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NCAA Tournament schedule, listings and live thread: Thursday edition

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It's time for what might be the most fun two days in sports. The NCAA Tournament starts in earnest today at 11 a.m. Let's thread it up! I've bolded what I consider the most interesting game of each shift. We're going to start the day with either a series of boring, 15-point wins or an epic upset. But the second- and third-shift games are pretty fantastic.

Shift No. 1
MIDWEST: No. 3 Notre Dame vs. No. 14 Northeastern (CBS, 11:15 a.m. CT)
SOUTH: No. 3 Iowa State vs. No. 14 UAB (truTV, 11:40 a.m. CT)
WEST: No. 3 Baylor vs. No. 14 Georgia State (TBS, 12:40 p.m. CT)
WEST: No. 2 Arizona vs. No. 15 Texas Southern (TNT, 1:10 p.m. CT)

Shift No. 2
MIDWEST: No. 6 Butler vs. No. 11 Texas (CBS, 1:45 p.m. CT)
SOUTH: No. 6 SMU vs. No. 11 UCLA (truTV, 2:10 p.m. CT)
WEST: No. 6 Xavier vs. No. 11 Ole Miss (TBS, 3:10 p.m. CT)
WEST: No. 7 VCU vs. No. 10 Ohio State (TNT, 3:40 p.m. CT)

Shift No. 3
EAST: No. 1 Villanova vs. No. 16 Lafayette (TBS, 5:50 p.m. CT)
MIDWEST: No. 8 Cincinnati vs. No. 9 Purdue (CBS, 6:10 p.m. CT)
WEST: No. 4 North Carolina vs. No. 13 Harvard (TNT, 6:20 p.m. CT)
SOUTH: No. 5 Utah vs. No. 12 Stephen F. Austin (truTV, 6:27 p.m. CT)

Shift No. 4
EAST: No. 8 NC State vs. No. 9 LSU (TBS, 8:30 p.m. CT)
MIDWEST: No. 1 Kentucky vs. No. 16 Hampton (CBS, 8:40 p.m. CT)
WEST: No. 5 Arkansas vs. No. 12 Wofford (TNT, 8:50 p.m. CT)
SOUTH: No. 4 Georgetown vs. No. 13 Eastern Washington (truTV, 8:57 p.m. CT)