NCAA Match: Breaking down right this moment’s six finest video games


Right here’s the Put up’s information to Thursday’s finest NCAA Match video games:

(10) Minnesota vs. (7) Louisville
12:15 p.m., CBS

The perfect day of the sporting calendar ideas off with one of many extra intriguing first-round matchups — the Pitino Bowl. Minnesota coach Richard Pitino faces the previous faculty of his father, Rick, who was fired by Louisville for his involvement within the FBI corruption scandal. The elder Pitino is teaching in Greece and received’t be in Des Moines to look at, however you could be certain his son would love to choose up a win over his former employer.

(12) New Mexico State vs. (5) Auburn
1:30 p.m., TNT

There are few groups hotter than Bruce Pearl’s Tigers, winners of eight consecutive video games and the SEC Match champions. For those who like 3-pointers Auburn is the staff for you, rating third (and first amongst NCAA Match groups) in makes an attempt from past the arc this season. New Mexico State is within the subject for the third consecutive 12 months, having been eradicated within the first spherical every time.

(11) Belmont vs. (6) Maryland
3:10 p.m., truTV

Belmont is coming off the varsity’s first NCAA Match victory in Tuesday’s First 4 towards Temple and will make it No. 2 versus Maryland, which simply misplaced to a depleted Nebraska staff within the Massive Ten Match.

(13) Northeastern vs. (4) Kansas
Four p.m., TNT

When the brackets got here out, everybody instantly fast-forwarded to a possible Kansas-North Carolina Candy 16 showdown in Kansas Metropolis, however the Jayhawks shouldn’t e book their tickets simply but. Their streak of 14 straight Massive 12 titles ended this 12 months as key absences took their toll. Northeastern, in the meantime, has received 12 of its previous 13 video games, with the one loss coming in additional time.

(10) Florida vs. (7) Nevada
6:50 p.m., TNT

There might not be a stronger double-digit seed than Florida, which is ranked 28th in Ken Pomeroy’s superior metrics, forward of upper seeds reminiscent of Cincinnati (7), Utah State (8) and VCU (8). Nevada entered the season off final 12 months’s Candy 16 run with excessive expectations and pale after a robust begin, shedding three of its ultimate eight video games.

(15) Montana vs. (2) Michigan
9:20 p.m., TNT

Welcome to John Beilein Month. The Michigan coach has owned March these days, profitable 17-of-20 postseason video games that features two Massive Ten Match titles and a visit to the nationwide championship recreation final 12 months. This 12 months’s staff began 17-Zero and has a blowout victory over No. 1-seeded North Carolina.

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