Friday’s first round NCAA tournament games live coverage

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

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. 

WHAT TO WATCH: Ranking Friday’s 16 first-round matchups

TAKEAWAYS: What we learned from Thursday’s NCAA tournament games

ROAD TO MINNEAPOLIS: 2019 NCAA tournament schedule and results

And here’s a look at what’s on tap this early afternoon: 

12:40 p.m.: No. 8 Ole Miss vs. No. 9 Oklahoma (truTV)

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)




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