The Sweet 16 concludes on Friday evening with the No. 1 overall seed in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, the Cinderella squad from Dunk City and a handful of the most accomplished coaches in the game taking center stage.
The first Sweet 16 matchup scheduled for Friday features No. 1 Louisville and No. 12 Oregon in Midwest Region. Rick Pitino's Cardinals overwhelmed every team unfortunate enough to face them thus far, routing No. 16 North Carolina A&T and No. 8 Colorado State. To their credit, the Ducks haven't had much trouble reaching the round of 16 either, pulling off two double-digit upsets. Can they withstand the relentless Louisville pressure?
In the South Region, the veteran No. 1 Jayhawks must overcome the young stars of No. 4 Michigan to reach the Elite Eight. The Wolverines, who are making their first Sweet 16 appearance since 1994, didn't seem to have any problems dealing with the "havoc" defense of VCU in the third round. Will they be able to handle the experience of Kansas, who has four seniors in the starting lineup?
In the late starts on Friday, No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast University will look to continue its historic run against No. 3 Florida while Coach K and Tom Izzo will match wits with an Elite Eight spot on the line.
Scroll down for live updates from all Sweet 16 games on Friday.
03/30/2013 12:51 AM EDT
THANK YOU FGCU
I know I'll always remember this one
03/30/2013 12:50 AM EDT
Florida beats FGCU 62-50. Thanks for the ride Eagles. It was fun while it lasted.
03/30/2013 12:49 AM EDT
@ rushthecourt :
"Almost midnight!" -Florida fans chanting at Florida Gulf Coast
03/30/2013 12:45 AM EDT
@ JonRothstein :
Florida on the verge of advancing to their third consecutive Elite Eight. Gators looking for first berth in Final Four since 2007.
03/30/2013 12:43 AM EDT
@ SethDavisHoops :
Florida. Sharpie. Lights out in Dunk City. Thanks for the ride guys.
03/30/2013 12:38 AM EDT
What A Play
Varidel had his back to Rosario who was inbounding the ball. So Rosario threw it off his back and went the distance for the one-handed dunk. 56-45 Florida.
03/30/2013 12:37 AM EDT
A timeout was called so they waived off the foul.
03/30/2013 12:36 AM EDT
Christophe Varidel missed a 3 from the top of the key and now Florida will go back to the free throw line, up by 9 with 2 minutes left.
03/30/2013 12:35 AM EDT
Comer gets chased down and tied up on FGCU's next possession and the arrow goes to Florida. Young was fouled and missed the free throw.
03/30/2013 12:33 AM EDT
After a foul on Thompson and 2 free throws from Wilbekin, Brown swished a step-back fadeaway 2 to make it 52-45. But Thompson committed his 5th foul which sends Wilbekin to the free throw line. He made both to make it 54-45 Florida with 2:45 left.