March Madness 2022 live stream: NCAA tournament TV schedule, watch basketball stream online Friday

Scores and results for the 2022 NCAA Tournament only recently began to be recorded, but for many there is a feeling that their slice of March Madness has already been broken. Maybe Colorado State made a run to the Sweet 16 or the South Dakota State Jackrabbits who took down No. 4 seed Providence, but don’t worry if you started on the wrong foot because we’re only halfway through the first-round action and there’s plenty of basketball to come on Friday.

The day begins with a March Madness favorite in No. 10 seed Loyola Chicago taking on No. 7 seed Ohio State at 12:15 p.m. ET in the South Region, as freshman coach Drew Valentine hopes replicate the success the Ramblers have had making at least the Sweet 16 in two of the last three NCAA tournaments. Ohio State has its own recent history in mind, looking for a different outcome after being fired by Oral Roberts as the No. 2 seed in last year’s tournament.

The rest of the first wave is highlighted by action with top teams with No. 2 seed Auburn, No. 2 seed Villanova, No. 3 seed Texas Tech and No. Series No. 3 Purdue all announced before 3 p.m. All four teams are listed as double-digit betting favourites, but the tournament has proven many times before that expecting chalk down the line is a bad bet – just ask the team. Ohio State last year.

Things should tighten up a bit in the afternoon and early evening with some clashes between the teams in the No. 6 and No. 7 seed lines with the No. 10 and No. 11 seeds, including one of the first darlings of the Notre Dame tournament. All of these plays are expected to have a final margin of one or two possessions, providing fans with buzzer potential. The headliners will then take center stage with No. 1 seed Arizona, No. 2 seed Duke and No. 3 seed Wisconsin all helping to wrap up the first round on Friday night.

But enough about who’s playing when (you can find full TV info and a broadcast schedule for all the first-round action below), let’s turn our attention to the storylines to watch for Friday.

Coach K’s launches latest March Madness campaign

No scenario in the entire tournament will resonate in the sports world like the final run by Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, the winningest coach in Division I men’s basketball history. The Blue Devils are a head of 2 series in the West Region, and their first-round game against No. 15 seed Cal State Fullerton will be a Friday night focal point with a warning at 7:10 p.m. ET. The spot should find the Blue Devils in rebound mode, looking to establish a form in Greenville that can prepare them for an extended stay in Coach K’s latest NCAA Tournament. Duke lost its final regular season game to North Carolina at home, then was eliminated by Virginia Tech in the ACC Tournament Finals. It wasn’t just the loss to a hot Hokies team that caused concern, but the fact that Duke trailed by three at halftime and never regained the lead, losing by 15. waiting against Cal State Fullerton is another win for Krzyzewski’s total. , but those expecting Duke to go to the Sweet 16 are going to pay attention to how the Blue Devils are playing defense.

Putting Duke in sharper shape is of great concern given the potential second-round opponent in the West Region, either the No. 7 seed Michigan State or the No. 10 seed Davidson. The Spartans and Wildcats play the late game in Greenville with a tip-off scheduled for 9:40 p.m., and bettors are expecting a thriller between the clubs of Tom Izzo and Bob McKillop with the Spartans listed as a narrow one-point favorite.

Will there be more noise from the #11 seeds?

The very first game of the 2022 NCAA Tournament featured an upset seeding line with No. 11 seed Michigan overcoming a halftime deficit to beat No. 6 seed Colorado State. two digits. Wolverines were narrow betting favorites so the win didn’t sound like a real March Madness ‘upset’, but it does spark interest in more potential mayhem from the other three No. 11 seeds. , all in action on Friday.

Most intriguing of all the No. 11 seeds is the team that clinched their first-round ticket in a double-overtime thriller Wednesday night in Dayton against Rutgers. Mike Brey and the Fighting Irish outlasted the Scarlet Knights and started their St. Patrick’s Day by sealing victory just after midnight on the East Coast. They quickly jumped on a flight to San Diego and could still be buzzing with victory when they take the field against No. 6 seed Alabama at 4:15 p.m. Friday in the West Region. The Crimson Tide, listed as a 4-point favorite only, are one of the most erratic teams on the court, capable of beating Gonzaga and Baylor but also losing to sub-0.500 teams like Georgia and Missouri. UCLA had a memorable run after barely escaping the First Four and carried it all the way to the Final Four, and now Notre Dame has a chance to play that role if they can rise above the tide.

More of the No. 11 seed’s entertainment potential lies in ACC Tournament champion Virginia Tech taking on No. 6 seed Texas at 4:30 p.m. in the East Region, a game the bettors have decided. that it was basically a draw after the way each team ended the year – the Hokies beating Notre Dame, North Carolina and Duke on the way cutting the nets in Brooklyn and the Longhorns 0-3 in their last three. The final No. 11 seed in action will be Iowa State against the No. 6 seed LSU at 7:20 p.m. in the Midwest Region. This game has a lot of potential for chaos as no one knows what to expect from LSU following the university’s firing of head coach Will Wade last weekend.

The last No. 1 seed takes the floor

Three No. 1 seeds started their NCAA Tournament on Thursday, leaving only South Region No. 1 Arizona as the last seed to speak. The Wildcats went into draft Sunday as the winningest team in college basketball with a 31-3 losing record after sweeping the regular season and conference tournament titles in the Pac-12. The backdrop to Arizona’s return to the limelight isn’t just the top-flight performance on the court, but the presence of first-year coach Tommy Lloyd on the sidelines. Lloyd was hired to replace Sean Miller after two decades as an assistant to Gonzaga, and he caught the eye for National Coach of the Year honors after going through a program that finished no better than fifth. in the conference standings over the past three seasons all back to the top of the league and also the sport.

Game 1 of the Wildcats’ first NCAA Tournament campaign since 2018 is Friday against Wright State at 7:27 p.m. The Wildcats are heavy favorites in the game and enter the day still a popular pick to head out of the South. Region. Wright State exits Dayton after beating Bryant, but there’s a big step up in competition against the size of Arizona with two all-conference greats in Azoulas Tubelis and Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year Christian Koloko, as well as a future lottery pick with Pac-12 Player of the Year Benoît Mathurin. With expectations of the Final Four and the other No. 1 seeds already over with their tournament opener, Friday in San Diego will be an opportunity to put another title contender under the microscope.

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