12:10 No. 2 Virginia vs No. 7 Michigan State
CBS, Jim Nantz/Bill Raftery/Grant Hill/Tracy Wolfson
In a rematch of last year’s Sweet 16 arguably the best game of the day kicks us off. The big question will be if Justin Anderson is healthy enough to handle Michigan State’s physical play. On the flip side the Spartans will have to deal with the second best defense in the country. Many people think Michigan State will win this game and I’m on the same side.
2:40 No. 1 Duke vs No. 8 San Diego State
This is a game that will see two different styles of play. Duke likes to get up and down the court and play minimal defense while outscoring opponents. San Diego State on the flip side likes to slow the game down, play tough defense and has lulls on the offensive side of the ball. A player like J.J. O’Brien can give Duke trouble, but Jahlil Okafor should have his way in the paint.
5:15 No. 2 Kansas vs No. 7 Wichita State
CBS, Marv Albert/Chris Webber/Len Elmore/Lewis Johnson
This should be the most intense game of the day. This game features the prototypical big brother vs little brother feel as Wichita State fans feel slighted Kansas refuses to play them during the regular season. The Jayhawks blew out New Mexico State in the first round game while the Shockers came back against Indiana – hi Tom Crean! For the second year in a row Wichita State will lose a heartbreaker in the Round of 32.
6:10 No. 3 Oklahoma vs No. 11 Dayton
TNT, Ian Eagle/Doug Gottlieb/Evan Washburn
Oklahoma has one of the most balanced starting fives in the country. Led by Big 12 Player of the Year Buddy Hield, the Sooners can get a big night from anyone in the starting five. However, how will they deal with yet another home court game for Dayton? The Flyers are playing in Columbus, just about an hour from their campus. Dayton made a miracle run to the Elite Eight last season, but Oklahoma just has too much balance while Dayton is playing its third game this week.
7:10 No. 2 Gonzaga vs No. 7 Iowa
TBS, Spero Dedes/Mike Gminski/Jaime Maggio
Big Blue Nation’s favorite transfer, Kyle Wiltjer takes the floor at 7:10 tonight in an interesting matchup against No. 7 Iowa. Wiltjer, who had 23 points in Gonzaga’s first round win will face Aaron White for Iowa. The two players are pretty similar in the fact they can spread the floor and have a wide array of moves inside the post. Wiltjer should have another big night and his pick and roll game with Kevin Pangos is deadly.
7:45 No. 1 Wisconsin vs No. 8 Oregon
If you haven’t stayed up to watch any Oregon games, get to know the name Joe Young. Young won the Pac 12 Player of the Year and is one of the best scorers in the country. He single-handily took a roster that should have won about 15 games to the Round of 32. However, Wisconsin has Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker, which is just too much for Oregon.
8:40 No. 4 Maryland vs No. 5 West Virginia
TNT, Andrew Catalon/Steve Lappas/Jamie Erdahl
This is the game every Kentucky fan should watch as the Wildcats take on the winner of this game. This is another rivalry game that should have extra intensity than a normal Round of 32 game. Bob Huggins has his Mountaineers playing uptempo, trying to pressure and force turnovers while the Terps rely on Dez Wells and Melo Trimble to score. Keep an eye on West Virginia’s Juwan Staten, who has been banged up lately and is their key player.
9:40 No. 4 Louisville vs No. 5 Northern Iowa
With North Carolina State’s upset over Villanova last night it looks like the bracket is set up perfectly for Louisville to make a run. Montrezl Harrell will need to have a better game than he had against UC-Irvine, as he’ll go head to head against Seth Tuttle. If Louisville can keep Tuttle in check the Cardinals should win this game easily.