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March Madness NCAA Tournament Games on TV Today (Thursday, March 17)

March Madness NCAA Tournament Games on TV Today

The NCAA Tournament gets cranked up with a full slate of games on Thursday

March Madness is back in all its glory with the first full day of the 2022 NCAA Tournament on Thursday, March 17. 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.

Related: Essential Tips for Picking Your 2022 NCAA Tournament Bracket

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, but everyone will be watching in anticipation to see which top seed tumbles and if this year's Cinderella makes an early appearance. Three of the No. 1 seeds (Gonzaga, Kansas, Baylor) will be in action on Thursday.

Regardless of which teams win and which lose there will be plenty of action on the hardwood to take in and digest on Thursday as March Madness has arrived!

So if you're wondering, "What NCAA Tournament games are on today?" know this: There are 16 scheduled for Thursday, March 17.

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

South Region: No. 11 Michigan (17-14) vs. No. 6 Colorado State (25-5)

12:15 p.m. on CBS – Gainbrdige Fieldhouse (Indianapolis)

Why You Should Watch: Michigan is the lower seed, but you know Colorado State isn't underestimating the Wolverines. Michigan's recent success in the NCAA Tournament is no secret, and the Wolverines feature one of the nation's top big men in Hunter Dickinson. Meanwhile, the Rams play at their own pace and typically don't beat themselves with turnovers or sloppy play. It should be an entertaining matchup and a great game to start Thursday's slate.

Midwest Region: No. 13 South Dakota State (30-4) vs. No. 4 Providence (25-5)

12:40 p.m. on truTV – KeyBank Center (Buffalo, N.Y.)

Why You Should Watch: South Dakota State already has 30 wins and went through the Summit League unblemished. Providence has been a strong team throughout the season but has stubbed its toe a couple of times recently and is looking to rediscover its earlier form. The Friars are talented but rely more on their defense while South Dakota State boasts one of the country's most efficient offenses.

West Region: No. 9 Memphis (21-10) vs. No. 8 Boise State (27-7)

1:45 p.m. on TNT – Moda Center (Portland, Ore.)

Why You Should Watch: Memphis is a team that entered this season with plenty of buzz but hasn't quite been able to put it all together. Boise State won both the regular season and conference titles in the Mountain West and could finally be poised to pick up its first-ever NCAA Tournament win. Plus, the 9-vs-8 games are usually entertaining given the close proximity when it comes to seeding.

East Region: No. 16 Norfolk State (24-6) vs. No. 1 Baylor (26-6)

2 p.m. on TBS – Dickies Arena (Fort Worth, Texas)

Why You Should Watch: This game shouldn't be close, but it's the first chance to see the defending national champions in action. Although Baylor's not the same team that cut down the nets a year ago, the Bears remain a legitimate threat, as evidenced by their No. 1 seed.

South Region: No. 14 Longwood (26-6) vs. No. 3 Tennessee (26-7)

2:45 p.m. on CBS – Gainbrdige Fieldhouse (Indianapolis)

Why You Should Watch: There's been a lot of talk about how the committee disrespected Tennessee with its seeding even though the Volunteers won the SEC Tournament. Longwood is making its first-ever appearance in the Big Dance, but don't expect the Lancers to make it too memorable.

Midwest Region: No. 12 Richmond (23-12) vs. No. 5 Iowa (26-9)

3:10 p.m. on truTV – KeyBank Center (Buffalo, N.Y.)

Why You Should Watch: A pair of conference champions square off in the 12-vs-5 matchup, although it's Richmond who was the bigger surprise with its run in the A-10 Tournament. Big Ten champion Iowa has its sights set on playing past this weekend and features All-American forward Keegan Murray. The Hawkeyes are capable of scoring in bunches, but the Spiders enter this game with plenty of momentum and are an experienced bunch that shouldn't melt under this spotlight. 

West Region: No. 16 Georgia State (18-10) vs. No. 1 Gonzaga (26-3)

4:15 p.m. on TNT – Moda Center (Portland, Ore.)

Why You Should Watch: After last year's disappointing loss in the national championship game, Gonzaga is back as the No. 1 overall seed. The Bulldogs are extremely talented, led by second-team All-Americans Drew Timme and Chet Holmgren, and should simply overwhelm Georgia State.

East Region: No. 9 Marquette (19-12) vs. No. 8 North Carolina (24-9)

4:30 p.m. on TBS – Dickies Arena (Fort Worth, Texas)

Why You Should Watch: This is not a vintage North Carolina team, but the Tar Heels are plenty talented to make a deep run — or they could struggle to hit their shots and make an early exit. Marquette is similar in that this Golden Eagles can claim a pair of victories over Big East champion Villanova but is just 4-6 in their last 10 games and was one-and-done in their conference tournament.

West Region: No. 12 New Mexico State (26-6) vs. No. 5 UConn (23-9)

6:50 p.m. on TNT – KeyBank Center (Buffalo, N.Y.)

Why You Should Watch: New Mexico State and UConn are similar in that both teams rely on their defense and typically enjoy a healthy advantage when it comes to rebounding. Despite the disparity in seeding, this game could come down to the wire.

East Region: No. 15 Saint Peter's (19-11) vs. No. 2 Kentucky (26-7)

7:10 p.m. on CBS – Gainbrdige Fieldhouse (Indianapolis)

Why You Should Watch: Saint Peter's is making its fourth NCAA Tournament appearance and still looking for its first-ever win. It probably won't come against a Kentucky team that has Final Four potential and features Oscar Tshiebwe, the nation's leading rebounder and front-runner for player of the year honors.

East Region: No. 12 Indiana (21-13) vs. No. 5 Saint Mary's (25-7)

7:20 p.m. on TBS – Moda Center (Portland, Ore.)

Why You Should Watch: Indiana already has one win under its belt, defeating Wyoming in the First Four on Tuesday. Will that momentum make the trip from Dayton to the Pacific Northwest? Saint Mary's represents a different kind of challenge for the Hoosiers. The Gales are experienced, lock teams down on defense, and are very deliberate on offense. They also boast a win over Gonzaga.

Midwest Region: No. 9 Creighton (22-11) vs. No. 8 San Diego State (23-8)

7:27 p.m. on truTV – Dickies Arena (Fort Worth, Texas)

Why You Should Watch: Another intriguing 9-vs-8 matchup, both Creighton and San Diego State have gotten to the Big Dance in large part due to their defense. Neither team shoots the ball that well to begin with, so points may really be at a premium in this game.

West Region: No. 13 Vermont (28-5) vs. No. 4 Arkansas (25-8)

9:20 p.m. on TNT – KeyBank Center (Buffalo, N.Y.)

Why You Should Watch: Vermont is one of the hottest teams in the country and is a veteran team that gets after you on defense. Arkansas has scuffled recently, but there's a reason the Razorbacks have hung around the Top 25 all season long. Catamounts are capable of pulling off the upset and may enjoy a slight homecourt advantage in Buffalo, while Arkansas is looking to make a statement of its own.

East Region: No. 10 San Francisco (24-9) vs. No. 7 Murray State (30-2)

9:40 p.m. on CBS – Gainbrdige Fieldhouse (Indianapolis)

Why You Should Watch: Two of the better mid-major teams this season close out the day's action in Indianapolis. Murray State has already won 30 games, but how much of this is due to the quality of competition in the Ohio Valley Conference? San Francisco is more tested coming out of the West Coast Conference but has struggled against better teams. Although the Racers are probably a popular sleeper in many a bracket, they first have to get by a gritty Dons squad.

East Region: No. 13 Akron (24-9) vs. No. 4 UCLA (25-7)

9:50 p.m. on TBS – Moda Center (Portland, Ore.)

Why You Should Watch: UCLA is hoping to start another Final Four run when the Bruins take on Akron. The MAC champions enter the NCAA Tournament on an eight-game winning streak, like to take their time on offense, and have a knack for getting to the free-throw line. UCLA knows what it takes to win in March but will have to be ready to play a style it's not accustomed to against the scrappy Zips.

Midwest Region: No. 16 Texas Southern (19-12) vs. No. 1 Kansas (28-6)

9:57 p.m. on truTV – Dickies Arena (Fort Worth, Texas)

Why You Should Watch: Texas Southern enters this game with momentum from its First Four victory on Tuesday night, but the Tigers will see quite the step up in competition against Kansas. The Jayhawks punctuated their No. 1 seed with a Big 12 Tournament title and have no intention of becoming the second 16-over-1 victim in NCAA Tournament history. This game should be over early, which could be a good thing since it's the last one on Thursday.