NCAA Tournament TV Schedule 2013: Where to Watch Key Players in Elite 8

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NCAA Tournament TV Schedule 2013: Where to Watch Key Players in Elite 8
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After Syracuse and Wichita State both booked their spots in the NCAA tournament's Final Four, our attention now turns to Sunday's Elite Eight games.

Duke and Louisville will clash in the Midwest Region, whilst Michigan and Florida will do battle in the South Region to see who will be going through to the Final Four. And with plenty of big names lining up for all four teams, it's shaping as a fascinating day of Elite Eight action.

Whose March Madness dream will live on for another week? 

Read on for a full TV schedule and viewing information for the Elite Eight, as well as the key players to watch for in March Madness this Sunday.

 

NCAA Tournament TV Schedule: Sunday, March 31, 2013

[4] Michigan vs. [3] Florida at 2:20 p.m. ET (CBS)

[2] Duke vs. [1] Louisville at 5:05 p.m. ET (CBS)

 

Alternative Viewing Information

If you can't make it to a TV, you can catch full coverage of both Elite Eight games (and other March Madness games) via NCAA.com's March Madness Live.

 

Top Players to Watch in Sunday's Elite Eight Action

Rasheed Sulaimon, G, Duke

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Against a strong defense like Louisville (ranked first in the country per KenPom.com), Duke must be smart and effective with the ball on offense—particularly outside, where its greatest strengths have been this season.

Seth Curry has been a prolific scorer and key player for the Blue Devils this year, but Rasheed Sulaimon has been the man to watch in the postseason.

His 21 points against Creighton were instrumental to the Blue Devils, and he'll need to have a similar performance if they're to knock off Louisville.

More importantly, Sulaimon must be effective with the ball in his hands and not allow the Cardinals defense a chance to force turnovers—something they've been good at this year but also something that the Duke guard should counteract.

Sulaimon hasn't turned the ball over in the tournament so far, and if he can score points in this one and continue to eliminate any turnovers, Duke will have a huge chance at knocking off the No. 1 seed.

 

Russ Smith, G, Louisville

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Few players can claim the dominance that Russ Smith has had in the postseason this year, with the Louisville guard lighting it up for the Cardinals so far. 

Smith has averaged 27 points per game and has created a number of turnovers also—making him a threat on both ends of the court.

The star guard has been kept under double figures just three times all season, but given his recent scoring success, it's hard to see that happening here.

In his last six games, Smith has averaged 23.2 points, 3.1 assists and 2.5 steals. He is arguably the most in-form player left in the tournament and one of the strongest players around the country—something he'll prove once more against the Blue Devils in this one.

Duke will have a tough time trying to limit his impact on either end of the court.

 

Trey Burke, G, Michigan

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Speaking of in-form guards who are making a claim to be the best player in the country, Trey Burke has also been on a tear lately for the Wolverines.

Burke nailed a huge game-tying three-pointer against Kansas, but it was his work before that to erase a 14-point deficit against the No. 1 seed that was most impressive on the night—not a somewhat ugly-looking 30-foot prayer that kept Michigan's season alive.

As important as that was for the Wolverines.

Burke is the catalyst and driving force behind Michigan's explosive offense, and its athleticism makes for a tough matchup in the Elite Eight.

The star guard is combining well once more with Tim Hardaway Jr. They will need to be at their best to beat one of the best defensive teams in the country, which, given their recent form and connection, seems like being a threat once more in the Elite Eight. 

 

Scottie Wilbekin, G, Florida

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Florida has a number of key players to watch for in the Elite Eight, but the presence of Scottie Wilbekin could be a game-changing factor for the Gators.

Wilbekin's ability to pressure Burke and force turnovers from the Wolverines star will be pertinent to Florida's chance of success in this one—much like it was against the streaking Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles.

In that game, the Gators guard forced FGCU's Brett Comer into nine turnovers thanks to some brilliant on-ball pressure around the perimeter. If he can bring that again against Burke and the Wolverines, then Florida will have its best chance at slowing down a potentially explosive offense.

The Gators have the skills required to beat Michigan if they can get enough stops on defense—meaning that Wilbekin has a huge role to play in this one.

 

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Follow all the exciting NCAA tournament action with March Madness Live.

 

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