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March Madness: 2017 NCAA tournament bracket, schedule and TV guide

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The First Four may mark the official tip-off of March Madness this Tuesday and Wednesday in Dayton, and from there the real fun begins.

Notre Dame and Princeton get things started in the first round Thursday, as the battle of brainiacs tips at 12:15 p.m. ET in Buffalo, the first of 32 games across two days.

Here’s a look at the tournament schedule (all times ET). Tipoff times for Saturday’s second round games will be released after the conclusion of Thursday’s games. Likewise for Sunday’s second-round contests.

East Region

No. 1 Villanova vs. No. 16 (Mount St. Mary’s/New Orleans)
Date/time: Thursday, March 16, 7:10 p.m.
Channel: CBS

No. 8 Wisconsin vs. No. 9 Virginia Tech
Date/time: Thursday, March 16, after Villanova-Play-in winner
Channel: CBS

No. 5 Virginia vs. No. 12 UNC-Wilmington
Date/time: Thursday, March 16, 12:40 p.m.
Channel: TruTV

No. 4 Florida vs. No. 13 East Tennessee State
Date/time: Thursday, March 16, after Virginia-UNC-Wilmington
Channel: truTV

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No. 3 Baylor vs. No. 14 New Mexico State
Date/time: Friday, March 17, 12:40 p.m.
Channel: truTV

No. 6 SMU vs. No. 11 (Providence/USC)
Date/time: Friday, March 17, after Baylor-New Mexico State
Channel: truTV

No. 7 South Carolina vs. No. 10 Marquette
Date/time: Friday, March 17, after Duke-Troy
Channel: TBS

No. 2 Duke vs. No. 15 Troy
Date/time: Friday, March 17, 7:20 p.m.
Channel: TBS


Midwest Region

No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 16 (N.C. Central/UC Davis)
Date/time: Friday, March 17, 1:30 p.m.
Channel: TNT

No. 8 Miami vs. No. 9 Michigan State
Date/time: Friday, March 17, after Kansas-Play-in winner
Channel: TNT

No. 5 Iowa State vs. No. 12 Nevada
Date/time: Thursday, March 16, after Purdue-Vermont
Channel: truTV

No. 4 Purdue vs. No. 13 Vermont
Date/time: Thursday, March 16, 7:27 p.m.
Channel: truTV

No. 3 Oregon vs. No. 14 Iona
Date/time: Friday, March 17, 2 p.m.
Channel: TBS

No. 6 Creighton vs. No. 11 Rhode Island
Date/time: Friday, March 17, after Oregon-Iona
Channel: TBS

No. 7 Michigan vs. No. 10 Oklahoma State
Date/time: Friday, March 17, 12:15 p.m.
Channel: CBS

No. 2 Louisville vs. No. 15 Jacksonville State
Date/time: Friday, March 17, after Michigan-Oklahoma State
Channel: CBS

South Region

No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 16 Texas Southern
Date/time: Friday, March 17, after Arkansas-Seton Hall
Channel: TNT

No. 8 Arkansas vs. No. 9 Seton Hall
Date/time: Friday, March 17, 1:30 p.m.
Channel: TNT

No. 5 Minnesota vs. No. 12 Middle Tennessee
Date/time: Thursday, March 16, after Butler-Winthrop
Channel: TNT

No. 4 Butler vs. No. 13 Winthrop
Date/time: Thursday, March 16, 1:30 p.m.
Channel: TNT

No. 3 UCLA vs. No. 14 Kent State
Date/time: Friday, March 17, after Cincinnati-Play-in winner
Channel: truTV

No. 6 Cincinnati vs. No. 11 (Kansas State/Wake Forest)
Date/time: Friday, March 17, 7:27 p.m.
Channel: truTV

No. 7 Dayton vs. No. 10 Wichita State
Date/time: Friday, March 17, 7:10 p.m.
Channel: CBS

No. 2 Kentucky vs. No. 15 Northern Kentucky
Date/time: Friday, March 17, after Dayton-Wichita State
Channel: CBS

West Region

No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 16 South Dakota State
Date/time: Thursday, March 16, 2 p.m.
Channel: TBS

No. 8 Northwestern vs. No. 9 Vanderbilt
Date/time: Thursday, March 16, after Gonzaga-South Dakota State
Channel: TBS

No. 5 Notre Dame vs. No. 12 Princeton
Date/time: Thursday, March 16, 12:15 p.m.
Channel: CBS

No. 4 West Virginia vs. No. 13 Bucknell
Date/time: Thursday, March 16, after Notre Dame-Princeton
Channel: CBS

No. 3 Florida State vs. No. 14 Florida Gulf Coast
Date/time: Thursday, March 16, after Maryland-Xavier
Channel: TNT

No. 6 Maryland vs. No. 11 Xavier
Date/time: Thursday, March 16, 6:50 p.m.
Channel: TNT

No. 7 Saint Mary’s vs. No. 10 VCU
Date/time: Thursday, March 16, 7:20 p.m.
Channel: TBS

No. 2 Arizona vs. No. 15 North Dakota
Date/time: Thursday, March 16, after Saint Mary’s-VCU
Channel: TBS

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