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March Madness 2019: Where to watch, live stream NCAA basketball tournament first round games

It’s that time of the year again. Basketball fans or not, college hoops devotee or otherwise, the next three weeks are going to be dominated by March Madness.

The NCAA’s men basketball tournament, to give its proper name, might not get underway in earnest until Thursday but the first tip-off is actually scheduled for Tuesday in Dayton, Ohio.

Here’s everything you need to know

What and when is the First Four?

As is tradition, the city will in fact host the First Four round—the play-in games for lower-ranked seeds—featuring number 16 seeds Prairie View A&M vs Fairleigh Dickinson, before number 11 seeds Temple and Belmont lock horns.

A day later, number 16 seeds NC Central and North Dakota State collide, before St John’s plays fellow number 11 seed Arizona State in the final First Four game.

Where to Watch March Madness

The First Four games will be broadcast on truTV and on the NCAA’s website. The latter will also carry all the First Round games, which will be broadcast on TV by truTV, CBS, TNT and TBS.

Live streaming will also be available for every round of the tournament via FuboTV, Sling TV, Hulu, YouTube TV and PlayStation Vue.

First Four TV schedule Tuesday, March 19 (all time ET)

Dayton, Ohio

  • Prairie View A&M vs Fairleigh Dickinson, 6:30 p.m. (truTV)
  • Temple vs Belmont, 9 p.m.  (truTV)

First Four TV schedule Wednesday, March 20 (all time ET)

Dayton, Ohio

  • NC Central vs North Dakota State, 6:30 p.m. ET (truTV)
  • St John’s vs Arizona State, 9 p.m. (truTV)

When does the First Round start?

After the First Four stage is concluded, the Big Dance gets underway on March 21, with all 68 teams in action over two days.

First Round TV schedule Thursday, March 21 (all time ET)

Des Moines, Iowa

  • Minnesota vs Louisville, 12 (CBS)
  • Bradley vs Michigan State, 2:30 p.m. (CBS)
  • Florida vs Nevada, 6:45 p.m. (TNT)
  • Montana vs Michigan, 9:15 p.m. (TNT)

Jacksonville, Florida

  • Yale vs LSU, 12:30 p.m. (truTV)
  • Belmont/Temple vs Maryland, 3 p.m. (truTV)
  • Abilene Christian vs Kentucky, 7 p.m. (CBS)
  • Seton Hall vs Wofford, 9:30 p.m. (CBS)

Salt Lake City, Utah

  • New Mexico State vs Auburn, 1:20 p.m. (TNT)
  • Northeastern vs Kansas, 3:50 p.m. (TNT)
  • Prairie View/Fairleigh vs Gonzaga, 7:15 p.m. (truTV)
  • Baylor vs Syracuse, 9:55 p.m. (truTV)

Hartford, Connecticut

  • Vermont vs Florida State, 1:50 p.m. (TBS)
  • Murray State vs Marquette, 4:20 p.m. (TBS)
  • Saint Mary’s vs Villanova, 7:15 p.m. (TBS)
  • Old Dominion vs Purdue, 9:45 p.m. (TBS)

First Round TV schedule Friday, March 22 (all time ET)

Columbus, Ohio

  • Iowa vs Cincinnati, 12 p.m. (CBS)
  • Colgate vs Tennessee, 2:30 p.m. (CBS)
  • Washington vs Utah State, 6:45 p.m. (TNT)
  • Iona vs North Carolina, 9:15 p.m. (TNT)

Columbia, South Carolina

  • Oklahoma vs Ole Miss, 12:30 p.m. (truTV)
  • Gardner-Webb vs Virginia, 3 p.m. (truTV)
  • NC Central/North Dakota State vs Duke, 7 p.m. (CBS)
  • UCF vs VCU, 9:30 p.m. (CBS)

Tulsa, Oklahoma

  • Northern Kentucky vs Texas Tech, 1:30 p.m. (TNT)
  • St John’s/Arizona State vs Buffalo, 3:50 p.m. (TNT)
  • Georgia State vs Houston, 7:15 p.m. (TBS)
  • Ohio State vs Iowa State, 9:45 p.m. (TBS)

San Jose, California

  • UC Irvine vs Kansas State, 1:50 p.m. (TBS)
  • Oregon vs Wisconsin, 4:20 p.m. (TBS)
  • Liberty vs Mississippi State, 7:15 p.m. (truTV)
  • Saint Louis vs Virginia Tech, 9:55 p.m. (truTV)

March Madness Villanova Wildcats celebrate after defeating the Michigan Wolverines during the 2018 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship game at the Alamodome on April 2, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. Villanova defeated Michigan 79-62. Tom Pennington/Getty Images

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