NCAA Basketball Tournament 2014: Updated Bracket and TV Coverage for Sweet 16

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NCAA Basketball Tournament 2014: Updated Bracket and TV Coverage for Sweet 16
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The 2014 NCAA tournament is one of the most exciting sporting events of the year, and the first three rounds of college basketball action have exceeded the lofty expectations placed upon March Madness.

With several top seeds still alive in the tourney and a few Cinderella teams fighting to keep their dream runs going, the potential for drama as the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight approach this weekend has grown exponentially.

Here is the updated bracket information, a full schedule for the remainder of the 2014 tournament and all the television and live stream coverage so fans don’t miss a second of the action.

 

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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

Source: NCAA.com

 

Can’t-Miss Sweet 16 Matchup: No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 4 Michigan State

While this weekend will be full of exciting college basketball action, the must-see matchup of the Sweet 16 is the battle between 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 comes into the Sweet 16 regarded as one of the stingiest defensive units in the entire nation, but a matchup against a Michigan State team that plays elite defense and can score in bunches will be the toughest test of the season.

This will undoubtedly be a bitter on-court battle, and Fox Sports Detroit’s Gregory Kelser is expecting it to get chippy on Friday night:

The Cavaliers are arguably the best defensive team in the nation and have shut down some of the toughest offenses in college basketball on their way to an Atlantic Coast Conference Championship.

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While two decisive victories to start the second and third rounds have given Virginia even more momentum heading into the matchup with the Spartans, the offensive inconsistency for the Cavaliers will be a serious issue.

Virginia ranked 294th in the NCAA this season with an average of 65.8 points per game.

Even if the Cavaliers have a great defensive effort, Michigan State averaged 76.2 points per game this year, almost 10 points more per matchup. The Spartans will get their points and contend for the win, but the program isn’t taking Virginia lightly.

Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo told Gillian Van Stratt of MLive.com about why the Cavaliers were a No. 1 seed coming into the tournament:

Why are they a No. 1 seed? Because of the way they defend and rebound the ball. This is one of the best defensive teams in the whole country, if not the best. And they are big. They're a very big, physical, strong team; people say they look like a Big Ten team. This is a bump and grind team.

The Spartans will be looking to test the physicality of Virginia from the opening tip. With both teams taking pride in their ability to rebound effectively, the battles on the glass will be fierce and could result in some extra-physical play.

This game has all the earmarks of an instant classic.

Once Michigan State showcases how aggressive it can be and the Virginia team is back on its heels, the Spartans must begin attacking the rim and taking smart shots from the field. With a stellar .474 field-goal percentage, Izzo’s bunch will take the early lead and never relinquish it.

The Cavaliers are a great team, but coming from behind is not where they thrive. If Michigan State can strike early and grab the lead, the program will never look back.

Predicted Final Score: Michigan State 76, Virginia 70

 

*Stats via ESPN.com.

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