NCAA Tournament Open Thread: Friday Night Sweet 16 Action

Yes, I will be watching your game, Harrison Barnes. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
* #2 North Carolina vs. #11 Marquette; 6:15pm; CBS; Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg
* #1 Kansas vs. #12 Richmond; 6:27pm; TBS; Marv Albert, Steve Kerr
* #1 Ohio State vs. #4 Kentucky; 8:45pm; CBS; Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg
* #10 Florida State vs. #11 VCU; 8:57pm; TBS; Marv Albert, Steve Kerr

And so begins the last night featuring overlapping game action; after this if we get stuck with a shitty game, it's off to that Rocky marathon on Spike or the next Sharktopus spectacle on SyFy.  So it goes.  On paper, the opening games tonight look pretty damn lopsided -- 2 vs. 11, 1 vs. 12 -- but this tournament is already well on its way to total lunacy, so why couldn't we have a Richmond-VCU match-up in the Elite 8 on Sunday?  The 804 is representin' this month. 

The most interesting game (on paper) looks like OSU-Kentucky; the Buckeyes have looked like an absolute juggernaut through their first two games of the tournament, but Kentucky is a big step up from George Mason and UT-San Antonio.  Kentucky was one of the teams that seemed a little underseeded coming into the tourney; they had a shaky outing against Princeton in their opener, then got by West Virginia in the next round.  But they have some solid scalps on their resume (Washington, Notre Dame, two wins over Florida) and they have the athletes to match up with Ohio State. 

The usual rules of open threading apply: no porn, no illegal online streams, no slurs, no politics, no religion, etc.

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