2019 N.C.A.A. Tournament Live: Day 1 Scores and Highlights

2019 N.C.A.A. Tournament Live: Day 1 Scores and Highlights

March 21, 2019

Thursday is Day 1 of the N.C.A.A. men’s basketball tournament. Follow here for scores and live analysis of who wins, who loses and who broke your bracket.

How to watch: CBS, TNT, TBS and TruTV will broadcast the games starting at noon ET, and a livestream is available at NCAA.com. (Don’t know where to find TruTV? CBS figured you didn’t, so they made this helpful guide.)

Live scores and schedule here.

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Gonzaga is the only No. 1 seed scheduled to play Thursday; the Zags will face Fairleigh Dickinson, which won a First Four game on Tuesday, to open the night session in Salt Lake City. The other three top seeds — Duke, Virginia and North Carolina — all play Friday.

Still need a printable bracket to fill out — you don’t have much time — or just to follow along? Here you go.

Looking for some potential upsets? Marc Tracy of The Times made the case for (and against) six possible bracket-busting results, including a No. 15 seed that plays today.

L.S.U. will face Yale on Thursday afternoon without its coach, Will Wade, who was suspended two weeks ago after reports that he had been recorded speaking to a recruiting middleman on a phone call that was wiretapped as part of a federal corruption investigation.

Syracuse suspended one of its key players, guard Frank Howard, on the eve of the tournament for an unspecified violation of team rules. More on the news below from The Times’s Billy Witz.

Printable N.C.A.A. Men’s Tournament Bracket

EAST

SOUTH

Printable Version

Duke (29-5)

1

Virginia (29-3)

1

COLUMBIA, S.C.

COLUMBIA, S.C.

Friday, 7:10 p.m. (CBS)

Friday, second game (TRUTV)*

North Dakota State (19-15)

16

Gardner-Webb (23-11)

16

Sunday

Sunday

Virginia Commonwealth (25-7)

8

Mississsippi (20-12)

8

Friday, 12:40 p.m. (TRUTV)

Friday, second game (CBS)*

Oklahoma (19-13)

9

Central Florida (23-8)

9

March 29

Washington, D.C.

March 28

Louisville, Ky.

Mississippi State (23-10)

5

Wisconsin (23-10)

5

SAN JOSE, CALIF.

SAN JOSE, CALIF.

Friday, second game (TBS)*

Friday, 7:27 p.m. (TRUTV)

Oregon (23-12)

12

Liberty (28-6)

12

Sunday

Sunday

Virginia Tech (24-8)

4

Kansas State (25-8)

4

Friday, 2 p.m. (TBS)

Friday, second game (TRUTV)*

U.C. Irvine (30-5)

13

St. Louis (23-12)

13

March 30

Louisville, Ky.

March 31

Washington, D.C.

Villanova (25-9)

6

Maryland (22-10)

6

JACKSONVILLE, FLA.

Thursday, 7:20 p.m. (TBS)

Friday, second game (TRUTV)*

HARTFORD

St. Mary’s (21-11)

11

Belmont (27-5)

11

Saturday

Saturday

Louisiana State (26-6)

3

Purdue (23-9)

3

Thursday, second game (TBS)*

Thursday, 12:40 p.m. (TRUTV)

Old Dominion (26-8)

14

March 29

Washington, D.C.

Yale (22-7)

14

March 28

Louisville, Ky.

Louisville (20-13)

7

Cincinnati (28-6)

7

COLUMBUS, OHIO

Friday, 12:15 p.m. (CBS)

Thursday, 12:15 p.m. (CBS)

DES MOINES

Iowa (22-11)

10

Minnesota (21-13)

10

Saturday

Sunday

Michigan State (28-6)

2

Tennessee (29-5)

2

FINAL

SEMIFINAL

SEMIFINAL

Friday, second game (CBS)*

Thursday, second game (CBS)*

April 8

Minneapolis

April 6

Minneapolis

April 6

Minneapolis

Colgate (24-10)

15

Bradley (20-14)

15

MIDWEST

WEST

Gonzaga (30-3)

1

North Carolina (27-6)

1

COLUMBUS, OHIO

SALT LAKE CITY

Thursday, 7:27 p.m. (TRUTV)

Friday, second game (TNT)*

Iona (17-15)

16

Fairleigh Dickinson (21-13)

16

Sunday

Saturday

Utah State (28-6)

8

Syracuse (20-13)

8

Friday, 6:50 p.m. (TNT)

Thursday, second game (TRUTV)*

Baylor (19-13)

9

Washington (26-8)

9

March 28

Anaheim, Calif.

March 29

Kansas City, Mo.

Marquette (24-9)

5

Auburn (26-9)

5

SALT LAKE CITY

Thursday, second game (TBS)*

Thursday, 1:30 p.m. (TNT)

HARTFORD

Murray State (27-4)

12

New Mexico State (30-4)

12

Saturday

Saturday

Florida State (27-7)

4

Kansas (25-9)

4

Thursday, 2 p.m. (TBS)

Thursday, second game (TNT)*

Vermont (27-6)

13

Northeastern (23-10)

13

March 30

Anaheim, Calif.

March 31

Kansas City, Mo.

Buffalo (31-3)

6

Iowa State (23-11)

6

Friday, second game (TNT)*

TULSA, OKLA.

TULSA, OKLA.

Friday, second game (TBS)*

Arizona State (23-10)

11

Ohio State (19-14)

11

Sunday

Sunday

Texas Tech (26-6)

3

Houston (31-3)

3

Friday, 1:30 p.m. (TNT)

Friday, 7:20 p.m. (TBS)

Northern Kentucky (26-8)

14

March 28

Anaheim, Calif.

Georgia State (24-9)

14

March 29

Kansas City, Mo.

JACKSONVILLE, FLA.

Wofford (29-4)

7

Nevada (29-4)

7

Thursday, second game (CBS)*

Thursday, 6:50 p.m. (TNT)

DES MOINES

All times Eastern.

*Begins approximately

30 minutes after

conclusion of first game.

Seton Hall (20-13)

10

Florida (19-15)

10

Saturday

Saturday

Kentucky (27-6)

2

Michigan (28-6)

2

Thursday, 7:10 p.m. (CBS)

Thursday, second game (TNT)*

Abilene Christian (27-6)

15

Montana (26-8)

15

EAST

SOUTH

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1

Duke (29-5)

1

Virginia (29-3)

COLUMBIA, S.C.

COLUMBIA, S.C.

Friday, 7:10 p.m. (CBS)

Friday, second game (TRUTV)*

16

North Dakota State (19-15)

16

Gardner-Webb (23-11)

Sunday

Sunday

8

Virginia Commonwealth (25-7)

8

Mississsippi (20-12)

Friday, 12:40 p.m. (TRUTV)

Friday, second game (CBS)*

9

Oklahoma (19-13)

9

Central Florida (23-8)

March 29

Washington, D.C.

March 28

Louisville, Ky.

5

Mississippi State (23-10)

5

Wisconsin (23-10)

SAN JOSE, CALIF.

SAN JOSE, CALIF.

Friday, second game (TBS)*

Friday, 7:27 p.m. (TRUTV)

12

Oregon (23-12)

12

Liberty (28-6)

Sunday

Sunday

4

Virginia Tech (24-8)

4

Kansas State (25-8)

Friday, 2 p.m. (TBS)

Friday, second game (TRUTV)*

13

U.C. Irvine (30-5)

13

St. Louis (23-12)

March 30

Louisville, Ky.

March 31

Washington, D.C.

6

Villanova (25-9)

6

Maryland (22-10)

JACKSONVILLE, FLA.

Thursday, 7:20 p.m. (TBS)

Friday, second game (TRUTV)*

HARTFORD

11

St. Mary’s (21-11)

11

Belmont (27-5)

Saturday

Saturday

3

Louisiana State (26-6)

3

Purdue (23-9)

Thursday, second game (TBS)*

Thursday, 12:40 p.m. (TRUTV)

14

Old Dominion (26-8)

14

Yale (22-7)

March 29

Washington, D.C.

March 28

Louisville, Ky.

7

Louisville (20-13)

7

Cincinnati (28-6)

COLUMBUS, OHIO

DES MOINES

Friday, 12:15 p.m. (CBS)

Thursday, 12:15 p.m. (CBS)

10

Iowa (22-11)

10

Minnesota (21-13)

Saturday

Sunday

2

Michigan State (28-6)

2

Tennessee (29-5)

FINAL

SEMIFINAL

SEMIFINAL

Friday, second game (CBS)*

Thursday, second game (CBS)*

April 8

Minneapolis

April 6

Minneapolis

April 6

Minneapolis

15

Colgate (24-10)

15

Bradley (20-14)

MIDWEST

WEST

1

Gonzaga (30-3)

1

North Carolina (27-6)

COLUMBUS, OHIO

SALT LAKE CITY

Thursday, 7:27 p.m. (TRUTV)

Friday, second game (TNT)*

16

16

Iona (17-15)

Fairleigh Dickinson (21-13)

Sunday

Saturday

8

8

Utah State (28-6)

Syracuse (20-13)

Friday, 6:50 p.m. (TNT)

Thursday, second game (TRUTV)*

9

9

Baylor (19-13)

Washington (26-8)

March 28

Anaheim, Calif.

March 29

Kansas City, Mo.

5

5

Marquette (24-9)

Auburn (26-9)

SALT LAKE CITY

Thursday, second game (TBS)*

Thursday, 1:30 p.m. (TNT)

HARTFORD

12

Murray State (27-4)

12

New Mexico State (30-4)

Saturday

Saturday

4

Florida State (27-7)

4

Kansas (25-9)

Thursday, 2 p.m. (TBS)

Thursday, second game (TNT)*

13

Vermont (27-6)

13

Northeastern (23-10)

March 30

Anaheim, Calif.

March 31

Kansas City, Mo.

6

Buffalo (31-3)

6

Iowa State (23-11)

Friday, second game (TNT)*

TULSA, OKLA.

TULSA, OKLA.

Friday, second game (TBS)*

11

Arizona State (23-10)

11

Ohio State (19-14)

Sunday

Sunday

3

Texas Tech (26-6)

3

Houston (31-3)

Friday, 1:30 p.m. (TNT)

Friday, 7:20 p.m. (TBS)

14

Northern Kentucky (26-8)

March 28

Anaheim, Calif.

14

Georgia State (24-9)

March 29

Kansas City, Mo.

JACKSONVILLE, FLA.

7

Wofford (29-4)

7

Nevada (29-4)

Thursday, second game (CBS)*

Thursday, 6:50 p.m. (TNT)

DES MOINES

All times Eastern.

*Begins approximately

30 minutes after

conclusion of first game.

10

Seton Hall (20-13)

10

Florida (19-15)

Saturday

Saturday

2

2

Kentucky (27-6)

Michigan (28-6)

Thursday, 7:10 p.m. (CBS)

Thursday, second game (TNT)*

15

Abilene Christian (27-6)

15

Montana (26-8)

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By The New York Times

Gophers Off and Running

After trading baskets early, Minnesota went on a 9-1 run to open a 21-17 lead on Louisville with six minutes left in the first half. Amir Coffey leads the Gophers with 10 points, and Minnesota is rebounding well, too.

A TV Tip Sheet

We’re under way. If you like college basketball and quick-cut highlight montages into and out of commercials, your day just got a LOT better.

Don’t Sleep on Yale

L.S.U.’s pretournament woes have been well-documented, and it arrived in Jacksonville, Fla., off a disappointing Southeastern Conference tournament performance and without its suspended coach, Will Wade. But the Tigers’ first-round opponent, Yale, might be a tough out anyway.

First: The Bulldogs (22-7) can score. They beat Harvard to win the Ivy League tournament by scoring 97 points in the final. The senior guard Alex Copeland had a season-high 25 points that day, and he can be very dangerous in transition.

Second: Yale has some serious talent: Miye Oni, a 6-foot-6 shooting guard, drew dozens of N.B.A. scouts to Ivy League gyms this season.

Third: The Bulldogs pulled off an upset only three years ago, in their last appearance in the tournament. That day it was Baylor that learned it is risky to look past Yale.

Up First: Minnesota vs. Louisville

Rick Pitino coached Louisville for 15 seasons until he was fired almost two years ago. His son, Richard, coaches Minnesota. If the N.C.A.A. tournament’s first game today — East Regional first-round pairing of Louisville and Minnesota on Thursday in Des Moines — raised raw emotions within the Pitino family, neither father nor son were admitting to it this week. Not yet, anyway.

Louisville fired Rick Pitino in October 2017 after the most recent of three major scandals under his tenure: an F.B.I. investigation into recruiting bribery and fraud that ensnared multiple programs. Now coaching Panathinaikos in Greece, Pitino attends Minnesota games when his schedule allows, but according to his son he is not expected in Des Moines on Thursday. Panathinaikos had a game Wednesday in Greece and has another Friday in Milan.

“It’s not like he’s in North Carolina,” Richard Pitino said Tuesday in Minneapolis.

While Rick Pitino tweets occasionally about his son and the Gophers, he has not done so since Selection Sunday, though he did offer his Final Four picks.

Richard Pitino said he understood the media focus on the Louisville-Minnesota matchup. “I think when you see Louisville pop up, are you more about, ‘O.K., what am I going to say to the media? How am I going to lie to the media?’” he said. “I think you have to be prepared for those questions.”

Louisville Coach Chris Mack was less diplomatic.

“I think the committee could have had a little bit more self-awareness so we don’t have to be up here answering these kinds of questions, and focusing on the student-athletes and the coaches’ experience and the fan base’s experience,” he said. PAT BORZI

The N.C.A.A. Squad That Just Can’t Win

What’s black and white and tread all over? An N.C.A.A. tournament referee.

The referees, in fact, are the only one team guaranteed to make the Final Four every year, but the job isn’t getting any easier. They, and officials in a variety of sports, have become leading characters in the passion play of American sports, from the N.F.L. to tennis to even the Little League World Series.

Few places can match the high-speed pressure cooker of a college basketball arena, where the abuse comes from well-paid college coaches who scream and shout and preen, and from fans who follow their lead.

Read John Branch’s article about the officials here.

Syracuse Suspends Guard Frank Howard

When Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim sat down to speak with reporters on Wednesday afternoon in Salt Lake City, he took a deep breath, let out a long exhale and squinted into the T.V. lights at the back of the interview room, as if to say, “not again.”

Syracuse had just announced that the senior point guard Frank Howard had been suspended “for an indefinite period of time” and would not play in Thursday’s first-round West Regional game against Baylor.

“Very difficult to make that change now,” Boeheim said.

Boeheim knows this from experience. In 2012, Fab Melo, then the No. 1-seeded Orange’s starting center, was declared academically ineligible just before the tournament. In 2005, two reserves were suspended for failing drug tests just before Syracuse’s first game; the Orange were upset by 13th-seeded Vermont that year.

The loss of Howard is significant. He has a team-high 84 assists and had been playing well lately, scoring 28 points in an A.C.C. tournament loss to Duke — a game in which he appeared to try to trip the Duke star Zion Williamson.

Boeheim would not say if Howard could return on Saturday if eighth-seeded Syracuse advances. In his place, the Orange is likely to start freshman Buddy Boeheim, the coach’s son. BILLY WITZ

Marc Tracy has covered college sports for The Times since 2014. Previously he worked at Tablet Magazine and The New Republic. @marcatracy

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