Your viewing guide for Day 1 of March Madness

NEW ORLEANS — If you have DirecTV and its March Madness package, you’ll have access to every NCAA Tournament game. If you don’t, you still can watch your choice of every game via

But what are your best options for a half-day of hoops heaven, as the tourney tips off Thursday? Pleased to be of service.

Early afternoon
South: No. 6 Notre Dame vs. No. 11 Old Dominion, 12:25 p.m. ET.

The bad news for Irish fans is Old Dominion won’t be blindsided by their new pass-heavy “Burn” offense, adopted to mitigate the absence of All-American center Luke Harangody (he’s back now). ODU already beat Georgetown and William & Mary, and their attacks also force opponents to defend longer than most care to pay attention.