The 2014 NCAA tournament has been nothing short of thrilling, and that should continue with Day 2 of the Sweet 16 set to tip off in a few hours.
With half of the Elite Eight field set, any fan of college basketball—from the hardcore hoops junkies to the casual observers who just enjoy March Madness—would be foolish not to tune in to these incredible matchups and find out the rest of the Final Four hopefuls.
Keep reading to get a complete rundown on where you can live stream all the action, plus take a look at the updated spread, picks for each game and a closer look at a must-watch contest.
|Date||Matchup||Time (ET)||TV||Live Stream||Spread||Prediction|
|Fri, March 28||(11) Tennessee vs. (2) Michigan||7:15 p.m.||CBS||NCAA.com||Michigan -2.5||Michigan|
|Fri, March 28||(7) Connecticut vs. (3) Iowa State||7:27 p.m.||TBS||NCAA.com||Iowa State -2||Iowa State|
|Fri, March 28||(8) Kentucky vs. (4) Louisville||9:45 p.m.||CBS||NCAA.com||Louisville -4.5||Kentucky|
|Fri, March 28||(4) Michigan State vs. (1) Virginia||9:57 p.m.||TBS||NCAA.com||Michigan State -1.5||Michigan State|
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Must-Stream Sweet 16 Matchup: Michigan State vs. Virginia
The Virginia Cavaliers have been living up to their billing as a top seed in this tournament, but they are now getting points against a solid Michigan State squad that many believe deserved higher than a No. 4 seed.
It’s going to be difficult for the Spartans to navigate past UVA’s tight defense, which KenPom has ranked No. 5 in the entire nation.
The Wahoos boast the No. 1 scoring defense in the country, allowing just 55.5 points per game due to their deliberate pace and their ability to set the tempo and completely take opponents out of rhythm.
Virginia is facing perhaps its toughest test yet, as MSU grades out as the No. 9 most efficient offense in college basketball, according to KenPom. The team has a multitude of scoring options at its disposal and is finally fully healthy.
CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein pointed out the individual battle to watch in this one, so make sure you keep a close eye on these two superstars:
Underrated individual match up of the Sweet 16? Michigan State's Adreian Payne vs. Virginia's Akil Mitchell. Clash of the titans.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) March 25, 2014
Should the Spartans lock in and start scoring baskets at a decent clip, it will be immensely challenging for the ‘Hoos to keep up. The No. 1 seed ranks No. 294 in terms of scoring offense, averaging a mere 65.8 points per game.
However, it’s not going to be easy for Michigan State to get any looks. Head coach Tom Izzo has guided many teams to the Final Four during his tenure in East Lansing but knows he is in for a battle.
Izzo spoke to Gillian Van Stratt of MLive.com about the upcoming matchup:
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.
This game could definitely go either way, so make sure you tune in at 9:57 p.m. ET to find out who wins this classic offense versus defense clash and becomes the last team into the Elite Eight.
Pick: Michigan State 64 - Virginia 62