Everything kicks off at 12:15 with No. 2 Ohio State taking on No. 10 Temple, before top seeds Indiana and Kansas both tip off after. The night ends at 9:40 p.m. with the Creighton Doug McDermotts taking on Duke.
Before we go any further, here’s the schedule:
No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 10 Iowa State, 12:15 p.m. (CBS)
No. 13 La Salle vs. No. 12 Ole Miss, 7:40 p.m. (TruTV)
No. 1 Indiana vs. No. 9 Temple, 2:45 p.m. (CBS)
No. 2 Miami vs. No. 7 Illinois, 8:40 p.m. (TNT)
No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 8 North Carolina, 5:15 p.m. (CBS)
No. 3 Florida vs. No. 11 Minnesota, 6:10 p.m. (TNT)
No. 7 San Diego State vs. No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast, 7:10 p.m. (TBS)
No. 2 Duke vs. No. 7 Creighton, 9:40 p.m. (TBS)
Here are some of today’s highlights:
South: No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 8 North Carolina, 5:15 p.m., CBS
The story lines will be Roy Williams facing his old school, but this is a compelling matchup on the court too. The Jayhawks are on upset alert after only beating Western Kentucky by seven points, and face a matchup challenge in the four-guard Tar Heels.
West: No. 12 Ole Miss vs. No. 13 La Salle, 7:40 p.m., TruTV
Marshall Henderson always delivers the excitement, but it was the remaining Rebels who helped them get past Oklahoma State in the first around. Look for Ramon Galloway to draw the defensive assignment. “He’s going to take his shots,” Galloway said, per the AP. “My thing is just making sure to contest every shot. Not to give him anything easy. But I’m not going to get caught up in the Ramon Galloway and the Henderson show. It’s about La Salle and Ole Miss.”
South: No. 3 Florida vs. No. 11 Minnesota, 6:10 p.m., TNT
The Golden Gophers handled a slipshod UCLA team on Friday night, and now turn their attention to the Gators, among the nation’s best defenses. Minnesota will need another total effort from Coach Tubby Smith’s talented cast to advance. Perhaps they’ve turned a corner at the right time, even though the Gophers haven’t won more than two straight since early January.
South: No. 7 San Diego State vs. No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast, 7:10 p.m., TBS
Of the six prior No. 15 seeds to win a first-round game, all six have lost in the next round. Five of those were by double digits. So what’s in store for the Eagles, this tournament’s darlings after dunking all over Georgetown on Friday night? Given their sheer athleticism, a Sweet Sixteen bid isn’t unthinkable at this stage. Of course, the college basketball world might explode if they do.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Creighton Jr. F Doug McDermott
If the Blue Jays hope to become just the second team this season to beat Duke with Ryan Kelly in the lineup, they’ll need an other-worldly effort from McDermott. Kelly and McDermott, former roommates at an Amar’e Stoudemire summer basketball camp, will likely be matched together on both ends. How will Kelly, a stretch-four, handle the interior defensive assignment? McDermott is averaging 23.1 points per game this season, including a 27-point, 11-rebound showing against Cincinnati in the first round.
Temple Sr. G Khalif Wyatt
Battling a left thumb injury throughout the opening round, the Atlantic 10 player of the year gets his biggest challenge yet in Victor Oladipo, the Big Ten’s defensive player of the year. Wyatt, whose X-rays came back negative, had a game-high 31 points in the opening round against North Carolina State, but will need to shoot better than 40.9 percent against the hyper-efficient and top-seeded Hoosiers.
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