NCAA Bracket 2014: Updated Schedule and Predictions After Day 2 of 3rd Round

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIMarch 24, 2014

Many 2014 NCAA tournament brackets remain on life support as the Sweet 16 has now come to fruition. After a slew of surprising upsets, March Madness continues to be as wild as ever. That's guaranteed to continue going forward.

With just 16 teams remaining, and each vying for the coveted title of national champions, the tournament's remaining games will see heightened levels of intensity. Who would want to miss a moment of the upcoming action? Nobody.

Let's take a look at the updated tournament schedule and viewing information, and follow that up by predicting which remaining teams will advance to the Elite Eight.

 

Updated Schedule

2014 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Schedule
RegionMatchupTime (ET)TV Info
Thurs., March 27
SouthNo. 10 Stanford vs. No. 11 Dayton7:15 p.m.CBS
WestNo. 2 Wisconsin vs. No. 6 Baylor7:47 p.m.TBS
SouthNo. 1 Florida vs. No. 4 UCLA9:45 p.m.CBS
WestNo. 1 Arizona vs. No. 4 San Diego State9:55 p.m.TBS
Fri., March 28
MidwestNo. 2 Michigan vs. No. 11 Tennessee7:15 p.m.CBS
EastNo. 3 Iowa State vs. No. 7 Connecticut7:47 p.m.TBS
MidwestNo. 4 Louisville vs. No. 8 Kentucky9:40 p.m.CBS
EastNo. 1 Virginia vs. No. 4 Michigan State9:55 p.m.TBS
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All of the Sweet 16 action can be live streamed on NCAA.com.

 

Updated Predictions

2014 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Predictions
RegionTeam 1Team 2Pick
SouthNo. 1 FloridaNo. 4 UCLAFlorida
SouthNo. 10 StanfordNo. 11 DaytonDayton
WestNo. 1 ArizonaNo. 4 San Diego StateArizona
WestNo. 2 WisconsinNo. 6 BaylorWisconsin
EastNo. 1 VirginiaNo. 4 Michigan StateMichigan State
EastNo. 3 Iowa StateNo. 7 ConnecticutIowa State
MidwestNo. 4 LouisvilleNo. 8 KentuckyLouisville
MidwestNo. 2 MichiganNo. 11 TennesseeMichigan
Sean O'Donnell's Predictions

 

Analysis

No. 1 Florida should continue to roll into the Elite Eight. The Gators face a very solid UCLA team in the Sweet 16; however, UCLA's 12th-ranked offense won't get enough good looks from Florida's third-ranked defense.

The Bruins shot 54.7 percent from the field against Stephen F. Austin on Sunday but only managed to connect on four of their 14 attempts from downtown. That simply won't get it done against the Gators.

No. 11 Dayton will continue its improbable surge against No. 10 Stanford. Dayton has faced two very tough squads and has come away with impressive close victories in each.

After defeating Ohio State 60-59 and then Syracuse 55-53, this team has showed the moxie and resilience it takes to go deep into the NCAA tournament. That will get Dayton anther win and propel the team to the Elite Eight.

Virginia and Michigan State figures to be the most highly anticipated Sweet 16 matchup. Virginia looked great on Sunday, trouncing Memphis. However, the Cavaliers are a one-dimensional team. They rely heavily on defense and are inconsistent on the offensive end.

Michigan State is a well-rounded team on both sides of the court. It has an aggressive offense, solid defense, tons of experience and one of the best coaches in the nations. These will all be contributing factors in a huge upset victory.

Iowa State's offense has just been ridiculous lately. After scoring 93 points in Round 2, the team followed that up with an 85-point performance in a close Round 3 victory. Connecticut simply doesn't have the firepower to keep up in this one.

Although San Diego State has looked good of late, Arizona has looked better. After trouncing a very good Gonzaga team by a score of 84-61 on Sunday, the Wildcats re-established themselves as top contenders. They'll ride that momentum into the Elite Eight.

Wisconsin has just looked dominant lately. Although, so has Baylor. The difference in this matchup will be Wisconsin's consistency on the defensive end. The Badgers have been riding a late-season surge and continue to produce offensively while making it difficult for opponents to keep up.

Kentucky looked great against Wichita State on Sunday. Louisville, on the other hand, struggled in a big way against Saint Louis. However, this is where head coach Rick Pitino comes in. His team has been struggling, and his experience in this situation will allow the Cardinals to right the ship and shape up in time to earn another win.

Even though Tennessee has been fantastic over the late portion of the season, there are few hotter teams than Michigan right now. The Wolverines absolutely put on a clinic against Texas in the round of 32. The hot streak and momentum gained from that game will carry the team through to the Elite Eight.

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