Hopefully, these two games will meet or exceed the excitement of Saturday’s thrillers.
All times are Eastern. You can stream all games on the NCAA’s March Madness Live.
Normal service resumes today, as CBS airs both of Sunday’s regional semifinals.
Historical data from College Basketball Reference’s Matchup Finder.
2:20 p.m., Midwest Regional Final (Kansas City) on CBS
Announcers: Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel with Jamie Erdahl reporting
KenPom predicted score: UK 73, AU 71
If Auburn is going to join Texas Tech in reaching a first-ever Final Four, the Tigers will need to avenge a season sweep at the hands of Kentucky, which is aiming to return for the first time since 2015. The Wildcats blasted Bruce Pearl’s club by 27 at Rupp Arena on February 23rd, a little more than a month after they escaped Auburn Arena with an 82-80 win. Auburn will likely play inspired basketball after Chuma Okeke left Friday’s regional semifinal with a devastating knee injury, which turned out to be an ACL tear. But you have to wonder how much the Tigers will miss such an efficient performer, particularly against a Wildcat squad that got PJ Washington back for Friday’s narrow win over Houston.
This afternoon’s winner will face South champion Virginia on Saturday.
5:05 p.m., East Regional Final (Washington, D.C.) on CBS
Announcers: Jim Nantz/Bill Raftery/Grant Hill with Tracy Wolfson reporting
Tonight’s winner will end a four-year Final Four drought, as the Blue Devils defeated the Spartans by 20 in the national semifinals in 2015. The 2018-19 season is a rare one this decade that didn’t feature a Duke-Sparty matchup, thanks to the Champions Classic and ACC/Big Ten Challenge. However, it’s been 14 years and six days since Michigan State last defeated Duke, a 78-68 Sweet Sixteen victory that sent the Spartans to a classic regional final against Kentucky that they won, 94-88. The Blue Devils have won seven straight in the series since. Making matters worse for Tom Izzo, Mike Krzyzewski has really had his number. Michigan State is 1-12 against Duke since the 1993-94 season.
Texas Tech awaits the winner of this one.
KenPom predicted score: MSU 77, DU 76