The NCAA Tournament begins in earnest on Thursday with what is now called round two.
The NCAA Tournament has technically been underway for a couple of days with play-in games, in the first round, taking place in Dayton, Ohio. With the field whittled down to 64 teams, there's still a little time to fill out your printable bracket if you want to participate in a pool or even just keep track of it on your own.
Everything gets underway at 12:15 p.m. ET when Michigan State takes on Valparaiso in Lexington, Ky. With 16 games tipping on Thursday, two number-one seeds will begin their run for the national championship. Gonzaga will head south to Salt Lake City and face Southern at 4:10 p.m. ET while Louisville will have to travel a significantly shorter distance to Lexington to take on North Carolina A&T at 6:50 p.m. ET.
Perhaps the tournament's most controversial match-up tips at 7:27 p.m. ET in San Jose when UNLV takes on California. Not only is this a re-match from the regular season, Cal will only have to travel a short distance as the lower seed meaning it could essentially be a home game.