2017 NCAA Tournament Tip Times and Announcer Pairings

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NCAA First Four
Tuesday, March 14

6:40 p.m., truTV, Dayton
No. 16 Mt. St. Mary’s vs. No. 16 New Orleans (Brian Anderson, Clark Kellogg, Lewis Johnson)

9:05 p.m., truTV, Dayton
No. 11 Kansas State vs. No. 11 Wake Forest (Brian Anderson, Clark Kellogg, Lewis Johnson)

NCAA First Four
Wednesday, March 15

6:40 p.m., truTV, Dayton
No. 16 NC Central vs. No. 16 UC Davis (Spero Dedes, Steve Smith, Len Elmore, Ros Gold-Owude)

9:05 p.m., truTV, Dayton
No. 11 Providence vs. No. 11 USC (Spero Dedes, Steve Smith, Len Elmore, Ros Gold-Owude)

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First Round Games
Thursday Afternoon, March 16

12:15 p.m., CBS, Buffalo
No. 5 Notre Dame vs. No. 12 Princeton (Verne Lundquist, Jim Spanarkel, Allie LaForce)

12:40 p.m., truTV, Orlando
No. 8 Virginia vs. No. 9 UNC Wilmington (Ian Eagle, Steve Lavin, Evan Washburn)

1:30 p.m., TNT, Milwaukee
No. 4 Butler vs. No. 13 Winthrop (Carter Blackburn, Mike Gminski, Debbie Antonelli, Lisa Byington)

2:00 p.m., TBS, Salt Lake City
No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 16 South Dakota State (Andrew Catalon, Steve Lappas, Jamie Eradhl)

2:45 p.m., CBS, Buffalo
No. 4 West Virginia vs. No. 13 Bucknell (Verne Lundquist, Jim Spanarkel, Allie LaForce)

3:10 p.m., truTV, Orlando
No. 4 Florida vs. No. 13 East Tennessee State (Ian Eagle, Steve Lavin, Evan Washburn)

4:00 p.m., TNT, Milwaukee
No. 5 Minnesota vs. No. 12 Middle Tennessee (Carter Blackburn, Mike Gminski, Debbie Antonelli, Lisa Byington)

4:30 p.m., TBS, Salt Lake City
No. 8 Northwestern vs. No. 9 Vanderbilt (Andrew Catalon, Steve Lappas, Jamie Eradhl)

First Round Games
Thursday Evening, March 16

6:50 p.m., TNT, Orlando
No. 6 Maryland vs. No. 11 Xavier (Ian Eagle, Steve Lavin, Evan Washburn)

7:10 p.m., CBS, Buffalo
No. 1 Villanova vs. No. 16 Mt. Saint Mary’s/New Orleans (Verne Lundquist, Jim Spanarkel, Allie LaForce)

7:20 p.m., TBS, Salt Lake City
No. 7 Saint Mary’s vs. No. 10 VCU (Andrew Catalon, Steve Lappas, Jamie Eradhl)

7:27 p.m., truTV, Milwaukee
No. 4 Purdue vs. No. 13 Vermont (Carter Blackburn, Mike Gminski, Debbie Antonelli, Lisa Byington)

9:20 p.m., TNT, Orlando
No. 3 Florida State vs. No. 14 Florida Gulf Coast (Ian Eagle, Steve Lavin, Evan Washburn)

9:40 p.m., CBS, Buffalo
No. 8 Wisconsin vs. No. 9 Virginia Tech (Verne Lundquist, Jim Spanarkel, Allie LaForce)

9:50 p.m., TBS, Salt Lake City
No. 2 Arizona vs. No. 15 North Dakota (Andrew Catalon, Steve Lappas, Jamie Eradhl)

9:57 p.m., truTV, Milwaukee
No. 5 Iowa State vs. No. 12 Nevada (Carter Blackburn, Mike Gminski, Debbie Antonelli, Lisa Byington)

First Round Games
Friday Afternoon, March 17

12:15 p.m., CBS, Indianapolis
No. 7 Michigan vs. No. 10 Oklahoma State (Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, Bill Raftery, Tracy Wolfson)

12:40 p.m., truTV, Tulsa
No. 3 Baylor vs. No. 14 New Mexico State (Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Dan Bonner, Dana Jacobson)

1:30 p.m., TNT, Greenville
No. 8 Arkansas vs. No. 9 Seton Hall (Brian Anderson, Chris Webber, Lewis Johnson)

2:00 p.m., TBS, Sacramento
No. 3 Oregon vs. No. 14 Iona (Spero Dedes, Steve Smith, Len Elmore, Ros Gold-Onwude)

2:45 p.m., CBS, Indianapolis
No. 2 Louisville vs. No. 15 Jacksonville State (Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, Bill Raftery, Tracy Wolfson)

3:10 p.m., truTV, Tulsa
No. 6 SMU vs. No. 11 Providence/USC (Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Dan Bonner, Dana Jacobson)

4:00 p.m., TNT, Greenville
No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 16 Texas Southern (Brian Anderson, Chris Webber, Lewis Johnson)

4:30 p.m., TBS, Sacramento
No. 6 Creighton vs. No. 11 Rhode Island (Spero Dedes, Steve Smith, Len Elmore, Ros Gold-Onwude)

First Round Games
Friday Evening, March 17

6:50 p.m., TNT, Tulsa
No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 16 NC Central/UC Davis (Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Dan Bonner, Dana Jacobson)

7:10 p.m., CBS, Indianapolis
No. 7 Dayton vs. No. 10 Wichita State (Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, Bill Raftery, Tracy Wolfson)

7:20 p.m., TBS, Greenville
No. 2 Duke vs. No. 15 Troy (Brian Anderson, Chris Webber, Lewis Johnson)

7:27 p.m., truTV, Sacramento
No. 6 Cincinnati vs. No. 11 Kansas State/Wake Forest (Spero Dedes, Steve Smith, Len Elmore, Ros Gold-Onwude)

9:20 p.m., TNT, Tulsa
No. 8 Miami vs. No. 9 Michigan State (Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Dan Bonner, Dana Jacobson)

9:40 p.m., CBS, Indianapolis
No. 2 Kentucky vs. No. 15 Northern Kentucky (Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, Bill Raftery, Tracy Wolfson)

9:50 p.m., TBS, Greenville
No. 7 South Carolina vs. No. 10 Marquette (Brian Anderson, Chris Webber, Lewis Johnson)

9:57 p.m., truTV, Sacramento
No. 3 UCLA vs. No. 14 Kent State (Spero Dedes, Steve Smith, Len Elmore, Ros Gold-Onwude)

Virginia, Seton Hall, Rhode Island, Vandy in NIT Tip-Off

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NEW YORK (AP) — Virginia and Vanderbilt will meet in one semifinal of the NIT Preseason Tip-Off on Thanksgiving Day at Barclays Center.

Rhode Island and Seton Hall face off in the other semifinal with the winners meeting on Friday, Nov. 24.

This is the third straight year the Tip-Off has been held at Barclays Center. Eventual NCAA champion Villanova won the event in 2015. All games will be televised on ESPNU.

Non-bracketed teams in the NIT Season Tip-Off who will play games at campus sites are: Austin Peay, Fairleigh Dickinson, Monmouth, Oakland City and UNC Asheville.

Miles Bridges explain why he returned to Michigan State

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Miles Bridges changed the landscape of the 2017-18 college basketball season on April 13.

The Michigan State forward spurned the NBA for another year in East Lansing. The decision not only meant that Bridges was a frontrunner for national player of the year, but solidified the Spartans as a national title contender.

But Bridges’ choice to return was still puzzling to many. The 6-foot-7 forward was projected as a lottery pick. Bridges explained his decision to Mike Decourcy of Sporting News in a story published on Thursday.

“He says, ‘You know what, Coach? I want to get better. I don’t want to be in the D-League. I’ve got buddies that are, and I just want to make sure when I go, I’m ready,’ ” Izzo recalled to Sporting News. “I looked at him and I said, ‘Done deal.’ For me, that was a done deal. It was a reasonable, sensible argument.”

Agents, friends, reporters, scouts, acquaintances, fans, strangers and family members — oh and, as we said, coaches — all had one opinion about how Bridges should spend the next year of his life. Miles had another, opposing, viewpoint.

Bridges told Decourcy that support came from his teammates, many of whom were returning to the team as well. Assuming the backcourt of Cassius Winston and Josh Langford make a leap forward, as well as incoming freshman Jaren Jackson providing an immediate impact, the Spartans’ title hopes could become a reality.

Bridges averaged 16.9 points, 8.3 boards, 2.1 assists and 1.5 blocks as a freshman at Michigan State. He’s rated as the No. 5 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft by DraftExpress.

Four conferences sign on to basketball officiating alliance

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GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Four more Division I conferences will join a men’s basketball officiating alliance formed last year by the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Big East, the Atlantic 10 and Colonial Athletic Association.

The Big South, the Ivy League, the Northeast and the Patriot League are joining ahead of the 2017-18 season, according to announcements from the leagues Thursday. The alliance launched last summer for conferences to work together on officiating matters and enhance training, development, recruitment, retention and feedback for officials.

John Cahill, the Big East’s supervisor of officials, and Bryan Kersey, the ACC’s coordinator of men’s basketball officiating, will continue to lead the alliance operations.

ACC commissioner John Swofford says the new additions to the alliance “provide an even greater opportunity to build chemistry and quality” across the officiating ranks.

North Carolina to unveil national championship banner in October

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The latest addition to the rafters of the Dean Dome will be unveiled this fall.

North Carolina will raise the banner for its 2017 national championship on Oct. 13, according to a report from Inside Carolina.

The event will coincide with the Tar Heels’ “Late Night With Roy” event that marks the public start to the season for the program and also serves, like many other top programs, as a recruiting tool.

North Carolina won its sixth NCAA national championship in April by defeating Gonzaga, 71-65, in Phoenix to avenge its last-second loss in the title game to Villanova the year prior. It was the Tar Heels’ first championship since 2009.

VIDEO: Zion Williamson vs. LaMelo Ball highlights

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It was the most anticipated matchup of the summer.

Zion Williamson vs. LaMelo Ball.

People were turned away at the door – and LeBron James reportedly came and went – as the gym reached capacity for SC Supreme’s 104-92 victory over the Big Ballers. That’s Williamson over Ball (LaMelo and LaVar).

The game was mostly spectacle, and you can see it’s top moments right here.