Games to be seen during the second round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday


Anyone who grew up obsessed with March Madness has their stories of how they managed to follow the NCAA tournament from school or the office. In high school, I stole a portable handheld TV my mom had—it was in the mid-1990s—and checked the CBS feed whenever I could.

Of course we will be spoiled today. All games are available on a cable network or the March Madness streaming app. I’ll run four screens until only three are needed, three until only two are needed, and so on.

But some might not be at my level. For those of you who may only have the bandwidth for one game at a time, here’s my best guess as to what game will be on at each time of day at the start of the tournament.

#1 Baylor vs. #8 North Carolina, 9:10 p.m., CBS: The defending champion Bears could have their hands full with the Tar Heels if the team that blew up Marquette on Thursday emerges. But consistency was North Carolina’s Achilles heel.

No. 3 Tennessee vs. No. 11 Michigan, 2:15 p.m. CBS: In the past decade, only Gonzaga (23) has won more NCAA tournament games than Michigan (22). The Wolverines have a way of putting it together in March and have a greater track record than Rick Barnes’ Volunteers. However, Tennessee is a significantly better team this season.

No. 4 UCLA vs. No. 5 Saint Mary’s, 4:10 p.m. TBS: The Bruins were close to losing to Akron in the first round, but they will surely play better on Saturday. They must, because Saint Mary’s looked like a team looking to play for a while, making Indiana look like the mid-major program.

#1 Gonzaga vs. #9 Memphis, 6:40 p.m. TBS: The Bulldogs struggled to part ways with Georgia State before Drew Timme and Chet Holmgren simply took over. Memphis is one of the few teams that can come close to Gonzaga’s talent, but the Tigers haven’t proven they have what it takes — yet. Games to be seen during the second round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday

Andrew Schnitker

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