The First Round of the NCAA tournament is in the books, and it's time to find out which teams will be the first eight to advance to the Sweet 16.
If you're into Cinderella stories, there are four double-digit seeds for you to keep an eye on today. Obviously they all have "a chance" to advance to the next round, but two teams in particular would seem to have a better than usual shot: Both Wichita State and Gonzaga (each an 11 seed) are actually favored by kenpom.com in their matchups, and even Vegas sees the Shockers as a two-point favorite. (The Zags are a pick 'em.)
In other words, neither is really a Cinderella ... but still, if you like seeing two-digit numbers that start with a 1 winning games, those are two really good candidates.
Twelve seeds Arkansas Little Rock and Yale also will be trying to push on through, and it will be awfully fun to watch a decidedly Yale crowd in Providence, RI, try to cheer the Bulldogs past Duke.
That said, the marquee matchup of the day is clearly Indiana and Kentucky -- you can't beat two blue bloods who have a long history squaring off in March Madness.
Here's the full schedule. Use this as your thread for discussion, if you like.
Saturday, March 19: 2nd Round Games
|9:10am||CBS||Providence||South||(3) Miami-Florida Hurricanes vs. (11) Wichita State Shockers||Ian Eagle/Chris Webber/Len Elmore//Evan Washburn|
|After Conc.||CBS||Providence||West||(4) Duke Blue Devils vs. (12) Yale Bulldogs||Eagle/Webber/Elmore//Washburn|
|2:15p||CBS||Des Moines||East||(4) Kentucky Wildcats vs. (5) Indiana Hoosiers||Jim Nantz/Grant Hill/Bill Raftery//Tracy Wolfson|
|3:10p||TNT||Denver||Midwest||(4) Iowa State Cyclones vs. (12) Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans||Andrew Catalon/Steve Lappas//Jamie Erdahl|
|4:10p||TBS||Raleigh||Midwest||(1) Virginia Cavaliers vs. (9) Butler Bulldogs||Kevin Harlan/Reggie Miller/Dan Bonner//Lewis Johnson|
|After Conc.||CBS||Des Moines||South||(1) Kansas Jayhawks vs. (9) Connecticut Huskies||Nantz/ Hill/ Raftery//Wolfson|
|After Conc.||TNT||Denver||Midwest||(3) Utah Utes vs. (11) Gonzaga Bulldogs||Catalon/Lappas//Erdahl|
|After Conc.||TBS||Raleigh||East||(1) North Carolina Tar Heels vs. (9) Providence Friars||Harlan/Miller/Bonner//Johnson|