Daily NCAA Tournament bracket picks and TV schedule: Expert predictions for every Thursday game – The Athletic

By Andrew DeWitt7h ago

Thursday brings us 16 first-round games for the 2024 NCAA Tournament. Michigan State and Mississippi State start the whole tournament at 12:15 p.m. ET on CBS. And then it’s wall-to-wall basketball from those games until the final game of the day tips off at 10:05 p.m. ET when Washington State plays Drake.

Our experts have picked the winner for every game on Thursday. Games and picks are listed below in order of when each game starts so you can follow along.

If you’re looking for help filling out your brackets before they lock on Thursday, our guide to everything March Madness has you covered, from funny names to Bracket Breakers predicting upsets in each region.

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No. 8 Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. No. 9 Michigan State Spartans

12:15 p.m. ET on CBS

No. 6 BYU Cougars vs. No. 11 Duquesne Dukes

12:40 p.m. ET on TRU

No. 3 Creighton Bluejays vs. No. 14 Akron Zips

1:30 p.m. ET on TNT

No. 2 Arizona Wildcats vs. No. 15 Long Beach State Beach

2 p.m. ET on TBS

No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels vs. No. 16 Wagner Seahawks

2:45 p.m. ET on CBS

No. 3 Illinois Fighting Illini vs. No. 14 Morehead State Eagles

3:10 p.m. ET on TRU

No. 6 South Carolina Gamecocks vs. No. 11 Oregon Ducks

4 p.m. ET on TNT

No. 7 Dayton Flyers vs. No. 10 Nevada Wolf Pack

4:30 p.m. ET on TBS

No. 7 Texas Longhorns vs. No. 10 Colorado State Rams

6:50 p.m. ET on TNT

No. 3 Kentucky Wildcats vs. No. 14 Oakland Golden Grizzlies

7:10 p.m. ET on CBS

No. 5 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. No. 12 McNeese Cowboys

7:25 p.m. ET on TBS

No. 2 Iowa State Cyclones vs. No. 15 South Dakota State Jackrabbits

7:35 p.m. ET on TRU

No. 2 Tennessee Volunteers vs. No. 15 Saint Peter’s Peacocks

9:20 p.m. ET on TNT

No. 6 Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. No. 11 North Carolina State Wolfpack

9:40 p.m. ET on CBS

No. 4 Kansas Jayhawks vs. No. 13 Samford Bulldogs

9:55 p.m. ET on TBS

No. 7 Washington State Cougars vs. No. 10 Drake Bulldogs

10:05 p.m. ET on TRU

(Photo: Jared C. Tilton / Getty Images)

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Andrew DeWitt is The Athletic’s senior editor for sports betting. Andrew previously worked for the Tampa Bay Lightning, CBSSports.com and the St. Joseph News-Press. He graduated from the University of Missouri and is from Kansas City.