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NCAA March Madness: who plays today? March 17 | How to watch on TV and stream online

The first round began yesterday and as well as the excitement of college basketball now in motion, there’s also the small matter of the brackets.

The first round began yesterday and as well as the excitement of college basketball now in motion, there’s also the small matter of the brackets.
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The Big Dance got underway yesterday with 16 games, and today, Friday 17 March, brings us another 32 teams battling it out. We expect the usual surprise results and some wonderful stories, both on an individual and team level, while we’ll be keeping a close eye on those fans with a clean bracket in place as we go along.

So, to today’s action. Let’s check out who’s stepping onto the court on St Patrick’s Day 2023.

Check out the full March Madness schedule

Who plays in the first round today?

  • No. 10 USC vs. No. 7 Michigan State | 12:15 p.m. |CBS
  • No. 14 Kennesaw St. vs. No. 3 Xavier | 12:40 p.m. | truTV
  • No. 14 UC Santa Barbra vs. No. 3 Baylor | 1:30 p.m. | TNT
  • No. 12 VCU vs. No. 5 Saint Mary’s | 2 p.m. | TBS
  • No. 15 Vermont vs. No. 2 Marquette| 2:45 p.m. | CBS
  • No. 11 Pitt vs. No. 6 Iowa State | 3:10 p.m. | truTV
  • No. 11 NC State vs. No. 6 Creighton| 4 p.m. | TNT
  • No. 13 Iona vs. No. 4 UConn | 4:30 p.m. | TBS
  • No. 16 Fairleigh Dickinson vs. No. 1 Purdue| 6:50 p.m. | TNT
  • No. 11 Providence vs. No. 6 Kentucky | 7:10 p.m. | CBS
  • No. 12 Drake vs. No. 5 Miami | 7:25 p.m | TBS
  • No. 14 Grand Canyon vs. No. 3 Gonzaga| 7:35 p.m. | truTV
  • No. 9 Florida Atlantic vs. No. 8 Memphis | 9:20 p.m.| TNT
  • No. 14 Montana St. vs. No. 3 Kansas St. | 9:40 p.m. | CBS
  • No. 13 Kent State vs. No. 4 Indiana | 9:55 p.m. | TBS
  • No. 11 Arizona State vs. No. 6 TCU | 10:05 p.m. | truTV

Bracket advice and tips

Just remember, if your bracket is busted the first day and you have no chance of winning, there are thousands of other people in the same position. The odds for getting a perfect bracket are one in 9.2 quintillion.

We can help with one question that seems to stump a lot of people when filling out their brackets. What is the NCAA March Madness final score? That’s a tough one, but click on the link and you’ll find the answer. Whatever happens, just enjoy the tournament and hopefully your team gets through the first few rounds at least.

How and where to watch March Madness online

You can watch every game online via the NCAA website if you have a TV service provider that has access to all of the relevant channels. If you don’t have a cable subscription, you can try a live TV service. There are some streaming services you can use to watch March Madness games, one of which is fuboTV, which Includes CBS, TBS, and TNT.


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