Barely with enough time to catch our breath from yesterday we move on to Day 2 of the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
Below is the list of games and what channel you can expect to find the games.
|MidWest||Mercer Bears (14) vs. Duke Blue Devils(3)||PNC Arena (Raleigh, NC)||12:15p||CBS||Kevin Harlan/Len Elmore/Reggie Miller/Rachel Nichols|
|West||Nebraska Cornhuskers (11) vs. Baylor Bears (6)||AT&T Center (San Antonio, TX)||12:40p||truTV||Marv Albert/Steve Kerr/Craigh Sager|
|South||Stanford Cardinal (10) vs. New Mexico Lobos (7)||Scottrade Center (St. Louis, MO)||1:40p||TBS||Jim Nantz/Greg Anthony/Tracy Wolfson|
|West||Weber State Wildcats (16) vs. Arizona Wildcats (1)||Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl (San Diego, CA)||2:10p||TNT||Andrew Catalon/Mike Gminski/Otis Livingston|
|MidWest||Tennessee Volunteers (11) vs. Massachusetts Minutemen (6)||PNC Arena (Raleigh, NC)||2:45p||CBS||Kevin Harlan/Len Elmore/Reggie Miller/Rachel Nichols|
|West||Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns (14) vs. Creighton Bluejays (3)||AT&T Center (San Antonio, TX)||3:10p||truTV||Marv Albert/Steve Kerr/Craigh Sager|
|South||Eastern Kentucky Colonels (15) vs. Kansas Jayhawks (2)||Scottrade Center (St. Louis, MO)||4:10p||TBS||Jim Nantz/Greg Anthony/Tracy Wolfson|
|West||Oklahoma State Cowboys (9) vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs (8)||Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl (San Diego, CA)||4:40p||TNT||Andrew Catalon/Mike Gminski/Otis Livingston|
|East||George Washington Colonials (9) vs. Memphis Tigers (8)||PNC Arena (Raleigh, NC)||6:55p||TBS||Kevin Harlan/Len Elmore/Reggie Miller/Rachel Nichols|
|MidWest||Cal Poly Mustangs (16) vs. Wichita State Shockers (1)||Scottrade Center (St. Louis, MO)||7:10p||CBS||Jim Nantz/Greg Anthony/Tracy Wolfson|
|East||Providence Friars (11) vs. North Carolina Tar Heels (6)||AT&T Center (San Antonio, TX)||7:20p||TNT||Marv Albert/Steve Kerr/Craigh Sager|
|South||Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (12) vs. Virginia Commonwealth Rams (5)||Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl (San Diego, CA)||7:27p||truTV||Andrew Catalon/Mike Gminski/Otis Livingston|
|East||Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (16) vs. Virginia Cavaliers (1)||PNC Arena (Raleigh, NC)||9:25p||TBS||Kevin Harlan/Len Elmore/Reggie Miller/Rachel Nichols|
|MidWest||Kansas State Wildcats (9) vs. Kentucky Wildcats (8)||Scottrade Center (St. Louis, MO)||9:40p||CBS||Jim Nantz/Greg Anthony/Tracy Wolfson|
|East||NC Central Eagles (14) vs. Iowa State Cyclones (3)||AT&T Center (San Antonio, TX)||9:50p||TNT||Marv Albert/Steve Kerr/Craigh Sager|
|South||Tulsa Golden Hurricane (13) vs. UCLA Bruins (4)||Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl (San Diego, CA)||9:57p||truTV||Andrew Catalon/Mike Gminski/Otis Livingston|
Here are a couple more upsets that I think are possible.
(3) Iowa State vs (14) North Carolina Central - this would be a pretty big upset but I think there is potential here. Iowa State has three big-time scorers but they will face an NCC team that plays outstanding defense. The Eagles have played a very challenging schedule this year with games against Cincinnati, NC State, Wichita State and Maryland. In addition they have an outstanding scorer of their own in Jeremy Ingram who averages over 20 points per game. Ingram had 27 against Cincy, 29 in the win over NC State and 37 against the Shockers. This one might come down to the fact that the Eagles force a LOT of turnovers and Iowa State is very good at not turning it over.
(5) VCU vs. (12) Stephen F Austin - VCU and Shaka Smart are one of those teams/coaches who you just don't usually pick against, but I think they'll have a nice challenge in Stephen F Austin tonight. The Lumberjacks have four scorers averaging over 12 ppg and five guys who shoot the three at over 35%. Both of these teams apply pressure to force turnovers, both ranking top 5 nationally in Def TO%. Should be an entertaining game and maybe a big upset.
Best Games to Watch
(11) Nebraska vs. (6) Baylor - Big match-up of the two best basketball conferences this year. I'm a little tired (read jealous) of all the attention paid to Nebraska and wouldn't mind seeing them get stomped out of the Tourney. But they aren't Wisconsin or Iowa so I will choose to root for some Big Ten respect here.
Favorite Nick-Name of the Day
These are a couple of the best nicknames in all of college basketball.
- Louisiana Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns
- Wichita State Shockers
In the past I have found that often one of the first two days is very exciting and the other is full of games that lack any excitement (no OT or buzz-beaters or big upsets). Hopefully this year bucks that trend and today we get another set of outstanding games.
Looking forward to Day 2 of the NCAA Tournament...talk amongst yourselves.