NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Schedule: Friday, March 22

Written By Bill Gelman | Last Updated
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The March Madness opening round schedule is set. This Friday is the second full day of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The early games will tip around noon ET, and late games will end around midnight. All 16 teams that win on Friday will advance to Sunday’s round of 32. Here’s the NCAA Tournament schedule and estimated start times for Friday, March 22.

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Friday schedule for the NCAA men’s Basketball Tournament

The second full day of the 2024 NCAA men’s basketball tournament is taking place on Friday, March 22. Here are the matchups, including approximate March Madness TV tip times for every game on the second day of opening-round action. All times listed are Eastern Standard Time.

East Region

  • 9 Northwestern vs. 8 Florida Atlantic, 12:15 p.m., TV: CBS
  • 12 UAB vs. 5 San Diego State, 1:45 p.m., TV: TNT
  • 16 Stetson vs. 1 UConn, 2:45 p.m., TV: CBS
  • 13 Yale vs. 4 Auburn, 4:15 p.m., TV: TNT

South Region

  • 15 Western Kentucky vs. 2 Marquette, 2 p.m., TV: TBS
  • 10 Colorado vs. 7 Florida, 4:30 p.m., TV: TBS
  • 9 Texas A&M vs. 8 Nebraska, 6:50 p.m., TV: TNT
  • 13 Vermont vs. 4 Duke, 7:10 p.m., TV: CBS
  • 16 Longwood vs. 1 Houston, 9:20 p.m., TV: TNT
  • 12 James Madison vs. 5 Wisconsin, 9:40 p.m., TV: CBS

Midwest Region

  • 16 Grambling State vs. 1 Purdue, 7:25 p.m. TV: TBS
  • 9 TCU vs. 8 Utah State, 9:55 p.m., TV: TV: TBS

West Region

  • 14 Colgate vs. 3 Baylor, 12:40 p.m., TV: truTV
  • 11 New Mexico vs. 6 Clemson, 3:10 p.m., TV: truTV
  • 13 Charleston vs. 4 Alabama, 7:35 p.m., TV: truTV
  • 12 Grand Canyon vs. 5 Saint Mary’s, 10:05 p.m., TV: truTV

First-round games on Friday, March 22 are being played at the following venues:

  • Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis
  • Barclays Center in Brooklyn
  • Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena in Spokane
  • FedEx Forum in Memphis


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Announcer pairings for NCAA Tournament

CBS and Turner Sports are once again collaborating on the NCAA Tournament broadcast coverage. Some might recall that CBS announcer Jim Nantz stepped down from calling NCAA Tournament games following last year’s national championship – his 32nd overall. Ian Eagle is stepping up to become the new voice of the Final Four, and he will be joining Bill Raftery, Grant Hill, and sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson on the top announce team.

Studio host Greg Gumbel will also be missing from this year’s tournament coverage to deal with what is being reported as a family health issue. Gumbel has been part of the CBS tournament coverage since 1998.

CBS and Turner Sports have named the 2024 March Madness announce teams with some slight changes from last season. They are:

  • Ian Eagle / Bill Raftery / Grant Hill / Tracy Wolfson (sideline reporter)
  • Brian Anderson / Jim Jackson / Allie LaForce (sideline reporter)
  • Kevin Harlan / Dan Bonner / Stan Van Gundy / Andy Katz (sideline reporter)
  • Andrew Catalon / Steve Lappas /Evan Washburn (sideline reporter)
  • Lisa Byington / Steve Smith / Robbie Hummel /Lauren Shehadi (sideline reporter)
  • Spero Dedes / Jim Spanarkel / Jon Rothstein (sideline reporter)
  • Tom McCarthy / Avery Johnson / Deb Antonelli / AJ Ross (sideline reporter)
  • Brad Nessler / Brendan Haywood / Dana Jacobson (sideline reporter)

Like previous years, viewers can expect to see live studio shows from New York and Atlanta. The CBS team will be in NYC and include Charles Barkley, Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith, and Clark Kellogg. The TNT sports coverage will be led by Adam Lefkoe and include Candace Parker, Jay Wright, and Seth Davis.