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.