Sometime around 9 p.m. PDT, at the conclusion of tonight's scheduled action, the NCAA tournament field will be down to eight teams who will then vie over the weekend for spots in the Final Four.
A quartet of teams -- Wisconsin, Arizona, Florida and Dayton -- already have secured their spots in the Elite Eight. Who will join them? Here's a look at tonight's slate of games. And, as usual, you can stream all the action online.
Here's a quick preview of the matchups that intrigue me the most.
No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 11 Tennessee: This is a mismatch in seed only, as Tennessee actually is the higher rated team via kenpom.com and the site considers the matchup a tossup. I like to sometimes say that basketball isn't a complicated game, and Michigan's success likely is going to come down to making shots. A fascinating part of this is that the Wolverines are among the most prolific three-point shooting teams in the country -- both in terms of volume and percentage -- but the Vols are stingy, allowing precious few three attempts. Will Michigan simply fire away, even if it can't get great looks?
No. 4 Louisville vs. No. 8 Kentucky: Intrastate rivals. College basketball bluebloods. Two immensely talented teams peaking at the right time. Both like to play fast. Yeah, this will be fun.
Friday NCAA Regional Semifinals
|MidWest||(2) Michigan Wolverines vs. (11) Tennessee Volunteers||Lucas Oil Stadium
|415p||CBS||Jim Nantz, Greg Anthony, Tracy Wolfson|
|East||(3) Iowa State Cyclones vs. (7) Connecticut Huskies||Madison Square Garen
New York, NY
|427p||TBS||Verne Lundquist, Bill Raftery, Allie LaForce|
|MidWest||(4) Louisville Cardinals vs. (8) Kentucky Wildcats||Lucas Oil Stadium
|645p||CBS||Jim Nantz, Greg Anthony, Tracy Wolfson|
|East||(1) Virginia Cavaliers vs. (4) Michigan State Spartans||Madison Square Garen
New York, NY
|657p||TBS||Verne Lundquist, Bill Raftery, Allie LaForce|