March Madness Starts Tomorrow

The 2012 NCAA Basketball Tournament, commonly known and branded as March Madness, begins tomorrow with first second round games. TSN and TSN2 return as Canadian broadcasters, with increased coverage this year. CBS will also broadcast 26 games, including every game from the regional finals until the final.

Now a shameless plug asking everyone to join my March Madness bracket on Yahoo!. The Group ID is 76558 and the password is undfinal4 (even I, an Irish fan, don’t see them getting by the round of 32 though). I think I’m the defending champion (can’t remember if it was that bracket I won last year or another), so I need challengers to beat me.

Here is TSN’s press release.

Canada’s Sports Leader gives hoops fans all the slam-dunkin’, fist-pumpin’ and bracket-bustin’ action they can handle this month as TSN and TSN2 team up to deliver complete live coverage of one of the most anticipated tournaments of the year – the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, otherwise known as NCAA® MARCH MADNESS®.

Coverage tips off in Canada on Thursday, March 15 with Second Round match-ups beginning at 11 a.m. ET on TSN2 and 12 noon ET on TSN (see broadcast schedule below). The tournament culminates with the championship game on Monday, April 2 at 9 p.m. ET live on TSN.

Fans can also catch live game action on TSN Mobile TV throughout the tournament. In addition, French-language coverage of NCAA March Madness is available on RDS.

Leading up to the Round of 64, TSN.ca has live streaming of the First Four round match-ups on March 13 and 14 beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET each night.

Complementing TSN’s coverage, Bell offers its Bell Fibe TV, Bell Satellite TV and Bell Mobile TV customers complete and uninterrupted coverage of all games in the first four rounds of the tournament with the NCAA March Madness Package, which includes the First Four match-ups that are not broadcast on television in Canada. For more information and to subscribe visit Bell.ca/MarchMadness.

Kate Beirness will anchor TSN’s coverage with analysts Dan Shulman, Jack Armstrong, Leo Rautins and Sherman Hamilton joining her in studio. Greg Gumble and Ernie Johnson will anchor coverage on CBS along with analysts Seth Davis, Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith.

Here is the first (er second) round schedule. Keep in mind that TSN and TSN2 have not announced which games they will feature. For the most part that will depend on which game is the most interesting.

Thursday March 15
12:15pm – Murray State vs. Colorado State – CBS
12:40pm – Kansas State vs. Southern Miss
1:40pm – Louisville vs. Davidson
2:10pm – Wisconsin vs. Montana
2:45pm – Marquette vs. BYU – CBS
3:10pm – Syracuse vs. UNC-Asheville
4:10pm – New Mexico vs. Long Beach State
4:40pm – Vanderbilt vs. Harvard

6:50pm – Kentucky vs. Western Kentucky
7:15pm – Wichita State vs. VCU – CBS
7:20pm – Gonzaga vs. West Virginia
7:27pm – Baylor vs. South Dakota State
9:20pm – Iowa State vs. Connecticut
9:45pm – Indiana vs. New Mexico State – CBS
9:50pm – Ohio State vs. Loyola-Maryland
9:57pm – UNLV vs. Colorado

TSN has coverage from 12 noon ET until the conclusion of play (around 12:30am ET). TSN2 has coverage from 12:30-6:30pm ET and 9:30pm ET until 12:30am ET. TSN2 will also show a pregame show from 11am-12:30pm ET

Friday March 16
12:15pm – Cincinnati vs. Texas – CBS
12:40pm – San Diego State vs. NC State
1:40pm – Creighton vs. Alabama
2:10pm – Florida vs. Virginia
2:45pm – Florida State vs. St. Bonaventure – CBS
3:10pm – Georgetown vs. Belmont
4:10pm – North Carolina vs. Lamar/Vermont
4:40pm – Missouri vs. Norfolk State

6:50pm – Memphis vs. Saint Louis
7:15pm – Duke vs. Lehigh – CBS
7:20pm – Michigan vs. Ohio
7:27pm – St. Mary’s vs. Purdue
9:20pm – Michigan State vs. LIU-Brooklyn
9:45pm – Notre Dame vs. Xavier – CBS
9:50pm – Temple vs. California/South Florida
9:57pm – Kansas vs. Detroit

TSN has coverage from 12 noon ET until 6:30pm ET and 7pm ET until the conclusion of play (around 12:30am ET). TSN2 has coverage from 12:30pm ET until 12:30am ET. TSN2 also has a pregame show from 11am-12:30pm ET.

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