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2011 March Madness Schedule: Friday, March 18

The first day of tournament play is in the books, and the Big Ten's numbers have been reduced from seven to five in this year's NCAA Basketball Tournament. Hopefully the conference will have some better luck today as the other four representatives will take the floor this afternoon and evening in opening round action.

Which games are happening today and where can you see them? Find out right after the jump!

CBS

11:15 AM Central time - West Regional, (4) Texas vs (13) Oakland
1:45 PM Central time - West Regional, (5) Arizona vs (12) Memphis
6:15 PM Central time - East Regional, (2) North Carolina vs (15) Long Island University
8:45 PM Central time - East Regional, (7) Washington vs (10) Georgia

TruTV (Channel 246 on DirecTV, check your local listings for cable)

11:40 AM Central time - West Regional, (8) Michigan vs (9) Tennessee
2:10 PM Central time - West Regional, (1) Duke vs (16) Hampton
6:27 PM Central time - East Regional, (6) Xavier vs (11) Marquette
8:57 PM Central time - East Regional, (3) Syracuse vs (14) Indiana State

TBS (Channel 247 on DirecTV, check your local listings for cable)

12:40 PM Central time - Southwest Regional, (2) Notre Dame vs (15) Akron
3:10 PM Central time - Southwest Regional, (7) Texas A&M vs (10) Florida State
5:50 PM Central time - Southwest Regional, (1) Kansas vs (16) Boston University
8:20 PM Central time - Southwest Regional, (8) UNLV vs (9) Illinois

TNT (Channel 245 on DirecTV, check your local listings for cable)

1:10 PM Central time - East Regional, (8) George Mason vs (9) Villanova
3:40 PM Central time - East Regional, (1) Ohio State vs (16) Texas-San Antonio
6:20 PM Central time - Southwest Regional, (3) Purdue vs (14) St. Peter's
8:50 PM Central time - Southwest Regional, (6) Georgetown vs (11) Virginia Commonwealth

That's today's schedule, folks! Again, we'll have previews of the Big Ten's matchups as they get closer to tip-off.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.