The March Madness 2013 schedule has kicked off as of Tuesday, March 19th, as the "First Four" got started to determine who will be a part of the upcoming "Round of 64." Games are all set to be televised on tru TV including Virginia school Liberty taking on North Carolina A&T. Also, state school James Madison will participate in this opening round on Wednesday night. There's also live streaming coverage of the NCAA Tournament thanks to March Madness on Demand.
According to ESPN.com on March 19, history will be made in the first game of this year's NCAA Tournament bracket schedule. Either #16 seed North Carolina A&T or #16 seed Liberty will achieve their first ever tournament win in the history of the schools. Game time is set for 6:40 p.m. EST on tru TV. The winning team gets a matchup with #1 seed Louisville on Thursday evening. This First Four game is followed at 9:10 p.m. EST by #11 seed Saint Mary's battling #11 seed Middle Tennessee on tru TV. The winner of this contest gets to face #6 seed Memphis on Thursday afternoon.
On Wednesday night, two more potential #16 seeds will meet, as LIU Brooklyn battles James Madison University of Virginia, with the winner getting to play against #1 seed Indiana on Friday. The LIU vs. JMU Game time is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. EST on tru TV. This game will be followed by a meeting of two potential #13 seeds as La Salle takes on Boise State. The winner of this one gets to dance with #4 seed Kansas State on Friday afternoon. The La Salle vs. BSU Game time is set for 9:10 p.m. EST, also on tru TV.
Of note, ESPN reported that James Madison scoring and rebounding leader Rayshawn Goins will have to sit out the first half of the Dukes' NCAA tournament game. Goins was arrested for disorderly conduct and obstructing justice charges. He'll be benched for the first half due to an arrest this past weekend, with the suspension said to be "in accordance with JMU policy."
In Roanoke, viewers can watch the NCAA Tournament First Four games on tru TV via Cox Cable channel 61, or DISH Network channel 242 for satellite TV viewers. Additionally, check out March Madness on Demand, to get live streaming coverage of the NCAA tournament games on various mobile devices including smartphones and tablets.