2019 March Madness predictions, NCAA Tournament bracket picks: Expert analysis for first round on Friday

The March Madness action kicked into full swing on Thursday with 2019 NCAA Tournament  first-round action. There were some intriguing outcomes within the first full slate of games, though not much of the madness that we expect. Thankfully, the first-round continues on Friday as 16 more games are on deck. 

Most of the spreads and lines are pretty tight as games get set for tip off, with three 8 vs. 9 matchups and more possible Cinderellas starting their tournament on Friday.

Want to get way ahead in March? Check out SportsLine's computer picks, from a model that simulates every game 10,000 times and picked a bracket that would have beaten 95 percent of entries last year.

You will have the opportunity to increase your lead -- or catch up -- in your bracket pool and cash some tickets along the way. Our CBS Sports experts have picked all 16 of Friday's games both against the spread and straight up so you can get started on the road to the March of your dreams.

If you're looking for a full March Madness schedule with tip times, TV assignments and live streaming options, you can find all of that right here. No more wasting time -- let's get to it!

(10) Iowa vs. (7) Cincinnati

(9) Oklahoma vs. (8) Ole Miss

(14) Northern Kentucky vs. (3) Texas Tech   

(13) UC Irvine vs. (4) Kansas State 

(15) Colgate vs. (2) Tennessee 

(16) Gardner-Webb vs. (1) Virginia

(11) Arizona State vs. (6) Buffalo

(12) Oregon vs. (5) Wisconsin 

(9) Washington vs. (8) Utah State 

(16) North Dakota State vs. (1) Duke 

(14) Georgia State vs. (3) Houston 

(12) Liberty vs. (5) Mississippi State 

(16) Iona vs. (1) North Carolina 

(9) UCF vs. (8) VCU   

(11) Ohio State vs. (6) Iowa State

(13) Saint Louis vs. (4) Virginia Tech   

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