After a wild first half of the round of 64, the NCAA tournament is set to continue with 16 more games on Friday.
The second day of Round 2 will feature the three remaining No. 1 seeds as they all attempt to start a run to the Final Four. Additionally, freshman stars and NBA prospects Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Julius Randle, Aaron Gordon and more will be featured on Friday.
Even if your bracket is already busted, there are plenty of thrilling battles remaining to keep you excited. If we are lucky, we will see a few more great finishes throughout the day.
Here is a guide for what you need to know heading into Day 2 of the second round. Remember, you can watch all games online with March Madness Live.
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Second-Round Day 2 Schedule
|Duke (3) vs. Mercer (14)||12:15 p.m.||CBS|
|Baylor (6) vs. Nebraska (11)||12:40 p.m.||truTV|
|New Mexico (7) vs. Stanford (10)||1:40 p.m.||TBS|
|Arizona (1) vs. Weber State (16)||2:10 p.m.||TNT|
|Massachusetts (6) vs. Tennessee (11)||2:45 p.m.||CBS|
|Creighton (3) vs. LA-Lafayette (14)||3:10 p.m.||truTV|
|Kansas (2) vs. Eastern Kentucky (15)||4:10 p.m.||TBS|
|Gonzaga (8) vs. Oklahoma State (9)||4:40 p.m.||TNT|
|Memphis (8) vs. George Washington (9)||6:55 p.m.||TBS|
|Wichita State (1) vs. Cal Poly (16)||7:10 p.m.||CBS|
|North Carolina (6) vs. Providence (11)||7:20 p.m.||TNT|
|VCU (5) vs. Stephen F. Austin (12)||7:27 p.m.||truTV|
|Virginia (1) vs. Coastal Carolina (16)||9:25 p.m.||TBS|
|Kentucky (8) vs. Kansas State (9)||9:40 p.m.||CBS|
|Iowa State (3) vs. North Carolina Central (14)||9:50 p.m.||TNT|
|UCLA (4) vs. Tulsa (13)||9:57 p.m.||truTV|
Top Teams on Upset Alert
No. 6 Baylor vs. No. 11 Nebraska
Rarely in the NCAA tournament do you see two teams as hot as Baylor and Nebraska playing in the opening round. The Bears have won 10 of 12 including a run to the finals of the Big 12 tournament, while the Huskers have eight wins in their final 10.
Nebraska coach Tim Miles discussed his team's turnaround this season, via Omaha.com:
When we were 1‑5 in the league I wouldn’t bet you any of my money that we were going to make it. I just think that our guys really bought in. Once we started establishing ourselves, we had this little two‑game run at home where we beat Minnesota. We had already beaten Ohio State, and then we beat Indiana. I think just beating the blue bloods, you know, like Ohio State and Indiana, now you start thinking our guys, hey, we can do this.
The Cornhuskers have a lot of confidence entering the NCAA tournament and they play great defense to limit opponents. Meanwhile, Terran Petteway can take over offensively at any point in the game.
Still, if Nebraska wants to win this game it will have to control the paint. Cory Jefferson and Rico Gathers can push people around inside, while Isaiah Austin has the size at 7'1" to make things difficult for opposing players to score.
Baylor has the athleticism to come away with a win, but Nebraska's team effort will keep it close.
No. 5 VCU vs. No. 12 Stephen F. Austin
There always seems to be one or more 12 seeds beating 5 seeds in the round of 64. Stephen F. Austin has a strong chance to continue that trend this year.
Eric Prisbell of USA Today was one of the first to call this upset:
Glad Seth Davis stole my pick: Stephen F. Austin. Great half-court defense against VCU's great full-court defense. SFA advances.— Eric Prisbell (@EricPrisbell) March 16, 2014
Besides the strong defense, the reason to be excited about Stephen F. Austin is the fact that this team wins games. The Lumberjacks enter the tournament with a 31-2 record and have not lost since Nov. 23.
They know how to finish in close games, a skill that will help them in the postseason.
Additionally, the squad is prepared to face the tough full-court pressure of VCU thanks to its ability to share the basketball. The team ranks eighth in the country in assists with four players averaging over 12 points per game.
To make matters worse for the Rams, they will be without their third-leading scorer, according to Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports:
VCU's Melvin Johnson has a sprained knee and is likely out against Stephen F. Austin, Shaka Smart told @CBSSports. Story coming.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) March 18, 2014
VCU has a size advantage inside, but that might not be enough to pull out the victory.
No. 6 UMass vs. No. 11 Tennessee
While efficiency ratings do not tell an entire story in college basketball, this matchup is one where it should matter.
Tennessee is the No. 11 seed in the Midwest, but KenPom.com ranks the squad at No. 10 in the nation. Meanwhile, the sixth-seeded Massachusetts ranks 51st in overall efficiency, one of the worst among teams with an at-large bid.
Oddsmakers also believe the Volunteers will have the advantage, according to Wes Rucker of 247Sports.com:
The 11th-seeded #Vols opened as 4.5-point favorites over 6th-seeded UMass. Super job there, committee.— Wes Rucker (@wesrucker247) March 20, 2014
Cuonzo Martin's team was certainly impressive closing out a win over Iowa in the First Four in Dayton. After both teams made plays at the end of regulation to force overtime, Tennessee outscored its opponent 14-1 in the extra session.
Meanwhile, UMass struggled at the end of the year after a strong start to the season. The Minutemen run a fast-paced attack, but they do not have the athletes to stick with Tennessee for 40 minutes.
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