Friday’s first round NCAA tournament games live coverage


SportsPulse: USA TODAY’s Trysta Krick recaps all the biggest moments from the first day of March Madness and looks ahead to Friday’s action.

March Madness is in full swing, with Thursday’s first-round action delivering on excitement but leaving our thirst for bracket-busting upsets not relatively quenched. Now we’re back for more, providing wall-to-wall college basketball for the entire day as the remaining teams start the first round.

Follow all of Friday’s NCAA tournament action here with in-game and post-game analysis on all 16 games, as well as the biggest news of the day. All times Eastern.

Afternoon games

No. 8 Ole Miss vs. No. 9 Oklahoma (truTV)

1:02 p.m.: The Sooners lead Ole Miss 29-18 at the second TV timeout, and now that the Rebels have gotten going they’re trying to turn it into a game. 10:33 remaining in the first half.  

12:46 p.m.: Did the Rebels forget there was a game today? Seems like that’s the case as they trail Oklahoma 12-0 right out of the gate. 17 minutes remaining in the first half. 

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No. 7 Cincinnati vs. No. 10 Iowa (CBS)

1 p.m. (halftime): Freshman Joe Wieskamp is keeping Iowa in this thing with his outside shooting (10 points), as it’s only a five-point game. The Hawkeyes started penetrating and their offense ignited because of it. But Cincinnati’s defense is still smothering (although coach Mick Cronin was not happy at halftime). Cincinnati leads 36-31 at the break.

12:53 p.m.: At the last TV timeout of the first half, Cincinnati leads Iowa 32-21, larely as a result of guard Justin Jenifer’s hot shooting (10 points). 3:52 remaining in half. 

12:40 p.m.: Finally, Iowa is coming to life offensively as 6-11 big man Luka Garza connects on an and-1 and the Hawkeyes are starting to get into the paint to slice the deficit to 22-15. 8 minutes remaining. 

12:30 p.m.: Iowa coach Fran McCaffery calls a timeout with his Hawkeyes falling behind 14-5, failing to find an offensive rhythm and struggling to stop the hot-shooting Bearcats on the other end. 12:47 left in the first half. 

12:23 p.m.: Cincinnati has an early 8-5 lead at the first TV timeout. Isaiah Moss has all of Iowa’s points, whereas four differents Bearcats have scored. 15:41 remaining in the first half. 

12:15 p.m.: And we’re off. Day 2 is officially underway, with the American Athletic tournament champion Bearcats looking to ride their homecourt advantage playing in nearby Columbus. The Hawkeyes have lost five of six and are looking to get back on track. One key for Cincinnati will be managing Iowa’s size edge with forwards Tyler Cook and Luka Garza. 

Need help determining which games to hone in on? We’ve got you covered with our watchability rankings showing which games are best. 

And here’s a look at what’s on tap this afternoon before the evening game slate: 

1:30 p.m.: No. 3 Texas Tech vs. No. 12 Northern Kentucky (TNT)

2 p.m.: No. 4 Kansas State vs. No. 13 UC Irvine (TBS)

2:45 p.m.: No. 2 Tennessee vs. No. 15 Colgate (CBS)

3:10 p.m.: No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 16 Gardner-Webb (truTV)

4 p.m.: No. 6 Buffalo vs. No. 11 Arizona State (TNT)

4:30 p.m.: No. 5 Wisconsin vs. No. 12 Oregon (TBS)


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