Sweet Sixteen: TV Schedule, Odds, & Predictions for Friday's March Madness Slate

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We have one half of the Sweet 16 complete after Thursday night’s insane slate. However, we’re right back at it tonight in the South and Midwest to determine the last teams to make the Elite Eight.

It’s going to be very difficult for these four games to live up to what we saw in Madison Square Garden and T-Mobile Arena last night. Even so, we should get four more high-level games tonight considering what’ll be at stake in Louisville and Kansas City.

Game Times, TV Channels, & Odds for Friday’s Sweet Sixteen:

No. 5 San Diego State Aztecs vs. No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide (-7.5) – 6:30 p.m. (TBS)

No. 5 Miami Hurricanes vs. No. 1 Houston Cougars (-7.5) – 7:15 p.m. (CBS)

  • ESPN’s BPI: Houston by 13.1 (89.5% Win Probability)

No. 15 Princeton Tigers vs. No. 6 Creighton Bluejays (-10) – 9:00 p.m. (TBS)

  • ESPN’s BPI: Creighton by 13.1 (89.2% Win Probability)

No. 3 Xavier Musketeers vs. No. 2 Texas Longhorns (-4) – 9:45 p.m. (CBS)

  • ESPN’s BPI: Texas by 5.5 (69.5% Win Probability)

To tip things off, the top overall seed in Alabama will get their second weekend going. Their only problem is their challenge will be kicking up a notch against a stingy San Diego State team. The relief for the Tide is Brandon Miller sounding as though he’ll be much healthier than he was in Birmingham. They’ll need him too as their offense will have to be ready against an Aztec defense that gives up just 63 points per game. That includes just 54.5 points a contest in their pair of NCAA Tournament victories.

Then, on CBS, we’ll get our second No. 1 seed of the night in Houston. They’ll be taking on a dangerous Miami team inside the T-Mobile Center. The Cougars feel more than fine to find some offense as they go while locking things down on the defensive end to move on from the Sweet 16. Still, they’ll have to put some points up in order to stay in front of a Hurricane offense that averages nearly 80 a night on high efficiency.

Will the clock strike midnight on Princeton? We’ll find out tonight in the second game from the Yum! Center as they’ll take on Creighton. The Tigers have to feel great about their chances considering they’re playing with house money after defeating two high-scoring teams out of the Power Five. The Bluejays are more than capable of advancing tonight. However, a lot of pressure will be on their starters considering what Mitch Henderson’s team has accomplished thus far.

In the final game of the Sweet 16, two more high-powered offenses will clash in Kansas City. For Xavier, they’ll be looking for the right mix from Souley Boum, Colby Jones, Jack Nunge, and Adam Kunkel. As for Texas, the Big 12 Tournament champions will take any combination they can get considering how many top-notch guards are in their rotation, specifically Marcus Carr and Sir’Jabari Rice.

After tonight, we’ll have our eight final teams that will have proven they’re among the elite. Some things still need to get sorted out in the Sweet 16, though, and they will be before the night is up as we head into the weekend.