Eight schools will try to advance tonight as the NCAA men’s basketball tournament resumes with play at two regional sites.
No. 2 seed Villanova and No. 3 Miami (Fla.) get things started at 7:10 p.m. when they clash in a Midwest Region game at Louisville.
The second game at Louisville (9:40 p.m.) features a matchup between the tournament’s No. 1 overall seed, Kansas, and No. 5 seed Maryland. Both games at Louisville will be broadcast on CBS.
In West Regional play at Anaheim, No. 2 seed Oklahoma and 3rd seed Texas A&M play at 7:37 p.m., with No. 1 seed Oregon and No. 4 seed and defending national champion Duke scheduled to tip off at 9:55 p.m. Both games can be seen on TBS.
Indiana’s remaining representatives in the tournament don’t play until Friday night in East Region action at Philadelphia.
No. 6 seed Notre Dame plays 7th-seed Wisconsin at 7:27 p.m. with No. 5 seed Indiana challenging No. 1 seed North Carolina at 9:57 p.m.
Here are game previews and capsule reports from NCAA.com about tonight’s games.
No. 2-seed Villanova and No. 3 Miami both disposed of their second-round opponents to reach a berth in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
Players to watch: Miami guard Angel Rodriguez scored 28 points on 9-of-11 shooting on Saturday, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range. He added five assists, four steals and two rebounds. Rodriguez averages 12.6 points and 4.4 assists per game.
Wildcats guard Ryan Arcidiacono was 5-of-8 from the field and 2-of-3 from 3-point range on Sunday. He finished with 16 points while also adding four assists. The senior floor general averages 11.9 points and 4.4 assists per game.
Key stats: Miami has reached the Sweet 16 three times in program history, but has never been to the Elite Eight. Miami guards scored 58 of the team’s 65 points on Sunday. Hurricanes guard Sheldon McClellan averages 15.8 points per game on 50 percent shooting from the field. Villanova hasn’t been the Elite Eight since 2009, when it reached the Final Four. The Wildcats have reached the Elite Eight 12 times in program history. Four Wildcats players finished in double figures on Sunday, with guard Josh Hart leading the way at a game-high 19. Villanova shot 59.3 percent from the field on Sunday, including 10-of-19 from 3-point range and 13-of-17 from the free-throw line.
The No. 3 seed Aggies pulled off an incredible, improbable comeback against Northern Iowa in the Round of 32, erasing a 12-point deficit in the final 34 seconds of regulation before winning in double overtime. They’ll need some more of that magic in the Sweet 16, when they’re tasked with topping second-seeded Oklahoma.
Players to watch: Danuel House scored 22 points between the second half and both overtime periods in the Aggies’ win over the Panthers on Saturday. House played 46 minutes, and bounced back after a scoreless first half in the win. Buddy Hield is averaging a team-high 25 points per game on 49.6 percent shooting for the Sooners. The national Player of the Year candidate plays 35 minutes per game.
Key stats: The Aggies rank 11th in the nation with 17.1 assists per game. This is Texas A&M’s first NCAA Tournament berth since the 2010-11 season; the Aggies made the tournament six straight times in that previous span. The win over Northern Iowa was Texas A&M’s 28th of the season — a single-season record for the program in its 104th year of existence. Oklahoma has a 31-10 lead in the all-time series dating back to the 1949-50 season. Both teams have reached this point by defeating teams seeded 10th or worse. The Sooners have outscored opponents by an average of 10 points per game this season.
After toppling a couple teams seeded in the teens in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, Maryland faces the ultimate task in top-seeded Kansas with a trip to the Elite Eight on the line. The Jayhawks have dropped their two opponents by double-digit margins, and haven’t lost in nearly two months.
Players to watch: Maryland’s Melo Trimble had a game-high 24 points in Saturday’s win over Hawaii. Trimble was just 5-of-14 from the field, but sank 13-of-14 free throws. Wayne Selden Jr. had a game-high 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting in 35 minutes against Connecticut in the Round of 32.
Key stats: Maryland needs one more victory to match last season’s 28 wins; only one team in school history has won more games — the title-winning 2001-02 team (32 wins). These two teams have played five times since the 1949-50 season; Kansas has won three of the five meetings. The all-time series between Maryland and Kansas has a 1-point margin overall (363-362). The Terrapins have outscored opponents by 9.8 points per game this season. Maryland missed its first 15 3-pointers against Hawaii in the Round of 32. Kansas hasn’t lost since a 13-point defeat at the hands of Iowa State on Jan. 26 — a 16-game winning streak. The Jayhawks are averaging 81.6 points per game and allowing just 67.7. Kansas had a dominating 44-24 rebounding advantage against the Huskies on Friday.
Defending national champion and No. 4 seed Duke survived its first two games of the NCAA Tournament to set up a Sweet-16 showdown with No. 1 seed Oregon. The winner will play either Oklahoma or Texas A&M in the regional final for a trip to the Final Four.
Players to watch: Duke guard Grayson Allen led all scorers on Saturday with 29 points, hitting 5-of-7 3-point shots and 10-of-15 overall from the field. Allen is averaging 21.8 points per game on 47 percent shooting, including 41.9 percent from 3-point range. Dillon Brooks paced the Ducks with a game-high 25 points on 7-for-13 shooting on Sunday. He has posted 20 points in 11 games this season.
Key stats: Duke has reached the Elite Eight 20 times in program history, including last season when it beat Wisconsin for the national championship. The Blue Devils are in the Sweet 16 for the sixth time in the last eight years and the 15th time since 1998. Duke freshman wing Brandon Ingram is averaging 17.1 points per game and scored 25 against Yale on Saturday. Allen has played 37 minutes or more in 16 straight games. Oregon is in the Sweet 16 for the fifth time in program history and first since 2013. The Ducks most recently advanced to the Elite Eight in 2007 and have to five regional finals in program history. Oregon has 30 wins this season, which equals a school record. Elgin Cook averages 14.5 points per game for the Ducks.
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