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March Madness NCAA Tournament Games on TV Today (Friday, March 18)

March Madness NCAA Tournament Games on TV Today

The first round of the NCAA Tournament concludes on Friday

March Madness continues with another full slate of 2022 NCAA Tournament games on Friday, March 18. After the 2020 Tournament was canceled and last year's played in a bubble in the state of Indiana because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's Big Dance returns to its typical format, meaning there will be games played at different sites across the country starting at noon ET and going through the evening.

Once again, NCAA Tournament games will be broadcast on CBS, TBS, TNT, and truTV and be available to stream via March Madness Live and other services. Once the games start, brackets will surely be busted in short order as the inevitable upset will occur (see: New Mexico State, Richmond, Michigan) but everyone will be watching in anticipation to see which top seed tumbles (Kentucky!?!) and which unheralded teams rise to the occasion (Saint Peter's!!!).

Regardless of which teams win and which lose there will be plenty of action on the hardwood to take in and digest on Friday.

So if you're wondering, "What NCAA Tournament games are on today?" know this: There are 16 scheduled for Friday, March 18.

Note: All times are ET, some start times are approximate.

South Region: No. 10 Loyola Chicago (25-7) vs. No. 7 Ohio State (19-11)

12:15 p.m. on CBS – PPG Paints Arena (Pittsburgh)

Why You Should Watch: Loyola Chicago made it to the Sweet 16 last year while Ohio State was on the wrong end of a 15-over-2 upset. Some of the faces have changed from those teams (and Loyola Chicago has a different head coach), but do the Ramblers have another March upset in them?

Midwest Region: No. 15 Jacksonville State (21-10) vs. No. 2 Auburn (27-5)

12:40 p.m. on truTV – Bon Secours Wellness Arena (Greenville, S.C.)

Why You Should Watch: Auburn is one of the most talented and athletic teams in the country and has Final Four potential. Jacksonville State is making just its second NCAA Tournament appearance. Tigers should have little trouble advancing past the Gamecocks.

West Region: No. 14 Montana State (27-7) vs. No. 3 Texas Tech (25-9)

1:45 p.m. on TNT – Viejas Arena (San Diego)

Why You Should Watch: Texas Tech may get lost amidst all the attention paid to Kansas and Baylor in the Big 12, but the Red Raiders finished third in the standings and went 3-1 against them in the regular season. Montana State is in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1996 but probably won't stick around long.

East Region: No. 14 Yale (19-11) vs. No. 3 Purdue (27-7)

2 p.m. on TBS – Fiserv Forum (Milwaukee)

Why You Should Watch: Purdue came up short against Iowa in the Big Ten Tournament championship game but is still a team capable of making a deep run. Yale won the Ivy League to get in and has pulled off an upset on this stage before, beating No. 5 Baylor in the first round in 2016.

South Region: No. 15 Delaware (22-12) vs. No. 2 Villanova (26-7)

2:45 p.m. on CBS – PPG Paints Arena (Pittsburgh)

Why You Should Watch: Villanova is poised to make another deep run in March after winning the Big East Tournament. Delaware lost its last three regular-season games before turning things around to win the CAA Tournament and automatic bid. Can the Blue Hens continue their postseason success against the heavily favored Wildcats?

Midwest Region: No. 10 Miami (23-10) vs. No. 7 USC (26-7)

3:10 p.m. on truTV – Bon Secours Wellness Arena (Greenville, S.C.)

Why You Should Watch: It will be a contrast of styles when Miami looks to take advantage of its offensive firepower against a USC team that is one of the best at defending teams inside the 3-point line.

West Region: No. 11 Notre Dame (23-10) vs. No. 6 Alabama (19-13)

4:15 p.m. on TNT – Viejas Arena (San Diego)

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Why You Should Watch: Notre Dame survived an epic, double-overtime thriller against Rutgers in the First Four on Wednesday. The Irish will need a similar effort against an Alabama team that has shown flashes of brilliance (wins over No. 1 seeds Gonzaga and Baylor) along with head-scratching stretches of inconsistency (enter on a three-game losing streak, most recently to Vanderbilt in the SEC Tournament).

East Region: No. 11 Virginia Tech (23-12) vs. No. 6 Texas (21-11)

4:30 p.m. on TBS – Fiserv Forum (Milwaukee)

Why You Should Watch: Few teams in the NCAA Tournament are as hot as Virginia Tech, who rattled off four wins in four days, the last three coming against Notre Dame, North Carolina and Duke, to win the ACC Tournament. On the other side is Texas, which has lost three straight and four of its last six. Which of these trends will continue in Milwaukee?

South Region: No. 13 Chattanooga (27-7) vs. No. 4 Illinois (22-9)

6:50 p.m. on TNT – PPG Paints Arena (Pittsburgh)

Why You Should Watch: This is actually the second time Chattanooga and Illinois have played each other in the NCAA Tournament. The first was in 1997, a game the Mocs won. That, however, should have nothing to do with this matchup, which will feature the SoCon champions trying to slow down the Fighting Illini, who are led by All-American center Kofi Cockburn.

West Region: No. 15 Cal State Fullerton (21-10) vs. No. 2 Duke (28-6)

7:10 p.m. on CBS – Bon Secours Wellness Arena (Greenville, S.C.)

Why You Should Watch: This is Coach K's final NCAA Tournament and you know Duke and its fans want him to go out a winner. Whether these Blue Devils have what it takes to cut down the nets remains to be seen but surely they won't let the season end with a loss to Cal State Fullerton? 

Midwest Region: No. 11 Iowa State (20-12) vs. No. 6 LSU (22-11)

7:20 p.m. on TBS – Fiserv Forum (Milwaukee)

Why You Should Watch: LSU is no stranger to adversity, both on the court and off of it. The latest blow was head coach Will Wade's dismissal during the SEC Tournament after the school received a notice of allegations regarding NCAA violations that occurred under him. The Tigers will try and regroup against Iowa State, a team that comes into the NCAA Tournament eager to turn things around having lost three in a row.

South Region: No. 16 Wright State (22-13) vs. No. 1 Arizona (31-3)

7:27 p.m. on truTV – Viejas Arena (San Diego)

Why You Should Watch: Wright State picked up its first-ever NCAA Tournament win with a nice victory over Bryant on Wednesday night. Tanner Holden was on fire with 37 points on 11-of-15 shooting (14-for-16 from the line) to go along with 11 rebounds. Next up for the Raiders from the Horizon League is top-seeded Arizona which has lost three games all season.

South Region: No. 12 UAB (27-7) vs. No. 5 Houston (29-5)

9:20 p.m. on TNT – PPG Paints Arena (Pittsburgh)

Why You Should Watch: Houston made the Final Four last year and took both the AAC regular-season and tournament titles this season. UAB enters this game red hot, riding a seven-game winning streak. The Cougars lock down teams on defense while the Blazers prefer to push the pace.

West Region: No. 10 Davidson (27-6) vs. No. 7 Michigan State (22-12)

9:40 p.m. on CBS – Bon Secours Wellness Arena (Greenville, S.C.)

Why You Should Watch: Michigan State has enjoyed plenty of success in the NCAA Tournament under Tom Izzo, but the Spartans were one and done last year, losing in overtime to eventual Final Four participant UCLA in the First Four. Davidson had its own magical run back in 2008 but has gone 0-4 since Steph Curry led the Wildcats to the Elite Eight. Michigan State is not a prolific offensive team but is capable of hitting from long range while Davidson is both deliberate and efficient with the ball in its hands. This game could come down to which team is better able to dictate the pace and commits fewer turnovers.

Midwest Region: No. 14 Colgate (23-11) vs. No. 3 Wisconsin (24-7)

9:50 p.m. on TBS – Fiserv Forum (Milwaukee)

Why You Should Watch: Wisconsin tied Illinois for the Big Ten regular-season title before falling to Michigan State in its first game in the conference tournament. Badgers will try to rebound against a Colgate team that has won 15 in a row, dominating the Patriot League in the process. The Raiders will have to deal with a significant step up in competition but they shoot 40.3 percent as a team from 3-point range, which is a nice weapon to have in your arsenal if you want to play the role of giant killer.

South Region: No. 9 TCU (20-12) vs. No. 8 Seton Hall (21-10)

9:57 p.m. on truTV – Viejas Arena (San Diego)

Why You Should Watch: The last game of the first round should be an entertaining 8-vs-9 matchup between teams that appear very similar, at least on paper. TCU has a win over Midwest Region No. 1 seed Kansas on its resume while Seton Hall has been tested in its own right, playing 10 different teams that made this year's NCAA Tournament field. The Pirates have been rock-solid on defense this season so the Horned Frogs will have to earn their points in a game that could put a nice bow on the first two days of action.