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.
I know I'll always remember this one
Florida beats FGCU 62-50. Thanks for the ride Eagles. It was fun while it lasted.
|@ rushthecourt : "Almost midnight!" -Florida fans chanting at Florida Gulf Coast|
|@ JonRothstein : Florida on the verge of advancing to their third consecutive Elite Eight. Gators looking for first berth in Final Four since 2007.|
|@ SethDavisHoops : Florida. Sharpie. Lights out in Dunk City. Thanks for the ride guys.|
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.
A timeout was called so they waived off the foul.
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.
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.
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.
As Craig Sager was talking to Joakim Noah on the sideline, FGCU forced a turnover and Brown led the fast break. He missed a layup but Fieler was there for the put-back dunk. 50-43 Florida with 3:11 left.
Comer gets into the paint and makes a short jumper to cut Florida's lead to 9 but Rosario attacked right away, drove through the lane, pump faked a couple times and made a short jumper. 50-39 Florida. 4:20 left in the game.
Wilbekin missed a layup but Casey Prather was right there for the tip-in. 48-36 Florida with under 7 minutes to play. Time running out for Cinderella FGCU.
|@ GoodmanCBS : Duke vs. Louisville tips at 5:05 on Sunday and Michigan vs. Florida/FGCU is at 2:20 p.m.|
FGCU runs a nice inbounds play under the basket to Brown to makes the easy layup. But Florida answers with a basket in the paint from Prather. FGCU turned it over on their next possession. 46-36 Florida with 8 minutes left.
|@ ESPNDanaOneil : Duke vs. Louisville in regional final. Krzyzewski versus Pitino... Hmm where I have seen that before? Oh right, 1992... Spectrum... Philly.|
Duke eliminates Michigan State 71-61. Coach K improves to 7-1 against Tom Izzo. PITINO VS. COACH K IN THE ELITE EIGHT.
Patric Young battles in the paint for position, gets the ball and makes a hook shot to make it 41-30 Florida.
Plumlee was fouled on a defensive rebound and made both free throws. But Trice responded with a quick 3 from the top of the key. 69-61 Duke with 42 seconds left.
Sulaimon gets fouled and makes 2 free throws to make it 67-58 Duke with under a minute left.
Rosario cleans up on the glass with an offensive rebound and a reverse layup to extend Florida's lead to 39-30 with 11:48 left in the game.
Harris committed foul on Sulaimon, who made both free throws. Appling answered with an easy layup. 65-58 Duke with 1:31 left.
Curry misses a fadeaway jumper and Travis Trice was well behind the Duke players for an easy layup. But he clearly traveled. Refs missed it and called a foul on Thornton on the made basket. Trice made the free throw to make it 63-56 Duke.
|@ SethDavisHoops : Michigan State has scored one field goal since there was 17:10 on the clock. Now 3:52. Duke starts with D.|
Seth Curry turned the ball over and Branden Dawson took advantage with an easy layup. 62-53 Duke with 2:54 left.
Billy Donovan calls timeout. Gators lead 37-28. Comer might be hurt and is on the bench. FGCU was hesitant to push the tempo without him.
Michigan State has misses its last 10 field goal attempts...
|@ SethDavisHoops : Kelly's help side D inside has been huge for Duke. Hasn't shot it well but has found other ways to contribute.|
|@ Andy_Staples : Comer hurt his right elbow.|
After Harris picked up his second foul, Curry made both free throws to make it 60-49 Duke with 5 minutes left. This one looks like it's getting away from MSU.