 13 Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors (27-5)
Big West Regular Season and Tournament Champion
vs.
No. 4 California Golden Bears (23-10)
Pac-12 at-large

Tip Time: 2 p.m.

Channel: TBS

Cal

Viewing Picks

Hawai'i-Cal, 2 p.m. (TBS)
Dayton-Syracuse, 12:15 p.m. (CBS)
VCU-Oregon State, 1:30 p.m. (TNT)
UNC Asheville-Villanova, 12:40 p.m. (TruTV)

There's really only one game here that should be a blowout, so again, the day's first window really needs these staggered starts. Syracuse will aim to avenge its 2014 Round of 32 loss to Dayton, while Hawai'i will look to shock Cal and keep its NCAA run going (especially since they're banned from the next postseason). VCU should be able to top Oregon State if Tres Tinkle is indeed unavailable, as the Committee seems to have ignored this possibility in its seeding.

UNCA pushed Syracuse to the brink in its previous appearance in the NCAAs, falling 72-63 in a 1/16 game in the 2012 Tournament.

Late Afternoon Window

MTSU

St. Louis: Scottrade Center
MIDWEST REGION

No. 15 Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (24-9)
C-USA Tournament Champion
vs.
No. 2 Michigan State Spartans (29-5)
Big Ten Tournament Champion

Tip Time: 2:50 p.m.

Channel: CBS

MSU
Temple

Brooklyn: Barclays Center
SOUTH REGION

No. 10 Temple Owls (21-11)
American at-large and Regular Season Champion
vs.
No. 7 Iowa Hawkeyes (21-10)
Big Ten at-large

Tip Time: 3:12 p.m.

Channel: TruTV

Iowa
Bakersfield

Oklahoma City: Chesapeake Energy Arena
WEST REGION

No. 15 Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners (24-8)
WAC Tournament Champion
vs.
No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners (25-7)
Big 12 at-large

Tip Time: 4:09 p.m.

Channel: TNT

okla
SDST

Spokane: Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
SOUTH REGION

No. 12 South Dakota State Jackrabbits (26-7)
Summit League Tournament Champion
vs.
No. 5 Maryland Terrapins (25-8)
Big Ten at-large

Tip Time: 4:48 p.m.

Channel: TBS

UMD

Viewing Picks

South Dakota State-Maryland, approx. 4:30 p.m. (TBS)
Temple-Iowa, approx. 3:10 p.m. (TruTV)
Middle Tennessee-Michigan State, approx. 2:45 p.m. (CBS)
Cal State Bakersfield-New Mexico State, approx. 4 p.m. (TNT)

The only way the Roadrunners are defeating the Sooners is if Lon Kruger switched OU's apparel contract from Nike to ACME since the Big 12 Tournament. Middle Tennessee's Pegasus mascot might want to fly away from St. Louis before tip time with the Spartans. However, the Jackrabbits-Terps game, another chic upset pick, and Owls-Hawkeyes showdowns should engross audiences this afternoon. Remember when Iowa looked to be a 1 or 2 seed? That feels like it was about five presidential administrations ago.

Early Evening Window

Pitt

St. Louis: Scottrade Center
EAST REGION

No. 10 Pittsburgh Panthers (21-11)
ACC at-large
vs.
No. 7 Wisconsin Badgers (20-12)
Big Ten at-large

Tip Time: 6:50 p.m.

Channel: TNT

wisc
sfa

Brooklyn: Barclays Center
EAST REGION

No. 14 Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (27-5)
Southland Regular Season and Tournament Champion
vs.
No. 3 West Virginia Mountaineers (26-8)
Big 12 at-large

Tip Time: 7:10 p.m.

Channel: CBS

WVU
uwgb

Oklahoma City: Chesapeake Energy Arena
WEST REGION

No. 14 Green Bay Phoenix (23-12)
Horizon League Tournament Champion
vs.
No. 3 Texas A&M Aggies (26-8)
SEC at-large and Regular Season Champion (co)

Tip Time: 7:20 p.m.

Channel: TBS

tamu
Holy Cross

Spokane: Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
WEST REGION

No. 16 Holy Cross Crusaders (15-19)
Patriot League Tournament Champion and First Four winner
vs.
No. 1 Oregon Ducks (28-6)
Pac-12 Regular Season and Tournament Champion

Tip Time: 7:50 p.m.

Channel: TruTV

UO

Viewing Picks

Stephen F. Austin-West Virginia, 7:10 p.m. (CBS)
Pitt-Wisconsin, 6:50 p.m. (TNT)
Green Bay-Texas A&M, 7:20 p.m. (TBS)
Holy Cross/Southern-Oregon, 7:27 p.m. (TruTV)

On paper, the Panthers-Badgers game should be at the top, but it might not be all that attractive to watch, but then again the same might go for SFA-WVU. Green Bay hasn't appeared in the NCAAs in 20 years, and the Aggies will be keen on making the Phoenix's stay as short as possible.

Late Evening Window

WeberSt

St. Louis: Scottrade Center
EAST REGION

No. 15 Weber State Wildcats (26-8)
Big Sky Regular Season and Tournament Champion
vs.
No. 2 Xavier Musketeers (27-5)
Big East at-large

Tip Time: 9:20 p.m.

Channel: TNT

Xavier
mich

Brooklyn: Barclays Center
EAST REGION

No. 11 Michigan Wolverines (23-12)
Big Ten at-large and First Four winner
vs.
No. 6 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (21-11)
ACC at-large

Tip Time: 10:12 p.m.

Channel: CBS

ND
UNI

Oklahoma City: Chesapeake Energy Arena
WEST REGION

No. 11 UNI Panthers (22-12)
MVC Tournament Champion
vs.
No. 6 Texas Longhorns (20-12)
Big 12 at-large

Tip Time: 10:03 p.m.

Channel: TBS

tex
Cincy

Spokane: Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
WEST REGION

No. 9 Cincinnati Bearcats (22-10)
American Athletic at-large
vs.
No. 8 Saint Joseph's Hawks (27-7)
A 10 Tournament Champion

Tip Time: 10:18 p.m.

Channel: TruTV

StJoes

Viewing Picks

UNI-Texas, approx. 9:50 p.m. (TBS)
Cincinnati-Saint Joe's approx. 9:57 p.m. (TruTV)
Michigan/Tulsa-Notre Dame, approx. 9:40 p.m. (CBS)
Weber State-Xavier, approx. 9:20 p.m. (TNT)

With Damian Lillard not walking through the door for Weber State, Xavier should be able to win easily, which leaves us with three intriguing possibilities for the final set of First Round games. If Saint Joe's plays like it's on a mission, as it did in the Atlantic 10 Tournament in Brooklyn, Cincinnati could have a long night with their struggling offense. Both 11 seeds will have a decent chance to top their respective sixes, but if Texas survives, they could be in position to run all the way to an in-state Final Four appearance.

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