So the first day of the Sweet Sixteen wasn't too bad, eh? So far, we know two Elite Eight matchups: the Midwest final is between Kentucky and Notre Dame, while Wisconsin and Arizona will play for the title in the West.
Today is the second day of the Sweet Sixteen, and we will find out which teams will play in the finals in the South and East. Here is the TV info for tonight's games:
No. 11 UCLA vs. No. 2 Gonzaga
|South||7:15 P.M. EST||CBS||NRG Stadium (Houston, TX)|
|No. 8 NC State vs. No. 4 Louisville||East||7:37 P.M. EST||TBS||Carrier Dome (Syracuse, NY)|
|No. 5 Utah vs. No. 1 Duke||South||9:45 P.M. EST||CBS||NRG Stadium (Houston, TX)|
|No. 7 Michigan State vs. No. 3 Oklahoma||East||10:07 P.M. EST||TBS||Carrier Dome (Syracuse, NY)|
And now, as a person with sports opinions on the Internet, I give you my 100 percent accurate picks:
- Shouts to UCLA. They probably shouldn't have made the field but they've made the most of it. Gonzaga should probably beat them, though. Watch this for the coaching matchup March Mark Few vs. March Steve Alford. It is like watching a movable force vs. a stoppable object. At least one of them will run out of time outs by the seven minute mark of the second half and will forget this and call time outs anyway. Said coach will also be shirtless while doing this.
- NCST/L'Ville tickles me. NC State beat Louisville at Louisville earlier this year. However, this just seems like one of those games where Rick Pitino puts on a coaching clinic, no? I have no idea. I'll take the Cardinals behind a big game from Wayne Blackshear. I have zero confidence in this pick.
- Like any sane human, I want Utah to win. However, Jahlil Okafor is unfathomably good and Justise Winslow is playing the way we all wish Ross Travis played. Delon Wright and Jakob Poeltl will have big games -- especially Wright, who is a warrior -- but Duke wins comfortably.
- Oklahoma is a really solid team, but Tom Izzo is Tom Izzo-ing. I'll take Sparty.
Per usual, if you can't watch the games on the television for whatever reason, you can check out the official NCAA March Madness Live app on your mobile device or your computer.
Here's your open thread for tonight's action. Follow all the usual open thread rules and feel free to talk hoops this evening.