Saturday NCAA tournament TV schedule, tip times
Three of the four teams in the NCAA Midwest region will be determined Saturday.
The Round of 64 always brings the most excitement, with monster upsets and games decided in the final minutes (not that there were that many this year). But the Round of 32 is where the true contenders make statements and we weed out the teams that aren’t threats to cut down the nets in Atlanta. We’re less than 48 hours from having the Sweet 16 set in stone, and things get kicked off on Saturday.
VCU vs. Michigan, 12:15 p.m. ET (CBS), Auburn Hills, MI -- This is going to be a must-watch game. Trey Burke and Michigan take care of the ball better than any team in the country, but they will be going against VCU’s HAVOC, which forces turnovers better than anyone in the country. Strength vs. strength – something has to give.
Memphis vs. Michigan State, 2:45 p.m. ET (CBS), Auburn Hills, MI -- Josh Pastner broke through and get his first NCAA tournament win in three chances on Thursday, and now he gets to go up against Tom Izzo. The Spartans cruised past Valparaiso, but will have their hands full with Memphis’ athleticism. Can Tarik Black and Shaq Goodwin slow down Derrick Nix and Adreian Payne?
Colorado State vs. Louisville, 5:15 p.m. ET (CBS), Lexington, KY -- Both teams looked impressive on Thursday, as Louisville steamrolled North Carolina A&T and Colorado State beasted Missouri. The Cardinals are playing as well as anyone right now, and Colorado State could have loads of trouble with their pressure.
Harvard vs. Arizona, 6:10 p.m. ET (TNT), Salt Lake City -- Harvard was the story of Thursday, beating No. 3 New Mexico in the Round of 64. Meanwhile, Arizona handled perennial upset pick Belmont with surprising ease. The Crimson will have to shoot tremendously well from the field and slow down Arizona’s size on the inside.
Oregon vs. St. Louis , 7:10 p.m. ET (TBS), San Jose -- Oregon made a statement to the committee that it didn’t deserve the No. 12 seed it was given, thrashing Oklahoma State from the opening tip. Saint Louis is a different animal, though. The Billikens are disciplined and well-prepared – and will do everything to take Oregon out of its rhythm.
Butler vs. Marquette, 7:45 p.m. ET (CBS), Lexington, KY -- This was awfully close to being Butler vs. Davidson in a former Cinderella battle, but Marquette came back to beat the Wildcats on a Vander Blue layup with 1.0 second left. Butler overcame a terrible perimeter shooting day to beat Bucknell; which team will knock down its 3-point shots?
Wichita State vs. Gonzaga, 8:40 p.m. ET (TNT), Salt Lake City -- It will be interesting to see if anyone jumps on the Wichita State bandwagon, after the Shockers handled Pittsburgh and Gonzaga struggled mightily with No. 16 seed Southern. Look for the battle on the inside between Carl Hall and Kelly Olynyk to be the major factor.
California vs. Syracuse, 9:40 p.m. ET (TBS), San Jose -- California was another Pac-12 team that was impressive on Thursday, beating a talented UNLV team in a 12-over-5 upset. How will the Golden Bears handle the Syracuse zone? Allen Crabbe and Justin Cobbs can score, but it will be hard to get inside the Orange’s 2-3 defense.
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