Sweet 16 Haiku previews

Ohio coach John Groce knows how many syllables start and end a Haiku. (AP)

A week ago, we looked ahead to the Field of 68 and put out a preview based on 5/7/5 syllabic poetic patterns, known as Haiku.

So let's do it again with the eight games slated for Thursday and Friday. Take in all the analysis you'd like, but the fact is, you can boil the essence of these teams and games down to 17 syllables. Here's the basic DNA of what you need to know about the Sweet 16.

Kentucky Wildcats vs. Indiana Hoosiers : Watford's shot went in / Everything changed for IU / Not the same UK

Baylor Bears vs. Xavier Musketeers : X wins Tu again / This isn't about the fight / Good thing; Bears are soft

Michigan State Spartans vs. Louisville Cardinals : Oh, the coaches here / Izzo chasing seventh Four / 'Ville this year's UConn?

Marquette Golden Eagles vs. Florida Gators : Best Sweet 16 game / Buzz: West's only Four-less coach / UF now dark horse

Syracuse Orange vs. Wisconsin Badgers : All Cuse, all drama / Is Jim Boeheim having fun? / By the way: Hi, Bo

Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Cincinnati Bearcats : A river of hate / Love when the bracket does this / Fans are rewarded

North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Ohio Bobcats : This game is so Groce / Heels get a break with Bobcats / Rest your wrist, Kendall

Kansas Jayhawks vs. NC State Wolfpack : Kansas has new life / Pack fans in love with Gottfried / Feeling a tight one
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