Rick Pitino doesn’t need help watching the NCAA tournament. You do. (Frank Franklin II)

Because one thing is of paramount importance this week — watching the NCAA tournament — here’s a quick guide for scheduling your life. All times are p.m. and EDT.

PLAY-IN GAMES

Tuesday

North Carolina A&T vs. Liberty, 6:40 (truTV)

Middle Tennessee vs. Saint Mary’s, 9:10 (truTV)

Wednesday

LIU-Brooklyn vs. James Madison, 6:40 (truTV)

Boise State vs. La Salle, 9:10 (truTV)

FIRST-ROUND GAMES

Thursday

Valparaiso vs. Michigan State in Auburn Hills, Mich., 12:15 (CBS)

Bucknell vs. Butler in Lexington, Ky., 12:40 (truTV)

Wichita State vs. Pittsburgh in Salt Lake City, 1:40 (TBS)

New Mexico State vs. Saint Louis in San Jose, 2:10 (TNT)

Memphis vs. Saint Mary’s/Middle Tennessee in Auburn Hills, Mich., 2:45 (CBS)

Davidson vs. Marquette in Lexington, Ky., 3:10 (truTV)

Southern vs. Gonzaga in Salt Lake City, 4:10 (TBS)

Oregon vs. Oklahoma State in San Jose, 4:40 (TNT)

North Carolina A&T/Liberty vs. Louisville in Lexington, Ky., 6:50 (TBS)

South Dakota State vs. Michigan in Auburn Hills, Mich., 7:15 (CBS)

Belmont vs. Arizona in Salt Lake City, 7:20 (TNT)

California vs. UNLV in San Jose, 7:27 (truTV)

Missouri vs. Colorado State in Lexington, Ky., 9:20 (TBS)

Akron vs. Virginia Commonwealth in Auburn Hills, Mich., 9:45 (CBS)

Harvard vs. New Mexico in Salt Lake City, 9:50 (TNT)

Montana vs. Syracuse in San Jose, 9:57 (truTV)

Friday

Albany vs. Duke in Philadelphia, 12:15 (CBS)

Mississippi vs. Wisconsin in Kansas City, Mo., 12:40 (truTV)

Temple vs. North Carolina State in Dayton, Ohio, 1:40 (TBS)

Pacific vs. Miami in Austin, 2:10 (TNT)

Cincinnati vs. Creighton in Philadelphia, 2:45 (CBS)

Boise State/La Salle vs. Kansas State in Kansas City, Mo., 3:10 (truTV)

LIU-Brooklyn/James Madison vs Indiana in Dayton, Ohio, 4:10 (TBS)

Colorado vs. Illinois in Austin, 4:40 (TNT)

Florida Gulf Coast vs. Georgetown in Philadelphia, 6:50 (TBS)

Iona vs. Ohio State in Dayton, Ohio, 7:15 (CBS)

Villanova vs. North Carolina in Kansas City, Mo., 7:20 (TNT)

Northwestern State vs. Florida in Austin, 7:27 (truTV)

Oklahoma vs. San Diego State in Philadelphia, 9:20 (TBS)

Iowa State vs. Notre Dame in Dayton, Ohio, 9:45 (CBS)

Western Kentucky vs. Kansas in Kansas City, Mo., 9:50 (TNT)

Minnesota vs. UCLA in Austin, 9:57 (truTV)

The games are on Westwood One radio and, of course, on the internet.

More

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Gallery: A closer look at the field

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