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2019 NCAA Tournament Viewing Thursday Guide

Who to watch, when and where.

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-First Round-West Virginia vs Murrary State Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

The best four days of the year are here and the Gophers tip off the NCAA Tournament in Des Moines. There are a lot of intriguing games for me today, moreso than the Friday slate. Below is today’s schedule a few key games you may want to be watching.

Schedule

Thurs NCAA Games

Game Day Location Time (ET) TV Commentators
Game Day Location Time (ET) TV Commentators
Louisville vs. Minnesota Thursday Des Moines I 12:15 p.m. CBS Kevin Harlan / Reggie Miller / Dan Bonner // Dana Jacobson
LSU vs. Yale Thursday Jacksonville I 12:40 p.m. truTV Ian Eagle / Jim Spanarkel // Jamie Erdahl
Auburn vs. New Mexico State Thursday Salt Lake City I 1:30 p.m. TNT Andrew Catalon / Steve Lappas // Lisa Byington
Florida State vs. Vermont Thursday Hartford I 2 p.m. TBS Carter Blackburn / Debbie Antonelli // John Schriffen
Michigan State vs. Bradley Thursday Des Moines II After conc. 1 CBS Kevin Harlan / Reggie Miller / Dan Bonner // Dana Jacobson
Maryland vs. Temple OR Belmont Thursday Jacksonville II After conc. 1 truTV Ian Eagle / Jim Spanarkel // Jamie Erdahl
Kansas vs. Northeastern Thursday Salt Lake City II After conc. 1 TNT Andrew Catalon / Steve Lappas // Lisa Byington
Marquette vs. Murray State Thursday Hartford II After conc. 1 TBS Carter Blackburn / Debbie Antonelli // John Schriffen
Nevada vs .Florida Thursday Des Moines III 6:50 p.m. TNT Kevin Harlan / Reggie Miller / Dan Bonner // Dana Jacobson
Kentucky vs. Abilene Christian Thursday Jacksonville III 7:10 p.m. CBS Ian Eagle / Jim Spanarkel // Jamie Erdahl
Villanova vs. Saint Mary's (CA) Thursday Hartford III 7:20 p.m. TBS Andrew Catalon / Steve Lappas // Lisa Byington
Gonzaga vs. Prairie View A&M OR Fairleigh Dickinson Thursday Salt Lake City III 7:27 p.m. truTV Carter Blackburn / Debbie Antonelli // John Schriffen
Michigan vs. Montana Thursday Des Moines IV After conc. III TNT Kevin Harlan / Reggie Miller / Dan Bonner // Dana Jacobson
Wofford vs. Seton Hall Thursday Jacksonville IV After conc. III CBS Ian Eagle / Jim Spanarkel // Jamie Erdahl
Purdue vs. Old Dominion Thursday Hartford IV After conc. III TBS Andrew Catalon / Steve Lappas // Lisa Byington
Syracuse vs. Baylor Thursday Salt Lake City IV After conc. III truTV Carter Blackburn / Debbie Antonelli // John Schriffen

Games to Watch

  • 10-Minnesota vs. 7-Louisville

Obviously the game to watch for those of you coming to The Daily Gopher. Not much for commentary here, this game may set the mood for the rest of your Thursday.

  • 10-Florida vs. 7-Nevada

Nevada made a run to the second weekend last year, returned their best player and added a grad transfer. A good team but kind of faded in the last third of the season, or perhaps plateaued. Should be a fun game here.

Upset Alert

  • 12-Murray State vs. 5-Marquette

A very good defensive team in Marquette goes up against maybe the most exciting individual player in the tournament. Ja Morant is really a remarkable player who will be a lottery pick this spring. Can he and the Racers get this upset? This is the game of the day in my book.

  • 11-Belmont vs. 6-Maryland

I’m all for the Big Ten today (well, most of the the Big Ten) but I think Belmont is going to ride that momentum from Dayton into a win over Maryland. The Bruin’s best player really didn’t do much in their win over Temple, watch for Dylan Windler to have a big game today. And maybe an upset here.

  • 15-Bradley vs. 2-Michigan State

Wishful thinking.