While the round of 64 starts Thursday, the NCAA Tournament technically began Tuesday night with the First Four.

The four lowest-seeded at-large bids and the four lowest-seeded automatic bids competed for the final four spots in the 64-team bracket. All four games were played at the UD Arena in Dayton, Ohio, with two games Tuesday night and two games Wednesday night.

Here’s what to know about the First Four, which saw No. 10 seeds Colorado State and Colorado and No. 16 seeds Wagner and Grambling State advance to the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

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March Madness First Four schedule, results 2024

All times ET

Tuesday, March 19

Game Time (ET) TV
No. 16 Wagner 71, No. 16 Howard 68 6:40 p.m. truTV, Sling TV
No. 10 Colorado State 67, No. 10 Virginia 42 9:10 p.m. truTV, Sling TV

Wednesday, March 20

Game Time (ET) TV
No. 16 Grambling 88, No. 16 Montana State 81 6:40 p.m. truTV, Sling TV
No. 10 Colorado 60, No. 10 Boise State 53 9:10 p.m. truTV, Sling TV

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All times Eastern.

Wednesday: Boise State vs. Colorado

11:45 p.m.: Colorado wins it! The Buffs beat the Broncos, 58-53, to advance to face No. 7 seed Florida in the first round Friday.

Boise State took its first lead of the second half with seven minutes remaining. But three minutes later, the Buffs wrested the lead back and held onto it for the rest of the game.

11:35 p.m.: Colorado’s Eddie Lampkin Jr. extended his team’s lead to two possessions with 32.8 seconds remaining with a putback as the shot clock expired.

Eddie Lampkin beats the buzzer 🚨#MarchMadness @CUBuffsMBB pic.twitter.com/Csi776k23K

— NCAA March Madness (@MarchMadnessMBB) March 21, 2024

10:50 p.m.: Colorado extends its lead to its largest of the night at 35-28 with 15:46 remaining in the second half. Tristan da Silva leads with 14 points.

10:23 p.m.: Colorado leads Boise State 26-24 at the half. This is the lowest scoring first half Boise State has had all season.

10:02 p.m.: Just like yesterday’s 10-seed game, it’s been a defensive matchup between Boise State and Colorado in the first half. Colorado holds a 17-14 lead with 6:15 left in the first half.

Wednesday: Grambling 88, Montana State 81

9:00 p.m.: The Tigers are dancing for the first time in their history! Grambling wins 88-81 over Montana State in overtime of the First Four. They will play No. 1 Purdue on Friday.

8:56 p.m.: Grambling is on the verge of punching its ticket to the Round of 64. The Tigers are heading to the free throw line up 82-78 with 31.6 seconds remaining.

8:44 p.m.: Overtime! Tra’Michael Moton misses the winning jumper and the teams will head to overtime.

8:42 p.m.: Grambling will have a chance to win it as Brandon Walker misses a layup. The Tigers have six seconds in a tie game.

8:40 p.m.: Jimel Cofer ties the game at 72 with a layup for Grambling. Montana State calls a timeout with 10 seconds left on the shot clock and 15.2 seconds on the game clock.

8:38 p.m.: Eddie Turner III knocks down two free throws to give Montana State the 72-70 lead with 48 seconds to go. Grambling calls timeout.

8:35 p.m.: Once again, Montana State ties it with a 3-pointer. This time it’s Robert Ford III with 1:36 remaining to tie it at 70-70.

8:33 p.m.: Brian Goracke ties it up with a 3-pointer for Montana State. Score is 67-67 with 2:47 remaining.

8:21 p.m.: The Tigers have taken the lead with 5:39 remaining in the second half. Grambling leads 60-59 over Montana State thanks to Jimel Cofer’s layup.

8:11 p.m.: Grambling is on an 11-0 run to cut its deficit to 53-50 with about 10 minutes remaining in the second half.

7:26 p.m.: Grambling had briefly taken the lead with about five minutes left in the first half, but Montana State retook the lead to enter the half up 42-33.

6:54 p.m.: Montana State is off to a hot start, knocking down eight of its first 10 shots to go up 18-9 over Grambling with 12:57 remaining in the first half.

Tuesday: Colorado State 67, Virginia 42

11:32 p.m.: Colorado State moves onto the Round of 64! The Rams defeat Virginia, 67-42, in the First Four. Colorado State will face Texas in the first round.

11:12 p.m.: The Cavaliers are trailing by 20, 55-35 with 5:34 minutes remaining. If Virginia scores seven more points, it will double its first-half point total in the second half.

10:44 p.m.: If you were hoping for offense, you’re out of luck. Virginia missed 19 straight field goals as Colorado State is now leading by 20 points with 13:07 remaining.

10:12 p.m.: Colorado State has established a 27-14 lead at halftime. Virginia did not record a field goal in the final 10:30 of the first half. The Cavaliers made just two free throws during this stretch.

9:31 p.m.: The next First Four game is underway as Virginia takes on Colorado State. Virginia leads 4-2 with 14:52 remaining in the first half.

Tuesday: Wagner 71, Howard 68

8:52 p.m.: The Seahawks are moving on to the Round of 64! Wagner defeats Howard 71-68 after the Bison missed three straight 3-pointers on the final possession. Julian Brown nailed two free throws to give Wagner the three-point cushion just prior.

8:48 p.m.: Bryce Harris scores a tough layup to bring the game to 69-68. Howard has one timeout with 17 seconds remaining. Wagner is out of timeouts.

8:44 p.m.: The Bison have made it a one-possession game! Behind a 12-2 run, Howard is within three points at 69-66 with 1:02 remaining.

8:37 p.m.: Towns knocks down a big 3-pointer to cut the lead to 67-60 with 2:24 minutes remaining.

8:33 p.m.: The Seahawks are on the verge of punching their ticket to the Round of 64. Wagner leads 67-54 with 3:50 remaining. Four Wagner players are in double-figure points and the team only has five turnovers.

8:14 p.m.: Howard is hanging around. The Bison managed to cut the deficit to 10 points with 10:32 left in the game. After the 8-0 run by Wagner, Howard responded with an 11-2 stretch. 

7:57 p.m.: The Seahawks are picking up right where they left off in the first half. After Howard cut the deficit to nine, Wagner goes on an 8-0 run to extend its lead to 17 with 16:22 to go in the second half. 

7:31 p.m.: Wagner leads 38-27 at the half as Council is up to 13 points. Seth Towns leads Howard with 11 points.

7:08 p.m.: The Seahawks extended their lead up to 23-12 with 7:12 remaining in the first half. Council is nearly outscoring Howard on his own with 11 points on 5-of-6 field-goal shooting to go along with his four assists.

6:56 p.m.: Wagner’s Melvin Council Jr. launched a logo 3-pointer to give the Seahawks an early advantage in the first half.

Melvin Council Jr. pulls up from the LOGO 😤 pic.twitter.com/jQmEaEE4hN

— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 19, 2024

How to watch NCAA First Four games

  • TV channels: truTV
  • Live streams: Sling TV, NCAA March Madness Live

All four of the First Four games will be broadcast on truTV. Viewers also can stream the games through NCAA March Madness Live by logging into their TV provider.

Sling TV will offer the First Four games on its streaming service.

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NCAA Tournament schedule 2024

Round 1

Thursday, March 21

Game Time (ET) TV
No. 9 Michigan State vs. No. 8 Mississippi State 12:15 p.m. CBS
No. 11 Duquesne vs. No. 6 BYU 12:40 p.m. truTV, Sling TV
No. 14 Akron vs. No. 3 Creighton 1:30 p.m. TNT, Sling TV
No. 15 Long Beach State vs. No. 2 Arizona 2 p.m. TBS, Sling TV
No. 16 Wagner vs. No. 1 North Carolina 2:45 p.m. CBS
No. 14 Morehead State vs. No. 3 Illinois 3:10 p.m. truTV, Sling TV
No. 11 Oregon vs. No. 6 South Carolina 4 p.m. TNT, Sling TV
No. 10 Nevada vs. No. 7 Dayton 4:30 p.m. TBS, Sling TV
No. 10 Colorado State vs. No. 7 Texas 6:50 p.m. TNT, Sling TV
No. 14 Oakland vs. No. 3 Kentucky 7:10 p.m. CBS
No. 12 McNeese vs. No. 5 Gonzaga 7:25 p.m. TBS, Sling TV
No. 15 South Dakota State vs. No. 2 Iowa State 7:35 p.m. truTV, Sling TV
No. 15 Saint Peter’s vs. No. 2 Tennessee 9:20 p.m. TNT, Sling TV
No. 11 NC State vs. No. 6 Texas Tech 9:40 p.m. CBS
No. 13 Samford vs. No. 4 Kansas 9:55 p.m. TBS, Sling TV
No. 10 Drake vs. No. 7 Washington State 10:05 p.m. truTV, Sling TV

Friday, March 22

Game Time (ET) TV
No. 9 Northwestern vs. No. 8 Florida Atlantic 12:15 p.m. CBS
No. 14 Colgate vs. No. 3 Baylor 12:40 p.m. truTV, Sling TV
No. 12 UAB vs. No. 5 San Diego State 1:45 p.m. TNT, Sling TV
No. 15 Western Kentucky vs. No. 2 Marquette 2 p.m. TBS, Sling TV
No. 16 Stetson vs. No. 1 UConn 2:45 p.m. CBS
No. 11 New Mexico State vs. No. 6 Clemson 3:10 p.m. truTV, Sling TV
No. 13 Yale vs. No. 4 Auburn 4:15 p.m. TNT, Sling TV
No. 10 Colorado/Boise State vs. No. 7 Florida 4:30 p.m. TBS, Sling TV
No. 9 Texas A&M vs. No. 8 Nebraska 6:50 p.m. TNT, Sling TV
No. 13 Vermont vs. No. 4 Duke 7:10 p.m. CBS
No. 16 Grambling State vs. No. 1 Purdue 7:25 p.m. TBS, Sling TV
No. 13. Charleston vs. No. 4 Alabama 7:35 p.m. truTV, Sling TV
No. 16 Longwood vs. No. 1 Houston 9:20 p.m. TNT, Sling TV
No. 12 James Madison vs. No. 5 Wisconsin 9:40 p.m. CBS
No. 9 TCU vs. No. 8 Utah State 9:55 p.m. TBS, Sling TV
No. 12 Grand Canyon vs. No. 5 Saint Mary’s 10:05 p.m. truTV, Sling TV

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