March Madness: NCAA Tournament practices open at Ball Arena Thursday

March Madness has come to Denver.

Those unable, or unwilling, to purchase pricey tickets to the first two rounds of NCAA Tournament on Friday and Sunday at Ball Arena can still catch a glimpse of the teams Thursday at practice sessions open to the public.

All eight teams participating in the first-round games in downtown Denver will hold practices between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the arena. Admission is free of charge, with doors opening to the public at 10 a.m.

The following is the practice schedule, with the last session dependent upon the outcome of Wednesday night’s First Four game between Arizona State and Nevada in Dayton:

11 – 11:40 a.m.: UC Santa Barbara
11:45 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.: NC State
12:30 – 1:10 p.m.: Baylor
1:15 – 1:55 p.m.: Creighton
2 – 2:40 p.m.: Gonzaga
2:45 – 3:25 p.m.: TCU
3:30 – 4:10 p.m.: Grand Canyon
4:15 – 4:55 p.m.: Arizona State/Nevada

Here is the schedule of games and television listings for Friday’s first round at Ball Arena:

No. 3 Baylor vs No. 14 UC Santa Barbara, 11:30 a.m., TNT
No. 6 Creighton vs No. 11 North Carolina State, 2 p.m., TNT
No. 3 Gonzaga vs No. 14 Grand Canyon, 5:35 p.m., truTV
No. 6 TCU vs No. 11 Arizona State/Nevada winner, 8:05 pm., truTV

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