The first three rounds of the 2014 NCAA tournament were exciting, but the second day of the Sweet 16 promises to live up to the expectations set by the intense action on Thursday and each previous round.
With several top teams still alive and hunting for a national championship, as well as a few Cinderella teams looking to cement their spot in history, the four remaining games in the Sweet 16 will be must-watch TV.
Here is all the updated bracket information and a full schedule with television details and vital live stream info every college basketball fan needs to enjoy the rest of March Madness.
All Your Bracket Essentials
|Full Schedule, TV and Live Stream Info|
|Date||Regional Semifinals||Time (ET)||TV||Live Stream|
|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|
Friday’s Best Sweet 16 Matchup: No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 4 Michigan State
The best matchup on the impressive slate of games for Friday will be No. 1 seed Virginia Cavaliers (30-6, 16-2 ACC) taking on the No. 4 seed Michigan State Spartans (28-8, 12-6 Big Ten) in the most intriguing battle of the Sweet 16.
Virginia has been put on upset alert.
While there are many college basketball fans that believe the veteran leadership and defensive prowess of Michigan State will be the ultimate difference in this game, Spartans head coach Tom Izzo explained to Gillian Van Stratt of MLive.com about why the Cavaliers were a No. 1 seed:
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 Cavaliers are one of the best defensive teams in the sport this year, but how the program handles the bright lights of the Sweet 16 will be the determining factor in the game against Michigan State.
If the Spartans get going offensively, this defensive battle could turn into a one-sided offensive beatdown. Fox Sports Detroit’s Gregory Kelser talked about the potential for a fierce matchup:
Michigan State averaged 76.2 points per game this season. With Virginia ranking 294th in the NCAA with an average of 65.8 points per game, the Spartans averaged almost 10 more points per matchup than their Sweet 16 foes.
While the Cavaliers’ defense has the ability to even the playing field, Michigan State’s impressive .474 field-goal percentage indicates that the team takes smart shots and will wait to find the open man before launching the ball.
Led by a strong group of veteran players with experience in the NCAA tournament, the Spartans will be able to upset the No. 1 seed Virginia and advance to the Elite Eight.
Predicted Final Score: Michigan State 76, Virginia 70
*Stats via ESPN.com.