The field of 64 in the NCAA Tournament was whittled to 48 yesterday, and 16 more teams will see their season end today.
Three Pac-12 teams were in action yesterday, and while Colorado was blown out of the Tournament by Pittsburgh 77-48, and Arizona St. was edged by a fraction of an inch at the buzzer by Texas 87-85, Oregon advanced to Saturday, with an 87-68 win over BYU.
The other 3 to qualify for the "Big Dance" take their first twirl today.
The Stanford Cardinal (21-12, 10-8, and a 10 seed) goes first, meeting the New Mexico Lobos (27-6, 15-3 in the Mountain West, and a 7 seed) in the South Region in St. Louis, MO, at 10:40 AM PDT. It's the first trip to the NCAA Tournamefnt during the Coach Johnny Dawkins era in Palo Alto, and TBS has the coverage.
Like yesterday, Pac-12 fans have to either choose or channel skip back and forth as the second game of the day involving a conference team overlaps the firs one, and this one for at least 3/4 of the action.
The Arizona Wildcats (30-4, 15-3, and the 1 seed in their home West Region) takes on the Weber St. Wildcats (19-11, 14-6 in the Big Sky) at 11:10 AM in San Diego, CA, on TNT. The cat-fight is a matchup of conference regular season champions, but while UofA lost the Pac-12 Tournament Title to UCLA, Weber won the Big Sky Tournament as well.
The last Pac-12 team to take the floor, literally, is the UCLA Bruins (26-8, 12-6 and a 4 seed), against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane (21-12, 13-3 in Conference-USA, and a 13 seed) at 6:57 PM PDT, in the last game of the day and round. The game is in San Diego, CA, even though its considered to be in the South Region, which makes it easy for throngs of Bruin fans to make the trip down the coast. The game is on truTV, which might make it hard to find.
UPDATE: Due to earlier games going long, the Tulsa-UCLA game start time has been pushed back over an hour and a quarter, until 8:14 PM PDT.
If you have satellite, DirecTV is channel 246 (HD) and DISH Network is channel 242 (HD).
If you don't have satellite then there is also a nifty tool on truTV's website in the upper-right corner that allows you to check what channel the games are on with your cable provider, if there is one.
If you discover truTV isn't available, but not until its too late to order satellite service, there is an alternative.
In addition to every game being televised, every game is also being streamed live via March Madness Live. (Though replays aren't an option.)
So watch and enjoy, and drop your updated picks and observations in the comments below! Anyone got any Ws on their bracket yet?