Good Morning, Illini Nation: Sweet 16 tip times set

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Do the folks at CBS/Turner own a globe?

Tip times for the Sweet 16 were released late Sunday night. Illinois and Iowa State will get going on Thursday night in Boston sometime after 9 p.m. (so after 10 p.m. on the east coast) on TBS

UConn and San Diego State will have the first game of the day at TD Garden with a 6:39 p.m. The game will take, at minimum, two hours and probably more because media timeouts are longer in the tournament (seemingly endless). Then there's at least a 25-minute gap between games.

I wouldn't be surprised if the Illinois-Iowa game actually ends on Friday morning on the east coast. But it is what it is. And folks watching from home get the Kevin Harlan-Dan Bonner-Stan Van Gundy crew.

But what doesn't jibe is the Los Angeles Sweet 16 games starting before the Boston games on Thursday. Arizona-Clemson is the first game of the day and will tip at 4:09 p.m. local time in California. Make it make sense.


— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) March 25, 2024