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NCAA Tournament First Round Viewing Guide: UNC-Asheville vs. Villanova

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The journey starts here.

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March Madness back! Your Villanova Wildcats take on the UNC-Asheville Bulldogs today at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. today at 12:40pm ET. Hopefully your employer has a work from home policy, but even if they don't this is the perfect opportunity for a late lunch and gamewatch.

Coming off a loss in the Big East Tournament and a multi-year streak of early NCAA exits, Villanova will be motivated to set the record straight as they start their campaign. In their way is a Bulldogs team that is red-hot after winning the Big South Tournament. Despite being outmatched on paper, they'll surely leave it all on the floor.

Game Time, TV Schedule: 12:40pm ET. The game will be aired on truTV.

Odds: OddsShark reports the game opened at Villanova -15.5.

Radio: All Villanova Men's Basketball games air live on radio in the Philadelphia market on 610 WIP. Westwood One will also air coverage of the game - check your local listings, or you can use a radio app such as Tune.in.

Live Video Stream: NCAA.com & the March Madness Live app

GAMEDAY EVENTS & GAMEWATCHES

  • Team Sendoff: 10am at the Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park. Mix and mingle with Villanova alumni and fans, and greet the Wildcats on their way to the game.
  • Pregame Meetup (two hours prior to tipoff) and Postgame Meetup (immediately following the game): The Montrose, 47 5th Ave. (adjacent to the Barclays Center)
  • Atlanta: 12:40 p.m., Fado Irish Pub, 273 Buckhead Ave., Atlanta, GA. RSVP to Chris Lane.
  • Boston: 12:40 p.m., Warehouse Bar & Grille, 40 Broad St., Boston, MA
  • Buffalo: 12:40 p.m., Bada Bing, 42 W. Chippewa St., Buffalo, NY. RSVP to Mark Arcara.
  • Greater Washington DC: 12:40 p.m., Parlay Sports Bar & Lounge, 1827 M St. NW, Washington, DC
  • Hartford: 12 p.m., The Tavern Downtown, 201 Ann Uccello St., Hartford, CT
  • Lehigh Valley: 12:40 p.m., Boston's Restaurant & Sports Bar, 327 Star Road, Allentown, PA
  • Manhattan (3 locations): 12.40 p.m., Proper West (54 W. 39th St.) and Gramercy Ale House (272 3rd Ave.) and The Montrose (47 5th Ave.)
  • Morris/Somerset: 12:40 p.m., Sona 13, 13 South St., Morristown, NJ
  • Naples: 12:40 p.m., Tavern on the Bay, 489 Bayfront Pl., Naples, FL
  • Northern California: 9:40 a.m., Perry's, Hotel Griffon, 155 Steuart St., San Francisco, CA
  • Villanova Club of the Low Country (Hilton Head, SC): 12:30 p.m., Drydock Restaurant, 840 William Hilton Pkwy., Hilton Head Island, SC
  • Events updated on Villanova.edu

    BEVERAGE OF CHOICE

    Abita Purple Haze

    Having a brother in-law who is a bartender on St. Patrick's Day/March Madness Day One was an experience. No Guinness or Jameson today for me. Which is a shame since I will be at an Irish pub.

    But never fear, I'm rolling back to an old favorite to bring back the good vibes. Let's do this!