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March Madness 2017: Second round Sunday preview, live TV and online schedule, discussion thread

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The second round finishes up today.

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The 2017 NCAA tournament concludes its first weekend today by finishing up the second round, and there are some real fun matchups on tap.

Here’s today’s TV schedule; all games are also being live streamed on NCAA.com.

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Game Tip Time (ET) Network Site Commentators
Game Tip Time (ET) Network Site Commentators
(2) Louisville Cardinals vs. (7) Michigan Wolverines 12:10 p.m. CBS Indianapolis Jim Nantz / Grant Hill / Bill Raftery / Tracy Wolfson
(2) Kentucky Wildcats vs. (10) Wichita State Shockers Approx. 2:40 p.m. CBS Indianapolis Jim Nantz / Grant Hill / Bill Raftery / Tracy Wolfson
(1) Kansas Jayhawks vs. (9) Michigan St. Spartans 5:15 p.m. CBS Tulsa Kevin Harlan / Reggie Miller / Dan Bonner / Dana Jacobson
(1) North Carolina Tar Heels vs. (8) Arkansas Razorbacks 6:10 p.m. TNT Greenville Brian Anderson / Chris Webber / Lewis Johnson
(3) Oregon Ducks vs. (11) Rhode Island Rams 7:10 p.m. TBS Sacramento Spero Dedes / Steve Smith / Len Elmore / Ros Gold-Onwude
(3) Baylor Bears vs. (11) USC Trojans 7:30 p.m. truTV Tulsa Kevin Harlan / Reggie Miller / Dan Bonner / Dana Jacobson
(2) Duke Blue Devils vs. (7) South Carolina Gamecocks Approx. 8:40 p.m. TNT Greenville Brian Anderson / Chris Webber / Lewis Johnson
(3) UCLA Bruins vs. (6) Cincinnati Bearcats Approx. 9:40 p.m. TBS Sacramento Spero Dedes / Steve Smith / Len Elmore / Ros Gold-Onwude

The heavyweight matchup is the 2/10 between Kentucky and Wichita State. Typically you wouldn’t consider a No. 10 seed to be a “heavyweight,” but as we’ve discussed before, the advanced metrics loooooooove the Shockers — so much so that kenpom.com sees this one as a toss up. Both these teams are ranked in the top 15 in adjusted offense and defense.

Kentucky’s life blood? Making 2s and getting offensive rebounds — the two things Wichita State is best at preventing. The Shockers feature the No. 4 shooting defense in the country and and are No. 5 nationally in defensive rebounding percentage.

It’s important to note, though, that Wichita State put up those raw stats against teams that don’t have the same kinds of athletes Kentucky does. In the three games that might give us the best insight — Wichita State’s non-conference games against Louisville, Michigan State and Oklahoma State, all losses — the Shockers were hit and miss on their 2-point defense and defensive rebounding. They did a great job on both against Louisville (but couldn’t score themselves) and did a terrible job on both against Michigan State and Oklahoma State (and scored at a reasonable clip themselves). Two of those games were in November in the Bahamas so maybe that’s not totally relevant, but OSU was in Wichita in December.

One part of this game that I find fascinating: Kentucky isn’t known for a lot of patience on offense (No. 13 nationally in average length of offensive possessions), and Wichita State will absolutely make you grind for just about every bucket (196th). If the Wildcats try to push the tempo with quick shots, I think that probably will play right into the Shockers’ hands.

Beyond that, I love South Carolina’s chances to beat Duke (the Gamecocks pressure the perimeter like crazy), and it’s going to be fun to see if UCLA can crack Cincinnati’s defense.

Discuss below. Go Cougs!