March Madness 2014 continues on Thursday with 16 Second Round games set to take place. The action got started just after noon and continues through until the late hours of the night. All the action can be watched on TV on various networks including TNT, CBS, truTV and TBS (as indicated in the schedule below). Every game can also be watched online through free live stream (details below).
The NCAA 2014 Tournament finally got started on Tuesday night and featured the first two First Round games, with Albany gaining a solid 71-64 win over Mt. St Mary's, and NC State gaining a confident win over Xavier 74-59.
Wednesday night saw the completion of the First Round, and whittled down the teams to just 64 for the Second Round that kicks off on Thursday lunch time, and will continue over onto Friday.
Top seeded Florida will be taking to the court on Thursday, as will defending champions Louisville, and over the next two days this should arguably be one of the best 48 hours of American sports in 2014.
The NCAA introduced the "First Four" in 2011 in an effort to expand the tournament even more. The winners of those First Four Games made it through to the traditional grouping of 64 teams.
Some have criticized the First Four round, but others point out it was the lesser of two evils, as organizers were originally touting expanding the NCAA to 96 games.
The 64 teams have now been confirmed and have been divided into four different regions, with each region containing 16 teams. The Selection Committee has seeded each of the 16 teams in each region from 1 through 16 based on the teams' records, strength of schedule.
In this Second Round, the highest seeded teams are given the reward of facing teams that are theoretically supposed to be easier to beat – the lower seeded teams; so the No. 1 seeds face the No. 16 seeds, and the No. 2 seeds face the No. 15 seeds and so on.
On Sunday, the NCAA announced that Florida, Arizona, Virginia and Wichita State would be 2014's number one seeds.
An NCAA 2014 March Madness printable bracket can be found by clicking here.
Today's games will start at 12.15 p.m. ET and can be watched on TV on the TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV networks, or online through free live stream by clicking here.
Here is the full schedule for Thursday's March Madness 2014 Men's Basketball Round Two:
No. 6 Ohio State vs. No. 11 Dayton, 12:15 p.m., CBS
No. 2 Wisconsin vs. No. 15 American, 12:40 p.m., truTV
No. 8 Colorado vs. No. 9 Pittsburgh, 1:40 p.m., TBS
No. 5 Cincinnati vs. No. 12 Harvard, 2:10 p.m., TNT
No. 3 Syracuse vs. No. 14 Western Michigan, 2:45 p.m., CBS
No. 7 Oregon vs. No. 10 BYU, 3:10 p.m., truTV
No. 1 Florida vs. No. 16 Albany, 4:10 p.m., TBS
No. 4 Michigan State vs. No. 13 Delaware, 4:40 p.m., TNT
No. 7 UConn vs. No. 10 Saint Joseph's, 6:55 p.m., TBS
No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 15 Wofford, 7:10 p.m., CBS
No. 5 Saint Louis vs. No. 12 North Carolina State, 7:20 p.m., TNT
No. 5 Oklahoma vs. No. 12 North Dakota State, 7:27 p.m., truTV
No. 2 Villanova vs. No. 15 Milwaukee, 9:25 p.m., TBS
No. 7 Texas vs. No. 10 Arizona State, 9:40 p.m., CBS
No. 4 Louisville vs. No. 13 Manhattan, 9:50 p.m., TNT
No. 4 San Diego State vs. No. 13 New Mexico State, 9:57 p.m., truTV