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Sweet 16 Schedule: Last-Second Bracket Updates and Picks for NCAA Tournament

UCLA guard Norman Powell works out during practice at the NCAA college basketball tournament, Wednesday, March 26, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. UCLA plays Florida in a regional semifinal on Thursday. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistMarch 27, 2014

The 2014 NCAA tournament has finally reached the Sweet 16 portion of the schedule, and college basketball fans all across the world are ready for the action to tip off on Thursday and continue through Friday.

With some of the top contenders to win a national title still alive and several Cinderella teams looking to continue their dream run to the Elite Eight and beyond, the fourth round of action will be even more entertaining than the first three.

Here is all the last-second information for the updated bracket, a full schedule for the remainder of the NCAA tournament and predictions for the entire Sweet 16.

 

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Full Schedule, TV and Live Stream Info and Picks
Date Regional Semifinals Time (ET) TV Live StreamPicks
Thu, March 27 (11) Dayton vs. (10) Stanford 7:15 p.m. CBS March Madness LiveStanford
Thu, March 27 (6) Baylor vs. (2) Wisconsin 7:47 p.m. TBS March Madness LiveBaylor
Thu, March 27 (4) UCLA vs. (1) Florida 9:45 p.m. CBS March Madness LiveFlorida
Thu, March 27 (4) San Diego State vs. (1) Arizona 10:17 p.m. TBS March Madness LiveArizona
Fri, March 28 (11) Tennessee vs. (2) Michigan 7:15 p.m. CBS March Madness LiveTennessee
Fri, March 28 (7) Connecticut vs. (3) Iowa State 7:27 p.m. TBS March Madness LiveUConn
Fri, March 28 (8) Kentucky vs. (4) Louisville 9:45 p.m. CBS March Madness LiveLouisville
Fri, March 28 (4) Michigan State vs. (1) Virginia 9:57 p.m. TBS March Madness LiveMichigan State
Date Regional Finals Time (ET) TV Live StreamPicks
Sat, March 29 Regional Final - TBD 6 p.m. TBS March Madness LiveN/A
Sat, March 29 Regional Final - TBD 8:30 p.m. TBS March Madness LiveN/A
Sun, March 30 Regional Final - TBD 2:10 p.m. CBS March Madness LiveN/A
Sun, March 30 Regional Final - TBD 4:55 p.m. CBS March Madness LiveN/A
Date National Semifinals Time (ET) TV Live StreamPicks
Sat, April 5 National Semifinal - TBD 6 p.m. TBS, TNT, truTV March Madness LiveN/A
Sat, April 5 National Semifinal - TBD 8:30 p.m. TBS, TNT, truTV March Madness LiveN/A
Date National Championship Time (ET) TV Live StreamPicks
Mon, April 7 National Championship - TBD 9:10 p.m. CBS March Madness LiveN/A
Source: NCAA.com

 

Sweet 16’s Most Underrated Matchup: No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 11 Tennessee

While there are more intriguing games in the fourth round (i.e. Louisville vs. Kentucky), there will be none with as much on-court excitement as the battle between No. 2 seed Michigan Wolverines (27-8, 15-3 Big Ten) and the No. 11 seed Tennessee Volunteers (24-12, 11-7 SEC).

On paper, this should be an easy matchup for the high-powered offense of Michigan, but Tennessee is playing inspired basketball and is one of the hottest teams remaining in the tournament.

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After losing to Florida in the semifinals of the SEC tournament, the Volunteers had to refocus their attention on the Big Dance and their first-round matchup against Iowa to even make the round of 64.

Not only did Tennessee beat the Hawkeyes in overtime to reach the second round, but they also managed to stop Massachusetts and Mercer in the second and third rounds respectively to earn a spot in the Sweet 16.

Tennessee head coach Cuonzo Martin told Nicole Auerbach of USA Today about his team’s struggles this season and how they pushed through to reach this point:

Luckily for our guys, they stayed the course, didn't get caught up in the negativity and continued to get better not only as basketball players, but as men. That's probably the biggest thing I'm proud of — and their love for each other has really grown as a unit. … They took a lot of lumps, bumps along the way.

There are no magic tricks. We haven't changed anything. There's nothing different. They just completely bought in and understood in order for us to be successful, this is what we have to do — and they're doing it.

As if the stakes could get any higher, ESPN’s college basketball department shared an interesting fact that should add even more fuel to Tennessee’s fire:

Michigan isn’t going to roll over, though.

While the Wolverines haven’t faced the kind of tests Tennessee has endured—the first two rounds consisted of battles against Wofford and Texas—the program has averaged 75 points per game this season and is one of the most efficient shooting groups in the nation, amassing an impressive .481 field-goal percentage.

As well as Michigan’s offense has run this postseason, the team has not faced a tougher defensive unit than Tennessee.

Not only do the Volunteers possess the size and strength to bully any team in the tournament, but the ability to attack the glass and dominate the rebounding category will also give them the second-chance opportunities they thrive on.

Michigan’s road will come to a halt and Tennessee will continue its dream run into the Elite Eight.

Predicted Final Score: Tennessee 76, Michigan 70

 

*Stats via ESPN.com.

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