The Virginia Cavaliers haven’t reached the NCAA Final Four since 1984.
As the top overall seed, this year might finally be their time.
Virginia opens the first round of the tournament Friday at 9:20 p.m. against Maryland-Baltimore County on TNT.
A likely win moves the Cavaliers into the second round Sunday in Charlotte.
The 64-team first round begins Thursday at noon on CBS with Oklahoma-Rhode Island. TruTV begins its coverage at 12:30 p.m. with Wright State against Tennessee.
TNT starts its day in Boise with Gonzaga against UNC-Greensboro at 1:30 p.m., with Midwest top seed Kansas meeting Penn on TBS at 2 p.m.
Virginia Tech tangles with Alabama on TNT around 9:30 p.m. in the final game of the day in Pittsburgh.
Providence takes on Texas A&M Friday at noon on CBS, while TruTV brings Purdue-Cal State Fullerton at 12:30 p.m. Marshall meets Wichita State on TNT at 1:30 p.m., with Georgia State’s clash with Cincinnati starting the day on TBS.
CBS has four games in the second round Saturday, starting at noon. TNT joins the party with a pair of games starting at 6 p.m., with TBS coverage at 7 p.m.
There’s three more games on CBS Sunday at noon, with TNT having two games at 6 p.m. and TBS two more at 7 p.m. TruTV carries a contest at 7:30 p.m.
Then we’ll be down to the Sweet 16.
The women’s tournament gets going this weekend, with games tipping off Friday at noon on ESPN2. The next batch plays at 2:30 p.m., with Virginia taking on California at 5 p.m. The night closes with games at 7:30 p.m.
Action continues Saturday at 11 a.m. on ESPN2, with other contests starting at 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. It’s on to the second round on ESPN Sunday at 5 and 7 p.m., and ESPN2 at noon, 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
The NIT continues with second round games on ESPN Saturday at noon and Sunday at noon, along with Sunday at 4:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Wizards host the Pacers Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
NASCAR visits California this weekend, with the Monster Series Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on Fox. The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 5 p.m. on FoxSports1.
MASN has the Nationals’ preseason contest with the Cardinals Friday at 1 p.m.NBC
It’s the Arnold Palmer Invitational from Orlando on NBC Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
The Capitals visit the Islanders Thursday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington, with the return engagement Friday at 7p.m. It’s Capitals-Flyers Sunday at 5 p.m.
NBC Sports network has a pair of NHL contests Thursday, with Penguins-Canadiens at 7:30 p.m. followed by Red Wings against Kings at 10 p.m. It’s Blues-Blackhawks Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
ESPN has the NCAA wrestling championship Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2. The semifinals are Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN and there’s second round action Thursday at 8 p.m.
The Paralympics continue Friday at 1 a.m. on NBC Sports network, and sled hockey highlights the action Friday at 7 p.m. There’s cross-country skiing Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
There’s a pair of matches from the Europa League Thursday, with Zenit facing Leipzig at 2 p.m. followed by Arsenal-AC Milan on FoxSports1.
FoxSports1 brings the FA Cup Saturday at 8 a.m. with Swansea City tangling with Tottenham. Manchester City meets Brighton Sunday at 6 a.m.
Huddersfield Town clashes with Crystal Palace on NBC Sports network Saturday at 10:55 a.m. followed by Liverpool-Watford.
In the Bundesliga, Dortmund takes on Hannover Sunday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1.
ESPN has the men’s and women’s championships at the Paribas Open Sunday at 2 p.m. There’s quarterfinal action Thursday at 2 and 8 p.m. on ESPN2, with men’s quarterfinals at 3 p.m. and women’s semifinals Friday at 10 p.m. ESPN has the men’s semifinal Saturday at 2 p.m. and women’s semifinal at 10 p.m.

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