If you're looking for record-breaking performances, history-making wins and individual stars carrying their teams to victory, then the final 15 games of the 2013 NCAA tournament are must-see TV for you over the next two weeks.
The Sweet 16 features three seeds lower than No. 12 for the first time in the 38-year existence of having at least 64 tournament teams. It also features three No. 1 seeds, as Indiana, Louisville and Kansas survived the first three rounds of March Madness.
All that could change after Thursday and Friday's games, especially with the field more unpredictable than ever before. Florida Gulf Coast has already made history as the first-ever No. 15 seed to reach the Sweet 16, and every win going forward will be another record-breaking mark for Dunk City.
Elsewhere, the Big Ten has exactly a fourth of the 16 teams still alive, as Michigan State, Michigan and Ohio State join the Hoosiers in a quest for tournament dominance.
It should be an exciting four days in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Arlington and Indianapolis. Check out our complete TV listing below to see where to catch the Sweet 16 (and beyond) over the weekend, as well as a preview and prediction for Thursday and Friday's games.
Note: All times are approximate and Eastern Time. Times and matchups for the Elite Eight, Final Four and National Championship will not be decided until the results of the Sweet 16 and beyond. For a complete look at the tournament bracket, check out Bleacher Report's updated PDF.
|SWEET 16 TV Schedule|
|Mar. 28 ||No. 3 Marquette vs. No. 2 Miami (FL)||7:15||CBS||Washington, D.C.|
|Mar. 28||No. 6 Arizona vs. No. 2 Ohio St.||7:47||TBS||Los Angeles, Cal.|
|Mar. 28||No. 1 Indiana vs. No. 4 Syracuse||9:45||CBS||Washington, D.C.|
|Mar. 28||No. 9 Wichita St. vs. No. 13 La Salle||10:17||TBS||Los Angeles, Cal.|
|Mar. 29||No. 1 Louisville vs. No. 12 Oregon||7:15||CBS||Indianapolis, Ind.|
|Mar. 29||No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 4 Michigan||7:37||TBS||Arlington, Texas|
|Mar. 29||No. 3 Michigan St. vs. No. 2 Duke||9:45||CBS||Indianapolis, Ind.|
|Mar. 29||No. 3 Florida vs. No. 15 FGCU||9:57||TBS||Arlington, Texas|
|ELITE EIGHT TV SCHEDULE|
|Mar. 30||Marq/Miami vs. Ind/Cuse||4:20||CBS||Washington, D.C.|
|Mar. 30 ||Zona/Ohio St. vs. WSU/La Salle ||6:55 ||CBS ||Los Angeles, Cal. |
|Mar. 31||Lou/Oregon vs. Mich St./Duke ||2:10 ||CBS ||Indianapolis, Ind. |
|Mar. 31 ||Kansas/Mich vs. Florida/FGCU ||4:50 ||CBS ||Arlington, Texas |
|FINAL FOUR TV SCHEDULE|
|Apr. 6 ||TBA ||6:00 ||CBS ||Atlanta, Ga.|
|Apr. 6||TBA||8:49 ||CBS ||Atlanta, Ga. |
|2013 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME|
|Apr. 8||TBA||9:23 ||CBS ||Atlanta, Ga. |
Sweet 16 Preview
When it's all said and done, this could be the year of the upset.
All three of the seeds lower than No. 12 (Oregon, La Salle and Florida Gulf Coast) have a shot to make it to the Elite Eight, although the road is going to be tough as Oregon gets Big East champ Louisville and Florida Gulf Coast must contend with the SEC's regular season champ, Florida.
The La Salle/Wichita State game could quietly be the best game of the bunch. La Salle's four-guard attack, led by Ramon Galloway and Tyrone Garland, has created problems in all three of the Explorers' wins. By comparison, the Shockers have won two games by dominating the glass and playing an unselfish style of ball on offense, and have the tools to shut anyone down.
In the South region, Kansas and Michigan will play in a game that should feature at least six (maybe more) future NBA stars. Trey Burke headlines a Michigan roster that includes NBA blood-liners Glenn Robinson III and Tim Hardaway Jr., while Kansas might have the No. 1 pick in shooting guard Ben McLemore.
The South also features the FGCU Eagles, better known as "Dunk City" by most, try to knock off in-state opponent Florida. The Eagles have been crashing the rim in wins over Georgetown and San Diego State, but will have to contend with a talented Florida squad to make history again.
If you're a fan of the traditional college basketball teams, No. 3 Michigan State taking on No. 2 Duke and No. 1 Indiana taking on No. 4 Syracuse should have you drooling.
The Spartans come in hot after beating a very physically gifted Memphis team, while Duke took Creighton's best shot and hung on in the round of 32. In the other matchup, we'll see if Christian Watford, Jordan Hicks and Will Sheehey can make Syracuse's 2-3 zone ineffective on Thursday night. If not, the Orange have the tools on offense to make Indiana's life miserable.
No. 2 Miami will be without key role player Reggie Johnson against No. 3 Marquette, a troubling factoid when facing a Marquette team that withstood two mid-major upset bids (Davidson and Butler) in close ballgames.
No. 2 Ohio State will try to keep its winning streak alive against No. 6 Arizona, the latter of which has completely dominated two tournament games so far. However, this will be Arizona's first test against a big-conference team in the tournament, and Ohio State is as tough as ever with Aaron Craft and Deshaun Thomas in tow.
Finally, Louisville and Oregon will square off in what could be one of the most fast and furious games in tournament history. Louisville leads the tournament in steals with 31, while Oregon isn't far behind with 18. Turnovers and discipline will be key for both teams, as will playing under control in the right moments—call it "controlled fury," if you will.
The Sweet 16 is always a chance for the cream of the crop to shine—and the posers to come forward. Don't miss any of the action as it bleeds into the Elite Eight over the weekend.
Predictions for Elite Eight
Midwest: No. 1 Louisville vs. No. 2 Duke
East: No. 4 Syracuse vs. No. 2 Miami
West: No. 13 La Salle vs. No. 2 Ohio State
South: No. 4 Michigan vs. No. 3 Florida
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