With Day 1 NCAA tournament in the books, we've moved on to the second best sports day of the year! The only reason yesterday was better was because it was the first day. Sorry second day, you're just going to have to play second fiddle.
Here's the television schedule so you know what to watch and where to find it on the tube; you can also catch all of the action online at the NCAA's March Madness Live if you have the proper cable subscriptions.
If you're looking for the games that have a solid chance for upset potential, I'd direct you first to Cal-Hawaii, which is a 4/13 matchup that has been everyone's trendy pick. There are a lot of solid reasons for that: Despite playing in the Big West, Hawaii is ranked 60th by kenpom.com (just one spot behind Oregon State); additionally, while Cal is loaded with NBA talent, it's young talent that has been known to drop a turd of a game now and then this season.
A less trendy pick, but perhaps one you should keep an eye on? The 3/14 of West Virginia and Stephen F. Austin. Those don't typically result in upsets, but kenpom.com thinks the Lumberjacks are criminally underseeded, ranking them 33rd (!) nationally. Of course, kenpom.com also thinks the Mountaineers are underseeded, so the site still projects WVU to win 70 percent of the time.
Enjoy it all. Go ahead and use this as your thread for all of today's action.
Friday March 18: Round of 64
|12:15p||St. Louis||Midwest||(7) Dayton Flyers vs. (10) Syracuse Orange||Brian Anderson/Steve Smith//Dana Jacobson|
|12:40p||Brooklyn||South||(2) Villanova Wildcats vs. (15) UNC-Asheville Bulldogs||Verne Lundquist/Jim Spanarkel//Allie LaForce|
|1:30p||Oklahoma City||West||(7) Oregon State Beavers vs. 910) Virginia Commonwealth Rams||Carter Blackburn/ Mike Gminski//Jaime Maggio|
|2:00p||Spokane||South||(4) California Golden Bears vs. (13) Hawaii Rainbow Warriors||Spero Dedes/Doug Gottlieb//Ros Gold-Onwude|
|After conc. I||St. Louis||Midwest||(2) Michigan State Spartans vs. (15) Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders||Anderson/Smith//Jacobson|
|After conc. I||Oklahoma City||West||(2) Oklahoma Sooners vs. (15) CS-Bakersfield Roadrunners||Blackburn/Gminski//Maggio|
|After conc. I||Brooklyn||South||(7) Iowa Hawkeyes vs. (10) Temple Owls||Lundquist/Spanarkel//LaForce|
|After conc. I||Spokane||South||(5) Maryland Terrapins vs. (12) South Dakota State Jackrabbits||Dedes/Gottlieb//Gold-Onwude|
|6:50p||St. Louis||East||(7) Wisconsin Badgers vs.(10) Pittsburgh Panthers||Anderson/Smith//Jacobson|
|7:10p||Brooklyn||East||(3) West Virginia Mountaineers vs. (14) Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks||Lundquist/Spanarkel//LaForce|
|7:20p||Oklahoma City||West||(3) Texas A&M Aggies vs. (14) Green Bay Phoenix||Blackburn/Gminski//Maggio|
|7:27p||Spokane||West||(1) Oregon Ducks vs. (16) Holy Cross Crusaders||Dedes/Gottlieb//Gold-Onwude|
|After conc. III||St. Louis||East||(2) Xavier Musketeers vs. (15) Weber State Wildcats||Anderson/Smith//Jacobson|
|After conc. III||Brooklyn||East||(6) Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs.(11) Michigan Wolverines||Lundquist/Spanarkel//LaForce|
|After conc. III||Oklahoma City||West||(6) Texas Longhorns vs.(11) Northern Iowa Panthers||Blackburn/Gminski//Maggio|
|After conc. III||Spokane||West||(8) Saint Josephs (PA) Hawks vs. (9) Cincinnati Bearcats||Dedes/Gottlieb//Gold-Onwude|