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NCAA tourney kicks off March 15 with Selection Sunday

The March Madness journey kicks off each year with Selection Sunday. This year the NCAA Division 1 men’s basketball tournament gets into gear on TBS on March 15 at 6 p.m. (EST). Throughout the 68-team, single-elimination tournament, there’s the excitement of those unexpected winners, and the agony of going home earlier than planned.

The NCAA tournament starts with 68 hopeful teams that are trimmed down to the Sweet 16, the Elite 8 and the Final 4. The Final 4 play two games over three days to conclude March Madness. The winner will be declared April 6 in Atlanta.

How teams are selected for the NCAA Tournament
There’s a new system the selection committee will use to select teams for the tournament this season. To replace the RPI, the NCAA developed a new ranking system to evaluate teams during the Division I men’s basketball season.

The new evaluation tool is known as the NET. It relies on game results, strength of schedule, game location, scoring margin, net offensive and defensive efficiency, and the quality of wins and losses.

The NET was built to create a ranking system to more fairly evaluate team performance. Certain types of data were omitted from the model including game date and order were omitted to give equal importance to both early and late-season games. In addition, a cap of 10 points was applied to the winning margin to prevent rankings from encouraging unsportsmanlike play, such as needlessly running up the score in a game where the outcome was certain.

The first game will air exclusively on truTV on Tuesday, March 17. Sharing first and second round coverage will be CBS, TNT, TBS, and truTV.

The Sweet 16 and Elite 8 rounds will air on TBS and CBS. Watch for the Final Four (Saturday, April 4) and the Championship game (Monday, April 6) to be televised exclusively on TBS in primetime.

TDS Cable subscribers will have the ability to stream games live via TV Everywhere! Users can be directed to this site from our TVE portal at  www.hellotds.com/livetv.  Games broadcast on TBS, TNT and TruTV are available to customers subscribed to the corresponding network in their programming tier to access the TV Everywhere channel. This content can be viewed via desktop, iOS, Android, and Windows 8 phone and tablet apps.

There is one website where users can access all games on CBS, TBS, TNT, and truTV at http://www.ncaa.com/march-madness-live.  Select TV Provider in the upper, right hand corner and then select View All TV Providers. Scroll down and select TDS. Then input your username and password.

CES 2020: 7 new products to enhance the home

CES 2020: 7 new products to enhance the home

From 8K televisions, to refrigerators that recommend recipes that fit your dietary needs to a bevy of home conveniences, CES 2020 provided some fun and always innovative products during its four-day show in Las Vegas. Held each year in early January, here are some highlights from CES 2020 that can enhance the home, entertainment, and… Continue Reading

BendBroadband: Lightning fast 1Gig is here now

BendBroadband: Lightning fast 1Gig is here now

BendBroadband has the speed you need. Whether you’re at work or living life at home, 1Gig means smoother streaming and a more enjoyable online experience for you. The millions of dollars that BendBroadband put into network investments, means now is the perfect time for our customers to check out our faster speeds. The average consumer… Continue Reading

The latest tech trends at CES 2020

The latest tech trends at CES 2020

From artificial intelligence, to 5G, health and wellness, vehicle technology, to robotics, the CES® 2020 in Las Vegas is where the next generation of innovations will be introduced to the marketplace.  It’s the world’s largest and most influential tech event. Whether you’re an innovative startup or an established global brand, CES Las Vegas is the… Continue Reading

BendBroadband gives back in Central Oregon

BendBroadband gives back in Central Oregon

Every year, BendBroadband employees reach out to help those less fortunate. Whether it’s sponsoring local events or promoting local charities, BendBroadband employees can be found volunteering in the communities we serve. “Our communities are at the center of our businesses and it is our responsibility as a good corporation citizen to give back to the… Continue Reading

FCC approves proposal to change Suicide Hotline to 3-digit code

The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) unanimously approved a proposal to change the National Suicide Prevention Hotline from a 10-digit 800 number (1-800-273-8255) to a three-digit number 9-8-8. The proposal to assign 988 is now open for public comment, and soon the rulemaking process will begin. The proposal could be implemented in 18 months. Recognizing the… Continue Reading

Go Big – Shop Small Business Saturday

Go Big – Shop Small Business Saturday

Whether you’ve spent hours in line on Thanksgiving night – or you avoid holiday shopping like the plague – you’ve certainly heard of Black Friday. Every year, countless news stories, TV advertisements, and newspaper inserts find their way into your home, touting the deep discounts at major retailers. More recently, the creation of Cyber Monday… Continue Reading

Thanksgiving side dishes

Thanksgiving side dishes

Need to bring a side dish to Thanksgiving this year? The Food Network has developed 100+ Classic Thanksgiving Side Dish recipes. From mashed potatoes to green bean casserole to roasted vegetables, here are some options. Don’t be surprised if you’re asked for the recipe. Enjoy!! Dump-and-Bake Corn Casserole This Thanksgiving side dish couldn’t be easier.… Continue Reading

Hallmark Movies: Countdown to Christmas

Looking for a few films to put you in the spirit of the holidays and pull at your heart strings, check out some or all of the 40 brand-new movies being shown this year on the Hallmark Channel. This is the 10th anniversary of the Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas. The December schedule is listed… Continue Reading