NCAA Bracket 2013: Updated Dates and Times for All Sweet 16 Games

Jeremy FuchsCorrespondent IIIMarch 25, 2013

LEXINGTON, KY - MARCH 23: Vander Blue #13 of the Marquette Golden Eagles drives and is fouled by Rotnei Clarke #15 of the Butler Bulldogs in the second half during the third round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Rupp Arena on March 23, 2013 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The NCAA bracket 2013 is now in the Sweet 16, so it's time to update the dates and times for this round's slate of games.

The tournament has been terrific, as always, with an incredible amount of upsets and last-minute drama.

Which games in the Sweet 16 will bring the most excitement and you glued to your TV?

Read on to find out.


Marquette vs. Miami

Thursday, March 28

7:15 p.m. ET


Marquette has narrowly escaped its first two games, but the cardiac kids are still alive and kicking. They'll take on a Miami team that features a stellar point guard in Shane Larkin, who has scored or assisted on 47 percent of Miami's points in the first two tournament games.

Vander Blue has scored 45 points in the tournament for Marquette, including the game-winner in the second round against Davidson. The more Blue scores, the better chance Marquette has to win.

That said, Larkin and Durand Scott have formed a dynamic duo in the backcourt for the Hurricanes and Marquette has struggled against guards, giving up 24 points to Butler's Rotnei Clarke.

It will be a great matchup between two teams with great guard play, but Miami, with its two top guards, should edge out a victory.


Arizona vs. Ohio State

Thursday, March 28

7:47 p.m. ET


After a game-winning three-pointer against Iowa State, Aaron Craft and the Buckeyes will look to take advantage of a busted West region to make the Elite Eight.

Arizona has been dominant in its two wins, outscoring its opponents by a combined 40 points.

Ohio State has a tough defense and will need it to stop Mark Lyons, the senior guard who has scored 50 points so far in the tournament. That said, Ohio State is a turnover-causing machine and is 15-1 in games where it scores at least 15 points off turnovers.

Arizona's 47th-ranked offense will need to come up big against the stifling defense of the Buckeyes. If they can consistently hit shots—they shoot 37 percent from three—then they have a chance.

But the Buckeyes defense is just too good, and they should win this one handily.


Syracuse vs. Indiana

Thursday, March 28

After conclusion of Marquette vs. Miami


Indiana survived a nail-biter against Temple, and it was through star Victor Oladipo that the Hoosiers pulled out the victory.

Syracuse has had a bit of an easier time, beating Montana by 47 points and holding California to just 19 percent shooting from three.

C.J. Fair will need to come up big against the tough defense of Oladipo, and they will need their zone to hold up against Oladipo's 44 percent shooting from distance.

If Syracuse can stop Oladipo, it will have a chance. But good three-point shooting is a zone-buster, and Oladipo's and the team's overall 40 percent shooting will lead them to victory.


La Salle vs. Wichita State

Thursday, March 28

After conclusion of Arizona vs. Ohio State


It's the surprise matchup of the tournament. Wichita State knocked off top-seeded Gonzaga, while La Salle has won three games to reach the Sweet 16.

Wichita State has been led by Ron Butler, who scored 16 points, had six rebounds, four assists, a steal and shot 4-of-6 from three. Of course, their appearance is the Sweet 16 is really surprising, giving that they lost six Missouri Valley Conference games.

La Salle is perhaps even more surprising. The 13th-seeded Explorers are in their first Sweet 16—the last time La Salle went this far, the Sweet 16 didn't exist. Tyrone Garland scored a layup with two seconds left to lift La Salle over Ole Miss.

Wichita State plays great defense, but it will have a tough time handling Ramon Galloway (who averages 17.4 points per game), Tyreek Duren (who averages 14.4) and Tyrone Garland (who averages 13 points per game).

Unless the three players go cold, look for La Salle to continue its surprising run and make a trip to the Elite Eight.


Oregon vs. Louisville

Friday, March 29

7:15 p.m. ET


The upstart Oregon Ducks are looking to continue their tournament domination against Louisville. Louisville, the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament, has completely overwhelmed its first two opponents, but gets its first real test in Oregon.

Despite being a No. 12 seed, Oregon is playing like a team that can win a championship. They are getting great scoring from Daymean Thomas, who has 40 points in his first two games, and tremendous rebounding from Arsalan Kazemi, who has 33 boards.

Louisville has gotten great play from Russ Smith, who has scored 50 points in his first two games.

The Ducks will need to find a way to stop Smith, who is the key cog for the Cardinals. That task will fall to Dominic Artis, who held Oklahoma State point guard Marcus Smart to just 14 points.

While Oregon is exciting, Louisville is too well-rounded and Smith has been simply unstoppable thus far. Look for them to win pretty easily. 


Kansas vs. Michigan

Friday, March 29

7:37 p.m. ET


Michigan has dominated its opponents by a combined 40 points, while Kansas has had a tough time with 16th-seeded Western Kentucky and needed a strong second half to escape North Carolina. 

Michigan has a high-flying offense led by Trey Burke and his 19 points per game. They shoot 48 percent from the field, which is ninth best in the country.

Kansas is led by stud freshman Ben McLemore, who averages 16.4 points per game, and big man Jeff Withey, who averages 13.8 points per game, 8.5 rebounds and nearly four blocks per game.

The Wolverines have no one who can matchup with Withey, and they will get pounded on the glass by the 16th-best rebounding team in Kansas. 

It might be a struggle for Michigan, who will be unable to get many second chances.


Michigan State vs. Duke

Friday, March 29

After conclusion of Oregon vs. Louisville


These two perennial powerhouses will square off for a chance to reach the Elite Eight.

Both teams have won their first two games fairly convincingly. Duke has the sixth-best offense in the country, led by Mason Plumlee, who averages 17.2 points per game, and Seth Curry, who averages 17.

Michigan State is a load to handle on the glass, where it brings down 37.3 boards per game, which is 50th best in the country.

The Spartans will have to find a way to stop either Plumlee or Curry. If both go off, it will be a long day. However, if they can shut down one, they'll have an easier chance.

The best strategy for Michigan State is to go after Curry. Junior guard Keith Appling is a solid defender and he'll have a chance to contest Curry.

That said, Curry and Plumlee are going to be just too much for the Spartans to handle, and Duke should come away with the victory.


Florida Gulf Coast vs. Florida

Friday, March 29

After conclusion of Kansas vs. Michigan


If anyone had Florida Gulf Coast in their Sweet 16, they're lying. Heck, if anyone had them in the third round, they're probably lying as well.

Florida Gulf Coast is the darling of the tournament, as the No. 15 seed has shocked Georgetown and San Diego State. They are the first No. 15 seed to make the Sweet 16.

They've relied on scoring from Sherwood Brown, who averages 15.6 points per game, and strong passing from Brett Comer, who averages 6.6 assists per game.

The Florida Gators have had a very easy time in the tournament so far, beating Northwestern State by 32 and Minnesota by 14.

They are led by a strong defense and a well-balanced offensive attack, featuring Erik Murphy and Kenny Boynton.

Will the slipper still fit for Florida Gulf Coast? It seems like the Cinderella ride might end. They won't be able to get as many open looks against the tough Florida defense, and they will have their hands full with the Gators' high-octane attack.



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