NCAA: If you only watch 3 games in the early round, make it these

(MEDIA GENERAL/WTNH) – It’s tournament time, but not everyone can take a few days off and watch game after game. Of course, you’ll watch your favorite team. But, one of the best things about the NCAA college basketball tournament is watching young, talented, passionate players show off their skills. We love to see underdogs beat the big guys, and some players get all the headlines by the time the final trophy is handed out.

So, if don’t get time off to sit in front of the TV, and you don’t have a job where you can watch online while you work, what three games are most likely going to be worth you stealing some screen time? Kels Dayton is one of the lucky ones. He gets paid to watch the tournament and write about it as the executive producer for Here’s what he recommends:

1) VCU vs. Ohio State – “I can’t wait to see All-American point guard D’Angelo Russell take on the Rams’ pressure defense. VCU calls it “Havoc,” and it’s going to be fun to see how a future NBA lottery pick handles it,” Dayton told us. That game is being played in Portland at 4:40 pm EST Thursday, March 19 on TNT.
2) Stephen F. Austin vs. Utah – Dayton calls this the best matchup of the first round. He thinks Utah deserved a better seed and was one of the more impressive teams in the nation this year. At the same time, the Lumberjacks are one of the most popular upset picks for the tournament. This game is also in Portland Thursday, March 19 at 7:27 pm EST on truTV.
3) Iowa vs. Davidson – “This game should go down to the wire and features a matchup of the Hawkeyes’ skilled bigs and the Wildcats’ terrific guards,” Dayton said. “I can’t see that one being anything but close.” This game will tip off in Seattle on Friday, March 20 at 7:20 pm EST on TNT.

So, there you have it. We can’t all watch basketball for a living. But, with a free afternoon and a couple of evenings in front of a screen, you can catch some great NCAA action.

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