Yesterday felt good. For the first time in two years, we enjoyed a full NCAA Tournament first round slate. It was so much fun, let’s just do it again. Here’s a look at Saturday’s games with suggestions on which games you should be ignoring friends and family to watch and others to simply avoid altogether.
All times shown are Eastern.
Session 1 (Starting at 12:15 p.m. ET)
Do not miss: Not to be negative, but I’m going to be a little negative. There aren’t any absolute must-watch games in the first session.
Should be good: I’m not much of a believer in a team that finished 9-12 in the regular season, but some think the 12th-seeded Georgetown Hoyas will upset the No. 5 seed Colorado Buffaloes in a game that starts the day at 12:15 p.m. on CBS. The No. 9 seed St. Bonaventure Bonnies and No. 8 seed LSU Tigers play at 1:45 p.m. on TNT in a game that could go either way. Finally if you want to get crazy with it and go against the No. 3 seed Kansas Jayhawks going through COVID-19 issues, they will take on the Eastern Washington Eagles at 1:15 p.m. on TBS.
Skip it: Not seeing a whole lot of excitement in the Florida State Seminoles as the No. 4 seed takes on the 13th-seeded UNC Greensboro Spartans at 12:45 p.m. on truTV.
Session 2 (Starting at 3 p.m. ET)
Do not miss: One of the most trendy upset picks of the entire tournament is the No. 12 seed UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos over the No. 5 Creighton Bluejays in a game that will start at 3:30 p.m. on truTV.
Should be good: Strictly for the Rick Pitino factor, the No. 15 Iona Gaels and No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide could be worth watching at 4 p.m. on TBS. In addition, you can watch a winner of the First Four when the No. 11 seed Drake Bulldogs look to keep the momentum going against the sixth-seeded USC Trojans at 4:30 p.m. on TNT.
Skip it: The No. 1 seed Michigan Wolverines will meet the 16th seed Texas Southern Tigers to start this session at 3 p.m. on CBS, but it doesn’t need much of your previous viewing time.
Session 3 (Starting at 6:25 p.m. ET)
Do not miss: There are two good ones that oddsmakers expect to be a close one down the stretch. First, the No. 10 seed Maryland Terrapins will take on the No. 7 UConn Huskies at 7:10 p.m. on CBS. Then, the No. 8 seed Oklahoma Sooners will meet the ninth seed Missouri Tigers.
Should be good: If you’re a believer in the No. 13 seed Ohio Bobcats upsetting the defending champs as the fourth seed with the Virginia Cavaliers, that tips off at 7:15 p.m. on truTV.
Skip it: Don’t spend any time watching the No. 2 seed Iowa Hawkeyes against 15th-seeded Grand Canyon to start out this session at 6:25 p.m. on TBS.
Session 4 (Starting at 9:20 p.m. ET)
Do not miss: First Four winners have a tendency to get hot and go on a bit of a run, so it’s possible we see that with the No. 11 seed Michigan State Spartans/UCLA Bruins when they play the sixth seed BYU Cougars on CBS at 9:40 p.m.
Should be good: The No. 7 seed Oregon Ducks have been playing much better down the stretch and could be a dangerous team, but they have to get past the 10th seed VCU Rams. That is the final game of the day at 9:57 p.m. on TNT.
Skip it: The No. 1 seed Gonzaga Bulldogs will destroy the 16th seed Norfolk State Spartans in a game that begins at 9:20 on TBS. You could’ve seen Gonzaga blowouts all year long if you really wanted to. Some may convince you No. 14 Abilene Christian could cause a little chaos with the No. 3 Texas Longhorns. I don’t believe that, so you don’t need to watch this one, which starts at 9:50 p.m. on truTV.