Sweet 16 Schedule: When to Watch Potential NBA Lottery Picks

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistMarch 28, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 16:  Michael Carter-Williams #1 of the Syracuse Orange brings the ball up court in the first half against the Louisville Cardinals during the final of the Big East Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 16, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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College basketball fans are not the only ones who can enjoy the Sweet 16. NBA fans can also watch the league's future stars who will be on display over the next two weeks.

Although Kentucky missed the NCAA tournament, leaving out a number of talented prospects, and Shabazz Muhammad of UCLA was knocked out early, there are plenty of big-time players still alive.

Of course, they will not all be around for much longer, so make sure to watch every minute of the action you can.



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Full Schedule (per NCAA.com)



Start Time


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

Thursday, Mar. 28

7:15 p.m.


(6) Arizona vs. (2) Ohio State

Thursday, Mar. 28

7:47 p.m.


(4) Syracuse vs. (1) Indiana

Thursday, Mar. 28 

9:45 p.m.


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

Thursday, Mar. 28 

10:17 p.m.


(12) Oregon vs. (1) Louisville

Friday, Mar. 29

7:15 p.m.


(4) Michigan vs. (1) Kansas

Friday, Mar. 29 

7:37 p.m.


(3) Michigan State vs. (2) Duke

Friday, Mar. 29 

9:45 p.m.


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

Friday, Mar. 29 

10:07 p.m.



Kansas vs. Michigan

Players to Watch: Ben McLemore, Jeff Withey, Trey Burke, Glenn Robinson III

People looking for huge performances out of Ben McLemore have been disappointed so far in the NCAA tournament. The potential No. 1 overall pick is known for his pure scoring ability, but that has not been on display through two games.

The guard has scored only 13 points combined on 2-of-14 shooting from the field. Hopefully, he will be able to end his slump soon in order to lead Kansas to victory.

If he continues his struggles, it will be up to Jeff Withey to take over for the Jayhawks. The big man is one of the best interior defenders in the country and will be able to play in an NBA rotation right away next season.

On the other side, Michigan has a balance between a player with high potential and another who is pro-ready.

Trey Burke is one of the best point guards in the nation and can carry his team to victory all by himself. However, he also has help from Glenn Robinson III, who has an incredibly high ceiling with his athleticism and versatility on both ends of the floor.

Between these players, someone is certain to have a big day.


Indiana vs. Syracuse

Players to Watch: Victor Oladipo, Cody Zeller, Michael Carter-Williams

It is not always big scoring numbers that wow NBA scouts. Victor Oladipo only averages 13.6 points per game, but he has been climbing draft boards based mostly on his elite defensive ability.

He has also been efficient all season, shooting 43.3 percent from three-point range and 59.4 percent overall. 

Cody Zeller also avoids bad shots and makes 57.1 percent of field-goal attempts. He runs the floor incredibly well for a 7'0" player and can finish around the rim as well as anyone entering the draft.

While Syracuse's Michael Carter-Williams has not been nearly as efficient as the Indiana players, he has impressed with his vision, as he finished third in the NCAA with 7.7 assists per game.

The point guard also has great size at 6'6" and should be able to continue his style of play at the next level.


Duke vs. Michigan State

Players to Watch: Mason Plumlee, Gary Harris

These two veteran teams feature mostly players who are better suited for the college game, but there will still be some NBA talent on the floor.

Gary Harris showed his potential in Michigan State's last game against Memphis. The guard scored 23 points in the win, shooting well from outside and being a part of a great defensive effort against a solid opponent.

While the freshman has not always been the focal point of a veteran team, he has shown plenty of ability during the year to make him worthy of a lottery pick.

Mason Plumlee should also be selected early in the draft thanks to his ability rebound and score close to the basket. While does not have a wide skill set, the things he does well will keep him in the NBA for a long time.


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