The first half of the Elite 8 is now set. In case you missed last night's action, Arizona downed Xavier. Wisconsin topped North Carolina while Notre Dame defeated Wichita State. Oh yeah, and Kentucky was Kentucky, doubling up on West Virginia 78-39. The first half score of that game reminded me of the Kentucky-UCLA game from December.
We have another four games on tap for today. But, let's face it. There's only one game most of us care about today and it's the Bruins' game.
The Bruins will kick off the action against Gonzaga at 4:15pm PT. I'm not exactly sure why CBS and the NCAA would make 2 West Coast teams start at so early when they could have flipped it with the Duke game against Utah which features a team from the Eastern and Mountain time zones.
Here's today's complete schedule:
Friday, March 27
|7:15 pm||CBS||Houston||Gonzaga (2) vs. UCLA (11)|
|7:37 pm||TBS||Syracuse||NC State (8) vs. Louisville (4)|
|9:45 pm||CBS||Houston||Duke (1) vs. Utah (5)|
|10:07 pm||TBS||Syracuse||Oklahoma (3) vs. Michigan State (7)|
I think the second most compelling matchup today is the NC State-Louisville game. My prediction is that the winner of this game will end up going to the Final Four. Ultimately, I think Louisville will prevail and go as far as the title game, because Pitino is such a great coach.
Of course, if you will still be at work when the action starts, you can visit the NCAA March Madness website to catch the action or just install the March Madness app on your mobile device! The site has links to install the app on whatever device you have.
This is your open thread for the final three games.