Now that everyone's bracket is busted, basketball fans can simply enjoy watching the 2014 NCAA tournament unfold as the third round rumbles along on Sunday.
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There are eight games in total scheduled to kick off on Day 2 of the third round.
Three No. 1 seeds (Wichita State, Arizona and Virginia) will attempt to stave off upset bids heading into the Sweet 16. Meanwhile, Mercer (No. 14), Stephen F. Austin (No. 12) and Tennessee (No. 11) are preparing to continue writing their Cinderella stories.
Here's a quick look at the full slate of games for Sunday's action.
|Time (ET)||Matchup||TV||Live Stream|
|12:15 p.m.||(10) Stanford vs (2) Kansas||CBS||March Madness Live|
|2:45 p.m.||(8) Kentucky vs (1) Wichita State||CBS||March Madness Live|
|5:15 p.m.||(6) North Carolina vs (3) Iowa State||CBS||March Madness Live|
|6:10 p.m.||(14) Mercer vs (11) Tennessee||TNT||March Madness Live|
|7:10 p.m.||(12) Stephen F. Austin vs (4) UCLA||TBS||March Madness Live|
|7:45 p.m.||(6) Baylor vs (3) Creighton||truTV||March Madness Live|
|8:40 p.m.||(8) Memphis vs (1) Virginia||TNT||March Madness Live|
|9:40 p.m.||(8) Gonzaga vs (1) Arizona||TBS||March Madness Live|
What to Watch For on Sunday
Will the Wildcats Shock the Shockers?
Before the season began, the Wildcats—not the Shockers—were being hailed as a potential unbeaten squad, thanks to head coach John Calipari's incredible recruiting. But once the season began, Calipari's young team had trouble working together, which is why it entered the tournament as a No. 8 seed.
Meanwhile, Wichita State finished the season as the only undefeated team in the nation.
Gary Parrish of CBS Sports sets the stage for this incredible matchup: "Reasonable minds can disagree on the potential outcome, but it would be unreasonable for any fan to pass on this moment. The most-compelling Round of 32 game in NCAA Tournament history is on tap."
Kentucky certainly possesses enough raw talent to make a deep run in the tournament, but the Shockers stand directly in the way of that goal. Julius Randle and the Wildcats have a tall task in front of them to take down Wichita State, which stunned the field last year by making it into the Final Four.
Which team will win?
"There haven't been many teams come in undefeated like Wichita State, deserve their ranking, deserve their seeding," Calipari said, as noted by the Associated Press (h/t ESPN.com). "They play really hard. They have really good players. You don't go 35-0 without really good players."
If the Wildcats can dominate the glass like they've done all year long (No. 5 in the nation, averaging 41.3 rebounds per game) and get hot from the floor, this team is capable of beating the Shockers.
Which Cinderella Gets to Keep Dancing?
Four of the potential Cinderella teams will be playing on Sunday, and two of them will compete against one another.
This means that at least one will advance to the Sweet 16, but which will it be?
Kansas will likely take down Stanford in the early game on Sunday's schedule.
Freshman phenom Andrew Wiggins is coming into his own at just the right time to spur the Jayhawks to a deep run, having scored at least 19 points in his last four games, and Bill Self had five players score at least 10 points against Eastern Kentucky.
Stephen F. Austin needed a four-point play by Desmond Haymond to take VCU to overtime and ultimately beat the Rams.
"Well, miracles truly do happen," head coach Brad Underwood said afterward, as relayed by the Associated Press (h/t ESPN.com).
It'll take another miracle to beat UCLA on Sunday.
Which team has the best shot to win on Sunday?
The really interesting contest is between Mercer and Tennessee after both teams stunned top-seeded squads to advance into the third round.
Tennessee pushed Florida to the limit in the SEC semifinals and was razor-sharp against Massachusetts in the second round, but Mercer is coming off the high of a lifetime after knocking off Duke on Friday.
The Bears beat the Volunteers last year in the NIT, and head coach Bob Hoffman is looking forward to the rematch, per 11Alive News:
"It is strange that a year later we are playing Tenn. again. We are all looking forward to it." #Mercer coach Bob Hoffman— 11Alive News (@11AliveNews) March 22, 2014
One of these two teams will take on either Michigan or Texas in the Sweet 16, and it'll be a heavy underdog against either team.
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