NCAA Tournament Schedule 2013: Where to Watch Best Sweet 16 Matchups

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NCAA Tournament Schedule 2013: Where to Watch Best Sweet 16 Matchups
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The first weekend of the NCAA tournament features the most action, but the best basketball is still to come. 

In the Sweet 16, fans are treated to some elite matchups between historic programs, veteran coaches and future NBA players. However, we can still watch a team like No. 15 seed Florida Gulf Coast look to extend its miracle run into the Elite Eight and beyond. 

Additionally, there are fewer games to focus on, so you are not forced to choose between four games that are on at one time.

Here is a look at the upcoming March Madness schedule, which features some intriguing Sweet 16 games. 

 

Bracket

Follow along with Bleacher Report's live bracket. For a printable bracket, click here.

 

Full Schedule (per NCAA.com)

Matchup

Date

Start Time

TV

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

Thursday, Mar. 28

7:15 p.m.

CBS

(6) Arizona vs. (2) Ohio State

Thursday, Mar. 28

7:47 p.m.

TBS

(4) Syracuse vs. (1) Indiana

Thursday, Mar. 28 

9:45 p.m.

CBS

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

Thursday, Mar. 28 

10:17 p.m.

TBS

(12) Oregon vs. (1) Louisville

Friday, Mar. 29

7:15 p.m.

CBS

(4) Michigan vs. (1) Kansas

Friday, Mar. 29 

7:37 p.m.

TBS

(3) Michigan State vs. (2) Duke

Friday, Mar. 29 

9:45 p.m.

CBS

(15) Florida Gulf Coast vs. (3) Florida

Friday, Mar. 29 

10:07 p.m.

TBS

 

No. 2 Duke vs. No. 3 Michigan State

Usually at this time of the year, you can assume that Tom Izzo will simply have his Michigan State squad more prepared than his opponent. With six Final Four appearances since 1999, that is not a wrong assumption.

However, he is going against Duke and Mike Krzyzewski, one of the few coaches with more tournament success than Izzo.

Both teams have excelled past their natural talent this due to great coaching and the ability to be at the right spot at the right time.

Of course, that is not to say that these teams lack talent. The Blue Devils feature some of the best three-point shooters in the country surrounding potential NBA lottery pick Mason Plumlee.

Meanwhile, the Spartans have a lot of skill and athleticism between Keith Appling, Gary Harris and Derrick Nix. 

The difference in this game is how the teams can score points. Both sides are very good at defending the perimeter, but Michigan State can score more easily inside. That should be enough to get the win.

 

No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 4 Michigan

Michigan showed last week that it can handle a tough defense by beating VCU 78-53. Unfortunately, things get even tougher in the next game against Kansas.

Trey Burke and company will have to face the No. 1 team in the country in opponent field-goal percentage, full of athletic defenders at every position. If any of the players are able to get into the lane, they will still have to face Jeff Withey, who finished third in the nation with 3.8 blocks per game.

Offensively, Kansas has a big size advantage, plus potential No. 1 overall draft pick Ben McLemore, who can get points as well as anyone in the country. 

Still, this does not mean Michigan should just quit now. The Wolverines have number of great shooters who can help overcome the defense, as well as an advantage in quickness in the backcourt.

Additionally, both McLemore and Elijah Johnson have struggled for the Jayhawks lately, which could lead to offensive lulls. 

Either way, this should be a fun one to watch.

 

No. 1 Indiana vs. No. 4 Syracuse

Two very contrasting styles will be on display in this battle.

Syracuse exclusively defends with a 2-3 zone that features some of the longest and most athletic players in the country. The backcourt of Yogi Ferrell and Jordan Hulls will struggle to see past the 6'6" Michael Carter-Williams.

Then again, Indiana is one of the best three-point shooting teams in the country, and the Hoosiers have the ability to get off plenty of deep looks at the basket.

On the other end, Indiana plays very tight man-to-man defense led by Victor Oladipo. The athletic junior can defend almost any guard in the country, and he can prevent the Orange players from getting into the lane.

It will be up to James Southerland and C.J. Fair to use their height to get shots off throughout the game for the Orange to score points.

Finally, these two teams rank among the top 25 in the nation in rebounds per game, but whoever can do the better job on the boards will have a huge advantage in this one.

 

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