NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Schedule: Thursday, March 16

Written By Matt Burke on March 16, 2023
Schedule NCAA tournament Thursday March 16

The first full day of NCAA basketball tournament games holds a Christmas Day feel for many as the anticipation often matches the excitement of what actually transpires. Thursday is traditionally the first full day of March Madness games and that is the case for 2023. First day games will be held on Thursday, March 16. Below is the Thursday schedule with start times for each Round 1 game. First round matchups were announced on Selection Sunday.

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NCAA Tournament Schedule for Thursday March 16

The first full day of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament will take place on Thursday, March 16. View March Madness TV start times for every game on the first day schedule below.

  • West Virginia vs. Maryland: 12 p.m. ET, CBS
  • Furman vs. Virginia: 12:40 p.m. ET, truTV
  • Utah State vs. Missouri: 1:40 p.m. ET, TNT
  • Howard vs. Kansas: 2 p.m., TBS
  • TBD vs. Alabama: 2:45 p.m. ET, CBS
  • Charleston vs. San Diego State: 3:10 p.m. ET, truTV
  • Princeton vs. Arizona: 4:10 p.m. ET, TNT
  • Illinois vs. Arkansas: 4:30 p.m. ET, TBS
  • Auburn vs. Iowa: 6:50 p.m. ET, TNT
  • Oral Roberts vs. Duke: 7:10 p.m. ET, CBS
  • Colgate vs. Texas: 7:25 p.m. ET, TBS
  • Boise State vs. Northwestern: 7:35 p.m. ET, truTV
  • Northern Kentucky vs. Houston: 9:20 p.m. ET, TNT
  • Louisiana vs. Tennessee: 9:40 p.m. ET, CBS
  • Penn State vs. Texas A&M: 9:55 p.m. ET, TBS
  • UNC Asheville vs. UCLA: 10:05 p.m. ET, truTV

Round 1 games played on Thursday, March 16 will be held at the following locations.

  • Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Amway Center in Orlando, Florida
  • Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California

CBS and Turner Sports will once again collaborate on the broadcast coverage of March Madness. Announcers like Jim Nantz, Charles Barkley, Ernie Johnson, Ian Eagle, Kevin Harlan, Greg Gumbel and Bill Raftery will once again be part of the show.

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Matt Burke is the Sports Editor and Head of Evergreen/SEO Content at He is the Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of MetroBet, a digital and print sports betting platform, and was the Executive Sports Editor at Metro US Newspapers (New York, Philadelphia, Boston) from 2014-2020. Matt has covered Super Bowls and Final Fours, and his work has appeared for Sports Illustrated, CBS Sports, the Eagle Tribune, Gloucester Daily Times and Newburyport Daily News. Matt is a graduate of the University of Connecticut.

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