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March 19, 2014 | 10:02 AM
The NCAA tournament, otherwise known as the best time of the year, will swing into full action tomorrow (Thursday) at various sites across the country. I'm not going to give any advice on which team to fill in your bracket with or who to place a friendly wager on, but I will help out with an important aspect of March Madness by teaching the way to watch as much of the action as possible.
Trust me, I'm a seasoned veteran at this.
Now, with every single tournament game played on either CBS, TBS, TNT or truTV, the most important item in the household becomes the remote.
The most games being played at one time will be four, and a game plan needs to be determined before haphazardly jumping into the madness.
First off, identify your "A" game, or the game most important to you, such as your favorite local team. Find the channel the game is on and make that your home-base channel. Second, determine your "B" game and appropriate channel. The "B" game should be one you're interested in because of conference affiliation of your favorite team or a possible future opponent of your favorite team, should it be lucky enough to advance.
The "B" game channel should be set on your "previous channel" button for easy access.
Then, identify the "C" game, which could be a game expected to be hotly contested, such as an 8-seed vs. a 9-seed. Be sure to know the channel numerics for the "C" game so it can easily be turned to from the home-base channel "A." And, finally, the "D" game should be something like a 1-seed vs. a 16-seed, because chances are that one won't be worth watching but know the channel just in case.
And chances are your "A," "B" and "C" options may be at halftime at the same time, so this could be your only current action to watch.
Other helpful tips to ensure no buzzer beaters go unwatched:
• Be sure to check your batteries in the remote. Any other time of the year I'd recommend ignoring the low-battery notice until it totally goes out, but not in March. Have some spares as well, just in case.
• Never stray too far from the remote; keep it within arms reach at all times.
• Know your remote. If you have to look down at the remote to hit the buttons, you've got no chance. Give it to someone who knows what they're doing.
• Be mindful of the time left in a game. Television timeouts are taken when the game clock goes below every four-minute interval (under 16, 12, 8 and 4 minutes of each half). So, as soon as the whistle blows and action is stopped and the clock reads 11:58, you know a timeout is coming; go ahead and flip the channel to your next option.
• Take a glance every now and then at the scores in the upper portion of the television screen. If a game is close in the closing minutes, change to it, unless you're watching your favorite team, then don't worry about anything else (on the court or off).
• Stuck at work during the action? NCAA.com should have you covered.
• If you're stuck in school, then you just aren't trying hard enough and I can't help you.
Otherwise, follow these instructions and you should be set for the Road to the Final Four march.