Good news for Syracuse Orange basketball fans who have a high definition television, or at least access to one.
The NCAA announced the field of 68 for the 2011 tournament on Sunday night, and 'first round' play got underway Tuesday. The Syracuse Orange are a #3 seed in the East Region. The team will take on the #14 seed, Indiana State, in Cleveland, Ohio on Friday at approximately 10:00 p.m. eastern time.
Should Syracuse defeat the Sycamores (the alma mater of NBA legend Larry Bird) they will meet the winner of the #6 seed Xavier and the #11 seed Marquette. It's a very unique draw for the Orange, because it could meet a Big East foe in the second round of the tournament. Marquette beat SU 76-70 back in January.
Friday night's game will be broadcast on truTV. It is the second game of the evening and will be played after the Marquette/Xavier game, which is slated for a 7:27 tipoff. This is the first year of a new television contract where all games will be shown in their entirety on one of four networks - CBS, TNT, TBS, and truTV.
We checked around to see where you can find truTV in Central New York.
If you have basic cable with Time Warner, you're out of luck. It won't be available to you. All other Time Warner customers can see the game in standard definition on channels 52 and 91. Time Warner also announced Wednesday afternoon that it will carry the game in high definition on channel 884.
truTV can be found on Verzion FiOS TV Channels 683 in high definition and 183 in standard definition, beginning Wednesday.
DirecTV customers can see standard definition games on channel 246. HD games will be available on 246-1, but no other programming will be in HD.
Finally, on Dish Network, you can watch truTV on channel 204.
The channel is available only on cable and satellite systems, not over the air. However, the games will be available for free online here.
Here is the complete broadcast schedule for this week's action.
Should SU win its first two games, the next two rounds would be even closer to home. The East Region Sweet 16 and Elite 8 games will be held at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.