With the NCAA Tournament tipping off on Tuesday, March 14, college basketball fans will have to become acquainted with an unfamiliar TV channel. Once again, TruTV will carry 13 games in March Madness, including all of the First Four matchups.
- 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’re subscribing to a different provider, find out if TruTV is included in your package here based on your zip code. Below are the games which TruTV will be broadcasting during March Madness. All times are listed in EST.
Tuesday, March 14
- No. 16 Mount St. Mary’s vs. No. 16 New Orleans, 6:40 pm
- No. 11 Kansas State vs. No. 11 Wake Forest, 9:10 pm
Wednesday, March 15
- No. 16 North Carolina Central vs. No. 16 U.C. Davis, 6:40 pm
- No. 11 Providence vs. No. 11 USC, 9:10 pm
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/Providence, 3:10 pm
- No. 6 Cincinnati vs. No. 11 Kanas State/Wake Forest, 7:27 pm
- No. 3 UCLA vs. No. 14 Kent State, 9:57 pm
Second Round Games
Sunday, March 19
- TBA, 7:30 pm
Considering the madness is about to begin, let’s preview Tuesday’s First Four games in the field of 68.
Mount St. Mary’s-New Orleans
Although each team enters the Big Dance with a conference tournament title under its belt, Mount St. Mary’s appears to possess a bit more momentum. After beginning the season with a 1-11 record, the Mountaineers have won 18 of their last 22 games. The key to their improvement comes from a willingness to find the open man, as they racked up a 61 percent assist rate, which places No. 17 in the country. 6-foot, 180-pound guard Eljah Long leads them in that category with 4.4 assists per game, along with 15.4 points per contest. On the flip side, the Privateers (20-11, 13-5 Southland) boast three scorers averaging double-figures, including senior forward Erik Thomas. The Wesley Chapel, Fla. native posts 19.5 points per game while shooting a stout 59.1 percent from the field.
Kansas State-Wake Forest
Despite being left out of the tourney conversation with two weeks to go, both programs used a late-season push to find themselves in Dayton, Ohio. The Demon Deacons (19-13, 9-9 ACC) were aided by one of the best players in the country, as sophomore forward John Collins continued his push for ACC Player of the Year with his explosive play down the stretch. In an 88-81 win over then-ranked No. 8 Louisville on March 1, Collins’ 25-point, 11-rebound effort essentially helped lock up a bid into March Madness. For the Wildcats (20-13, 8-10 Big 12), coach Bruce Weber’s bunch divvies up the scoring load fairly evenly, amassing four players who score at least 11.2 points per game. 6-3, 190-pound Barry Brown was the most effective in a crucial victory against Baylor in the Big 12 Tournament quarterfinals, producing 21 points on 4-of-6 shooting, as well as four threes.