Syracuse Orange vs Western Michigan Broncos is one of the big games on Thursday as the Second Round of March Madness kicks off. The 2014 NCAA Tournament should be a fantastic one, and the Round of 64 is one of the most exciting and there are often a number of underdog stories that shine through, and this year should be no different.
Today's game between the Syracuse Orange and the Western Michigan Broncos will start at 2.45 p.m. ET and can be watched on TV on the CBS network, or online through free live stream by clicking here.
The March Madness 2014 Second Round will feature 16 games on Thursday starting just after noon, and will continue all the way through to the late hours tonight.
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 First Four Games took place over the past few days and saw the teams whittled down to the final 64. Of course 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.
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