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The Irish Pub is a favorite spot for watching NCAA tournament games. (PHOTO: The Irish Pub Facebook)

Where to watch your team in the NCAA tournament

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The 64-team NCAA tournament begins on Thursday. And, while there are no Milwaukee-area teams taking part in March Madness this year, there are two representing the state: Wisconsin and Green Bay.

Any bar that has a television will have the Badgers game against Pittsburgh on Friday evening at 5:50 p.m. (TNT). Most will also try to show Green Bay vs. Texas A&M, which starts at 6:20 p.m. on Friday (TBS). And, if you ask nicely, any bar will probably put on the game you want, especially if it's one featuring a local player.

Badgers and Phoenix fans need not worry about finding a place to watch the games with like-minded supporters.

But as provincial as we can sometimes be in Milwaukee, there are actually graduates and fans of other schools here, too. Where are they going to cheer on their team?

OnMilwaukee reached out to as many of the alumni associations of schools competing in the NCAA tournament as possible, especially those with local chapters, to try and find out where they will be congregating. About a dozen replied.

So if you want to experience the games with them – or avoid them all entirely (looking at you, Duke fans) – here's a guide to where some local alumni and fan groups will be watching their teams. (Note: We're leaving out Wisconsin, since almost every place in Milwaukee could be considered a Badgers bar; also, the Green Bay alumni association responded that "there's not really a single location in Milwaukee for Phoenix fans to gather.")

Team: Cincinnati
Bar: Jack's American Pub
Game info: No. 9 Cincinnati vs. No. 8 St. Joseph's at 8:57 p.m. on Friday (TRU)

Team: Gonzaga
Bar: Bar Louie - Bayshore
Game info: No. 11 Gonzaga vs. No. 6 Seton Hall at 8:57 p.m. on Thursday (TRU)

Team: Indiana
Bar: Jack's American Pub
Game info: No. 5 Indiana vs. No. 12 Chattanooga at 6:10 p.m. on Thursday (CBS)

Team: Iowa
Bar: Buffalo Wild Wings - Water Street (Note: BWW donates a portion of sales during Iowa game-watching events to the university)
Game info: No. 7 Iowa vs. No. 10 Temple at 2:10 p.m. on Friday (TRU)

Team: Iowa State
Bar: Camp Bar Tosa
Game info: No. 4 Iowa State vs. No. 13 Iona at 1 p.m. on Thursday (TBS)

Team: Kansas
Bar: The Irish Pub (Note: The Irish Pub has been supporting the University of Kansas Alumni Association – Milwaukee Chapter since 2007)
Game info: No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 16 Austin Peay at 3 p.m. on Thursday (TNT)

Team: Kentucky
Bar: Buffalo Wild Wings - Bayshore
Game info: No. 4 Kentucky vs. No. 13 Stony Brook at 8:40 p.m. on Thursday (CBS)

Team: Michigan
Bar: Oakcrest Tavern
Game info: No. 11 Michigan vs. No. 6 Notre Dame at 8:40 p.m. on Friday (CBS)

Team: Michigan State
Bar: The Irish Pub
Game info: No. 2 Michigan State vs. No. 15 Middle Tennessee State at 1:45 p.m. on Friday (CBS)

Team: Purdue
Bar: Points East Pub or Jack's American Pub
Game info: No. 5 Purdue vs. No. 12 Arkansas-Little Rock at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday (TBS)

Team: Virginia
Bar: Bar Louie - Bayshore
Game info: No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 16 Hampton at 2:10 p.m. on Thursday (TRU)

Team: Xavier
Bar: Fridays Front Row Miller Park
Game info: No. 2 Xavier vs. No. 15 Weber State at 8:20 p.m. on Friday (TNT)

Know of other establishments that are – officially or unofficially – hosting NCAA tournament watch parties for a particular team? Let us know in the comments!



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