March Madness schedule today: Times, TV channels, scores for Friday’s NCAA Sweet 16 games


Four of the Elite Eight games have been set following Thursday’s Sweet 16 slate. Now to take care of the other half.

The headliner of the day will also tip off the action for the second half of Sweet 16 games as top overall seed Alabama takes on 5-seed San Diego State in the East Region semifinals.

Alabama has perhaps the greatest scoring threat remaining in the tournament in Brandon Miller, whom many project to be an NBA Draft lottery pick. He, Jahvon Quinerly and Co. will take on a defensively tough San Diego State team that will seek to stymie Alabama’s high-octane offense.

The next game to tip off will see Houston, the top seed of the Midwest Region, take on 5-seed Miami; the Cougars got everything they wanted in Birmingham, Ala., as they faced 9-seed Auburn in the second round and overcame a 10-point halftime deficit to win 81-64. The Hurricanes, meanwhile, are coming off a game in which they beat 4-seed Indiana 85-69 to advance to the Sweet 16.

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The next game to tip off will see Creighton take on the biggest remaining surprise of the NCAA Tournament in 15-seed Princeton. The Tigers became the first Ivy League team to reach the Sweet 16, and are looking to join Saint Peter’s in 2022 as only the second 15-seed to advance to the Elite Eight.

The final tipoff of the day will see 2-seed Texas — a team that beat eventual 1-seed Kansas twice in the waning weeks of the regular season — take on 3-seed Xavier. Sir’Jabari Rice and Co. managed to outlast 10-seed Penn State 71-66 in the second round, and will look to continue a run to the Elite Eight against a Xavier team that beat Pitt 84-73 in Round 2.

With that, The Sporting News has you covered on everything you need to know about Friday’s Sweet 16 slate:

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What channel is March Madness on today?

  • TV channels: CBS, TBS
  • Live streams: NCAA March Madness Live, Sling TV

The latter half of the Sweet 16 games will play out on Friday and will feature broadcasts on both CBS and TBS.

Canadian fans can watch Thursday’s game on TSN1, TSN4,, and TSN Direct.

Friday, March 24

How to live stream NCAA Tournament games

Fans who want to watch the NCAA Tournament can do so with NCAA March Madness Live; another option is Sling TV, which will carry all games broadcast on TBS in the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight.

CBS will carry the remainder of the tournament, including the Final Four and national championship game. Its streaming platform, Paramount+, will show said games with a premium subscription.

Streaming option Cable subscription needed? TBS included? Free? Cost Free trial?
Sling Blue No Yes No $4.00/month No
Paramount+ Premium No No No $9.99/month Yes
NCAA March Madness live No Yes Yes
fuboTV No No No $74.99/month Yes
DirecTV No Yes No $69.99/month No
Hulu + Live TV No Yes No $69.99/month Yes
YouTube TV No Yes No $74.99/month Yes

March Madness schedule 2023

First Four

Tuesday, March 14

Wednesday, March 15

Round 1

Thursday, March 16

(9) Maryland 67, (8) West Virginia 65
(13) Furman 68, (4) Virginia 67
(7) Missouri 76, (10) Utah State 65
(1) Kansas 96, (16) Howard 68
(1) Alabama 96, (16) Texas A&M-CC 75
(5) San Diego State 63, (12) Charleston 57
(15) Princeton 59, (2) Arizona 55
(8) Arkansas 73, (9) Illinois 63
(9) Auburn 83, (8) Iowa 75
(5) Duke 74, (12) Oral Roberts 51
(2) Texas 81, (15) Colgate 61
(7) Northwestern 75, (10) Boise State 67
(1) Houston 63, (16) Northern Kentucky 52
(4) Tennessee 58, (13) Louisiana 55
(10) Penn State 76, (7) Texas A&M 59
(2) UCLA 86, (15) UNC-Asheville 53

Friday, March 17

(7) Michigan State 72, (10) USC 62
(3) Xavier 72, (14) Kennesaw State 67
(3) Baylor 74, (14) UC Santa Barbara 56
(5) Saint Mary’s 63, (12) VCU 51
(2) Marquette 78, (15) Vermont 61
(11) Pitt 59, (6) Iowa State 41
(6) Creighton 72, (11) N.C. State 63
(4) UConn 87, (13) Iona 63
(16) Fairleigh Dickinson 63, (1) Purdue 58
(6) Kentucky 61, (11) Providence 53
(5) Miami 63, (12) Drake 56
(3) Gonzaga 82, (14) Grand Canyon 70
(9) Florida Atlantic 66, (8) Memphis 65
(3) Kansas State 77, (14) Montana State 65
(4) Indiana 71, (13) Kent State 60
(6) TCU 72, (11) Arizona State 70

Round 2

Saturday, March 18

Sunday, March 19

Sweet 16

Thursday, March 23

Friday, March 24

Elite Eight

Saturday, March 25

Game Time (ET) TV
(9) FAU vs. (3) Kansas State 6:09 p.m. TBS, Sling TV
(4) UConn vs. (3) Gonzaga Following Game 1 TBS, Sling TV

Sunday, March 26

Game Time (ET) TV
TBD vs. TBD 2 p.m. CBS
TBD vs. TBD 4:55 p.m. CBS

Final Four

Saturday, April 1

Game Time (ET) TV
TBD vs. TBD 6 p.m. CBS
TBD vs. TBD 8:30 p.m. CBS

National championship

Monday, April 3

Game Time (ET) TV
TBD vs. TBD 9 p.m. CBS

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