The 2014 NCAA tournament has been one of the most exciting sporting events of the year thus far, and the schedule indicates that the competition in the Sweet 16 will be just as intense as the first three rounds.
With some of college basketball’s top programs still alive in the tournament and several Cinderella teams still fighting for a chance to advance to the Elite Eight and beyond, college basketball fans won’t want to miss a second of this action.
Here is the schedule for the remainder of March Madness, the tip times, television information and the vital live stream details everyone needs to enjoy the remainder of the college basketball postseason.
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|Full 2014 March Madness Schedule, TV and Live Stream Info|
|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
With four games to watch on both Thursday and Friday, the matchup college basketball fans can’t afford to miss is the battle between the No. 1 seed Virginia Cavaliers (30-6, 16-2 ACC) and the No. 4 seed Michigan State Spartans (28-8, 12-6 Big Ten).
Virginia has amassed an impressive record during the regular season and made it through to the Sweet 16 on the elite play of the defensive unit, but the program has not faced a veteran group as talented as Michigan State.
As Gregory Kelser of Fox Sports Detroit tweets, this is going to be an on-court war:
The Cavaliers have several weaknesses that were not exploited by their Atlantic Coast Conference opponents or the teams they have squared off with in the Big Dance. With an offense that ranked 294th in the nation with 65.8 points per game, Virginia is in trouble against the fast-paced Spartans.
Michigan State struggled to find consistency in the second half of the regular season but dominated the Big Ten conference tournament and has turned that into yet another deep run in the NCAA tourney.
The Spartans almost lost their third round game against Harvard, but head coach Tom Izzo spoke to Gillian Van Stratt of MLive.com after the team’s hard-fought victory over the Crimson about what the team did correctly:
You know what we did late, we executed. We ran that play for Harris. Trav executed a couple plays. I learned that they dug back down, that they could take a blow and get back on their feet. I was happy for them.
As well as the Cavaliers have played leading into the Sweet 16, this is Michigan State’s chance to shine.
Led by the scoring duo of guard Gary Harris and forward Adreian Payne, the Spartans finished the season averaging over 10 points per game more (76.2 PPG) than Virginia and ranked 31st in the nation with a .474 field-goal percentage.
Add in the unselfish basketball played by senior guard Keith Appling and his teammates—the program is sixth in the NCAA with 17.1 assists per game—and the Cavaliers will struggle to keep pace with Michigan State.
This matchup has all the earmarks of an instant classic.
Predicted Final Score: Michigan State 76, Virginia 70
*Stats via ESPN.com.