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March Madness 2017: NCAA tournament Sweet 16 TV schedule, live online streaming, preview, discussion thread

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Let’s tip off the second weekend!

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-First Round-Bucknell vs West Virginia Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

It’s always striking to me how quickly the NCAA tournament moves from the abundance of games on the first two days to just a handful by the beginning of the second weekend.

There are four games tonight, and thanks to the lack of big upsets in the first two rounds, we get the payoff of some really attractive heavyweight matchups starting now.

Here’s the TV schedule. All games are also streamed on NCAA.com.

NCAA Tournament Schedule

Game Tip Time (ET) Network Site Commentators
Game Tip Time (ET) Network Site Commentators
(3) Oregon Ducks vs. (7) Michigan Wolverines 7:09 p.m. CBS Kansas City Kevin Harlan / Reggie Miller / Dan Bonner / Dana Jacobson
(1) Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. (4) West Virginia Mountaineers 7:39 p.m. TBS San Jose Brian Anderson / Chris Webber / Lewis Johnson
(1) Kansas Jayhawks vs. (4) Purdue Boilermakers Approx. 9:29 p.m. CBS Kansas City Kevin Harlan / Reggie Miller / Dan Bonner / Dana Jacobson
(11) Xavier Musketeers vs. (2) Arizona Wildcats Approx. 10:09 p.m. TBS San Jose Brian Anderson / Chris Webber / Lewis Johnson

All eyes in Washington, of course, will be on Gonzaga-WVU. It’s an incredible matchup of strength on strength all across the board.

I think the game’s result will probably largely come down to a pair of factors. The Mountaineers are well known for their relentless pressing and trapping, and they thrive on generating turnovers. The Zags are exceptional at taking care of the ball ... but so was Notre Dame, which entered the game as the No. 2 team in the country in turnover percentage and proceeded to cough it up 14 times — or one out of every five possessions.

The Zags also are used to dominating the paint. But so are the Mountaineers! The question is how Gonzaga will hold up to a rugged and physically talented team. The Bulldogs’ lone loss of the season came against a tough, mature BYU team that went toe-to-toe with them on the interior.

Can the Zags stand up to the physical intimidation of Bob Huggins’ crew? (My bracket is banking on the answer being “no.”)

Oregon-Michigan should provide a really fun high-scoring warmup, and I’m excited to watch Kansas’ Frank Mason attempt to score while in Caleb Swanigan’s orbit.

Discuss below. Go Cougs!