Here is your open thread for the first day of NCAA Tournament action. Use this space to discuss prospects and whatever else you want to discuss.
A few links to check out before the games begin:
- BF's guide to the NCAA Tournament from a scouting perspective.
- SB Nation's Jonathan Tjarks ranks the prospects in each region.
- You have a few minutes left to sign up for our bracket pool and win a Bradley Beal shirt jersey.
The players to watch today from a scouting perspective:
Valparaiso vs. Michigan State (12:15, CBS): Gary Harris, Adriene Payne.
Butler vs. Bucknell (12:40, truTV): Mike Muscala.
Pittsburgh vs. Wichita State (1:40 p.m., TBS): Steven Adams.
St. Louis vs. New Mexico State (2:10 p.m., TNT): Sam Bhullar, the 7'5'' dude on New Mexico State.
Memphis vs. St. Mary's (2:45 p.m., CBS): Matthew Dellavedova.
Marquette vs. Davidson (3:10 p.m., truTV): Nobody, really.
Gonzaga vs. Southern (4:10 p.m., TBS): Kelly Olynyk.
Oklahoma State vs. Oregon (4:40 p.m., TNT): Marcus Smart, LeBryan Nash.
Louisville vs. North Carolina A&T (6:50 p.m., TBS): Gorgei Dieng.
Michigan vs. South Dakota State (7:15 p.m., CBS): Trey Burke, Glenn Robinson III, Tim Hardaway Jr., Nate Wolters.
Arizona vs. Belmont (7:20 p.m., TNT): Solomon Hill.
UNLV vs. California (7:27 p.m., truTV): Anthony Bennett, Allan Crabbe.
Colorado State vs. Missouri (9:20 p.m., TBS): Colton Iversen, Phil Pressey.
VCU vs. Akron (9:45 p.m., CBS): Nobody, really.
New Mexico vs. Harvard (9:50 p.m., TNT): Tony Snell, Kendall Williams.
Syracuse vs. Montana (9:57 p.m., truTV): Michael Carter-Williams.
As a discussion-starter: who is your alma mater/hometown team? Let us know in the comments.