I consider the Opening Round game between Niagara and Florida A&M to be Day Zero.
You've had enough to read about all the doings today, but I'll just lay out the schedule for today, all teams PT. Why PT? Because that's where I am and I'm off work today and that's when I'm watching. Sadly, I'll be back on the job Friday and Saturday too.
In chronological order:
9:20 am (deadline to enter the contest) - #13 Davidson vs #4 Maryland in the Midwest Region in Buffalo. Both schools are easy to find on a map as Maryland is in Maryland and Davidson is in Davidson.
9:25 am - #10 Texas Tech vs #7 Boston College in the East Region in Winston-Salem. I saw Bob Knight in the airport in Toronto once. I did not see Al Skinner in Toronto.
9:30 am - #11 Stanford vs #6 Lousville in the South Region in Lexington. The Cardinal(s) have a combined three national championships and ten Final Four appearances.
11:30 am - #14 Oral Roberts vs #3 Washington State in the East Region in Sacramento. A rare appearance by the Cougars on the national stage.
11:45 am - #15 Belmont vs #2 Georgetown in the East Region in Winston-Salem. Belmont beat Fordham. Fordham beat St. Louis. St. Louis beat Xavier. Xavier beat Villanova. Villanova beat Georgetown once in three tries. QED.
11:50 am - #14 Pennsylvania vs #3 Texas A&M in the South Region in Lexington - The Quakers are the last Ivy League school to make the Final Four back in 1979. They committed a record 150 fouls in six games. Peace-loving Quakers my ass!
11:50 am - #12 Old Dominion vs #5 Butler in the Midwest Region in Buffalo - Is Old Dominion the only school in the tournament that has the name as the official school nickname?
1:40 pm - #11 George Washington vs #6 Vanderbilt in the East Region in Sacramento - This game will be hard to see as most stations go off the air for local news at this time. You have to go over to Buster Olney's house to watch it. Fans in Nashville must look at their TVs at an oblique angle to get the full effect.
4:10 pm - #11 Virginia Commonwealth vs #6 Duke in the West Region in Buffalo - The weird thing is that there is also a Virginia State University and it's in Petersburg, not that far away from VCU in Richmond. Well not that weird when you consider that whole segregation thing.
4:10 pm - #16 Central Connecticut State vs #1 Ohio State in the South Region in Lexington - The folks in New Britain insist you call it "A Central Connecticut State University." Definite articles were outlawed by a town ordinance back in 1794.
4:15 pm - #9 Marquette vs #8 Michigan State in the East Region in Winston-Salem - The only matchup today of two schools that I have visited in person! I know how to live it up on vacations!
4:25 pm - #15 Weber State vs #2 UCLA in the West Region in Sacramento - Mitch Albom is speaking at Weber State on March 28. That should be incentive enough for the Wildcat players to advance to the Sweet 16 so they won't have to be on campus for that. Morris Peterson says he'll be there.
6:30 pm - #14 Wright State vs #3 Pittsburgh in the West Region in Buffalo - The Wright State website can't display campus events on its website because its server had problems adjusting to the early DST. Orville and Wilbur hang their heads in shame.
6:30 pm - #9 Xavier vs #8 Brigham Young in the South Region in Lexington - BYU is making its 22nd appearance in the NCAA tournament and has never made the Final Four. Xavier has made the NCAA tournament 18 times and never made the Final Four.
6:40 pm - #10 Gonzaga vs #7 Indiana in the West Region in Sacramento - By this time, James Brown and Len Elmore will just start making up names of players.
6:40 pm - #16 Eastern Kentucky vs #1 North Carolina in East Region in Winston-Salem - Eastern Kentucky University is in Richmond, Kentucky and tries to trick Virginians into thinking they are in their own state capital. That's always good for some hijinks.