The Best Games on Day 2 of March Madness

March 22, 2019 - 6:32 am

The 2019 NCAA Tournament opened Thursday with the typical pulse-pounding mix: anarchy for Auburn, a close shave for No. 2 seed Michigan State and a national coming-out party for super-prospect Ja Morant, the Murray State point guard who recorded a triple-double in his Big Dance debut. 

What can the rest of the first round on Friday offer as an encore? A buzzer-beater? The arrival of a new Cinderella at the ball? Or the arrival of Zion Williamson at the rim?

Here is a guide to the best games of Day 2:

No. 7 Cincinnati vs. No. 10 Iowa, 12:15 p.m. ET
South Region, Columbus
Watch: Stream Live on fuboTV
Listen: whip-around coverage on KFH or WFAN
Line*: Cincinnati -4

Ken Pomeroy's No. 31 and No. 36 teams in the country meet in what should be a well-calibrated battle between Cincinnati's methodical defense and Iowa's high-octane offense. Keep an eye on Fran McCaffery if the Hawkeyes don't get a favorable whistle in Ohio.  

No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 16 Gardner-Webb, 3:10 p.m. ET

South Region, Columbia, S.C.
Watch: Stream Live on fuboTV
Listen: whip-around coverage on KFH
Line: Virginia -21.5

Will this be one of the most compelling games of the day? Probably not. But after Virginia's epic first-round loss last year as a No. 1 seed -- the first of its kind in tournament history -- there's drama in it anyway. The Cavaliers have De'Andre Hunter this time to make sure history does not repeat. 

No. 5 Wisconsin vs. No. 12 Oregon, 4:30 p.m. ET 
South Region, San Jose
Watch: Stream Live on fuboTV
Listen: whip-around coverage on KFH 
Line: Wisconsin -2

Calling an Oregon win in this spot an "upset" would be a misnomer, as the mere two-point spread indicates. Oregon, the Pac-12 tournament champion, has won eight games in a row, and got the shorter trip to Northern California. Do the Ducks have an answer for Wisconsin star Ethan Happ?

No. 1 Duke vs. No. 16 North Dakota State, 7:10 p.m. ET 
East Region, Columbia, S.C.
Watch: Stream Live on fuboTV
Listen: whip-around coverage on WFANKFH or KILT (joined in progress)
Line: Duke -26.5

Even if you just watch the competitive portion of the game -- the first 10 or 12 minutes, say -- Duke's vaunted freshman class of R.J. Barrett, Cam Reddish, Tre Jones and the incomparable Zion Williamson is appointment television. 

No. 8 VCU vs. No. 9 UCF, 9:40 p.m. ET 

East Region, Columbia, S.C.
Watch: Stream Live on fuboTV
Listen: whip-around coverage on KILT or KFH 
Line: UCF -1

Come for the peek at UCF's 7-foot-6 center Tacko Fall, a bespectacled senior from Senegal who averages 2.5 blocks per game and makes more than 75 percent of his shots. Stay for what should be a nail-biter of a game, for the chance to knock off Duke in Round 2.

*Lines via The Action Network

Comments ()