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Thursday Evening Open Thread: Keep the Madness Coming

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Grab your favorite beverage, kick up your feet, and get crazy.

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Time to get a new thread going.  The early games were all pretty good with the exception of Arizona dismantling Texas Southern.

How To Watch

Games throughout the tournament will air on CBS, TNT, TBS, and truTV. If you're one of the many people who never watch truTV, they've made a website to help you find it. Games will also be live streamed on the NCAA March Madness Live website or you can head on over to their mobile page and download their app for your smart phone or tablet.

Thursday's Game Schedule

Games Of The Day

Here are your top bets for the evening bouts.

#12 Stephen F. Austin vs #5 Utah

This classic 12 vs. 5 matchup pits one of the country's best offenses against one of the best defenses. Stephen F. Austin upsets VCU from the same position last year and will look to do so against a Utah team that has struggled a bit lately. The Lumberjacks are led by Thomas Walkup and Jacob Parker who both have true shooting percentages over 60 percent. Their coach, Brad Underwood, will also be mentioned frequently this offseason for any number of coaching vacancies.

The Utes are favored by six points according to KenPom, but they've struggled to stop opponents from scoring lately. Four of Utah's last five opponents have scored greater than one point per possession. Still, they're ranked in the top 10 of adjusted defensive efficiency and will have the best player on the floor in senior guard Delon Wright. This one has the potential to be a classic 12 vs. 5 game.

#13 Eastern Washington vs. #4 Georgetown

If you like upsets, this might be the game for you. Georgetown is overseeded based on their resume and Eastern Washington features the nation's leading scorer, Tyler Harvey. Harvey is averaging 22.9 points per game and has hit an NCAA-leading 122 3-pointers. He can put himself on the national map if the Eagles can pull off the upset.