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NCAA Tournament in Sacramento

So you don’t have tickets to the NCAA Tournament first- and second-round games at Golden 1 Center? You can still experience some of the flavor of March Madness in Sacramento on Thursday when the downtown arena opens up to the public with free practice sessions for all eight NCAA teams. The schedule:

▪ Iona, noon to 12:40 p.m.

▪ Rhode Island, 12:45 to 1:25 p.m.

▪ Oregon, 1:30 to 2:10 p.m.

▪ Creighton, 2:15 to 2:55 p.m.

▪ Cincinnati, 4:25 to 5:05 p.m.

▪ UCLA, 5:10 to 5:50 p.m.

▪ Kansas State, 5:55 to 6:35 p.m.

▪ Kent State, 6:40 to 7:20 p.m.


The schedule for Friday’s first-round games:

Midwest Regional

(morning session)

▪ Oregon (29-5) vs.

Iona (22-12), 11 a.m.

▪ Creighton (25-9) vs.

Rhode Island (24-9), 1:30 p.m.

South Regional

(afternoon session)

▪ Cincinnati (29-5) vs.

Kansas State (21-13), 4:27 p.m.

▪ UCLA (29-4) vs.

Kent State (22-13), 6:57 p.m

Blair Kerkhoff and Vahe Gregorian dicussed the NCAA Tournament bracket during a Facebook Live broadcast on Sunday, March 12, 2017.

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