Half of this season’s Sweet Sixteen will be set at the end of the night.
All times are Eastern. You can stream all games on the NCAA’s March Madness Live. (I’ll have links for each game in these posts, however.)
Schedule at a Glance
* = tip time is approximate
Announcers by Site
Des Moines: Kevin Harlan/Reggie Miller/Dan Bonner with Dana Jacobson reporting
Hartford: Carter Blackburn/Debbie Antonelli with John Schiffren reporting
Jacksonville: Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel with Jamie Erdahl reporting
Salt Lake City: Andrew Catalon/Steve Lappas with Lisa Byington reporting
Historical data from College Basketball Reference’s Matchup Finder.
Windows 1 & 2
12:10 p.m., Jacksonville (East) on CBS
KenPom predicted score: LSU 74, Maryland 73
The Terps and Tigers have never met in the NCAAs and haven’t played period in 30 years, with LSU having swept a home-and-home series in the 1987-88 and 1988-89 seasons. With a win, Maryland will make it to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2016, while LSU is looking last reached the second weekend in 2006 — coincidentally, also out of Jacksonville.
2:40 p.m., Jacksonville (Midwest) on CBS
KenPom predicted score: UK 72, Wofford 68
While Wofford and Kentucky haven’t met in the nearly 70-year window that College Basketball Reference covers, the Wildcats got a game from the Terriers’ SoCon rivals, UNC Greensboro, back on December 1st. Sure, Kentucky won by 17, but the Cats actually trailed with 10 minutes left. Amazingly, this is the third-closest matchup of the Second Round, going by the NET, with a mere seven spots separating Wofford from sixth-ranked Kentucky.
Naturally, Wofford is aiming for its first-ever Sweet Sixteen appearance, while Kentucky has considerably more.
5:15 p.m., Des Moines (West) on CBS
KenPom predicted score: Michigan 63, Florida 56
These two last met in the 2013 Elite Eight, a resounding 79-59 victory for the Wolverines. While Michigan has advanced to the second weekend in four of the last six years, Florida is aiming for its first trip since 2016. (Though the Gators do have six over this decade.)
6:10 p.m., Hartford (West) on TNT
KenPom predicted score: FSU 74, Murray State 69
It’s been 20 seasons since Florida State secured an 80-76 overtime win over Murray State in a late December matchup. As you’d expect, the Racers have never won two NCAA games in a Division I tournament, while the Seminoles can reach the West regional semifinals for the second straight season with a victory.
7:10 p.m., Salt Lake City (West) on TBS
KenPom predicted score: Gonzaga 81, Baylor 69
Gonzaga has won four straight over Baylor, though the last of those victories came in the 2012-13 season. The Bulldogs can reach their fifth consecutive regional semifinal by knocking off the Bears for the fifth time in succession, while the Bears last made it in 2017.
7:45 p.m., Des Moines (East) on CBS
KenPom predicted score: MSU 7, Minnesota 67
For the first time since 2011, we have an intraconference matchup in the second round, and the Spartans routed the Golden Gophers by 24 in East Lansing on February 9th. Somewhat surprisingly, Michigan State late reached the second weekend in 2015, but that drought pales in comparison to the one Minnesota owns. It dates back to 1997.
8:40 p.m., Hartford (South) on TNT
KenPom predicted score: Purdue 72, Nova 67
The Wildcats have won their last three meetings over the Boilermakers, though all of those have come in November or December. Back in 2016, Villanova defeated Purdue in a 79-76 classic in the Gavitt Games series in West Lafayette. The defending national champs are looking to break a cycle of “second round exit, followed by national title” that began in 2015, while the Boilermakers can reach their third straight regional semifinal with a victory.
9:40 p.m., Salt Lake City (Midwest) on TBS
KenPom predicted score: Auburn 75, KU 74
This is the closest second-round matchup by the NET and the only one in which the lower seed is ranked higher. Auburn finished the season 18th, with Kansas ranked 20th. It’s been 34 years since the Tigers and Jayhawks met — period or in an NCAA Tournament game. That year, 11th-seeded Auburn eliminated third-seeded Kansas at this very stage, by a 66-64 score. A similar result, though likely with more points, could be on the cards tonight.