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March Madness 2017: Day 2 preview, TV and online schedule, discussion thread

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The first round wraps up today.

NCAA Basketball: South Dakota State at Wichita State Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

The 2017 NCAA tournament tipped off yesterday, and it was notable for its lack general drama.

Yes, Middle Tennessee State pulled off the routine 5/12 “upset,” and Vandy did a thing that caused us all to have to pause and pick our jaws up off the floor — especially as fans who have seen this before — and No. 11 Xavier beat No. 6 Maryland in an upset in name only. But the next closest thing we got was Princeton almost beating Notre Dame, and the higher seeds won the vast majority of the games.

It was mildly interesting, but not what we’ve come to hope for from March Madness. Maybe today will be better.

Here’s today’s TV schedule; all games are being streamed on NCAA.com.

2017 NCAA tournament TV schedule, Day 2

Game Date Tip Time (ET) Network Site Commentators
Game Date Tip Time (ET) Network Site Commentators
(7) Michigan Wolverines vs. (10) Oklahoma State Cowboys March 17 12:15 p.m. CBS Indianapolis Jim Nantz / Grant Hill / Bill Raftery / Tracy Wolfson
(3) Baylor Bears vs. (14) New Mexico State Aggies March 17 12:40 p.m. truTV Tulsa Kevin Harlan / Reggie Miller / Dan Bonner / Dana Jacobson
(8) Arkansas Razorbacks vs. (9) Seton Hall Pirates March 17 1:30 p.m. TNT Greenville Brian Anderson / Chris Webber / Lewis Johnson
(3) Oregon Ducks vs. (14) Iona Gaels March 17 2 p.m. TBS Sacramento Spero Dedes / Steve Smith / Len Elmore / Ros Gold-Onwude
(2) Louisville Cardinals vs. (15) Jacksonville State Gamecocks March 17 Approx. 2:45 CBS Indianapolis Jim Nantz / Grant Hill / Bill Raftery / Tracy Wolfson
(6) SMU Mustangs vs. (11) USC Trojans March 17 Approx. 3 p.m. truTV Tulsa Kevin Harlan / Reggie Miller / Dan Bonner / Dana Jacobson
(1) North Carolina Tar Heels vs. (16) Texas Southern Tigers March 17 Approx. 4 p.m. TNT Greenville Brian Anderson / Chris Webber / Lewis Johnson
(6) Creighton Bluejays vs. (11) Rhode Island Rams March 17 Approx. 4:30 p.m. TBS Sacramento Spero Dedes / Steve Smith / Len Elmore / Ros Gold-Onwude
(1) Kansas Jayhawks vs. (16) UC Davis March 17 6:50 p.m. TNT Tulsa Kevin Harlan / Reggie Miller / Dan Bonner / Dana Jacobson
(7) Dayton Flyers vs. (10) Wichita State Shockers March 17 7:10 p.m. CBS Indianapolis Jim Nantz / Grant Hill / Bill Raftery / Tracy Wolfson
(2) Duke Blue Devils vs. (15) Troy Trojans March 17 7:20 p.m. truTV Greenville Brian Anderson / Chris Webber / Lewis Johnson
(6) Cincinnati Bearcats vs. (11) Kansas St. Wildcats March 17 7:27 p.m. TBS Sacramento Spero Dedes / Steve Smith / Len Elmore / Ros Gold-Onwude
(8) Miami Hurricanes vs. (9) Michigan State Spartans March 17 Approx. 9:20 p.m. TNT Tulsa Kevin Harlan / Reggie Miller / Dan Bonner / Dana Jacobson
(2) Kentucky Wildcats vs. (15) Northern Kentucky Norse March 17 Approx. 9:40 p.m. CBS Indianapolis Jim Nantz / Grant Hill / Bill Raftery / Tracy Wolfson
(7) South Carolina Gamecocks vs. (10) Marquette Golden Eagles March 17 Approx. 9:50 p.m. TBS Greenville Brian Anderson / Chris Webber / Lewis Johnson
(3) UCLA Bruins vs. (14) Kent State Golden Flashes March 17 Approx. 9:57 p.m. truTV Sacramento Spero Dedes / Steve Smith / Len Elmore / Ros Gold-Onwude

Michigan/Oklahoma State is a 7/10, which isn’t the sort of matchup you typically eagerly anticipate since there’s no chance for an epic upset, but both teams like to get up and down the floor and feature excellent offenses — it’s likely to be a highly entertaining game that will hopefully set the tone for the day.

I’m also looking forward to another 7/10 matchup: Dayton and Wichita State. That game will look very different from the previous 7/10, as defense is the calling card of both. Once upon a time, our school took great pride in its defense; if you remember those days, you’ll appreciate this matchup between two of the better coaches in the country. (Also, the advanced metrics looooooove the Shockers. Perhaps we’ll see why.)

A good candidate for an upset is Creighton — kenpom.com thinks the Blue Jays are a little overseeded at a 6 and Rhode Island a bit underseeded at 11, so the Rams could be in prime position.

Discuss below. Go Cougs!