March Madness NCAA Tournament 1st Round Live Stream: March 16

March Madness NCAA Tournament live streaming and TV channels for the First Round games on Thursday. No. 1 Villanova will start the defense of its title.

Gonzaga guard Nigel Williams-Goss

Nigel Williams-Goss of Gonzaga during an interview

ORLANDO, FL, Sporting Alert — The following is the complete schedule, live streaming, television channels and game times for the March Madness NCAA Tournament First Round games on Thursday.

Defending national champion Villanova, the No. 1 overall seed for the NCAA Tournament, starts the defense of its title at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, against No. 16 Mount St Mary’s, which defeated New Orleans on Tuesday in the First Four to earn its place.

National Player of the Year candidate Josh Hart, who is averaging 18.9 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game, will lead the Wildcats (31-3), who enter the contest on a five-game winning streak.

Villanova is expected to easily brush aside the Mountaineers in the Round of 64 with ESPN’s Basketball Power Index favouring the reigning champs by 99-percent to advance.

According to ESPN Stats and Information, a No. 16 seed has never defeated a No. 1 seed in the First Round and that trend is likely to continue in this matchup, which will televised and stream live on CBS.

Meanwhile, the opening tip-off gets underway at 12:15 pm ET on Thursday with No. 5 Notre Dame facing 12th seed Princeton in the West Regional at KeyBank Center in Buffalo.

CBS will provide the live broadcast.

Also in the West Regional, starting at 2:00 pm, No. 1 seed Gonzaga takes on the 16th-seeded South Dakota State at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City.

Live coverage of this game will be on TBS and streaming on the network’s App.

Elsewhere in the NCAA First Round, No. 2 Arizona and No. 15 seed North Dakota will battle at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City in the West Regional, third-seed Florida State meet No. 14 Florida Gulf Coast in Orlando, while No. 4 Florida and No. 13 East Tennessee State face-off at the same venue.

March Madness – NCAA Tournament Schedule
Live TV Channel and Streaming
Thursday, March 16

MEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP – WEST REGION – 1ST ROUND
No. 12 Princeton v No. 5 Notre Dame
12:15 PM on CBS at KeyBank Center, Buffalo, New York

MEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP – EAST REGION – 1ST ROUND
No. 12 UNC Wilmington v No. 5 Virginia
12:40 PM on truTV at Amway Center, Orlando, Florida

MEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP – SOUTH REGION – 1ST ROUND
No. 13 Winthrop v No. 4 Butler
1:30 PM on TNT at BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 80 tickets available from $33

MEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP – WEST REGION – 1ST ROUND
No. 16 South Dakota State v No. 1 Gonzaga
2:00 PM on TBS at Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah

MEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP – WEST REGION – 1ST ROUND
No. 13 Bucknell v No. 4 West Virginia
2:45 PM on CBS at KeyBank Center, Buffalo, New York

MEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP – EAST REGION – 1ST ROUND
No. 13 East Tennessee State v No. 4 Florida
3:10 PM on truTV at Amway Center, Orlando, Florida

MEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP – SOUTH REGION – 1ST ROUND
No. 12 Middle Tennessee v 5 Minnesota
4:00 PM on TNT at BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

MEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP – WEST REGION – 1ST ROUND
No. 9 Vanderbilt v No. 8 Northwestern
4:30 PM on TBS at Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah

MEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP – WEST REGION – 1ST ROUND
No. 11 Xavier v No. 6 Maryland
6:50 PM on TNT at Amway Center, Orlando, Florida

MEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP – EAST REGION – 1ST ROUND
No. 16 Mount St Mary’s v No. 1 Villanova
7:10 PM on CBS at KeyBank Center, Buffalo, New York

MEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP – WEST REGION – 1ST ROUND
No. 10 VCU v No. 7 Saint Mary’s
7:20 PM on TBS at Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah

MEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP – MIDWEST REGION – 1ST ROUND
No. 13 Vermont v No. 4 Purdue
7:27 PM on truTV at BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

MEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP – WEST REGION – 1ST ROUND
No. 14 Florida Gulf Coast v No. 3 Florida State
9:20 PM on TNT on Amway Center, Orlando, Florida

MEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP – EAST REGION – 1ST ROUND
No. 9 Virginia Tech v No. 8 Wisconsin
9:40 PM on CBS at KeyBank Center, Buffalo, New York

MEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP – WEST REGION – 1ST ROUND
No. 15 North Dakota v No. 2 Arizona
9:50 PM on TBS at Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah

MEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP – MIDWEST REGION – 1ST ROUND
No. 12 Nevada v No. 5 Iowa State
9:57 PM on truTV at BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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