Well folks, another Bruin Basketball season is in the books. And less than 24 hours after another UCLA season-ending loss to Florida, a pair of underclassmen have stated their intent to leave early to enter the NBA Draft. While all of the departing player attention is focused on Kyle Anderson and especially Zach Lavine, lets not forget our two graduating seniors; David and Travis Wear. I know that they have not been the favorite players of many people here - particularly due to deficiencies in their respective games, which as much as anything is on the coach(es) who recruited and attempted to use them in ineffective roles - but they have represented the four letters well on and off the court. My best wishes to them both as they move on to the next stages in their lives.
Tonight is the conclusion of the Sweet 16; four games to determine who joins Arizona, Dayton, Florida and Wisconsin in the Elite 8. In just a few minutes, Tennessee will continue its drastically underseeded run through the Midwest region against Michigan, with Iowa State and UConn starting play soon after. The second set of games opens with maybe the most anticipated game of the entire tournament: John Calipari's Kentucky squad versus Rick Pitino and Louisville. The final game is another elite coaching matchup, as Tom Izzo and Michigan State try to stop Tony Bennett from getting Virginia back to the Final Four for the first time in three decades (go Hoos!).
Remember that regardless of your TV service or which network is carrying a game, you can watch any NCAA Tournament game online via March Madness Live though your desktop/laptop browser or smartphone/tablet app. The complete schedule of today's games and TV carriers is posted below, and BN's full coverage of March Madness can be found here.
All times below are Eastern.
Thursday's game/TV schedule
|Midwest||(2) Michigan Wolverines vs. (11) Tennessee Volunteers||Lucas Oil Stadium
|715p||CBS||Jim Nantz, Greg Anthony, Tracy Wolfson|
|East||(3) Iowa State Cyclones vs. (7) Connecticut Huskies||Madison Square Garden
New York, NY
|727p||TBS||Verne Lundquist, Bill Raftery, Allie LaForce|
|Midwest||(4) Louisville Cardinals vs. (8) Kentucky Wildcats||Lucas Oil Stadium
|945p||CBS||Jim Nantz, Greg Anthony, Tracy Wolfson|
|East||(1) Virginia Cavaliers vs. (4) Michigan St. Spartans||Madison Square Garden
New York, NY
|957p||TBS||Verne Lundquist, Bill Raftery, Allie LaForce|