Ranking the best men’s NCAA Tournament games to watch Thursday

March Madness is here, fellow college hoops fans! The first full Thursday of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament is the day we all circle on the calendar the moment the prior season ends. This is when championship runs begin, Cinderellas emerge, and brackets are busted.

With 16 games spread throughout the day, there will be something happening from noon until midnight in the East. Not every game is going to provide compelling action from start to finish, and the casual fan might need help identifying which matchups have the most entertainment potential. To assist with your planning, we offer our annual ranking of the day’s contests.

Standard disclaimer: These rankings are entirely arbitrary, based upon what we think will provide the most compelling sport theater. Always keep in mind that some games we rate near the top will disappoint, while some placed at the bottom could surprise. Did anybody see Saint Peter’s coming last year? Oh, stop, no you didn’t. Regardless, always pay attention to the scoreboard and be prepared to switch channels should events warrant.

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With all that out of the way, here’s are list for Thursday’s games ranked by watchability

(Times p.m. EDT).

No. 5 Duke vs. No. 12 Oral Roberts

TIME/TV: Thursday, 7:10 p.m. CBS

It’s Duke, so it’s understandable that this one was chosen to get the prime-time treatment. But beyond the big-name value, it isn’t hyperbole to say this could be the most important game of the opening round for a lot of bracket players across the nation. The Blue Devils’ strong play down the stretch culminated in an impressive run through the ACC Tournament. But those who remember the Sweet 16 appearance by Oral Roberts just a couple of years ago were likely tempted to pick the Golden Eagles once again. This year’s squad might be even…

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Publish date : 2023-03-16 11:02:54

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