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2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament Final Four Schedule

Syracuse is a surprise Final Four team after storming back to defeat Virginia in the Elite Eight. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images North America)
Syracuse is a surprise Final Four team after storming back to defeat Virginia in the Elite Eight. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images North America)

2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament Final Four Schedule

The 2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament is nearing its end with just four teams left to this point. The tournament may be close to over, but some of the action will live on for many years (Northern Iowa’s win over Texas and collapse against Texas A&M are just two examples).

Here are the results of First Four, First RoundSecond RoundSweet 16, and Elite 8. An updated Bracket can be found here.

The three remaining games will all take place at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas with the National Semifinals on Saturday evening and the National Championship on Monday night. The final three games will all be on TBS, the first time the National Championship game will not be shown on CBS in 35 years. The National Championship will return to CBS in 2017 and alternate between the two channels through 2024.

The Villanova Wildcats and Oklahoma Sooners will play in the first game of the Final Four while the all-ACC battle between the Syracuse Orange and North Carolina Tar Heels will be the nightcap on Saturday evening.

Final Four Schedule

Date Time (EST) Team #1 Road Score Team #2 Home Score TV Location
4/2/2016 6:09 PM #2 Villanova  95 #2 Oklahoma  51 TBS, TNT, TruTV Houston, Texas
4/2/2016 8:49 PM #10 Syracuse  66 #1 North Carolina  83 TBS, TNT, TruTV Houston, Texas

National Championship

Date Time (EST) Team #1 Road Score Team #2 Home Score TV Location
4/2/2016 9:00 PM #2 Villanova  77 #1 North Carolina  74 TBS, TNT, TruTV Houston, Texas

2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament Elite 8 Schedule

#24 Dillon Brooks and the Oregon Ducks dispatched the defending National Champions Duke to advance to the Elite 8. (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images North America)

2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament Elite 8 Schedule

The 2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament has been pared down to 8 teams and will be cut in to the Final Four by the end of the weekend. The 2016 Final Four will take place at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.

There have been many exciting games and, of course, the big upsets along the way. Here are the results of First Four, First RoundSecond Round, and Sweet 16. An updated Bracket can be found here.

Below is the schedule for the Elite 8 broken down by region first and then each day. The matchups along with start times and TV channels have been added.

East Regional

Date Time (EST) Team #1 Road Score Team #2 Home Score TV Location
3/27/2016  8:49 PM  #6 Notre Dame 74 #1 North Carolina  88  TBS Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Midwest Regional

Date Time (EST) Team #1 Road Score Team #2 Home Score TV Location
3/27/2016  6:09 PM  #10 Syracuse  68 #1 Virginia  62  TBS Chicago, Illinois

West Regional

Date Time (EST) Team #1 Road Score Team #2 Home Score TV Location
3/26/2016 6:09 PM #2 Oklahoma  80 #1 Oregon  68 CBS Anaheim, California

South Regional

Date Time (EST) Team #1 Road Score Team #2 Home Score TV Location
3/26/2016 8:49 PM #2 Villanova 64 #1 Kansas  59 CBS Louisville, Kentucky

Saturday Schedule (By Start Time)

Date Time (EST) Team #1 Road Score Team #2 Home Score TV Location Regional
3/26/2016 6:09 PM #2 Oklahoma  80 #1 Oregon 68 CBS Anaheim, California West
3/26/2016 8:49 PM #2 Villanova  64 #1 Kansas  59 CBS Louisville, Kentucky South

Sunday Schedule (By Start Time)

Date Time (EST) Team #1 Road Score Team #2 Home Score TV Location Regional
3/27/2016 6:09 PM #10 Syracuse  68 #1 Virginia  62 TBS Chicago, Illinois Midwest
3/27/2016 8:49 PM #6 Notre Dame  74 #1 North Carolina  88 TBS Philadelphia, Pennsylvania East

The Good And Bad From The Opening Round Of March Madness 2016

Bronson Koenig's buzzer beating three pointer defeated Xavier to cap an incredible opening four days of the 2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images North America)

The Good And Bad From The Opening Round Of March Madness 2016

The 2016 version of March Madness has been just that: Madness. Brackets were busted early and then completely blown up by the end of the first round. For as much fun as the 2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament has been, there have been some bad parts of it as well. Below we will take a look at the good and bad from the first four days of the 2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament

The Good

  1. Upsets Galore – #15 Middle Tennessee defeated one of the National Title favorites and #2 seed Michigan State in the first round. Double digit seeds won left and right (#13 Hawaii over #4 Cal, #11 Wichita State over #6 Arizona, #12 Yale over #5 Baylor, #11 Northern Iowa over #6 Texas, #10 VCU over #7 Oregon State, #10 Syracuse over #7 Dayton, #11 Gonzaga over #6 Seton Hall, #12 Arkansas-Little Rock over #5 Purdue, and #14 Stephen F. Austin over #3 West Virginia). That all made for some great action, particularly on Friday.
  2. The ACC – The Atlantic Coast Conference has put a record 6 teams through to the Sweet 16 (Miami (FL), North Carolina, Notre Dame, Duke, Syracuse, and Virginia). That is incredible to have 38% of the remaining field, but it also came down to some favorable matchups like Syracuse against Middle Tennessee. However, that is no fault of the ACC as their teams delivered.
  3. “Mid-Majors” – This was a good tournament for the upsets (see above), but the “Mid-Majors” got plenty of support in close games and some great stories. Stephen F. Austin got 33 points from Thomas Walkup, who played incredibly against West Virginia and had a solid game against Notre Dame. Yale won their first ever Tournament game against Baylor. Hawaii defeated Cal. Northern Iowa captivated the nation not once, but twice against teams from the state of Texas. First it was Texas and this buzzer beater, but then it was their collapse against Texas A&M. Saint Joseph’s played a great second round game against top seeded Oregon. Finally, Middle Tennessee going toe-to-toe with Michigan State was easily the biggest story of the first round. Mid-Majors should not be discounted in the future when picking brackets.
  4. The #1 Seeds – The top four seeds in the Tournament all looked good on the first weekend, but also faced some competition at times. Kansas took a big lead against UConn before that dwindled, but the Jayhawks fended off that challenge. North Carolina had a close first half against Florida Gulf Coast and Providence, but dominated the second half of those games to pull away. Virginia and Oregon had tough second round games against Butler and Saint Joseph’s, respectively. However, they were able to get through those games and move to the Sweet 16. The top seeds look mighty tough, but this is March Madness afterall and we have seen that anything is possible.

The Bad

  1. Brackets – Michigan State was picked to win a lot of brackets and their upset loss ended any hopes of a prefect bracket on CBS Sports. The Spartans’ loss did other damage to Final Four picks as well according to CBS Sports. Here is my 2017 New Year’s Resolution: Do not fill out a bracket.
  2. The Referees – The inconsistency of the officials calling the Tournament made it frustrating to watch at times. Between Duke and UNC-Wilmington, the referees called every soft foul imaginable while other games would let them play. Constant foul calling stems the flow of the game for TV viewers, but how frustrating must that be for a player on the floor? One thing that needs to be looked at is how much contact to allow. It does come down to each referee, but how can one game have a foul called 80 feet from the basket for putting a hand on a player’s hip and another not call a push off?
  3. Game Management – You can call this the Northern Iowa Special. The Panthers blew a 12 point lead with 35 seconds left in the game and then lost in double overtime to Texas A&M. They are not the only team to make questionable calls though. Xavier was up three in the final 10 seconds, but opted not to foul the Badgers’ shooters. Wisconsin subsequently tied the game and then Bronson Koenig hit a three at the buzzer to end Xavier’s season. Purdue deserves mention as well for letting Little Rock comeback late in the game and losing in double OT. There was also near comebacks by Wichita State (trailed 27-6 to Miami) and Yale (down as much as 27 to Duke), but those two were not able to complete the miracle comebacks.
  4. Seeding/Selection Committee – The NCAA Basketball Selection Committee did a bad job selecting teams last Sunday. It turns out they did a bad job of seeding the teams as well. Stephen F. Austin deserved better than a 14 seed as did Middle Tennessee at 15. And this was before the games were played. It is easy to pile on the Committee after the fact, but some of the seeding was questionable beforehand. In addition, the scheduling for Wichita State was brutal. The Shockers had a late game on Tuesday, late game on Thursday, and an early game on Saturday, which may have contributed to them starting as flat as they did.
  5. Wisconsin versus Pittsburgh – This was about as ugly a game to watch in recent tournament memory. The Badgers won 47-43 after scoring only 16 points in the first half. The teams combined to go 35 of 101 from the field and 7 of 30 from beyond the arc. The 90 total points were the fewest since 2000 in the NCAA Tournament. The game was wretched, but Badger fans felt greatest about the result and were lifted in the second round too.

Let’s hope the final two weekends give us as much entertainment as the first weekend provided.

2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament Sweet 16 Schedule

The 2016 NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16 Round features some heavy hitter like Virginia, Kansas, Duke, and North Carolina. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images North America)
The 2016 NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 Round features some heavy hitter like Virginia, Kansas, Duke, and North Carolina. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images North America)

2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament Sweet 16 Schedule

Editor’s note: The Elite 8 Schedule can be found here.

The 2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament has been pared down to 16 teams in the span of four days. The second weekend of the Tournament will cut that down to the Final Four teams that will meet in Houston, Texas.

There have been many exciting games and, of course, the big upsets along the way. Here are the results of First Four, First Round, and Second Round. An updated Bracket can be found here.

Below is the schedule for the Sweet 16 broken down by region first and then each day. The games for each region will be listed in order of the pairings (i.e. #4 Indiana versus #1 North Carolina in the East Regional will be listed first, then then the other game in the bracket).

East Regional

Date Time (EST) Team #1 Road Score Team #2 Home Score TV Location
3/25/2016 9:57 PM #5 Indiana 86 #1 North Carolina  101 TBS Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
3/25/2016 7:27 PM #7 Wisconsin  56 #6 Notre Dame  61 TBS Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Midwest Regional

Date Time (EST) Team #1 Road Score Team #2 Home Score TV Location
3/25/2016 7:10 PM #4 Iowa State  71 #1 Virginia  84 CBS Chicago, Illinois
3/25/2016 9:40 PM #11 Gonzaga  60 #10 Syracuse  63 CBS Chicago, Illinois

West Regional

Date Time (EST) Team #1 Road Score Team #2 Home Score TV Location
3/24/2016 10:10 PM #4 Duke  68  #1 Oregon  82 TBS Anaheim, California
3/24/2016 7:37 PM #3 Texas A&M  63 #2 Oklahoma  77 TBS Anaheim, California

South Regional

Date Time (EST) Team #1 Road Score Team #2 Home Score TV Location
3/24/2016 9:40 PM #5 Maryland  63 #1 Kansas  79 CBS Louisville, Kentucky
3/24/2016 7:10 PM #3 Miami (FL)  69 #2 Villanova  92 CBS Louisville, Kentucky

Thursday Schedule (By Start Time)

Date Time (EST) Team #1 Road Score Team #2 Home Score TV Location Regional
3/24/2016 7:10 PM #3 Miami (FL)  69 #2 Villanova  92 CBS Louisville, Kentucky South
3/24/2016 7:37 PM #3 Texas A&M  63 #2 Oklahoma  77 TBS Anaheim, California West
3/24/2016 9:40 PM #5 Maryland  63 #1 Kansas  79 CBS Louisville, Kentucky South
3/24/2016 10:10 PM #4 Duke  68 #1 Oregon  82 TBS Anaheim, California West

Friday Schedule (By Start Time)

Date Time (EST) Team #1 Road Score Team #2 Home Score TV Location Regional
3/25/2016 7:10 PM #4 Iowa State  71 #1 Virginia  84 CBS Chicago, Illinois Midwest
3/25/2016 7:27 PM #7 Wisconsin 56 #6 Notre Dame  61 TBS Philadelphia, Pennsylvania East
3/25/2016 9:40 PM #11 Gonzaga  60 #10 Syracuse  63 CBS Chicago, Illinois Midwest
3/25/2016 9:57 PM #5 Indiana  86 #1 North Carolina  101 TBS Philadelphia, Pennsylvania East

The Elite 8 schedule can be found here.

2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament Second Round Schedule

Makai Mason and the #12 seeded Yale Bulldogs upset the fifth seeded Baylor Bears in the First Round. Yale faces Duke in the Second Round on Saturday, March 19, 2016. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images North America)
Makai Mason and the #12 seeded Yale Bulldogs upset the fifth seeded Baylor Bears in the First Round. Yale faces Duke in the Second Round on Saturday, March 19, 2016. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images North America)

2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament Second Round Schedule

The NCAA Basketball Tournament action got underway on Tuesday with the First Four, but there are still plenty of games left to play this weekend. Below is the schedule for the second round and some of the matchups have not been determined, nor have the times for the games. Those will be filled in when they are known. The first round schedule can be found here.

What we do know are the matchups and game times for Saturday’s action. Each regional is broken down below while the schedule for each day (broken down by start time) is at the bottom. An updated bracket can be seen here via the NCAA’s website.

East Regional

Date Time (EST) Team #1 Road Score Team #2 Home Score TV Location
3/19/2016 9:40 PM #9 Providence  66 #1 North Carolina  85 TBS Raleigh, North Carolina
3/19/2016 5:15 PM #5 Indiana  73 #4 Kentucky  67 CBS Des Moines, Iowa
3/20/2016 2:40 PM #14 Stephen F. Austin  75 #6 Notre Dame  76 CBS Brooklyn, New York
3/20/2016 8:40 PM #7 Wisconsin  66 #2 Xavier 63 TNT St. Louis, Missouri

Midwest Regional

Date Time (EST) Team #1 Road Score Team #2 Home Score TV Location
3/19/2016 7:10 PM #9 Butler  69 #1 Virginia  77 TBS Raleigh, North Carolina
3/19/2016 6:10 PM #12 Arkansas-Little Rock  61 #4 Iowa State  78 TNT Denver, Colorado
3/19/2016 8:40 PM #11 Gonzaga  82 #3 Utah  59 TNT Denver, Colorado
3/20/2016 6:10 PM #15 Middle Tennessee  50 #10 Syracuse  75 TNT St. Louis, Missouri

West Regional

Date Time (EST) Team #1 Road Score Team #2 Home Score TV Location
3/19/2016 9:40 PM #8 Saint Joseph’s  64 #1 Oregon  69 TBS Spokane, Washington
3/20/2016 2:40 PM #12 Yale  64 #4 Duke  71 CBS Providence, Rhode Island
3/20/2016 7:40 PM #11 Northern Iowa  88 #3 Texas A&M (2 OT)  92 TruTV Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
3/20/2016 5:15 PM #10 VCU  81 #2 Oklahoma  85 CBS Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

South Regional

Date Time (EST) Team #1 Road Score Team #2 Home Score TV Location
3/19/2016 7:45 PM #9 Connecticut  61 #1 Kansas  73 CBS Des Moines, Iowa
3/19/2016 7:10 PM #13 Hawaii  60 #5 Maryland 73 TBS Spokane, Washington
3/20/2016 12:10 PM #11 Wichita State  57 #3 Miami (FL) 65 CBS Providence, Rhode Island
3/20/2016 12:10 PM #7 Iowa  68 #2 Villanova 87 CBS Brooklyn, New York

Saturday Schedule (By Start Time)

Date Time (EST) Team #1 Road Score Team #2 Home Score TV Location Regional
3/19/2016 12:10 PM #11 Wichita State 57 #3 Miami (FL) 65 CBS Providence, Rhode Island South
3/19/2016 2:40 PM #12 Yale  64 #4 Duke  71 CBS Providence, Rhode Island West
3/19/2016 5:15 PM #5 Indiana  73 #4 Kentucky  67 CBS Des Moines, Iowa East
3/19/2016 6:10 PM #12 Arkansas-Little Rock  61 #4 Iowa State  78 TNT Denver, Colorado Midwest
3/19/2016 7:10 PM #9 Butler  69 #1 Virginia  77 TBS Raleigh, North Carolina Midwest
3/19/2016 7:45 PM #9 Connecticut  61 #1 Kansas  73 CBS Des Moines, Iowa South
3/19/2016 8:40 PM #11 Gonzaga  82 #3 Utah  59 TNT Denver, Colorado Midwest
3/19/2016 9:40 PM #9 Providence  66 #1 North Carolina  85 TBS Raleigh, North Carolina East

Sunday Schedule (By Start Time)

Date Time (EST) Team #1 Road Score Team #2 Home Score TV Location Regional
3/20/2016 12:10 PM #7 Iowa  68 #2 Villanova  87 CBS Brooklyn, New York South
3/20/2016 2:40 PM #14 Stephen F. Austin  75 #6 Notre Dame  76 CBS Brooklyn, New York East
3/20/2016 5:15 PM #10 VCU  81 #2 Oklahoma 85 CBS Oklahoma City, Oklahoma West
3/20/2016 6:10 PM #15 Middle Tennessee  50 #10 Syracuse  75 TNT St. Louis, Missouri Midwest
3/20/2016 7:10 PM #13 Hawaii  60 #5 Maryland  73 TBS Spokane, Washington South
3/20/2016 7:40 PM #11 Northern Iowa  88 #3 Texas A&M (2 OT)  92 TruTV Oklahoma City, Oklahoma West
3/20/2016 8:40 PM #7 Wisconsin  66 #2 Xavier  63 TNT St. Louis, Missouri East
3/20/2016 9:40 PM #8 Saint Joseph’s  64 #1 Oregon  69 TBS Spokane, Washington West

Big Second Half Lifts Wichita State Over Vanderbilt

(Joe Robbins/Getty Images North America)
Wichita State had an excellent second half to pull away from Vanderbilt and move on to the First Round to face Arizona on Thursday. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images North America)

Big Second Half Lifts Wichita State Over Vanderbilt

Wichita State fended off Vanderbilt by outscoring them 20-2 to end the game and win 70-50. The top duo of Fred VanVleet and Rod Baker (plus 9 rebounds) both finished with 14 points as the joint-top scorers for Wichita State. Vanderbilt also had joint-top scorers in Joe Toye and Riley LaChance with 10 points each.

The first half was a back and forth affair with neither team able to get an upper hand. Vanderbilt led 30-25 inside the final two minutes, but four points from the free throw line by Baker helped the first half end in a 30-30 tie.

Wichita State started the second half the way the ended the first: on a run. They scored the first 11 points of the final 20 minutes to open a 41-30 lead with Baker and VanVleet scoring all of those points. Vandy was able to battle back to make it a 50-48 deficit with approximately 8 minutes left, but head coach Kevin Stallings was called for a technical foul. While the foul only led to one point, Wichita State was able to seize the momentum and end the game on a 20-2 run. The Commodores only points came via the charity stripe with less than three minutes left to play.

Vanderbilt’s season has come to a close with a 19-14 record. Their performance will leave some to question the Selection Committee’s decision to include them in the field as well. Vandy shot the ball terribly going 16 of 53 (30.2%) and just 3 of 19 from behind the arc (15.8%). They connected on 15 of 26 free throws (57.7%). Behind Toye’s and LaChance’s 10 points apiece, Luke Kornet nearly had a double-double with 8 points and 9 rebounds.

The Shockers have now won a tournament game each year since 2013. Wichita State (25-8) will now move on to face Arizona on Thursday at 9:20 PM Eastern Time in the South Regional First Round. The Shockers went 22 of 59 from the field (37.3%) and 7 of 19 from beyond the three point line (36.8%) including 7 of 12 in the second half. They shot 19 of 25 (76%) from the free throw line as well. Anton Grady finished as the #3 scorer for Wichita State on the night with 11 points and also had 7 rebounds.

Florida Gulf Coast Crushes Fairleigh Dickinson

Florida Gulf Coast and Marc Eddy Norelia (#25) had plenty to celebrate on with their dominating win over Fairleigh Dickinson in the 2016 NCAA Tournament's First Four. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images North America)
Florida Gulf Coast and Marc Eddy Norelia (#25) had plenty to celebrate on with their dominating win over Fairleigh Dickinson in the 2016 NCAA Tournament’s First Four. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images North America)

Florida Gulf Coast Crushes Fairleigh Dickinson

Florida Gulf Coast raced out to an early 11-0 in their First Four game against Fairleigh Dickinson and never looked back in a 96-65 win. The Eagles were led by Marc Eddy Norelia’s double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds. Norelia only missed one field goal.

Florida Gulf Coast started with that 11-0 run and parlayed that into an insurmountable 40-19 halftime lead. The Eagles dominated on the glass in the first half with a 27-17 margin and shot 16 of 27 (59.3%) from the field. They held FDU to 6 of 28 shooting (21.4%) and Norelia went 7 of 7 from the field for 14 points. FDU’s top scorers were Earl Potts Jr. and Darian Anderson with six points apiece.

The second half started well for FDU as they opened with six straight points, but they could not find any defense as they were unable to cut any further into the deficit. The Knights shot much better in the second half at 40.5% (17 of 42), but the lack of defense allowed Florida Gulf Coast to continue to pile on the points. Potts led FDU in the second half with 10 points while FGCU was led by Julian Debose (11 points) and Christian Terrell (1o points).

Fairleigh Dickinson finishes the season 18-15 after winning the Northeast Conference Tournament. Potts led the team with 16 points and 8 rebounds while Marques Townes had 13 points and Anderson finished with 11 points and 8 rebounds. The Knights shot 23 of 70 for the game (32.9%) including 8 of 23 from beyond the arc (34.8%). They struggled from the free throw line going 11 of 18.

Florida Gulf Coast is now 21-13 and will face the top seeded North Carolina Tar Heels on Thursday at 7:20 PM Eastern Time in the East Regional. Norelia’s 20 points was best on the team, but Terrell (14), Debose (14), and Demetris Morant (10 points) also finished in double figures. Antravious Simmons nearly had a double-double with 9 points and 11 rebounds. The Eagles finished 34 of 57 from the floor (59.6%) and 8 of 23 from three point range (34.8%). They shot horrendously from the free throw line in the first half (6 of 17 for 35.3%), but went 14 of 17 in the second half (82.4%).

2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament First Round Schedule

Brice Johnson will lead the North Carolina Tar Heels in the 2016 NCAA Tournament. (Rob Carr/Getty Images North America)
Brice Johnson will lead the North Carolina Tar Heels in the 2016 NCAA Tournament. (Rob Carr/Getty Images North America)

2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament First Round Schedule

The 2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament First Round Schedule is known after the release of the bracket on Sunday. There were many surprises (check Twitter for the numerous snubs depending on the point of view) and some formalities (Kansas as the top overall seed and North Carolina as a one seed as well). The First Round schedule will not include the First Four schedule, which can be found here.

The First Round Schedule will go in order of each region while a schedule for both Thursday and Friday can be found near the bottom of this post. The games for each region will be listed in order of the pairings (i.e. #16 versus #1 will be listed first, #9 versus #8 will be listed second, etc.).

East Regional

Date Time (EST) Team #1 Road Score Team #2 Home Score TV Location
3/17/2016 7:20 PM #16 Florida Gulf Coast  67 #1 North Carolina  83 TBS Raleigh, North Carolina
3/17/2016 9:50 PM #9 Providence  70 #8 USC  69 TBS Raleigh, North Carolina
3/17/2016 7:10 PM #12 Chattanooga  74 #5 Indiana  99 CBS Des Moines, Iowa
3/17/2016 9:40 PM #13 Stony Brook  57 #4 Kentucky  85 CBS Des Moines, Iowa
3/18/2016 9:40 PM #11 Michigan  63 #6 Notre Dame  70 CBS Brooklyn, New York
3/18/2016 7:10 PM #14 Stephen F. Austin  70 #3 West Virginia  56 CBS Brooklyn, New York
3/18/2016 6:50 PM #10 Pittsburgh  43 #7 Wisconsin  47 TNT St. Louis, Missouri
3/18/2016 9:20 PM #15 Weber State  53 #2 Xavier  71 TNT St. Louis, Missouri

Midwest Regional

Date Time (EST) Team #1 Road Score Team #2 Home Score TV Location
3/17/2016 3:10 PM #16 Hampton  45 #1 Virginia  81 TruTV Raleigh, North Carolina
3/17/2016 12:40 PM #9 Butler  71 #8 Texas Tech  61 TruTV Raleigh, North Carolina
3/17/2016 4:30 PM #12 Arkansas-Little Rock (2 OT) 85 #5 Purdue  83 TBS Denver, Colorado
3/17/2016 2:00 PM #13 Iona  81 #4 Iowa State  94 TBS Denver, Colorado
3/17/2016 9:57 PM #11 Gonzaga  68 #6 Seton Hall  52 TruTV Denver, Colorado
3/17/2016 7:27 PM #14 Fresno State  69 #3 Utah  80 TruTV Denver, Colorado
3/18/2016 12:15 PM #10 Syracuse  70 #7 Dayton  51 CBS St. Louis, Missouri
3/18/2016 2:45 PM #15 Middle Tennessee  90 #2 Michigan State  81 CBS St. Louis, Missouri

West Regional

Date Time (EST) Team #1 Road Score Team #2 Home Score TV Location
3/18/2016 7:27 PM #16 Holy Cross  52 #1 Oregon  91 TruTV Spokane, Washington
3/18/2016 9:57 PM #9 Cincinnati  76 #8 Saint Joseph’s  78 TruTV Spokane, Washington
3/17/2016 2:45 PM #12 Yale  79 #5 Baylor  75 CBS Providence, Rhode Island
3/17/2016 12:15 PM #13 UNC Wilmington  85 #4 Duke  93 CBS Providence, Rhode Island
3/18/2016 9:50 PM #11 Northern Iowa  75 #6 Texas  72 TBS Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
3/18/2016 7:20 PM #14 Green Bay  65 #3 Texas A&M  92 TBS Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
3/18/2016 1:30 PM #10 VCU  75 #7 Oregon State  67 TNT Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
3/18/2016 4:00 PM #15 Cal State Bakersfield  68 #2 Oklahoma  82 TNT Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

South Regional

Date Time (EST) Team #1 Road Score Team #2 Home Score TV Location
3/17/2016 4:00 PM #16 Austin Peay  79 #1 Kansas  105 TNT Des Moines, Iowa
3/17/2016 1:30 PM #9 Connecticut  74 #8 Colorado  67 TNT Des Moines, Iowa
3/18/2016 4:30 PM #12 South Dakota State  74 #5 Maryland  79 TBS Spokane, Washington
3/18/2016 2:00 PM #13 Hawaii  77 #4 California  66 TBS Spokane, Washington
3/17/2016 9:20 PM #11 Wichita State  65 #6 Arizona  55 TNT Providence, Rhode Island
3/17/2016 6:50 PM #14 Buffalo  72 #3 Miami  79 TNT Providence, Rhode Island
3/18/2016 3:10 PM #10 Temple  70 #7 Iowa (1 OT)  72 TruTV Brooklyn, New York
3/18/2016 12:40 PM #15 UNC Asheville  56 #2 Villanova  86 TruTV Brooklyn, New York

Thursday Schedule (By Start Time)

Date Time (EST) Team #1 Road Score Team #2 Home Score TV Location Regional
3/17/2016 12:15 PM #13 UNC Wilmington  85 #4 Duke  93 CBS Providence, Rhode Island West
3/17/2016 12:40 PM #9 Butler  71 #8 Texas Tech  61 TruTV Raleigh, North Carolina Midwest
3/17/2016 1:30 PM #9 Connecticut  74 #8 Colorado  67 TNT Des Moines, Iowa South
3/17/2016 2:00 PM #13 Iona 81 #4 Iowa State  94 TBS Denver, Colorado Midwest
3/17/2016 2:45 PM #12 Yale  79 #5 Baylor  75 CBS Providence, Rhode Island West
3/17/2016 3:10 PM #16 Hampton  45 #1 Virginia 81 TruTV Raleigh, North Carolina Midwest
3/17/2016 4:00 PM #16 Austin Peay  79 #1 Kansas  105 TNT Des Moines, Iowa South
3/17/2016 4:30 PM #12 Arkansas-Little Rock (2 OT)  85 #5 Purdue  83 TBS Denver, Colorado Midwest
3/17/2016 6:50 PM #14 Buffalo  72 #3 Miami  79 TNT Providence, Rhode Island South
3/17/2016 7:10 PM #12 Chattanooga  74 #5 Indiana 99 CBS Des Moines, Iowa East
3/17/2016 7:20 PM #16 Florida Gulf Coast  67 #1 North Carolina  83 TBS Raleigh, North Carolina East
3/17/2016 7:27 PM #14 Fresno State  69 #3 Utah 80 TruTV Denver, Colorado Midwest
3/17/2016 9:20 PM #11 Wichita State  65 #6 Arizona  55 TNT Providence, Rhode Island South
3/17/2016 9:40 PM #13 Stony Brook  57 #4 Kentucky  85 CBS Des Moines, Iowa East
3/17/2016 9:50 PM #9 Providence  70 #8 USC  69 TBS Raleigh, North Carolina East
3/17/2016 9:57 PM #11 Gonzaga  68 #6 Seton Hall  52 TruTV Denver, Colorado Midwest

Friday Schedule (By Start Time)

Date Time (EST) Team #1 Road Score Team #2 Home Score TV Location Regional
3/18/2016 12:15 PM #10 Syracuse  70 #7 Dayton  51 CBS St. Louis, Missouri Midwest
3/18/2016 12:40 PM #15 UNC Asheville  56 #2 Villanova  86 TruTV Brooklyn, New York South
3/18/2016 1:30 PM #10 VCU  75 #7 Oregon State  67 TNT Oklahoma City, Oklahoma West
3/18/2016 2:00 PM #13 Hawaii  77 #4 California  66 TBS Spokane, Washington South
3/18/2016 2:45 PM #15 Middle Tennessee  90 #2 Michigan State  81 CBS St. Louis, Missouri Midwest
3/18/2016 3:10 PM #10 Temple  70 #7 Iowa (1 OT)  72 TruTV Brooklyn, New York South
3/18/2016 4:00 PM #15 Cal State Bakersfield  68 #2 Oklahoma  82 TNT Oklahoma City, Oklahoma West
3/18/2016 4:30 PM #12 South Dakota State  74 #5 Maryland  79 TBS Spokane, Washington South
3/18/2016 6:50 PM #10 Pittsburgh  43 #7 Wisconsin  47 TNT St. Louis, Missouri East
3/18/2016 7:10 PM #14 Stephen F. Austin  70 #3 West Virginia  56 CBS Brooklyn, New York East
3/18/2016 7:20 PM #14 Green Bay  65 #3 Texas A&M  92 TBS Oklahoma City, Oklahoma West
3/18/2016 7:27 PM #16 Holy Cross  52 #1 Oregon  91 TruTV Spokane, Washington West
3/18/2016 9:20 PM #15 Weber State  53 #2 Xavier  71 TNT St. Louis, Missouri East
3/18/2016 9:40 PM #11 Michigan  63 #6 Notre Dame  70 CBS Brooklyn, New York East
3/18/2016 9:50 PM #11 Northern Iowa  75 #6 Texas  72 TBS Oklahoma City, Oklahoma West
3/18/2016 9:57 PM #9 Cincinnati  76 #8 Saint Joseph’s  78 TruTV Spokane, Washington West

Check back for final scores and updated matchups following the First Four games as well as the during the first round.

2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament First Four Schedule

John Beilein and Michigan still have a chance to make some noise this season starting with First Four. They play Tulsa on Wednesday, March 16. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images North America)
John Beilein and Michigan still have a chance to make some noise this season starting with First Four. They play Tulsa on Wednesday, March 16. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images North America)

2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament First Four Schedule

The First Four games are now known with announcement of the 2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament teams. There will be two games played on Tuesday, March 15 and two more played on Wednesday, March 16. All four games will be played in Dayton, Ohio and can be seen on TruTV. The schedule for the First Four games is broken down below by date.

First Four Games – Tuesday, March 15, 2016

#16 Florida Gulf Coast versus #16 Fairleigh Dickinson will be played at 6:40 PM Eastern Time with winner facing #1 North Carolina in the East Region on Thursday, March 17.

The second game will be played at 9:10 PM Eastern Time between #11 Vanderbilt and #11 Wichita State. The winner of that contest will play #6 Arizona on Thursday, March 17 in the South Region.

Date Time (EST) Team #1 Road Score Team #2 Home Score TV Location Regional
3/15/2016 6:40 PM #16 Fairleigh Dickinson 65 #16 Florida Gulf Coast  96 TruTV Dayton, Ohio East
3/15/2016 9:10 PM #11 Wichita State  70 #11 Vanderbilt  50 TruTV Dayton, Ohio South

First Four Games – Wednesday, March 16, 2016

#16 Holy Cross plays #16 Southern in the first Wednesday game starting at 6:40 PM Eastern Time. The winner will move on to #1 Oregon in the West Region on Friday, March 18.

The final First Four game will be #11 Michigan and #11 Tulsa with a start time of 8:10 PM Eastern Time. Whichever team comes out on top will then move on to face #6 Notre Dame on Friday, March 18 in the East Region.

Date Time (EST) Team #1 Road Score Team #2 Home Score TV Location Regional
3/16/2016 6:40 PM #16 Holy Cross  59 #16 Southern  55 TruTV Dayton, Ohio West
3/16/2016 9:10 PM #11 Tulsa  62 #11 Michigan 67 TruTV Dayton, Ohio East

Check back for the first and second round schedules.

2016 NCAA Basketball Bracket Announced

Kansas Celebrates their Big 12 Championship after defeating West Virginia on Saturday, March 12, 2016. (Ed Zurga/Getty Images North America)
Kansas Celebrates their Big 12 Championship after defeating West Virginia on Saturday, March 12, 2016. They are the top overall seed for the 2016 Tournament. (Ed Zurga/Getty Images North America)

2016 NCAA Basketball Bracket Announced

The 2016 NCAA Bracket was announced on Sunday with 68 teams competing to be crowned the Champion. The First Four games will feature two games on Tuesday, March 15 and two games on Wednesday, March 16. All four of the opening round games will be played in Dayton, Ohio as they have since the tournament was expanded to 68 teams in 2011. The Final Four will be played in Houston, Texas at NRG Stadium.

Kansas (South) is the top overall seed with North Carolina (East), Virginia (Midwest), and Oregon (West) as the other #1 seeds. Villanova (South), Oklahoma (West), Xavier (East), and Michigan State (Midwest) are the #2 seeds with many of the top eight teams having a solid case to be on the top line.

First Four

The First Four will begin on Tuesday, March 15 with the first two games and conclude on Wednesday, March 16 with the other two games. All four games can be found on truTV with estimated start times of 6:40 PM and 9:10 PM Eastern Time each night.

#11 Vanderbilt and #11 Wichita State will play on Tuesday for the right to face #6 Arizona on Thursday in the South Regional. #16 Florida Gulf Coast and #16 Fairleigh Dickinson will square off to face #1 North Carolina on Thursday in the East Regional.

#16 Holy Cross and #16 Southern will play on Wednesday night and the winner will have a date on Friday against #1 Oregon in the West Regional. Michigan and Tulsa are both #11 seeds with the winner playing #6 Notre Dame on Friday in the East Regional.

East Regional

North Carolina is the top seed in the East Regional and will face the winner of the Florida Gulf CoastFairleigh Dickinson matchup in the First Four on Tuesday. Xavier is the #2 seed in the East and will take on Weber State in the first round. The East Region is in the two pictures below.

2016 Tourney East Region Part 1

2016 Tourney East Region Part 2

Midwest Regional

Virginia claimed the top seed in the Midwest, though some were surprised with that selection. They will face #16 Hampton in their first round matchup. The second seed in the region is Michigan State and they will face #15 Middle Tennessee. The Spartans will surely be playing with a chip on their shoulder after getting skipped over for a #1 seed. The entire regional can be seen below.

2016 Tourney Midwest Region Part 1

2016 Tourney Midwest Region Part 2

South Regional

Kansas is the #1 overall seed in the entire tournament and will take on #16 Austin Peay to start their tournament. Villanova is the #2 seed and will face #15 UNC Asheville in the first round. The #11 seed will be Vanderbilt or Wichita State with those two playing in the First Four. The entire South Region bracket is below.

2016 Tourney South Region

2016 South Region Part 2

West Regional

Oregon is the top seed in the West and will face either Holy Cross or Southern as the #16 seed. Holy Cross and Southern will play on Wednesday in the First Four. Oklahoma is the #2 seed in the West and will face #15 Cal State Bakersfield. The entire West Regional can be seen below.

2016 Tourney West Region Part 1

2016 Tourney West Region Part 2

Full Bracket

The entire Bracket can be found here.

2016 NCAA Bracket

Final Four

The Final Four will begin with the National Semifinals on Saturday, April 2 and conclude with the National Championship on Monday, April 4. The National Championship game will be shown on TBS at 9 PM Eastern Time and is the first time in 35 years that the game will not be televised by CBS. The National Championship will return to CBS in 2017 and rotate between the two channels through 2024.