If you’re looking for something to do on this cold and dreary Tuesday evening, you could do worse than watching the first two games of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament. Several years ago, the NCAA opened the tournament up to four additional teams who would have the chance to compete for spots in the round of 64. These games are collectively known as the First Four, and they begin tonight.
16 seeds New Orleans and Mt. St. Mary’s will face off in the first match-up of the tournament on Tuesday night at 6:40 PM ET on truTV. New Orleans won the Southland Conference tournament to secure an auto-bid for the NCAA tournament, while Mt. St. Mary’s won the Northeast Conference for its bid.
Once New Orleans and Mt. St. Mary’s wrap up, 11 seeds Wake Forest and Kansas State will take the court in Dayton, Ohio for the second and final game of the night at 9:10 PM ET. Neither Wake Forest nor Kansas State won their conference tournaments, but they did just enough to beat out the other bubble teams.
The First Four games will resume on Wednesday night with 16 seeds UC Davis and N.C. Central facing off at 6:40 PM ET and 11 seeds USC and Providence at 9:10 PM ET, once again being broadcast on truTV.
Below, we’ll provide links to stream each of the First Four match-ups from your browser. In order to access those streams, you’ll need to provide your cable information, so be sure to have it on hand:
- 16 New Orleans vs. 16 Mt. St. Mary’s – 6:40 PM ET, Tuesday
- 11 Wake Forest vs. 11 Kansas State – 9:10 PM ET, Tuesday
- 16 UC Davis vs. 16 N.C. Central – 6:40 PM ET, Wednesday
- 11 USC vs. 11 Providence – 9:10 PM ET, Wednesday
Alternatively, you can also watch all four games (and every other tournament game) on the NCAA March Madness Live app [iOS | Android]. Once again, you will have to use a cable login to watch the games, but you can always sign up for a free trial of Sling TV, DirecTV Now or PlayStation Vue, all of which have truTV in at least one of their packages. Just keep in mind that the tournament last until April 3rd, but a one-week trial should at least get you through the second round, which ends on March 19th.