Welcome to Vanquish the Foe's game thread for the Thursday games of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.
Thursday's most important game (for Cougar fans) is obviously BYU's rematch with Oregon at 1:10 pm on truTV. The Cougars come into Thursday's match-up with a lot to prove after losing key starter, Kyle Collinsworth, to a season-ending injury in the WCC Championship Game last week. BYU will need big games out of guys like Anson Winder, Eric Mika, and Matt Carlino if they want to replace Collinsworth's contributions and advance out of the second round of the tournament.
Outside of BYU's game, fans will want to do some advanced scouting on Wisconsin. The Badgers will be -- barring a shocking upset by American (Go Eagles!) -- BYU's Saturday opponent if the Cougars get past Oregon today.
If you're anything like me, you'll be watching a lot more than just BYU vs Oregon and Wisconsin vs American, so we'll have this thread up all day to discuss the 16 games that will take place today. Feel free to comment as much as you want on any or all of them. You can find the times and channels for each game in the viewing guide below.
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Enjoy March Madness...and Go Cougars!
Thursday's Game Schedule
|South||Dayton Flyers (11) vs. Ohio State Buckeyes (6)||First Niagara Center (Buffalo, NY)||10:00a||CBS||Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery/Allie LaForce|
|West||American University Eagles (15) vs. Wisconsin Badgers (2)||BMO Harris Bradley Center (Milwaukee, WI)||10:30a||truTV||Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel/Lewis Johnson|
|South||Pittsburgh Panthers (9) vs. Colorado Buffaloes (8)||Amway Center (Orlando, FL)||11:30a||TBS||Brian Anderson/Dan Bonner//Kristine Leahy|
|East||Harvard Crimson (12) vs. Cincinnati Bearcats (5)||Spokane Memorial Arena (Spokane, WA)||12:00p||TNT||Spero Dedes/Doug Gottlieb//Jaime Maggio|
|South||Western Michigan Broncos (14) vs. Syracuse Orange (3)||First Niagara Center (Buffalo, NY)||12:45p||CBS||Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery/Allie LaForce|
|West||BYU Cougars (10) vs. Oregon Ducks (7)||BMO Harris Bradley Center (Milwaukee, WI)||1:10p||truTV||Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel/Lewis Johnson|
|South||Albany Great Danes/ Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers (16) vs. Florida Gators (1)||Amway Center (Orlando, FL)||2:10p||TBS||Brian Anderson/Dan Bonner//Kristine Leahy|
|East||Delaware Blue Hens (13) vs. Michigan State Spartans (4)||Spokane Memorial Arena (Spokane, WA)||2:40p||TNT||Spero Dedes/Doug Gottlieb//Jaime Maggio|
|East||Saint Joseph's (PA) Hawks (10) vs. Connecticut Huskies (7)||First Niagara Center (Buffalo, NY)||4:55p||TBS||Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery/Allie LaForce|
|MidWest||Wofford Terriers (15) vs. Michigan Wolverines (2)||BMO Harris Bradley Center (Milwaukee, WI)||5:10p||CBS||Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel/Lewis Johnson|
|MidWest||North Carolina State Wolfpack/Xavier Musketeers (12) vs. Saint Louis Billikens (5)||Amway Center (Orlando, FL)||5:20p||TNT||Brian Anderson/Dan Bonner//Kristine Leahy|
|West||North Dakota State Bison (12) vs. Oklahoma Sooners (5)||Spokane Memorial Arena (Spokane, WA)||5:27p||truTV||Spero Dedes/Doug Gottlieb//Jaime Maggio|
|East||Milwaukee Panthers (15) vs. Villanova Wildcats (2)||First Niagara Center (Buffalo, NY)||7:25p||TBS||Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery/Allie LaForce|
|MidWest||Arizona State Sun Devils (10) vs. Texas Longhorns (7)||BMO Harris Bradley Center (Milwaukee, WI)||7:40p||CBS||Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel/Lewis Johnson|
|MidWest||Manhattan Jaspers (13) vs. Louisville Cardinals (4)||Amway Center (Orlando, FL)||7:50p||TNT||Brian Anderson/Dan Bonner//Kristine Leahy|
|West||New Mexico State Aggies (13) vs. San Diego State Aztecs (4)||Spokane Memorial Arena (Spokane, WA)||7:57p||truTV||Spero Dedes/Doug Gottlieb//Jaime Maggio|
*All times are Mountain Standard Time