NCAA Tournament Open Thread: Second Round Friday, Evening Session

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 11: Tyler Olander #10 of the Connecticut Huskies and Dion Waiters #3 of the Syracuse Orange fight for a rebound during the semifinals of the 2011 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament presented by American Eagle Outfitters at Madison Square Garden on March 11, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Are you worn out yet? Tired of basketball? I hope not, as the final eight games of the First Second Round are this evening. TV information, along with my viewing and game picks are after the jump.

Announcers

Tulsa: Marv Albert/Steve Kerr
Charlotte: Jim Nantz/Clark Kellogg
Chicago: Spero Dedes/Bob Wenzel
Cleveland: Gus Johnson/Len Elmore

Evening Window No. 1

Tulsa (SW)
No. 16 Boston U. Terriers vs. No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks
6:50 p.m. ET TBS
Charlotte (E)
No. 15 Long Island U. Blackbirds vs. No. 2 North Carolina Tar Heels
7:15 p.m. ET CBS
Chicago (SW)
No. 14 St. Peter's Peacocks vs. No. 3 Purdue Boilermakers
7:20 p.m. ET TNT
Cleveland (E)
No. 11 Marquette Golden Eagles vs. No. 6 Xavier Musketeers
7:27 p.m. ET truTV

 

My Verdict: Come to think of it, this window doesn't offer much either, except for the Marquette-Xavier game.

My Picks: Given the matchups in this one, it's fairly easy to go chalk with this window, so I am.

Evening Window No. 2

Tulsa (SW)
No. 9 UNLV Runnin' Rebels vs. No. 8 Illinois Fighting Illini
approx. 9:20 p.m. ET TBS
Charlotte (E)
No. 10 Georgia Bulldogs vs. No. 7 Washington Huskies
approx. 9:45 p.m. ET CBS
Chicago (SW)
No. 11 USC Trojans/VCU Rams vs. No. 6 Georgetown Hoyas approx. 9:50 p.m. ET TNT
Cleveland (E)
No. 14 Indiana St. Sycamores vs. No. 3 Syracuse Orange
approx. 9:57 p.m. ET truTV

 

My Verdict: Of course, with three higher seeds in action during the early evening, the First Second Round could end with a bang, thanks to a trio of mid-bracket contests.

My Picks: I'm predisposed to pick for Syracuse and against Georgetown, and I'll take the No. 9 seed from Vegas and Pac-10 Tournament champs in the other two games.

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