The first three rounds of the 2014 NCAA tournament have been an amazing showcase of elite talent at the collegiate level, and the upcoming Sweet 16 schedule has fans clamoring for more men’s basketball.
With several top seeds continuing their hunt for a national title and even more Cinderella teams trying to cement their spot in history, the competition through the remainder of the tournament should be intense.
Here is the remaining tournament schedule, the full bracket updates college basketball fans need and all the viewing information to witness every second of the Sweet 16 action and beyond.
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|Date||Regional Semifinals||Time (ET)||TV||Live Stream|
|Thu, March 27||(11) Dayton vs. (10) Stanford||7:15 p.m.||CBS||March Madness Live|
|Thu, March 27||(6) Baylor vs. (2) Wisconsin||7:47 p.m.||TBS||March Madness Live|
|Thu, March 27||(4) UCLA vs. (1) Florida||9:45 p.m.||CBS||March Madness Live|
|Thu, March 27||(4) San Diego State vs. (1) Arizona||10:17 p.m.||TBS||March Madness Live|
|Fri, March 28||(11) Tennessee vs. (2) Michigan||7:15 p.m.||CBS||March Madness Live|
|Fri, March 28||(7) Connecticut vs. (3) Iowa State||7:27 p.m.||TBS||March Madness Live|
|Fri, March 28||(8) Kentucky vs. (4) Louisville||9:45 p.m.||CBS||March Madness Live|
|Fri, March 28||(4) Michigan State vs. (1) Virginia||9:57 p.m.||TBS||March Madness Live|
|Date||Regional Finals||Time (ET)||TV||Live Stream|
|Sat, March 29||Regional Final - TBD||6 p.m.||TBS||March Madness Live|
|Sat, March 29||Regional Final - TBD||8:30 p.m.||TBS||March Madness Live|
|Sun, March 30||Regional Final - TBD||2:10 p.m.||CBS||March Madness Live|
|Sun, March 30||Regional Final - TBD||4:55 p.m.||CBS||March Madness Live|
|Date||National Semifinals||Time (ET)||TV||Live Stream|
|Sat, April 5||National Semifinal - TBD||6 p.m.||TBS, TNT, truTV||March Madness Live|
|Sat, April 5||National Semifinal - TBD||8:30 p.m.||TBS, TNT, truTV||March Madness Live|
|Date||National Championship||Time (ET)||TV||Live Stream|
|Mon, April 7||National Championship - TBD||9:10 p.m.||CBS||March Madness Live|
Sweet 16 Matchup to Watch: No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 4 Michigan State
Friday’s final game and the final matchup of the Sweet 16 will also be the most interesting of the round. When the No. 1-seeded Virginia Cavaliers (30-6, 16-2 ACC) square off against the No. 4-seeded Michigan State Spartans (28-8, 12-6 Big Ten), all eyes will be on this battle.
Virginia comes into the matchup as the No. 1 seed, but the leadership on the Michigan State roster and the familiarity with playing under the pressure of the NCAA tournament has evened the playing field between the two teams.
According to Gregory Kelser of Fox Sports Detroit, college basketball fans are in store for much more than a normal Sweet 16 meeting:
While the Cavaliers can defend the ball well and hit timely shots, the overall offense has struggled to find consistency all season. After finishing the year ranked 295th in the NCAA with an average of 65.8 points per game, Virginia’s offense will be pushed to its limit.
The team did manage to put up 78 points against Memphis in the third round, but Michigan State has a much better defensive scheme and will have the No. 1 seed on the ropes early and often.
The Spartans faced a tough test against an unrated Harvard team—winning the hard-fought game 80-73—but head coach Tom Izzo told Chantel Jennings of ESPN about what he wants his players to learn from the close call:
We played good enough that you’d say 'That team’s capable of getting to the Final Four,' and we played bad enough that you could say 'That team should’ve been out of the tournament.' Maybe it’ll be a little learning lesson for a couple of those guys who got complacent.
With Michigan State focused once again, the team will look to its explosive offense (averaging 76.2 points per game) and shooting efficiency (a .474 field-goal percentage) to force the Cavaliers to come from behind.
Who ya got?
The Cavaliers rank outside the top 120 in rebounds and assists per game, and the program will be exploited by the veteran leadership of the Spartans. Michigan State will take the victory.
Predicted Final Score: Michigan State 77, Virginia 67
*Stats via ESPN.com.