Day 3 of the NCAA Tournament is about to begin. By nights end, we could have two Big East teams in the Sweet 16. Sounds fun, doesn’t it?
AVOIDING ANOTHER SECOND ROUND UPSET
Yeah, yeah. We know. The Villanova Wildcats have only made it out of the Round of 32 once in the last five years. We know, we know. On Saturday, they’ll try to make it twice, as they’ll face the Alabama Crimson Tide for the right to get to Boston. ‘Bama has Collin Sexton, a future lottery pick, but ‘Nova will definitely have the talent advantage on the whole in this matchup. Let’s just avoid all the cliches today, alright?
TRYING TO SLAY THE JAYHAWK (NOT A REAL BIRD)
The Seton Hall Pirates, meanwhile, will go up against the Kansas Jayhawks in Wichita. Seton Hall hasn’t made it to the Sweet 16 since the year 2000, and only twice since 1992. They can do it on Saturday, but it will be far from easy. Devonte Graham and the Jayhawks await them, but this Kansas team has had their fair share of slip-ups in the past. If Seton Hall can catch them napping Saturday night, then they could make a little bit of history.
THE SEC COULD OCCUPY 1/4TH OF THE SWEET 16
Aforementioned Alabama, the Kentucky Wildcats, Tennessee Volunteers and the Florida Gators are all in action on Saturday. If all of them win, then the SEC will have 1/4th of the field in the 2018 Sweet 16. It would certainly be a huge accomplishment for the league, but... we’ll give you three of those teams, guys. Let’s keep the other one intact.
MICHIGAN LOOKS TO KEEP IT MOVING
The Michigan Wolverines can get to the Sweet 16 again on Saturday. The Wolverines won their matchup with the Montana Grizzlies on Thursday, and now will face off with the Houston Cougars. Houston won a thriller over the San Diego State Aztecs, and much of that had to do with the play of Rob Gray, who dropped 39 points. He’ll be one to watch for the Cougs on Saturday night, and Michigan will have to try and stymie him if they want to make it to Los Angeles.
ZAGS VERSUS BUCKS
Either the Gonzaga Bulldogs and Ohio State Buckeyes will be headed to the Sweet 16. The Zags and Buckeyes will face off in Boise after Kentucky and the Buffalo Bulls finish up, and this could be one of the more intriguing matchups in the Tournament. Chris Holtmann and Mark Few are two of the nation’s best coaches, so between that and the talent on the floor, there’s not much more that you could ask for. This one should be a doozy.