ncaa play in game 2012 NCAA tournament TV schedule for Thursday, March 15: March Madness beginsHere’s the schedule for Saturday, March 17

Check here for the Friday, March 16 NCAA broadcast schedule.

The 2012 NCAA men’s basketball tournament kicks off Thursday, March 15 and if you’re like us, your bracket is ready, you’ve cleared the calendar for the next four days – it’s like sports Christmas!

And Zap2it being a TV site, we thought we’d help you out planning your schedule. So here is the NCAA tournament schedule and TV coverage for Thursday. Check back here Friday morning (March 16) for that day’s schedule. Also, check your local listings for stations and don’t forget – if you’re stuck at work, you might have some luck with March Madness live.

All times Eastern.

11 a.m. – NCAA Infiniti Tip-Off show, TruTV
12:15 p.m. – Colorado State (11) vs. Murray State (6), CBS
12:40 p.m. – Southern Mississippi (9) vs. Kansas State (8), TruTV
1:40 p.m. – Davidson (13) vs. Louisville (4), TBS
2:10 p.m. – Montana (13) vs. Wisconsin (4), TNT
2:45 p.m. – BYU (14) vs. Marquette (3), CBS
3:10 p.m. – UNC-Asheville (16) vs. Syracuse (1), TruTV
4:10 p.m. – Long Beach State (12) vs. New Mexico (5), TBS
4:40 p.m. – Harvard (12) vs. Vanderbilt (5), TNT
6:50 p.m. – Western Kentucky (16) vs. Kentucky (1), TBS
7:15 p.m. – VCU (12) vs. Wichita State (5), CBS
7:20 p.m. – West Virginia (10) vs. Gonzaga (7), TNT
7:27 p.m. – South Dakota State (14) vs. Baylor (3), TruTV
9:20 p.m. – Connecticut (9) vs. Iowa State (8), TBS
9:45 p.m. – New Mexico State (13) vs. Indiana (4), CBS
9:50 p.m. – Loyola MD (15) vs. tOhio State (2), TNT
9:57 p.m. – Colorado (11) vs. UNLV (6), TruTV

Who’s in your Final Four? We gotta say – our bracket hasn’t been as chalk as it is this year in a long time. Which probably means the average seed of the Final Four will be, like, 7.

Happy March Madness!

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

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