NCAA Tournament TV Schedule 2013: Where to Watch Friday's Exciting Matchups

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NCAA Tournament TV Schedule 2013: Where to Watch Friday's Exciting Matchups
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The NCAA tournament is just about half-way over, but there are still plenty of thrilling games left to watch. 

Four teams have already earned spots in the Elite Eight, and the rest of the round will be set by the end of the day on Friday.

In the second set of Sweet 16 games, fans get a chance to see some of the top basketball programs in recent history. Kansas, Duke, Michigan State, Florida and Louisville are among the most successful teams of the past decade. 

On the other end of the spectrum is Florida Gulf Coast, which won its first two NCAA tournament games last week.

There are some great storylines on Friday, so make sure not to miss a second of the action.

 

Bracket

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Full Schedule (per NCAA.com)

Matchup

Date

Start Time

TV

(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

 

Predictions

No. 12 Oregon vs. No. 1 Louisville

Oregon has shown that it is better than a No. 12 seed, but the Ducks are still not good enough to beat the No. 1 overall seed in this tournament.

Louisville is simply too good defensively for Oregon to excel in this matchup. The Cardinals will force a huge amount of turnovers in their full-court press, and the young backcourt will struggle. 

With Peyton Siva and Russ Smith running the offense, Louisville should move on to the next round.

Louisville 72, Oregon 59

 

No. 4 Michigan vs. No. 1 Kansas

Kansas has a lot of veteran leadership to carry the squad into the Final Four, but this game will come down to backcourt play.

Michigan's Trey Burke is arguably the best point guard in the country and he has the ability to carry his squad to victory against elite teams. Alongside him is a group of talented scorers including Tim Hardaway Jr. and Glenn Robinson III.

Meanwhile, the Jayhawks have gotten inconsistent play out of Elijah Johnson and Ben McLemore in recent weeks, and that will cause problems in this game.

Michigan 76, Kansas 73

 

No. 3 Michigan State vs. No. 2 Duke 

These are two extremely well-coached teams that do not make many mistakes, which will lead to a low-scoring game.

Michigan State and Duke are both very good at guarding the perimeter. This will make things very tough for shooters to get off easy shots from behind the three-point arc.

The difference, however, is that the Blue Devils are much more reliant on the outside shot to get points. Michigan State is much better at getting into the lane and scoring points in the paint.

This will allow the Spartans to do enough to get the win.

Michigan State 62, Duke 60

 

No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast vs. No. 3 Florida

While most of America would love to see Florida Gulf Coast continue to stay alive in March Madness, it seems like this will be the end of the road for the Eagles.

They have beaten good defenses in the first couple of rounds, but they are yet to face an offense as good as Florida's. The Gators have five players that average nine points per game or more, and any one of them is capable of going off for a huge day.

In addition, Florida plays efficiently by avoiding turnovers and taking good shots. This will prevent Florida Gulf Coast from getting fast-break points like it did in the last two games.

It would be fun to watch "Dunk City" stick around for a little longer, but this run is likely over.

Florida 81, Florida Gulf Coast 70

 

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