NCAA Tournament Schedule 2014: Intriguing Second-Round Games to Watch

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NCAA Tournament Schedule 2014: Intriguing Second-Round Games to Watch
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Let's face it: You're watching all the games.

The Thursday and Friday that play host to the 32 games of the NCAA tournament's second round are quite possibly the two greatest days ever and most college basketball fans will take the chance to sit down and watch basketball for about 48 straight hourswith a slight break in between.

If for some reason you hate fun or won't be able catch all of the action, though, here's a look at some of the more intriguing early matchups in terms of style of play.

 

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Schedule

NCAA 2014 Tournament Schedule
Date 1st Round Time (ET) TV Live Stream
Tue, March 18 (16) Albany vs. (16) Mt. St. Mary's 6:40 p.m. truTV March Madness Live
Tue, March 18 (12) NC State vs. (12) Xavier 9:10 p.m. truTV March Madness Live
Wed, March 19 (16) Cal Poly vs. (16) Texas Southern 6:40 p.m. truTV March Madness Live
Wed, March 19 (11) Iowa vs. (11) Tennessee 9:10 p.m. truTV March Madness Live
Date 2nd Round Time (ET) TV Live Stream
Thu, March 20 (11) Dayton vs. (6) Ohio State 12:15 p.m. CBS March Madness Live
Thu, March 20 (15) American vs. (2) Wisconsin 12:40 p.m. truTV March Madness Live
Thu, March 20 (9) Pittsburgh vs. (8) Colorado 1:40 p.m. TBS March Madness Live
Thu, March 20 (12) Harvard vs. (5) Cincinnati 2:10 p.m. TNT March Madness Live
Thu, March 20 (14) Western Michigan vs. (3) Syracuse 2:45 p.m. CBS March Madness Live
Thu, March 20 (10) BYU vs. (7) Oregon 3:10 p.m. truTV March Madness Live
Thu, March 20 (16) Albany/Mt. St. Mary's vs. (1) Florida 4:10 p.m. TBS March Madness Live
Thu, March 20 (13) Delaware vs. (4) Michigan State 4:40 p.m. TNT March Madness Live
Thu, March 20 (10) Saint Joseph's vs. (7) Connecticut 6:55 p.m. TBS March Madness Live
Thu, March 20 (15) Wofford vs. (2) Michigan 7:10 p.m. CBS March Madness Live
Thu, March 20 (12) NC State/Xavier vs. (5) Saint Louis 7:20 p.m. TNT March Madness Live
Thu, March 20 (12) North Dakota St. vs. (5) Oklahoma 7:27 p.m. truTV March Madness Live
Thu, March 20 (15) Milwaukee vs. (2) Villanova 9:25 p.m. TBS March Madness Live
Thu, March 20 (10) Arizona State vs. (7) Texas 9:40 p.m. CBS March Madness Live
Thu, March 20 (13) Manhattan vs. (4) Louisville 9:50 p.m. TNT March Madness Live
Thu, March 20 (13) New Mexico St. vs. (4) San Diego State 9:57 p.m. truTV March Madness Live
Fri, March 21 (14) Mercer vs. (3) Duke 12:15 p.m. CBS March Madness Live
Fri, March 21 (11) Nebraska vs. (6) Baylor 12:40 p.m. truTV March Madness Live
Fri, March 21 (10) Stanford vs. (7) New Mexico 1:40 p.m. TBS March Madness Live
Fri, March 21 (16) Weber State vs. (1) Arizona 2:10 p.m. TNT March Madness Live
Fri, March 21 (11) Iowa/Tennessee vs. (5) Massachusetts 2:45 p.m. CBS March Madness Live
Fri, March 21 (14) LA-Lafayette vs. (3) Creighton 3:10 p.m. truTV March Madness Live
Fri, March 21 (15) Eastern Kentucky vs. (2) Kansas 4:10 p.m. TBS March Madness Live
Fri, March 21 (9) Oklahoma State vs. (8) Gonzaga 4:40 p.m. TNT March Madness Live
Fri, March 21 (9) George Washington vs. (8) Memphis 6:55 p.m. TBS March Madness Live
Fri, March 21 (16) Cal Poly/Texas Southern vs. (1) Wichita State 7:10 p.m. CBS March Madness Live
Fri, March 21 (11) Providence vs. (6) North Carolina 7:20 p.m. truTV March Madness Live
Fri, March 21 (12) Stephen F. Austin vs. (5) VCU 7:27 p.m. TNT March Madness Live
Fri, March 21 (16) Coastal Carolina vs. (1) Virginia 9:25 p.m. TBS March Madness Live
Fri, March 21 (9) Kansas State vs. (8) Kentucky 9:40 p.m. CBS March Madness Live
Fri, March 21 (14) North Carolina Central vs. (3) Iowa State 9:50 p.m. TNT March Madness Live
Fri, March 21 (13) Tulsa vs. (4) UCLA 9:57 p.m. truTV March Madness Live
Date 3rd Round Time (ET) TV Live Stream
Sat, March 22 3rd Round - TBD Noon CBS March Madness Live
Sat, March 22 3rd Round - TBD 2:30 p.m. CBS March Madness Live
Sat, March 22 3rd Round - TBD 5:30 p.m. CBS March Madness Live
Sat, March 22 3rd Round - TBD 6 p.m. TNT March Madness Live
Sat, March 22 3rd Round - TBD 7 p.m. TBS March Madness Live
Sat, March 22 3rd Round - TBD 7:30 p.m. truTV March Madness Live
Sat, March 22 3rd Round - TBD 8:30 p.m. TNT March Madness Live
Sat, March 22 3rd Round - TBD 9:30 p.m. TBS March Madness Live
Sun, March 23 3rd Round - TBD Noon CBS March Madness Live
Sun, March 23 3rd Round - TBD 2:30 p.m. CBS March Madness Live
Sun, March 23 3rd Round - TBD 5:30 p.m. CBS March Madness Live
Sun, March 23 3rd Round - TBD 6 p.m. TNT March Madness Live
Sun, March 23 3rd Round - TBD 7 p.m. TBS March Madness Live
Sun, March 23 3rd Round - TBD 7:30 p.m. truTV March Madness Live
Sun, March 23 3rd Round - TBD 8:30 p.m. TNT March Madness Live
Sun, March 23 3rd Round - TBD 9:30 p.m. TBS March Madness Live
Date Regional Semifinals Time (ET) TV Live Stream
Thu, March 27 Regional Semifinal - TBD 7 p.m. CBS March Madness Live
Thu, March 27 Regional Semifinal - TBD 7:15 p.m. TBS March Madness Live
Thu, March 27 Regional Semifinal - TBD 9:30 p.m. CBS March Madness Live
Thu, March 27 Regional Semifinal - TBD 9:55 p.m. TBS March Madness Live
Fri, March 28 Regional Semifinal - TBD 7 p.m. CBS March Madness Live
Fri, March 28 Regional Semifinal - TBD 7:15 p.m. TBS March Madness Live
Fri, March 28 Regional Semifinal - TBD 9:30 p.m. CBS March Madness Live
Fri, March 28 Regional Semifinal - TBD 9:55 p.m. TBS March Madness Live
Date Regional Finals Time (ET) TV Live Stream
Sat, March 29 Regional Final - TBD 6 p.m. TBS March Madness Live
Sat, March 29 Regional Final - TBD 8:30 p.m. TBS March Madness Live
Sun, March 30 Regional Final - TBD 2:10 p.m. CBS March Madness Live
Sun, March 30 Regional Final - TBD 4:55 p.m. CBS March Madness Live
Date National Semifinals Time (ET) TV Live Stream
Sat, April 5 National Semifinal - TBD 6 p.m. TBS, TNT, truTV March Madness Live
Sat, April 5 National Semifinal - TBD 8:30 p.m. TBS, TNT, truTV March Madness Live
Date National Championship Time (ET) TV Live Stream
Mon, April 7 National Championship - TBD 9:10 p.m. CBS March Madness Live

 

No. 5 VCU vs. No. 12 Stephen F. Austin

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Both defenses get after opponents, and both do it in very different ways.

By now, most know about Shaka Smart and the HAVOC defensive system he employs with VCU—constant pressure 94 feet away from the basket, attacking the ball like a young kitten after catnip.

It works, as KenPom.com (subscription required) indicates that the Rams record steals on 15.7 percent and force turnovers on 25.6 percent of their defensive possessions—both of which are the best marks in America.

But while Basketball State reveals that VCU loves to get up and down (72.4 possessions per 40 minutes, which is 25th most in the country), Stephen F. Austin (66.8, 223rd-most) would much prefer the game to be played in the half court.

Andy Glockner put it simply:

Still, the Lumberjacks' slow tempo isn't necessarily due to a pack-line defense as it often is with other teams that limit possessions. They pressure the ball, get out in the passing lanes and force turnovers on 24.4 percent (third in the nation) of possessions.

These are two teams that approach the game in complete opposite ways, yet they get similar results.

 

No. 4 Michigan State vs. No. 13 Delaware

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Coming in, Delaware was a tantalizing potential Cinderella pick. Led by guards Jarvis Threatt, Davon Usher and Devon Saddler, the Blue Hens are a fast, explosive team that hardly ever turns the ball over.

However, they got matched up with Michigan State.

The Spartans are adept at playing a physical style of basketball and will be able to slow things down to make Delawarea team that employs four guards around big man Carl Baptisteextremely uncomfortable.

Nevertheless, the contrast of styles here is extremely compelling, and if Michigan State lets Delaware get out and run, there is potential for an upset.

 

No. 7 Oregon vs. No. 10 BYU

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Points, points and a few more points.

These two teams met in late December and the game ended with 196 points. Jason Calliste, one of the best sixth men in the country, poured in 31 points off the bench for Oregon while Tyler Haws answered with 32 for BYU.

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An overtime helped increase some of those numbers, but when it was all said and done, there was a total of 183 possessions in the 45-minute game.

That's extremely fast.

Kyle Collinsworth tore his ACL in the West Coast Conference Championship Game, so it's unfortunate that BYU won't be at full strength, but you're still going to get two teams that love to run and can score in a hurry.

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