The NCAA Tournament field will continue to shrink with the start of the second round on Saturday, March 19. March Madness has already shown up in a big way with four double-digit seeds winning on Thursday alone, including a historic 15-over-2 upset. There were several more close calls but only three seeded upsets on Friday. Now with the first round complete the focus will shift to determining the Sweet 16.
Saturday's action will be broadcast on CBS, TBS, and TNT and be available to stream via March Madness Live and other services. Countless brackets have already been busted (to put it mildly) but after a thrilling first round, you won't want to miss what happens next.
So if you're wondering, "What NCAA Tournament games are on today?" know this: There are eight scheduled for Saturday, March 19.
Note: All times are ET, some start times are approximate.
East Region: No. 8 North Carolina (25-9) vs. No. 1 Baylor (27-6)
12:10 p.m. on CBS – Dickies Arena (Fort Worth, Texas)
Why You Should Watch: Both North Carolina and Baylor won their first-round games by more than 30 points. Tar Heels may have the more recognizable NCAA Tournament pedigree but the Bears are the defending national champs and every bit of a threat to cut down the nets again. Can't ask for much in the first-ever meeting between these two teams.
Midwest Region: No. 9 Creighton (23-11) vs. vs. No. 1 Kansas (29-6)
2:40 p.m. on CBS – Dickies Arena (Fort Worth, Texas)
Why You Should Watch: Creighton rallied from a halftime deficit before eventually outlasting No. 8 San Diego State in overtime while Kansas waltzed to an easy win over No. 16 Texas Southern on Thursday. Already down their point guard, the Bluejays lost their best big man to injury, putting them at more of a disadvantage against the top-seeded Jayhawks.
South Region: No. 11 Michigan (18-14) vs. No. 3 Tennessee (27-7)
5:15 p.m. on CBS – Gainbrdige Fieldhouse (Indianapolis)
Why You Should Watch: Michigan orchestrated a big second-half rally to knock off No. 6 Colorado State while Tennessee manhandled No. 14 Longwood from the jump on Thursday. The underdog Wolverines can make it five straight Sweet 16 appearances (remember, there was no Tournament in 2020) and run their record to 3-0 against the Volunteers in the NCAA Tournament in the process.
Midwest Region: No. 12 Richmond (24-12) vs. No. 4 Providence (26-5)
6:10 p.m. on TNT – KeyBank Center (Buffalo, N.Y.)
Why You Should Watch: Richmond took a big bite out of No. 5 Iowa, holding one of the nation's top-scoring teams to 20 points below its season average in their win on Thursday. Providence got the job done against No. 13 South Dakota State but the Friars know they will need to shoot better (39.3 percent vs. Jackrabbits) if they want to get to the Sweet 16.
East Region: No. 5 Saint Mary's (26-7) vs. No. 4 UCLA (26-7)
7:10 p.m. on TBS – Moda Center (Portland, Ore.)
Why You Should Watch: Saint Mary's demolished No. 12 Indiana by 29 points while UCLA escaped No. 13 Akron by four on Thursday night. Regardless of the margins, both teams got the job done to set up this clash of California programs for a spot in the Sweet 16.
East Region: No. 15 Saint Peter's (20-11) vs. No. 7 Murray State (31-2)
7:45 p.m. on CBS – Gainbrdige Fieldhouse (Indianapolis)
Why You Should Watch: Saint Peter's shocked everyone with its overtime upset of No. 2 Kentucky on Thursday. Murray State also needed an extra period to get by a scrappy San Francisco team. How much either team has left in the tank remains to be seen but either the upstart Peacocks or the red-hot Racers will be going to the Sweet 16 for the time after this game is over.
West Region: No. 12 New Mexico State (27-6) vs. No. 4 Arkansas (26-8)
8:40 p.m. on TNT – KeyBank Center (Buffalo, N.Y.)
Why You Should Watch: New Mexico State upset No. 5 UConn on Thursday night behind some sharp-shooting from both long range and the foul line, led by Teddy Allen's 37 points. The Aggies look to punch their ticket to the Sweet 16 with a win over an Arkansas team that had trouble putting away No. 13 Vermont. Can the Razorbacks cool off Allen and NMSU?
West Region: No. 9 Memphis (22-10) vs. No. 1 Gonzaga (27-3)
9:40 p.m. on TBS – Moda Center (Portland, Ore.)
Why You Should Watch: Gonzaga actually trailed 16-seed Georgia State with a little more than 13 minutes remaining before burying the Panthers. The top-seeded Bulldogs can't afford to do the same thing against a Memphis team that pretty much controlled its first-round game against Boise State from start to finish. The Tigers have more than enough size and athleticism to hang with the Zags, especially if they start out like they did against Georgia State.