The Sweet 16 reaches its conclusion Friday night.
Fans will see if the clock will strike midnight for the NCAA tournament's biggest Cinderella: Florida Gulf Coast. The Eagles are the first No. 15 seed to ever make the Sweet 16. They've been a joy to watch but may be overmatched against the Florida Gators.
With three other games, it's not the only intriguing game on the schedule. The deeper the tourney gets, the better the matchups get as you see top players and schools all facing off.
Here's the viewing info for Friday night's games and a quick preview of each.
*Note: All times and channels are courtesy of Sports Media Watch and game times are subject to change.
|Matchup||Time (p.m. ET)||TV|
|Mar. 29||No. 1 Louisville vs. No. 12 Oregon||7:15||CBS|
|Mar. 29||No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 4 Michigan||7:37||TBS|
|Mar. 29||No. 2 Duke vs. No. 3 Michigan State||9:45||CBS|
|Mar. 29||No. 3 Florida vs. No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast||10:07||TBS|
|Mar. 30||No. 4 Syracuse vs. No. 3 Marquette||4:20||CBS|
|Mar. 30||No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 9 Wichita State ||6:55||CBS|
|Mar. 31||Elite Eight||2:10||CBS|
|Mar. 31||Elite Eight||4:55||CBS|
|Apr. 6||Final Four||6:00||CBS|
|Apr. 6||Final Four||8:49||CBS|
|Apr. 8||National Championship||9:23||CBS|
A Look at Friday's Games
No. 1 Louisville Cardinals vs. No. 12 Oregon Ducks, 7:15 p.m. ET
This game may very well be the most fun to watch.
Louisville has been the strongest of the top seeds in the tournament. Oregon, despite being the 12th seed, has been a buzz saw in its first two games. The Ducks never looked like they had deserved their seeding and are demonstrating exactly why.
Russ Smith has looked fantastic so far, scoring 50 points in the Cardinals' first two games. If Oregon is going to get anywhere close, it will need to slow down Smith.
The winner of this game may very well be the Midwest Region's representative in the Final Four.
No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks vs. No. 4 Michigan Wolverines, 7:37 p.m. ET
Where has Ben McLemore gone and when is he coming back? The Kansas star has largely been absent in the Jayhawks' first two games. He only shot 2-of-5 for 11 points in the first win and failed to get a field goal in Kansas' victory over the North Carolina Tar Heels.
Thankfully for Bill Self, Jeff Withey has been dominating on both ends of the court. He's got 33 points, 22 rebounds and 12 blocks in the tourney.
Michigan will need Trey Burke to continue the progress he made against VCU in the Wolverines' 78-53 win. When he struggled against South Dakota State, the team could cover for him. It's not gonna happen this time around as the Jayhawks are a much tougher opponent than the Jackrabbits were.
No. 2 Duke vs. No. 3 Michigan State, 9:45 ET
Nothing like a game between two tournament heavyweights. In terms of history, there isn't a game bigger than this one during the Sweet 16. Not to mention seeing two of the greatest college basketball coaches ever—Tom Izzo and Mike Krzyzewski—trying to outfox the other.
This game could get a bit physical should Michigan State continue its strong play in the post. The Spartans have two very good interior players in Derrick Nix and Adreian Payne who can control the paint.
Should it come down to the guard play, Duke would get the advantage. The Blue Devils can rely on a strong scorer in Seth Curry to compliment Quinn Cook and Rasheed Sulaimon.
No. 3 Florida vs. No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast, 10:07 ET
It's appropriate this game will be the last of the night, as this is the game many are waiting for.
You can rest assured Billy Donovan won't let his players look past the Eagles. Florida Gulf Coast might have been able to take the Georgetown Hoyas by surprise, but it did not need that advantage against the San Diego State Aztecs.
The Eagles have relied on an electric offense that has thrilled fans across the country. Unfortunately for them, Florida has one of the best defenses in the country. The Gators are only giving up 53.8 points a game, third in the country.
If they can slow this game down, the Eagles will struggle to get going offensively.
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