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For bosses wondering why so many employees are calling in sick or are about to have very unproductive days, I have two words for you: March Madness. 

 

The first round of the NCAA Tournament tips off on Thursday afternoon with a dizzying 16 games of do-or-die basketball. 

 

What makes the early portions of this tournament so magical is that along with this just being kids competing for the love of the game, the minnows of college basketball have an opportunity to play Cinderella for a day, facing off against some of the most recognizable blue-blood programs in the nation.

 

Whether it be checking out the next big NBA star or rooting for the underdog or getting lost in that 12-5 or 11-5 upset, there is something for everyone on the first day of the dance. 

 

Here is how you can catch every game whether you are camped out in front of the television or sneaking peeks in the corner of your computer screen at work:

 

2018 NCAA Tournament viewing schedule: Thursday, Mar. 15

All games can be viewed live at NCAA.com

12:15 p.m. ET: No. 10 Oklahoma vs. No. 7 Rhode Island, CBS

12:40 p.m.: No. 14 Wright State vs. No. 3 Tennessee, TRU TV

1:30 p.m.: No. 13 UNCG vs. No. 4 Gonzaga, TNT

2 p.m.: No. 16 Penn vs. No. 1 Kansas, TBS

2:45 p.m.: No. 15 Iona vs. No. 2 Duke, CBS

3:10 p.m.: No. 11 Loyola vs. No. 6 Miami (FL), TRU TV

4 p.m.: No. 12 South Dakota State vs. No. 5 Ohio State, TNT

 

4:30 p.m.: No. 9 NC State vs. No. 8 Seton Hall, TBS

6:50 p.m.: No. 16 Radford vs. No. 1 Villanova, TNT

 

7:10 p.m.: No. 5 Davidson vs. No. 5 Kentucky, CBS

7:20 p.m.: No. 11 San Diego State vs. No. 6 Houston, TBS

7:27 p.m.: No. 14 Stephen F. Austin vs. No. 3 Texas Tech, TRU TV

 

9:20 p.m.: No. 9 Alabama vs. No. 8 Virginia Tech, TNT

9:40 p.m.: No. 13 Buffalo vs. No. 4 Arizona, CBS

9:50 p.m.: No. 14 Montana vs. No. 3 Michigan, TBS

9:57 p.m.: No. 11 St. Bonaventure vs. No. 6 Florida, TRU TV