Round 1 of the 2014 NCAA tournament will reach its conclusion on Wednesday night, and the field of 64 will finally be set. This brings us to the ever-important Round 2 of March Madness. Picking the right teams here is key for your bracket's success.
Pinpointing potential upsets in this round is of the utmost importance when inking winners in your printable bracket. Rest assured, upsets will happen—they do every year, and they will again in 2014.
Let's break down the NCAA tournament's Round 2 schedule to ensure that you won't miss a moment of the action. We'll also take a look at updated predictions of teams that will advance to the round of 32.
Round 2 Schedule
|NCAA Tournament Round 2 Schedule|
|Region||Matchup||Time (ET)||TV Info|
|Thurs., March 20|
|South||No. 6 Ohio State vs. No. 11 Dayton||12:15 p.m.||CBS|
|West||No. 2 Wisconsin vs. No. 15 American||12:40 p.m.||TruTV|
|South||No. 8 Colorado vs. No. 9 Pittsburgh||1:40 p.m.||TBS|
|East||No. 5 Cincinnati vs. No. 12 Harvard||2:10 p.m.||TNT|
|South||No. 3 Syracuse vs. No. 14 W. Michigan||2:45 p.m.||CBS|
|West||No. 7 Oregon vs. No. 10 BYU||3:10 p.m.||TruTV|
|South||No.1 Florida vs. No. 16 Albany||4:10 p.m.||TBS|
|East||No. 4 Michigan St. vs. No. 13 Delaware||4:40 p.m.||TNT|
|East||No. 7 UConn vs. No 10. St. Joseph's||6:55 p.m.||TBS|
|Midwest||No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 15 Wofford||7:10 p.m.||CBS|
|West||No. 5 Oklahoma vs. No. 12 ND State||7:27 p.m.||TruTV|
|Midwest||No. 5 St. Louis vs. No. 12 N.C. State||7:20 p.m.||TNT|
|East||No. 2 Villanova vs. No. 15 Milwaukee||9:25 p.m.||TBS|
|Midwest||No. 7 Texas vs. No 10. Arizona St.||9:40 p.m.||CBS|
|Midwest||No. 4 Louisville vs. No 13 Manhattan||9:50 p.m.||TNT|
|West||No. 4 San Diego St. vs. No. 13 New Mex. St.||9:57 p.m.||TruTV|
|Fri., March 21|
|Midwest||No. 3 Duke vs. No. 14 Mercer||12:15 p.m.||CBS|
|West||No. 6 Baylor vs. No. 11 Nebraska||12:40 p.m.||TruTV|
|South||No. 7 New Mexico vs. No. 10 Stanford||1:40 p.m.||TBS|
|West||No. 1 Arizona vs. No. 16 Weber St.||2:10 p.m.||TNT|
|Midwest||Wichita St or UMass||2:30 p.m.||CBS|
|West||No. 3 Creighton vs. No. 14 UL-Lafayette||3:10 p.m.||TruTV|
|South||No. 2 Kansas vs. No. 15 E. Kentucky||4:10 p.m.||TBS|
|West||No. 8 Gonzaga vs. No. 9 Oklahoma St.||4:40 p.m.||TNT|
|East||No. 8 Memphis vs. No. 9 Geo. Washington||6:55 p.m.||TBS|
|Midwest||Wichita St. or UMass||7 p.m.||CBS|
|South||No. 5 VCU vs. No. 12 SF Austin||7:27 p.m.||TruTV|
|East||No. 6 North Carolina vs. No. 11 Providence||7:20 p.m.||TNT|
|East||No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 16 Coastal Carolina||9:25 p.m.||TBS|
|Midwest||No. 8 Kentucky vs. No. 9 Kansas St.||9:40 p.m.||CBS|
|Midwest||No. 3 Iowa St. vs. No 14 N.C. Central||9:50 p.m.||TNT|
|South||No. 4 UCLA vs. No. 13 Tulsa||9:57 p.m.||TruTV|
Wichita State and UMass times to be revealed upon the conclusion of Round 1.
All Round 2 action can be live streamed on NCAA.com.
Round 2 Predictions
|NCAA Tournament Round 2 Predictions|
|South||Albany vs. Florida||Florida|
|South||Pitt vs. Colorado||Pitt|
|South||Stephen F. Austin vs. VCU||VCU|
|South||Tulsa vs. UCLA||UCLA|
|South||Dayton vs. Ohio State||Ohio State|
|South||W. Michigan vs. Syracuse||Syracuse|
|South||Stanford vs. New Mexico||New Mexico|
|South||E. Kentucky vs. Kansas||Kansas|
|West||Weber State vs. Arizona||Arizona|
|West||Gonzaga vs. Oklahoma State||Oklahoma State|
|West||North Dakota State vs. Oklahoma||Oklahoma|
|West||New Mexico State vs. San Diego State||San Diego State|
|West||Nebraska vs. Baylor||Baylor|
|West||Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Creighton||Creighton|
|West||BYU vs. Oregon||Oregon|
|West||American vs. Wisconsin||Wisconsin|
|East||Coastal Carolina vs. Virginia||Virginia|
|East||George Washington vs. Memphis||Memphis|
|East||Harvard vs. Cincinnati||Cincinnati|
|East||Delaware vs. Michigan State||Michigan State|
|East||Providence vs. North Carolina||Providence|
|East||NC Central vs. Iowa State||Iowa State|
|East||St. Joe's vs. UConn||UConn|
|East||UW-Milwaukee vs. Villanova||Villanova|
|Midwest||TBD vs. Wichita State||TBD|
|Midwest||Kansas State vs. Kentucky||Kentucky|
|Midwest||N.C. State vs. St. Louis||St. Louis|
|Midwest||Manhattan vs. Louisville||Louisville|
|Midwest||TBD vs. Massachusetts||TBD|
|Midwest||Mercer vs. Duke||Duke|
|Midwest||Arizona State vs. Texas||Arizona State|
|Midwest||Wofford vs. Michigan||Michigan|
|Sean O'Donnell's Predictions|
Round 2 Analysis
Let's begin with some elementary advice when filling out your picks for Round 2 of the 2014 NCAA tournament.
First of all, don't get cute. Every No. 1 seed will advance to the round of 32. There is not a chance of any No. 16 teams pulling off an upset. The same can be said for the Nos. 2 and 3 teams as well. Fill in your bracket accordingly.
The biggest potential upset is No. 12 North Dakota State over No. 5 Oklahoma. The Sooners have a solid offense but give up a tremendous amount of points to opposing teams. The Bison are a well-rounded team and are riding an impressive nine-game winning streak, including winning 14 of their last 15 matchups.
Pay attention to the Round 1 matchup of Tennessee versus Iowa. Tennessee has been playing some inspired basketball of late, and if the Volunteers come away victorious, they have a great shot of upsetting Massachusetts in Round 2.
The seven-versus-10 matchups are intriguing this year. Each 10 seed has a good chance at forcing an upset. St. Joseph's in the East and Arizona State in the Midwest have the best shots, as they match up very well with UConn and Texas, respectively.
Eight-versus-nine contests are always ones that are difficult to predict; however, this year there are a few games that look quite simple.
No. 9 Pittsburgh's 22nd-ranked defense will prove too much for the No. 8 Colorado Buffaloes, allowing the Panthers to come away with the upset victory.
Also, No. 9 Oklahoma State has been on fire since the return of Marcus Smart. The offense is clicking, and the team should be too much for No. 8 Gonzaga to handle.
Taking all of this into consideration, your 2014 bracket should get off to a solid start.
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