The 2014 NCAA tournament's round of 64 is finally upon us. This is the perfect time to fill out your March Madness bracket. Before doing so, be cautious of teams that are poised to come away with upset victories early in the tournament.
Deciding which teams are entering March Madness with a head of steam and exuberant amount of confidence is important. These are the teams that can do some damage in the early rounds despite their seeding.
Let's take a look at the full Round 2 schedule of the NCAA tournament to ensure that not a moment of the action is missed. We'll also highlight some teams to watch out for, as they should certainly make some noise and provide bracket-busting victories.
Full 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|
|Wed., 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||No. 6 UMass vs. No. 11 Tennessee||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||No. 1 Wichita St. vs. No. 16 Cal Poly||7:10 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|
The 2014 NCAA tournament can be live streamed on NCAA.com.
Teams to Watch
West Region: No. 12 North Dakota State Bison
The Bison enter the NCAA tournament as one of the hottest underdog teams in the nation. They are currently riding a nine-game winning streak, capped off by emerging victorious in the Summit League tournament.
A very well-rounded team, North Dakota state features an offense ranked 47th in the nation and first in field-goal percentage—the Bison shot 50.9 percent from the field this season. Defensively, North Dakota state is sound as well, allowing an average of just 65.4 points per game—good for 61st in the nation.
North Dakota State faces an offensive-minded Oklahoma team in Round 2. The Sooners have the seventh-ranked offense in the nation; however, their prowess has not translated to the defensive end. With the 308th-ranked defense, teams have put up a gross number of points on the Sooners this season.
The Sooners may have some trouble finding open shots against North Dakota State's defense. Also, with the Bison's efficiency on offense, they should flourish against a shaky Oklahoma defense.
South Region: No. 9 Pittsburgh Panthers
The Panthers have one of the most stout defensive units in the nation, ranking 22nd overall. Pittsburgh recently found some nice production on offense as well, scoring at least 80 points in three of its last four games.
Pittsburgh proved that it can contend with the nation's top teams, as the Panthers were just edged in the ACC tournament by No. 1 Virginia in a low-scoring, 51-48 contest.
The Panthers will face a reeling No. 8 Colorado team in Round 2 of the tournament. Colorado has not played sound basketball lately, as it was bounced by Arizona in the Pac-12 tournament by a decisive 63-43 final score.
The Buffaloes must be lacking confidence right now. Before losing in the tournament, they finished the regular season dropping three of their final four games. In the first two rounds of the Pac-12 tournament, they were given a tough time by unranked USC and California, winning each game by just three points.
Colorado is trending down while Pittsburgh is surging. This has all of the makings of a Panthers victory.
West Region: No. 9 Oklahoma State Cowboys
Since the return of Marcus Smart from his three-game suspension earlier this season, the Cowboys offense has been surging.
Upon his reinstatement, Smart and Co. went on a four-game winning streak, defeating high-octane teams like Kansas State and No. 5 Kansas. Oklahoma State also took No. 16 Iowa State into overtime, but dropped the game 85-81.
The Cowboys' aggressive, 16th-ranked offense is primed to do some damage in March Madness.
Oklahoma State will face a very well-rounded Gonzaga team in Round 2. The Bulldogs hold the nation's 40th-ranked offense and 54th-ranked defense. They are currently riding a five-game winning streak, culminating with a win in the WCC final against BYU.
Gonzaga has been involved is a good number of shootouts throughout the year, and it was able to emerge victorious in most. The team is yet to face such an aggressive, fast-paced offense as Oklahoma State, though.
The Cowboys may be just a bit much for the Bulldogs to handle.