2019 NCAA Tournament Viewing Guide: First Round, Day One; Thursday, March 21, Evening Games

Jalen Hudson and the Florida Gators take on the Nevada Wolf Pack in Thursday’s first evening tip.

West top seed Gonzaga and pair of No. 2 seeds, Kentucky and Michigan, are the marquee names in action on Thursday night.

All times are Eastern. You can stream all games on the NCAA’s March Madness Live. (I’ll have links for each game in these posts, however.)

Schedule at a Glance

* = tip time is approximate

Announcers by Site

Des Moines: Kevin Harlan/Reggie Miller/Dan Bonner with Dana Jacobson reporting
Hartford: Carter Blackburn/Debbie Antonelli with John Schiffren reporting
Jacksonville: Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel with Jamie Erdahl reporting
Salt Lake City: Andrew Catalon/Steve Lappas with Lisa Byington reporting

Session 1


Graphic by Chris Dobbertean using logos from SportsLogos.net.

6:50 p.m., Des Moines (West Region) on TNT

March Madness Live link

No. 10 Florida Gators (19-15, SEC at-large) vs.
No. 7 Nevada Wolf Pack (29-4, Mountain West at-large)

KenPom predicted score: Nevada 67, Florida 66

Watchability rank within window: 2nd

Nevada entered this season with high expectations following last season’s Sweet Sixteen trip, but the Wolf Pack has been tasked with a difficult matchup against Florida. The Gators, making their third NCAA trip in a row under Mike White and eighth of the decade, last went out in the round of 64 in 2010.

7:10 p.m., Jacksonville (Midwest Region) on CBS

March Madness Live link

No. 15 Abilene Christian Wildcats (27-6, Southland automatic bid) vs.
No. 2 Kentucky Wildcats (27-6, SEC at-large)

KenPom predicted score: UK 75, ACU 59

Watchability rank within window: 4th

Abilene Christian is making its first NCAA appearance as a Division I member, so the Wildcats are basically the polar opposite of their Kentucky namesakes, appearing for the 58th time. Eight of those trips have ended with a national title.

7:20 p.m., Hartford (South Region) on TBS

March Madness Live link

No. 11 Saint Mary’s Gaels (22-11, WCC automatic bid) vs.
No. 6 Villanova Wildcats (25-9, Big East automatic bid)

KenPom predicted score: Nova 66, SMC 65

Watchability rank within window: 1st

One of the most intriguing games of the night pits the defending national champs against a Saint Mary’s team that needed to win the WCC Tournament to even get in. The Gaels ahve won at least one game in three of their last four tourney appearances (2010, 2013, 2017), with that 2010 team knocking Nova off to reach the second weekend. As for the Wildcats, they’ve alternated second round exits with national titles over the last four tournaments. Jay Wright’s squad last failed to get past its first hurdle in 2013.

7:27 p.m., Salt Lake City (West Region) on TruTV

March Madness Live link

No. 16 Fairleigh Dickinson Knights (21-13, Northeast automatic bid, First Four winner) vs.
No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs (30-3, WCC at-large)

KenPom predicted score: Gonzaga 90, FDU 65

Watchability rank within window: 3rd

Much like both OVC qualifiers played in the late afternoon session, both WCC entrants take the floor early on Thursday evening. On Thursday night, Fairleigh Dickinson recorded its first NCAA win in six attempts and while the Knights won’t be expected to win a second, Gonzaga’s history as a No. 1 seed offers hope that this game should at least be watchable. This will be the Bulldogs’ third round of 64 game as a regional anchor. In the previous two, they defeated Southern by only six (2013) and struggled with South Dakota State for a bit before pulling away to win by 20 (2017).

Session 2


Graphic by Chris Dobbertean using logos from SportsLogos.net.

All times are approximate.

9:20 p.m., Des Moines (West Region) on TNT

March Madness Live link

No. 15 Montana Grizzlies (26-8, Big Sky automatic bid) vs.
No. 2 Michigan Wolverines (28-6, Big Ten at-large)

KenPom predicted score: Michigan 74, Montana 57

Watchability rank within window: 4th

This is a rematch of last season’s West 3/14 game, which Michigan won by a 61-47 score. The Wolverines last went out in the round of 64 in 2012, while Montana last won an NCAA game in 2006.

9:40 p.m., Jacksonville (East Region) on CBS

March Madness Live link

No. 10 Seton Hall Pirates (20-13, Big East at-large) vs.
No. 7 Wofford Terriers (29-4, SoCon automatic bid)

KenPom predicted score: Wofford 74, SHU 69

Watchability rank within window: 1st

Given the shooting abilities of both teams (Myles Powell, Fletcher Magee), this matchup should be one of the more entertaining matchups of the day. Wofford is aiming for its first NCAA win in its fifth attempt, all under Mike Young. Meanwhile, Seton Hall is making its fourth trip in a row, though 2018’s trip was the only one during that span featuring a win.

9:50 p.m., Hartford (South Region) on TBS

March Madness Live link

No. 14 Old Dominion Monarchs (26-8, C-USA automatic bid) vs.
No. 3 Purdue Boilermakers (23-9, Big Ten at-large)

KenPom predicted score: Purdue 72, ODU 59

Watchability rank within window: 3rd

Old Dominion returns to the NCAAs for the first time since 2011, and it’s been nine years since they edged Notre Dame in the first round, 51-50. As for Purdue, the Boilermakers are aiming to make a third consecutive trip to the Sweet Sixteen, a run that followed a pair of round of 64 exits.

9:57 p.m., Salt Lake City (West Region) on TruTV

March Madness Live link

No. 9 Baylor Bears (19-13, Big 12 at-large) vs.
No. 8 Syracuse Orange (20-13, ACC at-large)

KenPom predicted score: SU 67, BU 66

Watchability rank within window: 2nd

Thursday’s final tip of features a Baylor squad back after taking 2018 off — this will be the Bears’ seventh NCAA appearance this decade and they’ve made it to the second weekend on four of those occasions. As for Syracuse, which will be playing without suspended point guard Frank Howard, the Orange have won at least once NCAA game in each of their last eight trips, dating back to 2009.

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