Thursday's action is in the books, and there were a few close contests. Friday's schedule has its share of intriguing matchups that could produce even more nail-biters.
The games in Kansas City should be especially fun to watch. There will likely be at least six lottery picks from the 2013 NBA Draft in action, and I predict the national champion (Duke) will ultimately come from this group.
Here is a look at the complete schedule for Friday's action.
(All times are EST)
12:15 PM: (15) Albany vs (2) Duke, CBS
12:40 PM: (12) Ole Miss vs (5) Wisconsin, tru TV
1:40 PM: (9) Temple vs (8) North Carolina State, TBS
2:10 PM: (15) Pacific vs (2) Miami (FL), TNT
2:45 PM: (10) Cincinnati vs (7) Creighton, CBS
3:10 PM: (13) La Salle vs (4) Kansas State, tru TV
4:10 PM: (16) James Madison vs (1) Indiana, TBS
4:40 PM: (10) Colorado vs (7) Illinois, TNT
6:50 PM; (15) Florida Gulf Coast vs (2) Georgetown, TBS
7:15 PM: (15) Iona vs (2) Ohio State, CBS
7:20 PM: (9) Villanova vs (8) North Carolina, TNT
7:27 PM: (14) Northwestern State vs (3) Florida, tru TV
9:20 PM: (10) Oklahoma vs (7) San Diego State, TBS
9:45 PM: (10) Iowa State vs (7) Notre Dame, CBS
9:50 PM: (16) Western Kentucky vs (1) Kansas. TNT
9:57 PM: (11) Minnesota vs (6) UCLA*, tru TV
Best Matchups of the Day
(12) Ole Miss vs (5) Wisconsin
We've already seen one No. 12 seed knock off a No. 5 (Oregon over Oklahoma State), and I'm predicting we'll see another such upset in this one.
Ole Miss has been playing excellent basketball as of late. They rallied to win the SEC tournament and I see them coming out on top of this defensive struggle.
Wisconsin's defense is their calling card, but the Rebels haven't allowed any of their last four opponents to shoot over 42 percent from the field.
Marshall Henderson has been on fire, and he's averaging 20.1 points per game. He'll be the difference in a hard-fought game that sees the Rebels advance to the round of 32.
(10) Cincinnati vs (7) Creighton
Cincinnati is athletic and they really get after teams on defense. They are allowing just 58.8 points per game this season, but can they contain one of the nation's best offensive players in Doug McDermott?
The junior is averaging 23.1 points per game, and he'll be looking to lead Creighton to the next round.
Cincinnati has their own prime-time scorer in Sean Kilpatrick, who is averaging 16.9 points per game. Seeing these two players battle will be a treat.
(11) Minnesota vs (6) UCLA
The Minnesota Golden Gophers may be the lower seed here, but they match up well with UCLA. The Gophers have long and athletic defenders like Rodney Williams and Trevor Mbakwe to protect the rim, and they contest the passing lanes well.
They should give Shabazz Muhammad and Kyle Anderson issues on offense.
Minnesota is more athletic than the Bruins man-for-man, and I like their chemistry. I'm predicting this will be the final game for Muhammad in college, as he seems likely to bolt for the NBA Draft as an almost certain lottery pick.