And then there were 24. Half of the Sweet 16 field is set. The other half gets determined today. Thursday's UPSETMANIA set up some oddball match-ups, like #11 UCLA vs #14 UAB, but Friday's near-scratch day has set up far more conventional match-ups -- but some very fascinating ones. Virginia-Michigan State is a rematch from the NCAA Tournament a year ago (and one of the better games in the tournament, too), while Kansas-Wichita State is a delicious intra-state showdown that is rarely ever played (to the chagrin of Wichita State and their fans). Oregon-Wisconsin matches two very potent offenses (who play at very different tempos), while UNI-Louisville pits one of the nation's best offenses (UNI) against one of the nation's top defenses (Louisville). Oh, and there's that little Gonzaga-Iowa game, too... although we'll have a separate game thread for that, of course.
Here's your schedule (all times CT):
|#2 Virginia||VS||#7 Michigan State||CBS||11:10 AM|
|#1 Duke||VS||#8 San Diego State||CBS||1:45 PM|
|#2 Kansas||VS||#7 Wichita State||CBS||4:15 PM|
|#3 Oklahoma||VS||#11 Dayton||TNT||5:10 PM|
|#2 Gonzaga||VS||#7 Iowa||TBS||6:10 PM|
|#1 Wisconsin||VS||#8 Oregon||truTV||6:45 PM|
|#4 Maryland||VS||#5 West Virginia||TNT||7:40 PM|
|#4 Louisville||VS||#5 UNI||TBS||8:40 PM
If you're not near a TV, you can stream the games through March Madness Live.
The usual rules apply.