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

Tim KeeneyContributor IMarch 17, 2014

As Oregon's Johnathan Loyd (10), left, defends, BYU's Kyle Collinsworth, center, scoops up a pass from  BYU's Nate Austin, foreground, as BYU's Tyler Haws moves in at right during the first half in an NCAA college basketball game in Eugene, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Pietsch)
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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
Date1st RoundTime (ET)TVLive Stream
Tue, March 18(16) Albany vs. (16) Mt. St. Mary's6:40 p.m.truTVMarch Madness Live
Tue, March 18(12) NC State vs. (12) Xavier9:10 p.m.truTVMarch Madness Live
Wed, March 19(16) Cal Poly vs. (16) Texas Southern6:40 p.m.truTVMarch Madness Live
Wed, March 19(11) Iowa vs. (11) Tennessee9:10 p.m.truTVMarch Madness Live
Date2nd RoundTime (ET)TVLive Stream
Thu, March 20(11) Dayton vs. (6) Ohio State12:15 p.m.CBSMarch Madness Live
Thu, March 20(15) American vs. (2) Wisconsin12:40 p.m.truTVMarch Madness Live
Thu, March 20(9) Pittsburgh vs. (8) Colorado1:40 p.m.TBSMarch Madness Live
Thu, March 20(12) Harvard vs. (5) Cincinnati2:10 p.m.TNTMarch Madness Live
Thu, March 20(14) Western Michigan vs. (3) Syracuse2:45 p.m.CBSMarch Madness Live
Thu, March 20(10) BYU vs. (7) Oregon3:10 p.m.truTVMarch Madness Live
Thu, March 20(16) Albany/Mt. St. Mary's vs. (1) Florida4:10 p.m.TBSMarch Madness Live
Thu, March 20(13) Delaware vs. (4) Michigan State4:40 p.m.TNTMarch Madness Live
Thu, March 20(10) Saint Joseph's vs. (7) Connecticut6:55 p.m.TBSMarch Madness Live
Thu, March 20(15) Wofford vs. (2) Michigan7:10 p.m.CBSMarch Madness Live
Thu, March 20(12) NC State/Xavier vs. (5) Saint Louis7:20 p.m.TNTMarch Madness Live
Thu, March 20(12) North Dakota St. vs. (5) Oklahoma7:27 p.m.truTVMarch Madness Live
Thu, March 20(15) Milwaukee vs. (2) Villanova9:25 p.m.TBSMarch Madness Live
Thu, March 20(10) Arizona State vs. (7) Texas9:40 p.m.CBSMarch Madness Live
Thu, March 20(13) Manhattan vs. (4) Louisville9:50 p.m.TNTMarch Madness Live
Thu, March 20(13) New Mexico St. vs. (4) San Diego State9:57 p.m.truTVMarch Madness Live
Fri, March 21(14) Mercer vs. (3) Duke12:15 p.m.CBSMarch Madness Live
Fri, March 21(11) Nebraska vs. (6) Baylor12:40 p.m.truTVMarch Madness Live
Fri, March 21(10) Stanford vs. (7) New Mexico1:40 p.m.TBSMarch Madness Live
Fri, March 21(16) Weber State vs. (1) Arizona2:10 p.m.TNTMarch Madness Live
Fri, March 21(11) Iowa/Tennessee vs. (5) Massachusetts2:45 p.m.CBSMarch Madness Live
Fri, March 21(14) LA-Lafayette vs. (3) Creighton3:10 p.m.truTVMarch Madness Live
Fri, March 21(15) Eastern Kentucky vs. (2) Kansas4:10 p.m.TBSMarch Madness Live
Fri, March 21(9) Oklahoma State vs. (8) Gonzaga4:40 p.m.TNTMarch Madness Live
Fri, March 21(9) George Washington vs. (8) Memphis6:55 p.m.TBSMarch Madness Live
Fri, March 21(16) Cal Poly/Texas Southern vs. (1) Wichita State7:10 p.m.CBSMarch Madness Live
Fri, March 21(11) Providence vs. (6) North Carolina7:20 p.m.truTVMarch Madness Live
Fri, March 21(12) Stephen F. Austin vs. (5) VCU7:27 p.m.TNTMarch Madness Live
Fri, March 21(16) Coastal Carolina vs. (1) Virginia9:25 p.m.TBSMarch Madness Live
Fri, March 21(9) Kansas State vs. (8) Kentucky9:40 p.m.CBSMarch Madness Live
Fri, March 21(14) North Carolina Central vs. (3) Iowa State9:50 p.m.TNTMarch Madness Live
Fri, March 21(13) Tulsa vs. (4) UCLA9:57 p.m.truTVMarch Madness Live
Date3rd RoundTime (ET)TVLive Stream
Sat, March 223rd Round - TBDNoonCBSMarch Madness Live
Sat, March 223rd Round - TBD2:30 p.m.CBSMarch Madness Live
Sat, March 223rd Round - TBD5:30 p.m.CBSMarch Madness Live
Sat, March 223rd Round - TBD6 p.m.TNTMarch Madness Live
Sat, March 223rd Round - TBD7 p.m.TBSMarch Madness Live
Sat, March 223rd Round - TBD7:30 p.m.truTVMarch Madness Live
Sat, March 223rd Round - TBD8:30 p.m.TNTMarch Madness Live
Sat, March 223rd Round - TBD9:30 p.m.TBSMarch Madness Live
Sun, March 233rd Round - TBDNoonCBSMarch Madness Live
Sun, March 233rd Round - TBD2:30 p.m.CBSMarch Madness Live
Sun, March 233rd Round - TBD5:30 p.m.CBSMarch Madness Live
Sun, March 233rd Round - TBD6 p.m.TNTMarch Madness Live
Sun, March 233rd Round - TBD7 p.m.TBSMarch Madness Live
Sun, March 233rd Round - TBD7:30 p.m.truTVMarch Madness Live
Sun, March 233rd Round - TBD8:30 p.m.TNTMarch Madness Live
Sun, March 233rd Round - TBD9:30 p.m.TBSMarch Madness Live
DateRegional SemifinalsTime (ET)TVLive Stream
Thu, March 27Regional Semifinal - TBD7 p.m.CBSMarch Madness Live
Thu, March 27Regional Semifinal - TBD7:15 p.m.TBSMarch Madness Live
Thu, March 27Regional Semifinal - TBD9:30 p.m.CBSMarch Madness Live
Thu, March 27Regional Semifinal - TBD9:55 p.m.TBSMarch Madness Live
Fri, March 28Regional Semifinal - TBD7 p.m.CBSMarch Madness Live
Fri, March 28Regional Semifinal - TBD7:15 p.m.TBSMarch Madness Live
Fri, March 28Regional Semifinal - TBD9:30 p.m.CBSMarch Madness Live
Fri, March 28Regional Semifinal - TBD9:55 p.m.TBSMarch Madness Live
DateRegional FinalsTime (ET)TVLive Stream
Sat, March 29Regional Final - TBD6 p.m.TBSMarch Madness Live
Sat, March 29Regional Final - TBD8:30 p.m.TBSMarch Madness Live
Sun, March 30Regional Final - TBD2:10 p.m.CBSMarch Madness Live
Sun, March 30Regional Final - TBD4:55 p.m.CBSMarch Madness Live
DateNational SemifinalsTime (ET)TVLive Stream
Sat, April 5National Semifinal - TBD6 p.m.TBS, TNT, truTVMarch Madness Live
Sat, April 5National Semifinal - TBD8:30 p.m.TBS, TNT, truTVMarch Madness Live
DateNational ChampionshipTime (ET)TVLive Stream
Mon, April 7National Championship - TBD9:10 p.m.CBSMarch 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:

How cool is VCU-SFA, btw? Extreme Tempo Battle

— Andy Glockner (@AndyGlockner) March 17, 2014

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

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 16:  Gary Harris #14 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrates during the 69-55 win over the Michigan Wolverines  during the finals of the Big Ten Basketball Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 16, 2014 in Indianapolis,
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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.

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.