The 2014 NCAA tournament has been incredible, with no shortage of great performances, amazing finishes and surprise runs.
With the 68-team field now sliced down to 16 programs, the contenders seem to have finally separated themselves from the pretenders after the opening week of play.
Let's take a look at the complete Sweet 16 schedule and highlight where you can watch all the action, find an updated printable bracket and much more.
|Date||Regional Semifinals||Time (ET)||TV||Odds||Predicted Winner|
|Thu, March 27||(11) Dayton vs. (10) Stanford||7:15 p.m.||CBS||Stanford -3||Stanford|
|Thu, March 27||(6) Baylor vs. (2) Wisconsin||7:47 p.m.||TBS||Wisconsin -3||Baylor|
|Thu, March 27||(4) UCLA vs. (1) Florida||9:45 p.m.||CBS||Florida -4||Florida|
|Thu, March 27||(4) San Diego State vs. (1) Arizona||10:17 p.m.||TBS||Arizona -6.5||Arizona|
|Fri, March 28||(11) Tennessee vs. (2) Michigan||7:15 p.m.||CBS||Michigan -2||Michigan|
|Fri, March 28||(7) Connecticut vs. (3) Iowa State||7:27 p.m.||TBS||Iowa State -1||Iowa State|
|Fri, March 28||(8) Kentucky vs. (4) Louisville||9:45 p.m.||CBS||Louisville -5||Kentucky|
|Fri, March 28||(4) Michigan State vs. (1) Virginia||9:57 p.m.||TBS||Michigan State -1.5||Michigan State|
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Must-Watch Sweet 16 Matchups
Kentucky vs. Louisville
It wouldn’t be the least bit surprising if the winner of this contest went on to claim the national title at the end of the Big Dance.
Which team will win?
Both of these Kentucky-based blue-blooded powerhouses are completely capable of winning it all, and they have recent histories of doing exactly that. Anthony Davis led the Kentucky Wildcats to a championship in 2012, while Russ Smith guided the Louisville Cardinals through the bracket last year and is back to try to do it again in 2014.
ESPN Stats & Info noted that the Wildcats have won five of the six meetings between the two marquee schools since Calipari took his current job back in 2009.
Since John Calipari took over at Kentucky in '09-10 season, he's faced Rick Pitino's Louisville team 6 times and won 5 of those games— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 24, 2014
Factor in Kentucky’s relatively recent win over the Cardinals, a sound 73-66 victory on Dec. 28, and you are looking at the recipe for a Wildcat upset.
Keep an eye on the Harrison twins, Aaron and Andrew, who went off for 39 points in UK’s victory against top-seeded Wichita State. This backcourt duo has the firepower to match Smith, while the rest of the Wildcats roster has the length, athleticism and skill to win this battle and advance to the Elite Eight.
Baylor vs. Wisconsin
This should be a thrilling matchup between two teams that have been lighting up the West regional bracket.
The Baylor Bears are arguably one of the hottest and most talented teams in the entire field, so don’t be fooled by the No. 6 seed. They are coming off a massive win against the Creighton Bluejays, beating the No. 3 seed by 30 points.
Credit a long-range offensive attack and a commitment to zone defense for the victory, as the Bears shot 77.8 percent from beyond the arc and limited Creighton, the most efficient offensive team in the nation, to their second-lowest scoring output of the season.
Wisconsin hasn’t been shabby either, dominating American by 40 points to start its Sweet 16 run. However, the team needed to fight back from a 12-point deficit at halftime against Oregon in order to advance this far.
The No. 2 Badgers were able to pull it off against the No. 7 Ducks, but they won’t be as fortunate if they get into an early hole against Baylor.
Bears senior sniper Brady Heslip will make sure of that, as the streaky guard is capable of putting a team away with his marksmanship. He hit five treys against the Bluejays and is best known for his nine three-pointers in an NCAA tournament game against Colorado back in 2012.
ShotAnalytics has a picture of Heslip’s shot chart from the 2013-14 campaign, which shows just how deadly he can be from deep:
After the lopsided victory, Heslip admitted thinking it was going to be tougher to pick up the win against the Bluejays, per the Associated Press, via USA Today: “We were just expecting it to be a fight, to be honest.”
The Bears will get that fight against Wisconsin, so make sure you tune in.