Best NCAA Tournament Games to Watch in the Early Rounds

NCAA Selection Sunday kicked off what is sure to be an exciting men’s college basketball championship tournament, aptly known as March Madness across the country because fans really do get a little crazy over the next four weeks. College hoops fans are in for some thrilling basketball action as the 2012 NCAA Tournament gets underway Tuesday, March 13 and Wednesday, March 14 with the first four games (all times are Eastern Standard Time):

Best NCAA Tournament Games


Early Rounds – The Best NCAA Tournament Games to Watch!

Second round games will be played Thursday, March 15 and Friday, March 16, but since it’s virtually impossible to watch every minute of every game,   here are a few “must see” men’s Tournament games:

  • Kansas (2) vs. Detroit (15)—Friday, 9:55, TruTV (DISH channel 204)
  • Gonzaga (10) vs. West Virginia University (7)—Thursday, 7:20, TNT (DISH channel 138)
  • Notre Dame (7) vs. Xavier (10)—Friday, 9:45, CBS (check local listing for DISH channel in your area)
  • Iowa State (8) vs. Connecticut (9)—Thursday, 9:20, TBS (DISH channel 139)
  • New Mexico (5) vs. Long Beach State (12)—Thursday, 4:10, TBS (DISH channel 139)
  • Louisville (4) vs. Davidson (13)—Thursday, 1:40 , TBS (DISH channel 139)
  • Wisconsin (4) vs. Montana (13)—Thursday, 2:10, TNT (DISH channel 138)
  • Georgetown (3) vs. Belmont (14)—Friday, 3:10, TruTV (DISH channel 204)
  • Wichita State (5) vs. VCU(12) —Thursday, 7:15, CBS (check local listing)
  • Memphis (8) vs. St. Louis (9)—Friday, 6:50, TBS (DISH channel 139)


2012 NCAA #1 Seeds

If you are interested in the top-seeded teams, be sure to watch these games March 15th and 16th:

  • Kentucky vs. the winner of Western Kentucky vs. Mississippi Valley Delta—Thursday, 6:50, TBS (DISH channel 139)
  • Syracuse vs. UNC Asheville—Thursday, 3:10, TruTV (DISH channel  204)
  • North Carolina vs. the winner of Lamar vs. Vermont—Friday, 4:10, TBS (DISH channel 139)
  • Michigan State vs. LIU Brooklyn—Friday, 9:20, TBS (DISH channel  139)

Not going to be home to see these games live? Not to worry if you’re a DISH customer, there are plenty of ways to still catch the games. If you’re not a DISH customer, it’s never too late to sign up for DISH!

Here’s what you do if you’re not going to be home for a game you want to watch: Simply program your DISH DVR to record while you’re gone, or use TV Everywhere™ technology and a DISH Sling® Adapter to watch live and pre-recorded games on your compatible tablet, smartphone or computer anywhere you can get high-speed Internet access, 3G or 4G coverage. Just connect your DVR receiver to the Internet and a Sling® Adapter, download the DISH Remote Access app or go to, and enjoy these ten NCAA tournament games you don’t want to miss!

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