The first night of the Sweet 16 pretty sufficiently summed up this entire tournament. Not too many upsets, but a whole lot of close games. Excluding the Kansas Jayhawks mashing of the Purdue Boilermakers, the three other contests on Thursday were decided by one possession.
Gonzaga by three, Xavier by two, and Oregon by one. Hard to get better than that.
There are still plenty of great games on Friday to be played. Can the No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers continue their unexpected run against the No. 4 Florida Gators? What is going to break first, the defense of the No. 2 Kentucky Wildcats or the offense of the No. 3 UCLA Bruins? Can the Butler Bulldogs put the brakes on the North Carolina Tar Heels? Does South Carolina’s offense have enough juice to push past the Baylor Bears?
All of that and much more. Hopefully, Friday is just as good as Thursday. If not, for us Zag fans, there is always Saturday right around the corner.
- No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 4 Butler, 4:09 pm, CBS
- No. 3 Baylor vs. No. 7 South Carolina, 4:29 pm, TBS
- No. 2 Kentucky vs. No. 3 UCLA, 6:39 pm, CBS
- No. 4 Florida vs. No. 8 Wisconsin, 6:59 pm, TBS