NCAA Tournament 2014: Schedule, bracket, open thread for Friday's games

March Madness begins at 12 p.m. ET on Friday, and here is your place to chat about all of the games today. Make sure to come back at 1:30 p.m. ET when New Mexico and Stanford tip off.

The other half of the bracket gets underway on Friday with 16 games, and unlike Thursday the Mountain West game gets underway early in the day. New Mexico tips off at 1:40 p.m. ET against Stanford and will be seen on TBS. Just because this game is early in the day that does not mean the action is over, so hang around and chat about the other games and in particular the Kansas vs. Eastern Kentucky game since if New Mexico wins they will face the winner of that game.

Hopefully a lot of you have the day off, open internet access at work or are streaming the games on your break to catch a glimpse of these games.

For those new to the site, this is a live chat to talk about the Mountain West games, plus the others. One must register to comment on the site and you can create an account HERE, and you can sign up with your Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo and Google+ log in details. So there is no excuse for not signing up and leaving your thoughts.

Also new is the GIF Oracle which automatically comments with a GIF. In the comments just say @Oracle GIF me (category) and within a minute a comment with a GIF is there.

Friday's Game Schedule

Region Game Venue Time (ET)
TV Announcers
MidWest Mercer Bears (14) vs. Duke Blue Devils(3) PNC Arena (Raleigh, NC) 12:15p CBS Kevin Harlan/Len Elmore/Reggie Miller/Rachel Nichols
West Nebraska Cornhuskers (11) vs. Baylor Bears (6) AT&T Center (San Antonio, TX) 12:40p truTV Marv Albert/Steve Kerr/Craigh Sager
South Stanford Cardinal (10) vs. New Mexico Lobos (7) Scottrade Center (St. Louis, MO) 1:40p TBS Jim Nantz/Greg Anthony/Tracy Wolfson
West Weber State Wildcats (16) vs. Arizona Wildcats (1) Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl (San Diego, CA) 2:10p TNT Andrew Catalon/Mike Gminski/Otis Livingston
MidWest Iowa Hawkeyes/Tennessee Volunteers (11) vs. Massachusetts Minutemen (6) PNC Arena (Raleigh, NC) 2:45p CBS Kevin Harlan/Len Elmore/Reggie Miller/Rachel Nichols
West Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns (14) vs. Creighton Bluejays (3) AT&T Center (San Antonio, TX) 3:10p truTV Marv Albert/Steve Kerr/Craigh Sager
South Eastern Kentucky Colonels (15) vs. Kansas Jayhawks (2) Scottrade Center (St. Louis, MO) 4:10p TBS Jim Nantz/Greg Anthony/Tracy Wolfson
West Oklahoma State Cowboys (9) vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs (8) Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl (San Diego, CA) 4:40p TNT Andrew Catalon/Mike Gminski/Otis Livingston
East George Washington Colonials (9) vs. Memphis Tigers (8) PNC Arena (Raleigh, NC) 6:55p TBS Kevin Harlan/Len Elmore/Reggie Miller/Rachel Nichols
MidWest Cal Poly Mustangs/ Texas Southern Tigers (16) vs. Wichita State Shockers (1) Scottrade Center (St. Louis, MO) 7:10p CBS Jim Nantz/Greg Anthony/Tracy Wolfson
East Providence Friars (11) vs. North Carolina Tar Heels (6) AT&T Center (San Antonio, TX) 7:20p TNT Marv Albert/Steve Kerr/Craigh Sager
South Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (12) vs. Virginia Commonwealth Rams (5) Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl (San Diego, CA) 7:27p truTV Andrew Catalon/Mike Gminski/Otis Livingston
East Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (16) vs. Virginia Cavaliers (1) PNC Arena (Raleigh, NC) 9:25p TBS Kevin Harlan/Len Elmore/Reggie Miller/Rachel Nichols
MidWest Kansas State Wildcats (9) vs. Kentucky Wildcats (8) Scottrade Center (St. Louis, MO) 9:40p CBS Jim Nantz/Greg Anthony/Tracy Wolfson
East NC Central Eagles (14) vs. Iowa State Cyclones (3) AT&T Center (San Antonio, TX) 9:50p TNT Marv Albert/Steve Kerr/Craigh Sager
South Tulsa Golden Hurricane (13) vs. UCLA Bruins (4) Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl (San Diego, CA) 9:57p truTV Andrew Catalon/Mike Gminski/Otis Livingston
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