The March Madness schedule 2010 finally starts this afternoon. On the March Madness schedule, there are three games airing just after noon, four more in the mid-afternoon, and four each at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. The NCAA tournament opening day always brings anticipation, hopes for upsets, and last-minute bracket work. This is the closest thing to a national holiday for college basketball fans, but the actual games have to live up to the hype as well. Today’s March Madness schedule 2010 features favorites, upset minded teams, and hopefully a lot of real madness.
The very first game in the NCAA tournament features BYU vs Florida at 12:20 p.m. EST. The Cougars have been a top 25 team all year, although they are just a seven seed in the South. The Gators, on the other hand, got in by the skin of their teeth, in their first NCAA tournament appearance since their two national titles.
The first pod of the March Madness schedule 2010 today also includes Notre Dame vs. Old Dominion, and Villanova vs. Robert Morris. The Irish went on a big roll to get here, but the Monarchs are a popular upset pick. The Wildcats, on the other hand, are heavy favorites who need to start putting their recent 2-5 slide behind them.
Thirty minutes after the first games, the March Madness schedule really kicks into high gear. Another trendy upset could be Murray State over Vanderbilt at 2:30 p.m. EST, while the winner of St. Mary’s vs. Richmond could be an upset pick over Villanova in round 2. In addition, two heavy Big 12 favorites start play, with Baylor against Sam Houston State and Kansas State facing North Texas.
One hard to find game on the March Madness schedule 2010 is at around 5 p.m. EST. Butler will take on UTEP, in a game featuring two potential sleepers in the West region. The game won’t be on CBS, and is only available on CBS’s cable channel.
At night, Kentucky and Georgetown highlight the first string of games, as the Wildcats face East Tennessee State at 7:15 p.m., and the Hoyas take on Ohio at 7:25 p.m. Also, Marquette clashes with Washington at 7:20 p.m., and UNLV faces Northern Iowa.
Thirty minutes after these games end, the March Madness schedule for day 1 ends with Kansas vs. Lehigh, Tennessee vs. San Diego State, New Mexico vs. Montana, and Texas vs. Wake Forest. By the end of these match ups, college basketball fans will have just 12 hours to sleep, recover, and get ready for day 2.
The NCAA tournament sets out to redeem a season of parity – although that parity could have a lot of upsets early on. The first and second rounds are defined by upsets and finding Cinderellas, so this could be a day full of them, for all fans know.
The March Madness schedule, whether it is predictable or mad, unfolds all day on CBS starting at noon.
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