The 2017 NCAA Tournament begins Tuesday, March 14, with first-round games between Kansas State and Wake Forest and Mt. Saint Mary’s and New Orleans.
Both games will be broadcast on TruTV. The first game, whose winner will play Villanova on Thursday, will begin at 6:40 p.m. ET. The second game will begin approximately 25 minutes after the first contest.
Find everything you need to know about Tuesday’s games below — times, TV channels, and how to watch online.
2017 NCAA Tournament Tuesday game times, schedule
Mt. Saint Mary’s vs. New Orleans will begin at 6:40 p.m. ET, with the second game — Kansas State-Wake Forest — set to begin approximately 25 minutes after. It should be around 9:15 p.m. ET.
What TV channels are the Tuesday 2017 NCAA Tournament games on?
TruTV will broadcast both NCAA Tournament games on Tuesday.
How do I watch the 2017 NCAA Tournament online?
NCAA.com will broadcast all games online, though a cable subscription for these games is required. Click here to watch.
2017 NCAA Tournament preview: Kansas State-Wake Forest
Betting odds: Kansas State -1.5, over/under 148.5
Kansas State is coming off a pretty strong finish to the season, which included regular season wins over TCU and Texas Tech, then a victory against Baylor in the Big 12 Tournament before falling 51-50 to West Virginia in the conference semifinal.
There’s not one thing that stands out about the Wildcats, except their balance. They have four players averaging at least 10 points per game and rank 50th in offensive efficiency and 27th on defense, according to KenPom.com’s metrics. The only things KSU doesn’t do well on defense is defend the 3-pointer and prevent offensive rebounds, ranking 300 or worse among all Division I teams in those categories.
While Kansas State boasts balance, Wake Forest is all offense, most of the time. The Demon Deacons can shoot, rebound and don’t turn the ball over. They get to the free-throw line and hit their foul shots at a clip better than all but 11 times in the country.
John Collins has been the driving force behind much of that success. The sophomore forward is averaging 18.9 points and 9.8 rebounds per game while shooting a ridiculous 62 percent from the field. Sophomore G Bryant Crawford is scoring 16.1 points with 3.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game. Keyshawn Woods is one of the most dangerous 3-point shooters in the country, ranking 30th nationally with a 45.8 percent clip from deep.
Las Vegas sees this game as a dead heat. It’s a pick’em at most sports books, meaning there is no point spread either way and the game is a toss-up. The over/under is 148.5.
New Orleans-Mt. Saint Mary’s
Betting odds: New Orleans -1.5, over/under 138.5
The winner of this game will get the joyous task of playing Villanova in the next round. A No. 16 seed has still never won an NCAA Tournament game outside the play-in game.
New Orleans played a rough nonconference schedule, facing Oklahoma State, USC and Northwestern, three NCAA Tournament teams. The Privateers excelled in the Southland, going 13-5 before winning two games in the conference tournament to earn an automatic bid.
Mt. Saint Mary’s started the season 1-11 with its only victory over George Mason in overtime. But it went 14-4 in conference play and won the NEC Tournament to get here.