Sweet 16 Schedule: Dates and Times for Thursday and Friday Matchups

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IMarch 26, 2013

Mar 24, 2013; Dayton, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes bench players celebrate after guard Aaron Craft (not pictured) makes the winning shot against the Iowa State Cyclones in the second half during the third round of the 2013 NCAA tournament at University of Dayton Arena. Ohio State defeated Iowa State 78-75.  Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports
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Leading up to the Sweet 16, the 2013 NCAA tournament has lived up to the hype that is March Madness.

Florida Gulf Coast became the first No. 15 seed in NCAA tournament history to advance to the Sweet 16 on Sunday. The Sweet 16 also features No. 13 seed La Salle and No. 12 seed Oregon.

Gonzaga, the No. 1 seed in the West region, has already been sent home early.

The top four seeds in the East region have all advanced, but they all pulled off nail-biters in the round of 32.

Here's a look at each Sweet 16 matchup on Thursday and Friday, complete with schedule information.

All stats via ESPN.com and TeamRankings.com.


Thursday, March 28

Miami-FL (2) vs. Marquette (3)

Where: Verizon Center, Washington, DC

When: 7:15 p.m. ET

Watch: CBS

After escaping with narrow wins over Davidson and Butler, Marquette may have to step it up offensively to defeat the Miami Hurricanes in the Sweet 16. The Hurricanes rank 37th in the nation in opponents' field-goal percentage.

 

Ohio State (2) vs. Arizona (6)

Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA

When: 7:47 p.m. ET

Watch: TBS

Arizona is not to be taken lightly. The Wildcats have an advantage on the glass against Ohio State and they have an electric offense led by senior guard Mark Lyons. Aaron Craft and Ohio State will once again have to play stingy defense to advance.

 

Indiana (1) vs. Syracuse (4)

Where: Verizon Center, Washington, DC

When: 9:45 p.m. ET

Watch: CBS

Which offense will show up for Indiana? That's the biggest question entering this Sweet 16 clash. When the Hoosiers are rolling on offense, it's hard for anybody to stop them. Even Syracuse. Then again, the Hoosiers have been inconsistent this season.

 

Wichita State (9) vs. La Salle (13)

Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA

When: 10:17 p.m. ET

Watch: TBS

Both Wichita State and La Salle have been very efficient on offense lately, whether it's dropping buckets or getting to the free-throw line. The difference for me is Wichita State's defense. The Shockers held Gonzaga to 36 percent shooting in the round of 32 upset. Opponents have shot under 40 percent against them this season.

 

Friday, March 29

Louisville (1) vs. Oregon (12)

Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN

When: 7:15 p.m. ET

Watch: CBS

Louisville is the better team on both sides of the ball in this matchup. What makes Oregon dangerous is the fact that the Ducks have been on a bit of a roll offensively. Their shooting percentage over the last three games would rank 36th in the country over the course of the 2012-2013 campaign. They shot 53 percent against defensive-minded Saint Louis in the round of 32.

 

Kansas (1) vs. Michigan (4)

Where: Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, TX

When: 7:37 p.m. ET

Watch: TBS

Michigan, led by star sophomore guard Trey Burke, has the potential on offense to keep up with Kansas. On the other side, center Jeff Withey leads a Jayhawks defense that outshines the Wolverines and also has the advantage on the glass.

 

Duke (2) vs. Michigan State (3)

Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN

When: 9:45 p.m. ET

Watch: CBS

This could shape up to be the best Sweet 16 matchup this year. Led by two tremendous coaches in Mike Krzyzewski and Tom Izzo, Duke and Michigan State have the ingredients to go deeper in the tournament. Duke—when hitting on all cylinders—can be a nightmare to defend.

Michigan State isn't bad on offense, either. The Spartans just shot 50 percent in their 70-48 victory over an athletic, rugged opponent in Memphis. In the end, I think Michigan State's defense and rebounding carry them to the Elite Eight.

 

Florida (3) vs. FGCU (15)

Where: Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, TX

When: 9:57 p.m. ET

Watch: TBS

Florida Gulf Coast has gone on a tremendous run, worthy of respect. That being said, Georgetown had troubles on offense all season and San Diego State simply didn't show up to play defense in the round of 32. Florida, on the other hand, has the balance on both sides of the ball to not only defeat FGCU, but win the national championship. The Gators also rank 28th in rebounding rate this season.

 

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