Well, last night, we got two good games in the South Region and two blowouts in the West. We also saw the last Pac-12 team leave this year’s tournament as the Oregon Ducks lost to the Virginia Cavaliers, 53-49. On the plus side, we now know that Tony Bennett’s system can compete with Dana Altman’s.
Tonight, the Sweet 16 continues with four more games. The first game up features the Michigan State Spartans vs. the LSU Tigers. Personally, I’ve got Michigan State winning it all this year, but, before they can start thinking of the Final Four, they’ve got to get past LSU which has had a great season, too. But, something’s got to give and I think Izzo’s got the edge here.
About 30 minutes later on TBS, the North Carolina Tar Heels will square off against the Auburn Tigers. This should be another great matchup. A lot of folks have the Tar Heels winning the tournament. So, it would be a huge shocker to see Auburn upset UNC today, but there’s a reason they play the games.
The remaining two games also look to be solid matchups. The overall top seed Duke Blue Devils face the Virginia Tech Hokies in the East Region in a matchup between #1 and #4 seeds. Can Duke recover after almost blowing it against UCF last Sunday? Can the Hokies pull off the upset? We’ll see....
The final game today features John Calipari’s Kentucky Wildcats against the Houston Cougars. While Calipari will certainly have the Cats ready, the Cougars have lost just two games all season. Houston’s losses came against UCF, which nearly beat Duke, and Cincinnati, which lost in the first round to Iowa. Bruins fans might want to root for Houston, just in case the rumors about Calipari being interested in the UCLA job are true since a Kentucky loss would allow negotiations to begin in earnest.
Here’s tonight’s broadcast information:
2019 NCAA Tournament, Sweet Sixteen, Day Two
|Michigan State vs. LSU||Washington D.C. I||4:09 p.m.||CBS||Jim Nantz / Bill Raftery / Grant Hill // Tracy Wolfson|
|North Carolina vs. Auburn||Kansas City I||4:29 p.m.||TBS||Ian Eagle / Jim Spanarkel // Jamie Erdahl|
|Duke vs. Virginia Tech||Washington D.C. II||After conc. I||CBS||Jim Nantz / Bill Raftery / Grant Hill // Tracy Wolfson|
|Kentucky vs. Houston||Kansas City II||After conc. I||TBS||Ian Eagle / Jim Spanarkel // Jamie Erdahl|
This is your NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen Day Two open thread.