The 2017 NCAA Tournament has narrowed its field down to 16 teams. They return to action on Thursday and Friday with games being broadcast on CBS and TBS.
The East region features South Carolina taking on Baylor, while Florida takes on Wisconsin. In the West regional, Gonzaga takes on West Virginia and Arizona takes on Xavier. Arizona’s head coach Sean Miller was the head coach at Xavier before taking the Arizona job.
In the Midwest regional, Kansas sees another Big Ten team as Bill Self’s team will face Purdue. Kansas dispatched of Michigan State while Purdue took out Iowa State. Michigan will take on Oregon. The Ducks narrowly avoided disaster against Rhode Island while the Wolverines upset Louisville.
And in the South, North Carolina faces Butler, while UCLA and Kentucky get a rematch in the other game. The Bruins beat the Wildcats in Rupp Arena earlier in the season.
NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 game times, schedule
Thursday: No. 3 Oregon vs. No. 7 Michigan, 7:09 p.m. on CBS in Kansas City, Mo.
No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 4 West Virginia, 7:39 p.m. on TBS in San Jose, Calif.,
No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 4 Purdue, Approx 7:40 p.m. on CBS in Kansas City, Mo.
No. 2 Arizona vs. No. 11 Xavier, Approx 10:10 p.m. on TBS in San Jose, Cailif.,
Friday: No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 4 Butler, 7:09 p.m. on CBS in Memphis, Tenn.
No. 3 Baylor vs. No. 7 South Carolina, 7:39 p.m. on TBS in New York City
No. 2 Kentucky vs. No. 3 UCLA, Approx 9:40 p.m. on CBS in Memphis, Tenn.
No. 4 Florida vs. No. 8 Wisconsin, Approx 10:10 p.m. on TBS in New York City
2017 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Bracket
2017 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Preview and predictions
In the East Region, just about no one predicted that the last four teams would be Florida, Wisconsin, Baylor and South Carolina. But that’s where we are. Wisconsin stands out as the favorites given their experience. This is the fourth straight Sweet 16 appearance for the Badgers.
In the West Region, a Gonzaga and Arizona elite eight match-up seems destined. Mark Few and Sean Miller, despite all their success, have been to a combined 0 Final Fours. Look for that to change this year.
In the Midwest, Kansas clearly looks like the most dominant team, especially after thrashing Michigan State. But another Big Ten in that region, Michigan, seems like it has the whole team of destiny thing going for them.
In the South, it’s the blue bloods and Butler. UCLA and Kentucky has a chance to be the game of the tournament.
Official prediction: Wisconsin, Gonzaga, Kansas and UNC