Tv channel schedule, start time, scores and results March Madness 2017

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The NCAA First Four begins Tuesday at UD Arena, with New Orleans (20-11) and Mount St. Mary's (19-15) squaring off in the opening game for a shot to face top-seeded Villanova, followed by a matchup of Kansas State (20-13) and Wake Forest (19-12) with sixth-seeded Cincinnati awaiting the victor. The Wildcats had big wins over Texas Tech and Baylor late but I don't trust them. By the time they did, they were fighting the shot clock and forced to take lower percentage shots.

Nobody is claiming Wake Forest is one of the top teams in college basketball (the Demon Deacons are in the First Four for a reason), but they are underseeded.

Kansas State didn't see Wake this season but can compare the Demon Deacons to Kansas, who they faced twice this year. This year, Montana State avenged that by defeating Idaho State in the Big Sky championship game. Wake Forest, as they have all year, continued to show fight. "But in the second half, he got back to doing what he does best, hitting some big shots".

"Make sure they understood to control the things they can control", he said about what he told his team about preparation.

Kansas State led at halftime, 40-36.

The key to Kansas State's success will come from Dean Wade.

The Deacs got knocked out of the ACC Tournament a little earlier than expected last week but they still enter the month of March on a bit of a hot streak. Now, it is time for the Wildcats to just play basketball. Seniors Wesley Iwundu and D.J. Johnson combined to go 14 of 18 and net 24 and 18 points, respectively. The 6-foot-10 Wake Forest sophomore averages 18.9 points and 9.8 rebounds per game, shooting 62 percent from the field.

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This is not a team that wants to get into a shootout. What happened next defied explanation and was a truly horrific call. Would Wake have one at that point? If Wake Forest lines up on the other side of UC on Friday, the Bearcats will have to hone in on John Collins. The Trojans are 2-5 SU and ATS in their last seven games as a favorite of three or fewer points and they are streaky, although F Benny Boatwright can take over a game.

The senior from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has been one of the most dominant centers in the Big 12 this season. Defense was clearly an issue, but it doesn't help when Dinos Mitoglou and Keyshawn Woods combine to go 1 for 10 from beyond the arc.

Manning knows Kansas State is a risky opponent.

Winning at home against Clemson and Duke would have tied Wake with Virginia and the Devils in the league standings. I didn't know if the 'Cats could keep up, but they did. Both teams have only four losses on the season.

Who is ready for some March Madness?

"The logistics of it (are) that we're eventually going to get there and play a game", Manning said.

"For us, it's been a long, eventful season", Manning said.

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