2014 NCAA tournament: Schedule and bracket for Thursday's games

Finally, the March Madness begins! The NCAA tournament tips off Thursday morning. Here's your schedule and open thread.

The brackets have been completed. Now all the left is to sit back and watch the madness unfold, right? The NCAA tournament tips off this morning just after 9 a.m. PDT with the first of 63 games: No. 11 seed Dayton against No. 6 seed Ohio State from Buffalo, N.Y.*

*No, the abomination known as the "First Four" does not count in the total number of games. Sorry.

We'll get to the full schedule in a minute -- and if you're just here to use this for an open thread to talk about what you're watching, please, feel free to skip to the end -- but I want to highlight a couple of games from the morning session that I think ought to be particularly compelling.

No. 12 Harvard vs. No. 5 Cincinnati: The Crimson stunned New Mexico last year, but they're not going to take the Bearcats by surprise today. The 12/5 matchup is well known for its upset potential, with at least one five seed going down every year. Harvard is a trendy pick to knock off Cincinnati, and if the Crimson can pull it off it will set the mood for the day. For what it's worth, Nate Silver's model at FiveThirtyEight.com -- which combines all the major computer power ratings -- believes Harvard wins this matchup 42 percent of the time. In other words, not that much of an upset!

No. 7 Oregon vs. No. 10 BYU: No, there's no sexy upset factor here. Instead, you just get sexy fast basketball! These two teams played earlier this year, and it was a 100-96 barnburner that the Ducks won in overtime. The game featured 88 possessions -- 77 of them before overtime. In case you didn't know, that's a lot of possessions. (WSU typically has played around 60 possessions per game the last couple of years.) BYU held a seven-point lead with four minutes to go in the game, only to cough it up. This game should be highly entertaining.

Here's the full schedule for the day:

Thursday's Game Schedule

Region Game Venue Time (PT) TV Announcers
South Dayton Flyers (11) vs. Ohio State Buckeyes (6) First Niagara Center (Buffalo, NY) 9:15am CBS Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery/Allie LaForce
West American University Eagles (15) vs. Wisconsin Badgers (2) BMO Harris Bradley Center (Milwaukee, WI) 9:40am truTV Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel/Lewis Johnson
South Pittsburgh Panthers (9) vs. Colorado Buffaloes (8) Amway Center (Orlando, FL) 10:40am TBS Brian Anderson/Dan Bonner//Kristine Leahy
East Harvard Crimson (12) vs. Cincinnati Bearcats (5) Spokane Memorial Arena (Spokane, WA) 11:10am TNT Spero Dedes/Doug Gottlieb//Jaime Maggio
South Western Michigan Broncos (14) vs. Syracuse Orange (3) First Niagara Center (Buffalo, NY) 11:45am CBS Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery/Allie LaForce
West BYU Cougars (10) vs. Oregon Ducks (7) BMO Harris Bradley Center (Milwaukee, WI) 12:10pm truTV Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel/Lewis Johnson
South Albany Great Danes/ Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers (16) vs. Florida Gators (1) Amway Center (Orlando, FL) 1:10pm TBS Brian Anderson/Dan Bonner//Kristine Leahy
East Delaware Blue Hens (13) vs. Michigan State Spartans (4) Spokane Memorial Arena (Spokane, WA) 1:40pm TNT Spero Dedes/Doug Gottlieb//Jaime Maggio
East Saint Joseph's (PA) Hawks (10) vs. Connecticut Huskies (7) First Niagara Center (Buffalo, NY) 3:55pm TBS Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery/Allie LaForce
MidWest Wofford Terriers (15) vs. Michigan Wolverines (2) BMO Harris Bradley Center (Milwaukee, WI) 4:10pm CBS Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel/Lewis Johnson
MidWest North Carolina State Wolfpack (12) vs. Saint Louis Billikens (5) Amway Center (Orlando, FL) 4:20pm TNT Brian Anderson/Dan Bonner//Kristine Leahy
West North Dakota State Bison (12) vs. Oklahoma Sooners (5) Spokane Memorial Arena (Spokane, WA) 4:27pm truTV Spero Dedes/Doug Gottlieb//Jaime Maggio
East Milwaukee Panthers (15) vs. Villanova Wildcats (2) First Niagara Center (Buffalo, NY) 6:25pm TBS Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery/Allie LaForce
MidWest Arizona State Sun Devils (10) vs. Texas Longhorns (7) BMO Harris Bradley Center (Milwaukee, WI) 6:40pm CBS Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel/Lewis Johnson
MidWest Manhattan Jaspers (13) vs. Louisville Cardinals (4) Amway Center (Orlando, FL) 6:50pm TNT Brian Anderson/Dan Bonner//Kristine Leahy
West New Mexico State Aggies (13) vs. San Diego State Aztecs (4) Spokane Memorial Arena (Spokane, WA) 6:57pm truTV Spero Dedes/Doug Gottlieb//Jaime Maggio
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