2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament

March Madness 2014 Bracket: Full Schedule and Updated Picks for Round 2

North Carolina State forward Beejay Anya celebrates on the bench in the closing seconds of the team's 74-59 win over Xavier in a first-round game of the NCAA college basketball tournament, Tuesday, March 18, 2014, in Dayton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
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Sean ODonnellContributor IIIMarch 19, 2014

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.

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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
RegionMatchupTime (ET)TV Info
Thurs., March 20
SouthNo. 6 Ohio State vs. No. 11 Dayton12:15 p.m.CBS
WestNo. 2 Wisconsin vs. No. 15 American12:40 p.m.TruTV
SouthNo. 8 Colorado vs. No. 9 Pittsburgh1:40 p.m.TBS
EastNo. 5 Cincinnati vs. No. 12 Harvard2:10 p.m.TNT
SouthNo. 3 Syracuse vs. No. 14 W. Michigan2:45 p.m.CBS
WestNo. 7 Oregon vs. No. 10 BYU3:10 p.m.TruTV
SouthNo.1 Florida vs. No. 16 Albany4:10 p.m.TBS
EastNo. 4 Michigan St. vs. No. 13 Delaware4:40 p.m.TNT
EastNo. 7 UConn vs. No 10. St. Joseph's6:55 p.m.TBS
MidwestNo. 2 Michigan vs. No. 15 Wofford7:10 p.m.CBS
WestNo. 5 Oklahoma vs. No. 12 ND State7:27 p.m.TruTV
MidwestNo. 5 St. Louis vs. No. 12 N.C. State7:20 p.m.TNT
EastNo. 2 Villanova vs. No. 15 Milwaukee9:25 p.m.TBS
MidwestNo. 7 Texas vs. No 10. Arizona St.9:40 p.m.CBS
MidwestNo. 4 Louisville vs. No 13 Manhattan9:50 p.m.TNT
WestNo. 4 San Diego St. vs. No. 13 New Mex. St.9:57 p.m.TruTV
Fri., March 21
MidwestNo. 3 Duke vs. No. 14 Mercer12:15 p.m.CBS
WestNo. 6 Baylor vs. No. 11 Nebraska12:40 p.m.TruTV
SouthNo. 7 New Mexico vs. No. 10 Stanford1:40 p.m.TBS
WestNo. 1 Arizona vs. No. 16 Weber St.2:10 p.m.TNT
MidwestWichita St or UMass2:30 p.m.CBS
WestNo. 3 Creighton vs. No. 14 UL-Lafayette3:10 p.m.TruTV
SouthNo. 2 Kansas vs. No. 15 E. Kentucky4:10 p.m.TBS
WestNo. 8 Gonzaga vs. No. 9 Oklahoma St.4:40 p.m.TNT
EastNo. 8 Memphis vs. No. 9 Geo. Washington6:55 p.m.TBS
MidwestWichita St. or UMass7 p.m.CBS
SouthNo. 5 VCU vs. No. 12 SF Austin7:27 p.m.TruTV
EastNo. 6 North Carolina vs. No. 11 Providence7:20 p.m.TNT
EastNo. 1 Virginia vs. No. 16 Coastal Carolina9:25 p.m.TBS
MidwestNo. 8 Kentucky vs. No. 9 Kansas St.9:40 p.m.CBS
MidwestNo. 3 Iowa St. vs. No 14 N.C. Central9:50 p.m.TNT
SouthNo. 4 UCLA vs. No. 13 Tulsa9:57 p.m.TruTV
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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
RegionMatchupWinner
SouthAlbany vs. FloridaFlorida
SouthPitt vs. ColoradoPitt
SouthStephen F. Austin vs. VCUVCU
SouthTulsa vs. UCLAUCLA
SouthDayton vs. Ohio StateOhio State
SouthW. Michigan vs. SyracuseSyracuse
SouthStanford vs. New MexicoNew Mexico
SouthE. Kentucky vs. KansasKansas
WestWeber State vs. ArizonaArizona
WestGonzaga vs. Oklahoma StateOklahoma State
WestNorth Dakota State vs. OklahomaOklahoma
WestNew Mexico State vs. San Diego StateSan Diego State
WestNebraska vs. BaylorBaylor
WestLouisiana-Lafayette vs. CreightonCreighton
WestBYU vs. OregonOregon
WestAmerican vs. WisconsinWisconsin
EastCoastal Carolina vs. VirginiaVirginia
EastGeorge Washington vs. MemphisMemphis
EastHarvard vs. CincinnatiCincinnati
EastDelaware vs. Michigan StateMichigan State
EastProvidence vs. North CarolinaProvidence
EastNC Central vs. Iowa StateIowa State
EastSt. Joe's vs. UConnUConn
EastUW-Milwaukee vs. VillanovaVillanova
MidwestTBD vs. Wichita StateTBD
MidwestKansas State vs. KentuckyKentucky
MidwestN.C. State vs. St. LouisSt. Louis
MidwestManhattan vs. LouisvilleLouisville
MidwestTBD vs. MassachusettsTBD
MidwestMercer vs. DukeDuke
MidwestArizona State vs. TexasArizona State
MidwestWofford vs. MichiganMichigan
Sean O'Donnell's Predictions

 

Round 2 Analysis

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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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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