On Sunday, the round of 32 continues with eight more games in the NCAA Tournament. So far, only one double digit seed, No. 11 Gonzaga made the Sweet 16. By the end of the day, there will be at least one more double digit seed to join the Sweet 16 party. However, the day starts with a pair of heavyweights on CBS. Here are the most intriguing games to watch, according to USA Today.
The No. 2 seed Villanova Wildcats breezed through their first round match up with UNC Asheville. Things should be a little different come this afternoon. The Wildcats face the No. 7 Iowa Hawkeyes at 12:10 p.m. in Brooklyn. The Hawkeyes used a last second tip-in to defeat Temple in overtime. They are tested, and ready to go. Earlier in the season, the Hawkeyes were also a Top 10 team, so this anticipated match up should go down to the wire. Villanova will be looking to become the first Big East team in the Sweet 16.
The following game gets the Cinderella party started. The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks came into Brooklyn and dismantled West Virginia by 14 points. Meanwhile, Notre Dame fought back from a large deficit to defeat Michigan by seven points. Will we have our first upset of the day? So far, the ACC has sent four teams to the Sweet 16, and have only lost a single game in the NCAA Tournament.
Overall, there are six double digit seeds playing on Sunday. The biggest surprise comes from the St. Louis pod. No. 10 Syracuse takes on No. 15 Middle Tennessee. With both teams playing unconventional zone defenses, it will be interesting to see which offenses get in a groove early. The Blue Raiders handled Michigan State with relative ease, while the Orange beat Dayton by 19 points. The winner faces the aforementioned Gonzaga team, so at least one double digit seed will earn a trip to the Elite 8.
The last game of the night comes out west. The No. 1 Oregon Ducks were highly impressive in their first contest, but they are the only PAC-12 school left in the tournament. It has truly been March Madness for the PAC-12, and an Oregon loss could really embarrass the league. St. Joes has enough talent to pull the upset. They also might have luck on their side.
Here’s the entire NCAA Tournament schedule, with announcers, and TV times.
12:10 p.m. (2) Villanova vs. (7) Iowa
2:40 p.m. (6) Notre Dame vs. (14) Stephen F. Austin
CBS: Verne Lundquist, Jim Spanarkel, Aliie LaForce
St. Louis, MO
6:10 p.m. (10) Syracuse vs. (15) Middle Tennessee
8:40 p.m. (2) Xavier vs. (7) Wisconsin
TNT: Brian Anderson, Steve Smith, Dana Jacobson
Oklahoma City, OK
5:15 p.m. (2) Oklahoma vs. (10) VCU
7:40 p.m. (3) Texas A&M vs. (11) Northern Iowa
CBS/ truTV: Carter Blackburn, Mike Gminski, Jamie Magglo
7:10 p.m. (5) Maryland vs. (13) Hawaii
9:40 p.m. (1) Oregon vs. (8) St. Joes
TBS: Spero Dedes, Doug Gottlieb, Ros Gold-Onwude