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NCAA men's tournament 2024: Highlights from Thursday's first-round games



The First Four gave us some quality appetizers -- aside from Virginia's performance, which was more like expired dairy -- but the 2024 NCAA tournament truly gets underway on Thursday, with 16 first-round games over the course of 12-plus hours.

Two of the most popular upset picks are in action in the late window, with 5-seed Gonzaga taking on 12-seed McNeese at 7:25 p.m. ET and No. 4 Kansas battling No. 13 Samford at 9:55 p.m. Can coach Will Wade continue his outstanding first season with the Cowboys by pulling off a win over the Zags, and how will Samford and "Bucky Ball" fare against a banged-up Jayhawks team?