Basketball fans are always looking for truTV during the 2017 NCAA Tournament. It’s a March tradition.
A 12-seed will almost certainly beat a 5-seed. Your bracket will not be perfect and that game you thought you had picked right when nobody else did will go horribly wrong.
And you can count on jokes about people not being able to find truTV and the channel getting its yearly shine as it broadcasts 13 games from the NCAA Tournament.
Whether you think it’s funny or not, come gametime you’ll be scrambling to find truTV in your cable package just like everyone else and because of that, we’re here to help.
What channel is truTV for 2017 NCAA Tournament games?
Here are the TruTV channels for the major cable providers:
- AT&T & U-Verse: 164 or 1164
- Cablevision: 58 or 758
- Comcast: 841
- Charter: 76 or 724
- DirecTV: 246
- Dish: 242 or 9430
- Time Warner: 47 or 112
- Verizon FiOS: 183 or 683
If you don’t have any of those listed above, find out if TruTV is in your cable package here.
And once you’ve figured out how to watch TruTV, here are the games you can watch as the tournament rolls along. The channel already hosted all four First Four games with Mount St. Mary’s, Kansas State, U.C. Davis and USC moving on.
NCAA First Round Games
Thursday, March 16
- No. 5 Virginia vs. No. 12 UNC Wilmington, 12:40 pm
- No. 4 Florida vs. No. 13 East Tennessee, 3:10 pm
- No. 4 Purdue vs. No. 13 Vermont, 7:27 pm
- No. 5 Iowa State vs. No. 12 Nevada, 9:57 pm
Friday, March 17
- No. 3 Baylor vs. No. 14 New Mexico State, 12:40 pm
- No. 6 SMU vs. No. 11 USC, 3:10 pm
- No. 6 Cincinnati vs. No. 11 Kanas State, 7:27 pm
- No. 3 UCLA vs. No. 14 Kent State, 9:57 pm
NCAA Second Round Games
Sunday, March 19
- TBA, 7:30 pm
As of now, the only Big Ten squad playing on the channel is Purdue, so here’s a quick preview for the Boilermakers’ matchup against the Catamounts of Vermont on Thursday.
It’s safe to say that thinking of these two teams conjure up very different images. For Big Ten fans, the 25-7 Boilermakers have probably seared images of big man Caleb Swanigan hanging on the rim after a monster dunk. As for the 29-5 America East champion Catamounts, well, the last image they bring to mind is probably T.J. Sorrentine’s performance in their upset over Syracuse in 2005. Strangely enough, the Catamounts are again a 13-seed while the Boilermakers fill the Orangemen’s role as a 4-seed.
Swanigan leads the black and gold, averaging 18.5 points and 12.6 boards per game, while Anthony Lamb leads the Catamounts with 12.6 points per game and 5.4 rebounds. The challenge for Lamb? He’s only 6-foot-6 and his team’s tallest player is just 6-foot-8. Swannigan is 6-foot-9 according to ESPN.com and the Boilermakers also have Isaac Haas, who’s 7-foot-2 and averages 12.8 points per game and 5.1 rebounds.
As a team, the Catamounts shoot .496 from the field but only .369 from beyond the arc while the Boilermakers shoot .480 from the floor and .406 from deep.
And here are a couple more games to keep an eye on on TruTV.
Of course, people love the 12-seed vs. 5-seed matchups, so many may have No. 12 UNC Wilmington over No. 5 Virginia and/or No. 12 Nevada over No. 5 Iowa state.
No. 11 USC also came back from 17 points down to defeat Providence in the First Four on Wednesday night, so it’ll be interesting to see if the Trojans run out of gas against SMU.