While Friday was highlighted by unheralded squads from Lehigh and Norfolk State upsetting powerhouse teams from Duke and Missouri, the bulk of the games scheduled for Saturday afternoon and evening feature teams that are supposedly evenly matched.
Although there may be less potential for any of these games to absolutely overwhelm your Twitter timeline like those aforementioned upsets, we should be treated to some hard fought hoops battles.
Leading off in this space is No. 3 Marquette vs. No. 6 Murray State. Can Isaiah Canaan lead the Racers in to the Sweet 16 or will the Marquette join Big East rival Syracuse, who clinched a Sweet 16 spot earlier in the day?
Up next is a 4/5 tilt between Vanderbilt and Wisconsin. The defensively-oriented Badgers opened up eyes with an offensive explosion on Thursday. Of course, Vandy knocked off Kentucky not too long ago..
Rounding out this trio of games will be the Indiana Hoosiers and the team hoping to be this year's VCU. And that team? It's actually this year's VCU.
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Brandenberg had a good look but the ball hit the front of the rim. Shaka Smart with a big smile on his face afterward though. What a guy.
|@ RTCSouthRegion : The place is buzzing with expectation right now. What will Shaka draw up with 12.7 seconds remaining? Theus? #ncaaPortland|
Daniels misses a 3 and Oladipo gets the rebound. Oladipo goes all the way to the basket, gets his shot blocked. But the ball goes to Sheehey on the baseline and he nails the jumper to TAKE THE LEAD.
Oladipo drives to his left, loses his balance but regains control and sinks the wild layup AND ONE. Indiana ha a chance to tie. 46.5 seconds left.
Burgess goes to his right and puts up a running floater and gets fouled by Sheehey. Two shots coming. 59.3 seconds left.
Zeller makes both free throws. THree-point game with 1:30 left.
Theus hits a 10-footer for VCU's second field goal in over 10 minutes. Zeller is called for the offensive foul on the other end. 61-56 VCU.
Brandenberg misses a jump shot in the lane. Zeller goes to his right again and makes the off-balanced shot in the paint. 12 points and 15 rebounds for him. 59-56 VCU.
|@ RTCSouthRegion : IU now in the bonus, VCU has a ways to go. Could be impt. #ncaaPortland|
Wofford misses a rushed 3-pointer and VCU gets the long rebound. Foul is called on Oladipo. TV Timeout with 4:26 left.
Zelller makes the first one. Reddic has to sit with four fouls. Zeller misses the second and it's 59-54 VCU.
Zeller goes to his right and tires to put a shot up, but Haley gets a hand on the ball and a jump is called. VCU gets possession with 5:20 left in the game.
Sheehey comes up with a steal, but of course, Indiana commits another turnover, it's 12th of the half. That leads to a bucket from Brandenberg. 59-53 VCU.
VCU hasn't score a field goal in over four minutes. But it doesn't matter since Indiana keeps turning the ball over. Back court violation this time. TV Timeout.
Zeller tries to go baseline and draws a foul on Haley. 8 minutes left in the game. Haley isn't quick enough to stay with Zeller.
Wofford misfires on the short jumper but Pritchard cleans it up and gets the put-back to go. Then Oladipo capitalizes on a VCU turnover and gets the runner to go. 57-53 VCU with 10 minutes left in the game.
Too many turnovers for Indiana. Zeller just committed the team's 16th, which leads to a tip-in for Reddic. 57-48 VCU.