SportsPulse: Saturday was once all chalk for probably the most phase with Ja Morant and Murray State bowing out of the match. Trysta Krick recaps the motion and appears forward to Sunday’s slate.

Saturday’s 2d around video games delivered some memorable moments, however was once low within the bracket busting division. Sunday figures to be other, with 5 double-digit seeded groups in motion, together with Cinderellas Liberty and UC Irvine as they appear to increase their March magic. That, and a few man via the title of Zion Williamson is lacing it up Sunday, too.

Right here’s a have a look at the sport slate reorganized on your viewing excitement, ranked in accordance with watchability.

1. No. 1 Duke vs. No. nine UCF (Five: 15 p.m. ET, CBS): Two otherworldly people will probably be at the court docket on the similar time in Duke’s Zion Williamson (6-7, 285 kilos) and UCF’s Tacko Fall (7-6, 310 kilos). The Blue Devils get equivalent doses of manufacturing (51 mixed issues vs. North Dakota State) and effort (highlight-reel, momentum-shifting dunks) from Williamson and R.J. Barrett, so containing Duke’s participant of the yr applicants will probably be a most sensible precedence for UCF. Trainer Johnny Dawkins, a Mike Krzyzewski disciple, will glance to stay this Duke group out of the paint and cause them to shoot from outdoor. That’s more straightforward stated than finished, however a minimum of he has a 7-footer to give protection to the rim. Or a minimum of attempt to.    

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All eyes will probably be on Zion Williamson on Sunday. Can Duke’s high-flying celebrity put UCF’s Tacko Fall on a poster? (Photograph: Jeff Blake, USA TODAY Sports activities)

2. No. Three Texas Tech vs. No. 6 Buffalo (6:10 p.m., TNT): Each groups hammered their first-round combatants. Now they sq. off with each and every having a look like a group this is very able to creating a Ultimate 4 run. Buffalo has been lost sight of all season whilst rolling throughout the MAC, and Texas Tech’s Large 12 regular-season name was once a manufactured from Jarrett Culver’s breakout yr. The All-American guard had 29 issues within the Purple Raiders’ win over Northern Kentucky and can want any other large evening to advance previous this gritty mid-major.

Three. No. four Virginia Tech vs. No. 12 Liberty (7:10 p.m., TBS): The Hokies weren’t challenged via first-round opponent Saint Louis, and now they get any other mid-major in the second one around. However the Flames are using excessive coming off a program-defining victory over a far taller and extra athletic Mississippi State group. Liberty’s two first-round heroes — Caleb Homesley (30 issues) and Lovell Cabbil Jr. (dagger three-pointers) — will each must be on their “A” recreation as soon as once more to knock off a massively underrated No. four seed. Virginia Tech were given an enormous spice up via the go back of level guard Justin Robinson of their first-round blowout. The Hokies were with out their ground basic the previous 12 video games.  

Elston Jones and UC Irvine will glance to upend Oregon to achieve the Candy 16. (Photograph: Kelley L Cox, USA TODAY Sports activities)

four. No. 12 Oregon vs. No. 13 UC Irvine (nine:40 p.m. ET, TBS): Not anything like a double-digit seeded duel in the second one around. Each the Geese and Anteaters pulled off first-round upsets, even if it’s onerous to imagine Oregon’s win over Wisconsin that sudden making an allowance for the Geese had been taking part in so smartly of past due, together with successful the %-12 match. UC Irvine’s win over Kansas State made them the tourney’s first true Cinderella, and now they appear to do extra to stay the storybook run going. The Anteaters’ celebrity is Max Hazzard, a Five-10 guard who’s a big-time shot-maker with 19 issues within the first-round victory. But it surely’s going to take a collaborative offensive assault in opposition to an Oregon protection that’s fueled their nine-game successful streak and has the Geese as probably the most match’s most deadly groups. Oregon is restricting combatants to 34 p.c capturing in that span, and it’s a byproduct of Kenny Wooten’s athleticism and Payton Pritchard’s ball-hawking. 

Five. No. Three Houston vs. No. 11 Ohio State (eight:40 p.m. ET, TNT): There’s a explanation why the Cougars have handiest misplaced 3 video games this season, and that was once on complete show of their rout of Georgia State within the first around. In that one, Corey Davis Jr. drilled seven Three-pointers — together with six consecutive at one level. Trainer Kelvin Sampson’s guard-oriented group will face a group that is based closely on its large guy in Ohio State; the Buckeyes have been in a position to disillusioned Iowa State within the first around via using Kaleb Wesson, who had 21 issues and 12 rebounds. Wesson overlooked 3 video games past due within the season and OSU fell to the NCAA match bubble. Containing the massive guy will probably be precedence No. 1 for Houston.

6. No. 2 Tennessee vs. No. 10 Iowa (12:10 p.m. ET, CBS): The Volunteers seemed a bit shaky in opposition to No. 15 seed Colgate within the first around and their unsightly appearing in opposition to Auburn within the SEC match hasn’t equipped proof of the Ultimate 4 danger it objectives to be. However on the finish of the day, Tennessee has two avid gamers in Grant Williams and Admiral Schofield who could make dangerous video games winnable. The successful equation for Iowa is reasonably easy: Shoot smartly, because it did in opposition to a smothering Cincinnati protection. The Hawkeyes’ guards can get scorching, however they want consistency out of forwards Tyler Prepare dinner and Luka Garza — Iowa’s main scorers — to make their offensive gadget move.

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7. No. 1 Virginia vs. No. nine Oklahoma (7:45 p.m. ET, truTV): The Cavaliers were given the nerves out after trailing at halftime in opposition to a No. 16 seed. In an eventual drubbing of Gardner-Webb, this Virginia group confirmed why it’s a lot better than remaining yr’s group that was once disillusioned via UMBC. It begins with De’Andre Hunter’s speedy offense and is punctuated via the truth that UVA is statistically the most efficient Three-point capturing group nonetheless dancing because of All-American Kyle Man’s 46 p.c clip. Talking of scorching capturing, Oklahoma placed on a hospital in its 23-point throttling of Ole Leave out. The Sooners had 4 avid gamers rating in double figures off 58 p.c capturing in that recreation. They will want all that and extra to take down the No. 1-seeded Cavaliers. 

eight. No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. nine Washington (2:40 p.m.ET, CBS): The Tar Heels seemed gradual within the first part in their first-round win over Iona, while the Huskies got here out swinging to knock out Utah State. Washington’s momentum after a pleasant first-round victory may well be necessary in opposition to a heavily-favored UNC group. Freshman guard Coby White continues to excel, whilst ahead Cam Johnson persistently delivers to make this group a difficult draw.   


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