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NCAA Tournament 2014 Bracket: Updated Scores and Predictions for 3rd Round

Kansas' Andrew Wiggins dunks the ball during the second half of a second-round game against Eastern Kentucky in the NCAA college basketball tournament Friday, March 21, 2014, in St. Louis. Kansas won 80-69. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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R. Cory SmithSenior Writer IMarch 23, 2014

After one of the most insane starts to the NCAA tournament with an unpredictable round of 64, the madness hasn't slowed during the weekend.

The round of 32 has started, and teams like the Dayton Flyers and UConn Huskies haven't let college basketball fans forget that this is March and anything can most certainly happen.

 

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Now that your bracket is shattered or shredded, just sit back and enjoy the action for the final day of the third round before the tournament turns to the Sweet 16.

Before the games officially tip off on the final day of the first weekend, here's a look at Saturday's scores and predictions for the Sunday's slate.

NCAA Tournament 3rd-Round Schedule (Day 2)
MatchupTime (ET)TVLive StreamPick
No. 10 Stanford vs. No. 2 Kansas12:15 p.m.CBSNCAA.comKansas
No. 8 Kentucky vs. No. 1 Wichita State2:45 p.m.CBSNCAA.comWichita State
No. 6 North Carolina vs. No. 3 Iowa State5:15 p.m.CBSNCAA.comNorth Carolina
No. 14 Mercer vs. No. 11 Tennessee6:10 p.m.TNTNCAA.comMercer
No. 12 Stephen F. Austin vs. No. 4 UCLA7:10 p.m.TBSNCAA.comStephen F. Austin
No. 6 Baylor vs. No. 3 Creighton7:45 p.m.TruTVNCAA.comCreighton
No. 8 Memphis vs. No. 1 Virginia8:40 p.m.TNTNCAA.comVirginia
No. 8 Gonzaga vs. No. 1 Arizona9:40 p.m.TBSNCAA.comArizona
NCAA.com
NCAA Tournament 3rd-Round Scores (Day 1)
WinnerLoserFinal
No. 1 FloridaNo. 9 Pittsburgh61-45
No. 4 LouisvilleNo. 5 Saint Louis66-51
No. 2 MichiganNo. 7 Texas79-65
No. 4 San Diego StateNo. 12 North Dakota State63-44
No. 11 DaytonNo. 3 Syracuse55-53
No. 2 WisconsinNo. 7 Oregon85-77
No. 4 Michigan StateNo. 12 Harvard80-73
No. 7 ConnecticutNo. 2 Villanova77-65
NCAA.com

 

No. 10 Stanford vs. No. 2 Kansas

Without Joel Embiid due to a back injury, per ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman, for at least one more game in the round of 32, it would appear that the odds are stacked against No. 2 Kansas.

But thanks to another super freshman in Andrew Wiggins, Jayhawks fans still have a great product on the court that can contend with any team, even an upset-minded Stanford program.

Head coach Bill Self spoke about Wiggins and how much he's grown down the stretch and into tournament time, per the Associated Press (h/t USA Today):

"It's not like it used to be where, you know, the best thing about freshmen, they become sophomores. It's almost like, hey, you're a sophomore by the time conference play starts with all of the things these guys have experienced before getting to school."

With that type of confidence from his head coach, Wiggins has been sensational with Embiid riding the pine due to the injury. SportsCenter took a look at Wiggins' production prior to the start of the tournament opener again Eastern Kentucky:

Wiggins will be huge for the Jayhawks, but if Perry Ellis and Jamari Traylor can continue to dominate in the paint, this team will look the part of a No. 2 seed against the Cardinal.

Kansas will rout Stanford en route to a Sweet 16 bid where the hope is that Embiid will be able to return as the games begin to look more daunting.

Prediction: Kansas 78, Stanford 65

 

No. 14 Mercer vs. No. 11 Tennessee

Lord have Mercer.

The Mercer Bears didn't only shock Duke, but they shocked the entire country with their win over the Blue Devils. And with just minutes remaining in the contest, the Bears truly left no doubt about who was the better team as Duke slowly wilted down the stretch.

That win didn't go unnoticed by one of the most legendary coaches in college basketball as Jim Boeheim spoke about Mercer's performance, per Syracuse.com:

As big as the win for Mercer was against No. 3 Duke, a triumph over No. 11 Tennessee might be equally as important for the program as it would earn a Sweet 16 berth for the first time in program history.

Much of that turnaround in the program has been thanks to head coach Bob Hoffman, who gave a little of his coaching insight, per USA Today:

If Langston Hall can continue his hot shooting from behind the arch (.393 three-point percentage) along with Daniel Coursey and Friday's leading scorer in Jakob Gollon pitching in, the Bears have too much firepower all over the court for the Volunteers to stop.

Prediction: Mercer 71, Tennessee 68

 

No. 12 Stephen F. Austin vs. No. 4 UCLA

After 29 straight wins and one of the most memorable wins in the opening round of the field of 64, Stephen F. Austin might just be primed to be a candidate for this year's Cinderella along with Dayton.

With just one more win, the Lumberjacks might have a convincing case with a Sweet 16 berth.

The first win of the tournament for Stephen F. Austin came thanks to a four-point play to close out regulation, and the Lumberjacks carried that momentum over to the overtime period. David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution described the madness thus far and the dramatic finish:

Behind the hot shooting of Jacob Parker and Desmond Haymon, the Jacks will continue their improbable run into the Sweet 16. Both players average 14.4 points coming into the matchup with the daunting No. 4 UCLA Bruins and their outstanding offense.

Thanks to an elite outside game and the confidence to hit any shot at any moment, the Jacks will prove to the world that their run is worth watching.

Prediction: Stephen F. Austin 63, UCLA 61


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