The next round of the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament begins tonight, with the final sixteen teams ready to battle it out for a chance to advance to the National Championship game next week. But before they do, there are a few rounds of basketball yet to play, beginning tonight at 7:07 p.m. EDT with Butler vs. Syracuse.
The Sweet Sixteen round of March Madness, which will feature matchups like Tennessee vs. Ohio State and Duke vs. Purdue, will be broadcast on CBS, but the games will also be available online at CBS Sports’ March Madness on Demand (MMOD) site. There will be four Sweet Sixteen matchups broadcast on CBS and online tonight and tomorrow, followed by an additional four Elite Eight matchups spread out over Saturday and Sunday.
Since the games begin in prime time, most fans will probably watch CBS Sports from home — but for those that work late or live on the West Coast, MMOD provides the same coverage as the TV broadcast. And so far, basketball fans have been tuning into the online streams in droves; MMOD has already posted record numbers for video streams delivered after just four days of the tournament, with the site streaming more than 8.7 million hours of live streaming video and audio consumed, up 35 percent over the previous year’s tournament.
In addition to the main MMOD site, streams will also be available on CNN.com, ESPN.com, Facebook, TV.com, CBS.com, CNET.com, GameSpot.com and other sites around the web. Games and scores will also be available through the March Madness on Demand iPhone application, which gives iPhone and iPod Touch users a chance to watch games live via 3G, EDGE and Wi-Fi for $9.99. And finally, for those that have FLO TV, the mobile video service will provide live video of all 63 games to AT&T customers with compatible handsets, as well as owners of the FLO TV Personal Television, through the CBS Mobile channel.
The schedule for the Sweet Sixteen round is as follows, with Elite Eight matchups to be announced later:
- Thursday, March 25, 7:07 p.m. EDT – Butler vs. Syracuse
- Thursday, March 25, 7:27 p.m. EDT – Washington vs. West Virginia
- Thursday, March 25, 9:37 p.m. EDT – Xavier vs. Kansas St.
- Thursday, March 25, 9:57 p.m. EDT – Cornell vs. Kentucky
- Friday, March 26, 7:07 p.m. EDT – Tennessee vs. Ohio St.
- Friday, March 26, 7:27 p.m. EDT – St. Mary’s vs. Baylor
- Friday, March 26, 9:37 p.m. EDT – Northern Iowa vs. Michigan St.
- Friday, March 26, 9:57 p.m. EDT – Purdue vs. Duke