Your Thursday Evening NCAA Tournament Open Thread

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Eight games are in the books, and out of the eight I'd say three were interesting. Harvard made it interesting late against Vanderbilt but the Crimson lost, Long Beach State and New Mexico was a hard, well fought game which New Mexico eventually pulled out, and Syracuse v. UNC-Asheville...well, let's just say officiating of that caliber makes one yearn for the gentle humility of Ted Valentine. On to the evening's matches:

Kentucky vs. Western Kentucky, 6:50 p.m. ET, TBS (Louisville)
Announcers: Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Bill Raftery (analyst), Lesley Visser (sideline)

Wichita State vs. VCU, 7:15 p.m. ET, CBS (Portland)
Announcers: Brian Anderson (play-by-play), Dan Bonner (analyst), Jenn Hildreth (sideline)

Gonzaga vs. West Virginia, 7:20 p.m. ET, TNT (Pittsburgh)
Announcers: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Len Elmore and Reggie Miller (analysts), Marty Snider (sideline)

Baylor vs. South Dakota State, 7:27 p.m. ET, truTV (Albuquerque)
Announcers: Spero Dedes (play-by-play), Bob Wenzel (analyst), Jamie Maggio (sideline)

Iowa State vs. Connecticut, 9:20 p.m. ET, TBS (Louisville)
Announcers: Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Bill Raftery (analyst), Lesley Visser (sideline)

Indiana vs. New Mexico State, 9:20 p.m. ET (tentative), CBS (Portland)
Announcers: Brian Anderson (play-by-play), Dan Bonner (analyst), Jenn Hildreth (sideline)

Ohio State vs. Loyola Maryland, 9:50 p.m. ET (tentative), TNT (Pittsburgh)
Announcers: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Len Elmore and Reggie Miller (analysts), Marty Snider (sideline)

This is an open thread -- you know the rules. No links to illegal game streams (I don't see why'd you have to unless you were abroad or cheap though), no slurs, and be cool to one another. Enjoy the games y'all.

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