NCAA March Madness, Third Round: Who's Calling What (And Where)

With a whopping ten lower-seeded teams in action this weekend, the third round of the NCAA tournament should be appointment viewing - and once again, we've got a handy-dandy color-coded viewing guide for you. Jim Nantz and Clark Kellogg will be the only team working on two networks this weekend, due to CBS' commitment to "60 Minutes" on Sunday night.

The class of 64 teams that were in the 2012 NCAA tournament as of Thursday may have been cut in half – but the number of networks carrying the games and announcing teams working them have not.

The second round has seen the most significant upsets in recent memory – including the fall of two second-seeds in Duke and Missouri at the hands of lehigh and Norfolk State, respectively. And who conveniently were scheduled to call these games than, respectively, Jim Nantz and Marv Albert. To those who miss Gus Johnson, now a FOX employee, hopefully the fact that two notables in Nantz and Albert calling the one-two punch to two 2-seeded teams made up for it.

Personally, Duke and Missouri (as well as other teams that saw early elimination, such as Michigan) should thank their lucky stars for the new 68-team system – at least, now they can’t say they’ve been bounced “in the first round.”

Now… it’s on to round three. Once again, I’ve assembled the schedules for all games, from the seedings to the announcers, and the same format as the second round post:

EAST: White | MIDWEST: Red | SOUTH: Orange | WEST: Hot Pink

CBS will carry seven of these sixteen games, including the exclusive afternoon window on Saturday and Sunday. TBS and TNT’s remaining four games will be in prime time, while TruTV’s finale will air Sunday night, with Nantz and Clark Kellogg working the game. (It normally would have aired on CBS – but apparently, “60 Minutes” shall never be upset.)

Strap in, Cinderella fans, it’s going to be an exciting weekend.

Saturday, March 17th

12:15 PM ET – CBS – Syracuse (1) vs. Kansas State (8) from Pittsburgh

Announcers: Kevin Harlan, Len Elmore, Reggie Miller, Marty Snider

2:45 PM ET – CBS – Ohio State (2) vs. Gonzaga (7) from Pittsburgh

Announcers: Kevin Harlan, Len Elmore, Reggie Miller, Marty Snider

5:15 PM ET – CBS – Marquette (3) vs. Murray State (6) from Louisville

Announcers: Verne Lundquist, Bill Raftery, Lesley Visser

6:10 PM ET – TNT – Wisconsin (4) vs. Vanderbilt (5) from Alabama

Announcers: Spero Dedes, Bob Wenzel, Jamie Maggio

7:10 PM ET – TBS – Indiana (4) vs. Virginia Commonwealth/VCU (12) from Portland, Oregon

Announcers: Brian Anderson, Dan Bonner, Jenn Hildreth

7:45 PM ET – CBS – Kentucky (1) vs. Iowa State (8) from Louisville

Announcers: Verne Lundquist, Bill Raftery, Lesley Visser

8:40 PM ET – TNT – Baylor (3) vs. Colorado (11) from Albuquerque

Announcers: Spero Dedes, Bob Wenzel, Jamie Maggio

9:40 PM ET – TBS – Louisville (4) vs. New Mexico (5) from Portland, Oregon

Announcers: Brian Anderson, Dan Bonner, Jenn Hildreth

Sunday, March 18th

12:15 PM ET – CBS – Georgetown (3) vs. North Carolina State (11) from Columbus

Announcers: Tim Brando, Mike Gminski, Otis Livingston

2:45 PM ET – CBS – Michigan State (1) vs. Saint Louis (9) from Columbus

Announcers: Tim Brando, Mike Gminski, Otis Livingston

5:15 PM ET – CBS – North Carolina (1) vs. Creighton (8) from Greensboro, North Carolina

Announcers: Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg, Tracy Wolfson

6:10 PM ET – TNT – Florida (7) vs. Norfolk State (15) from Omaha

Announcers: Marv Albert, Steve Kerr, Craig Sager

7:10 PM ET – TBS – South Florida (12) vs. Ohio (13) from Nashville

Announcers: Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel, Lewis Johnson

7:45 PM ET – TruTV – Xavier (10) vs. Lehigh (15) from Greensboro, North Carolina

Announcers: Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg, Tracy Wolfson

8:40 PM ET – TNT – Kansas (2) vs. Purdue (10) from Omaha

Announcers: Marv Albert, Steve Kerr, Craig Sager

9:40 PM ET – TBS – Florida State (3) vs. Cincinnati (6) from Nashville

Announcers: Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel, Lewis Johnson

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