If the 2014 NCAA tournament's round of 32 gave any inclination to what we should expect to see in the Sweet 16, we are certainly in for a treat. After seeing stunning down-to-the-wire finishes, upset wins and surging teams coming through in the clutch, the craziness of March Madness is at an all-time high.
There are plenty of highly anticipated matchups on the horizon and not a moment of the action should be missed. Let's take a look at all of the need-to-know information as the Sweet 16 draws closer.
Sweet 16 Schedule
|Region||Matchup||Time (ET)||TV Info|
|Thurs., March 27|
|South||No. 10 Stanford vs. No. 11 Dayton||7:15 p.m.||CBS|
|West||No. 2 Wisconsin vs. No. 6 Baylor||7:47 p.m.||TBS|
|South||No. 1 Florida vs. No. 4 UCLA||9:45 p.m.||CBS|
|West||No. 1 Arizona vs. No. 4 San Diego State||9:55 p.m.||TBS|
|Fri., March 28|
|Midwest||No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 11 Tennessee||7:15 p.m.||CBS|
|East||No. 3 Iowa State vs. No. 7 Connecticut||7:47 p.m.||TBS|
|Midwest||No. 4 Louisville vs. No. 8 Kentucky||9:40 p.m.||CBS|
|East||No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 4 Michigan State||9:55 p.m.||TBS|
All of the Sweet 16 action can be live streamed on NCAA.com.
|San Diego State||+3800|
Sweet 16 Predictions
Many of these matchups are incredibly difficult to predict. After all, based on what we've already seen, anything can happen and more surprising and dramatic finishes should be expected.
While most picks look straightforward, there are a few upsets that look to be on the horizon.
Michigan State boasts a solid, well-rounded team. Offensively, it has been putting up points by the truckload, scoring 93 and 80 points in its two March Madness games, respectively. Defensively, the team remains solid, making it difficult for opponents to keep up.
On the other hand, Virginia is a more one-dimensional team. Despite putting up 73 points on a porous Memphis defense on Sunday, it's a rarity that the Cavaliers light up the scoreboard. Granted, their defense is the best in the country, but they will have to find ways to score on Michigan State if they want to earn a trip to the Elite Eight.
Louisville should be able to handle Kentucky. However, the Wildcats are growing up fast and are beginning to play with a great deal of maturity. Meanwhile, the Cardinals have been faltering.
The way these teams have looked recently, it could be expected to see an upset here. That won't be the case. Louisville head coach Rick Pitino has been here plenty of times before. His experience will carry this team through to the Elite Eight.
After all, according to a tweet from Adam Lefkoe of Bleacher Report, Pitino boasts a perfect Sweet 16 record:
Rick Pitino is 11-0 in the Sweet Sixteen round. Think about that.— Adam Lefkoe (@AdamLefkoe) March 24, 2014
That record will remain intact in 2014.
|Region||Team 1||Team 2||Pick|
|South||No. 1 Florida||No. 4 UCLA||Florida|
|South||No. 10 Stanford||No. 11 Dayton||Dayton|
|West||No. 1 Arizona||No. 4 San Diego State||Arizona|
|West||No. 2 Wisconsin||No. 6 Baylor||Wisconsin|
|East||No. 1 Virginia||No. 4 Michigan State||Michigan State|
|East||No. 3 Iowa State||No. 7 Connecticut||Iowa State|
|Midwest||No. 4 Louisville||No. 8 Kentucky||Louisville|
|Midwest||No. 2 Michigan||No. 11 Tennessee||Michigan|
Sean O'Donnell's Predictions