Well, that Kentucky game was close. The Wildcats made West Virginia freshman Daxter Miles Jr. swallow his words after Kentucky thrashed the Mountaineers 78-39, prompting a clever tweet from UK freshman Devin Booker that read, "36 and won." Big Blue will face Notre Dame in the regional finals as the Fighting Irish ended Wichita State's season with an 81-70 win in Cleveland.
The West region was all chalk, although UNC and Xavier put up a good fight to try and knock off the one and two seeds in the Staple Center. Wisconsin squeaked past UNC in large part to the second half dominance from junior Sam Dekker who scored 23 points on 10 of 15 shooting and also came down with 10 boards. Arizona fended off a solid 1-3-1 zone from Xavier that stumped the Wildcats for much of the game. Arizona, one of the favorites to win the National Title, were too much in the second half and won 68-60.
The games continue Friday to see who still has a chance to compete for the final honor of cutting down the nets and being featured in the "buy this Sports Illustrated gear" commercial. UCLA and Gonzaga are the first teams to tip and the Bruins are the sole double-digit seeding team remaining in the tournament. Gonzaga has been convincing in the tournament thus far and will look for the season sweep of UCLA, as the Bulldogs beat them in December. Duke and Utah follow UCLA and Gonzaga in Houston and round out the East bracket.
NC State is looking to continue its improbable Sweet 16 run with a win against four-seeded Louisville. The teams are familiar foes as the Wolfpack won the only matchup between the two squads this season. The Wolfpack could be a sleeper team considering they've beaten three top 10 teams this season. Oklahoma and Michigan State round out the day and should be a competitive matchup. Tom Izzo's team always comes to play in the postseason but the Sooners have a trio of guys averaging double figures in Buddy Hield, Isaiah Cousins and TaShawn Thomas.
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Friday, March 27 (7:15- 10:07 p.m. ET)
|7:15 p.m.||CBS||Houston l||(2) Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. (11) UCLA Bruins||Nantz/Raftery/Hill///Wolfson|
|7:37 p.m.||TBS||Syracuse l||(4) Louisville Cardinals vs. (8) NC State Wolfpack||Lundquist/Spanarkel//LaForce|
|~9:45 p.m.||CBS||Houston ll||(1) Duke Blue Devils vs. (5) Utah Utes||Nantz/Raftery/Hill//Wolfson|
|~10:07 p.m.||TBS||Syracuse ll||(7) Michigan State Spartans vs. (3) Oklahoma Sooners||Lundquist/Spanarkel//LaForce|