The Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament starts on Saturday, and it's not nearly as big a deal around these parts as Maryland fans hoped it would be. The Terps are out of the tournament, but the event is still a lot of fun and rolling on.
There are some legitimately great games happening on Saturday, anyway. Maryland conquerer Kansas plays Villanova in what ought to be one of the highest-level games of the season in college basketball, between two teams without any apparent weakness at all. Elsewhere, Oklahoma and all-everything star Buddy Hield face Oregon, probably the tournament's disrespected No. 1 seed in years, with everything at stake.
The winners go to the Final Four. After a lot of late games, these start at a comparatively reasonable time, so you can watch them and then go out on the town or go to bed. That's the way it should be.
Use this space as an open thread throughout the day to talk March Madness.
|(1) Oregon Ducks vs. (2) Oklahoma Sooners||6:09pm ET||CBS||NCAA.com & March Madness Live app||Verne Lundquist / Jim Spanarkel // Allie LaForce|
|(1) Kansas Jayhawks vs. (2) Villanova Wildcats||8:49pm ET||CBS||NCAA.com & March Madness Live app||Jim Nantz / Grant Hill / Bill Raftery // Tracy Wolfson|