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NCAA Tournament 2017: Game times, TV channels and announcers for first round

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Uncle Verne is calling the Villanova game. Good things are happening!

NCAA Basketball: Kentucky at Texas A&M Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

In a somewhat curious tradition, the selection committee decides to give us a look at the NCAA Tournament bracket, and then hours later the Turner Sports gives us the actual schedule that allows us to watch these games.

We now have the complete schedule for Thursday and Friday, and we’ll get to see Uncle Verne call the Villanova Wildcats opening round game!

(You may remember that Verne has called some memorable ‘Nova games, including last year’s opening two rounds and the 2009 regional in Boston. Yes, we believe this is cosmic intervention.)

2017 NCAA Tournament TV Schedule

Game Date Tip Time (ET) Network Site Commentators
Game Date Tip Time (ET) Network Site Commentators
Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Princeton Tigers March 16 12:15 p.m. CBS Buffalo Verne Lundquist / Jim Spanarkel / Allie LaForce
Virginia Cavaliers vs. UNC Wilmington Seahawks March 16 12:40 p.m. truTV Orlando Ian Eagle / Steve Lavin / Evan Washburn
Butler Bulldogs vs. Winthrop Eagles March 16 1:30 p.m. TNT Milwaukee Carter Blackburn / Mike Gminski / Debbie Antonelli / Lisa Byington
Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. South Dakota State Jackrabbits March 16 2 p.m. TBS Salt Lake City Andrew Catalon / Steve Lappas / Jamie Erdahl
West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Bucknell Bison March 16 Approx. 2:45 CBS Buffalo Verne Lundquist / Jim Spanarkel / Allie LaForce
Florida Gators vs. East Tennessee State Buccaneers March 16 Approx. 3 p.m. truTV Orlando Ian Eagle / Steve Lavin / Evan Washburn
Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders March 16 Approx. 4 p.m. TNT Milwaukee Carter Blackburn / Mike Gminski / Debbie Antonelli / Lisa Byington
Northwestern Wildcats vs. Vanderbilt Commodores March 16 Approx. 4:30 p.m. TBS Salt Lake City Andrew Catalon / Steve Lappas / Jamie Erdahl
Maryland Terrapins vs. Xavier Musketeers March 16 6:50 p.m. TNT Orlando Ian Eagle / Steve Lavin / Evan Washburn
Villanova Wildcats vs. Mt. St. Mary's/New Orleans March 16 7:10 p.m. CBS Buffalo Verne Lundquist / Jim Spanarkel / Allie LaForce
Saint Mary's Gaels vs. VCU Rams March 16 7:20 p.m. truTV Salt Lake City Andrew Catalon / Steve Lappas / Jamie Erdahl
Purdue Boilermakers vs. Vermont Catamounts March 16 7:27 p.m. TBS Milwaukee Carter Blackburn / Mike Gminski / Debbie Antonelli / Lisa Byington
Florida State Seminoles vs. Florida Gulf Coast Eagles March 16 Approx. 9:20 p.m. TNT Orlando Ian Eagle / Steve Lavin / Evan Washburn
Wisconsin Badgers vs. Virginia Tech Hokies March 16 Approx. 9:40 p.m. CBS Buffalo Verne Lundquist / Jim Spanarkel / Allie LaForce
Arizona Wildcats vs. North Dakota March 16 Approx. 9:50 p.m. TBS Salt Lake City Andrew Catalon / Steve Lappas / Jamie Erdahl
Iowa State Cyclones vs. Nevada Wolf Pack March 16 Approx. 9:57 p.m. truTV Milwaukee Carter Blackburn / Mike Gminski / Debbie Antonelli / Lisa Byington
Michigan Wolverines vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys March 17 12:15 p.m. CBS Indianapolis Jim Nantz / Grant Hill / Bill Raftery / Tracy Wolfson
Baylor Bears vs. New Mexico State Aggies March 17 12:40 p.m. truTV Tulsa Kevin Harlan / Reggie Miller / Dan Bonner / Dana Jacobson
Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Seton Hall Pirates March 17 1:30 p.m. TNT Greenville Brian Anderson / Chris Webber / Lewis Johnson
Oregon Ducks vs. Iona Gaels March 17 2 p.m. TBS Sacramento Spero Dedes / Steve Smith / Len Elmore / Ros Gold-Onwude
Louisville Cardinals vs. Jacksonville State Gamecocks March 17 Approx. 2:45 CBS Indianapolis Jim Nantz / Grant Hill / Bill Raftery / Tracy Wolfson
SMU Mustangs vs. Providence Friars/USC Trojans March 17 Approx. 3 p.m. truTV Tulsa Kevin Harlan / Reggie Miller / Dan Bonner / Dana Jacobson
North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Texas Southern Tigers March 17 Approx. 4 p.m. TNT Greenville Brian Anderson / Chris Webber / Lewis Johnson
Creighton Bluejays vs. Rhode Island Rams March 17 Approx. 4:30 p.m. TBS Sacramento Spero Dedes / Steve Smith / Len Elmore / Ros Gold-Onwude
Kansas Jayhawks vs. NC Central/UC Davis March 17 6:50 p.m. TNT Tulsa Kevin Harlan / Reggie Miller / Dan Bonner / Dana Jacobson
Dayton Flyers vs. Wichita State Shockers March 17 7:10 p.m. CBS Indianapolis Jim Nantz / Grant Hill / Bill Raftery / Tracy Wolfson
Duke Blue Devils vs. Troy Trojans March 17 7:20 p.m. truTV Greenville Brian Anderson / Chris Webber / Lewis Johnson
Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Kansas St. Wildcats/Wake Forest Demon Deacons March 17 7:27 p.m. TBS Sacramento Spero Dedes / Steve Smith / Len Elmore / Ros Gold-Onwude
Miami Hurricanes vs. Michigan State Spartans March 17 Approx. 9:20 p.m. TNT Tulsa Kevin Harlan / Reggie Miller / Dan Bonner / Dana Jacobson
Kentucky Wildcats vs. Northern Kentucky Norse March 17 Approx. 9:40 p.m. CBS Indianapolis Jim Nantz / Grant Hill / Bill Raftery / Tracy Wolfson
South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Marquette Golden Eagles March 17 Approx. 9:50 p.m. TBS Greenville Brian Anderson / Chris Webber / Lewis Johnson
UCLA Bruins vs. Kent State Golden Flashes March 17 Approx. 9:57 p.m. truTV Sacramento Spero Dedes / Steve Smith / Len Elmore / Ros Gold-Onwude
Chris Novak

See you on Thursday!