NCAA Tournament 2014: Schedule And Bracket For Friday's Games

Round of 64 Thursday featured a record four overtime games and a buzzer-beater. It will likely be impossible for Friday's 16 games to compete with that, but the 32 teams involved will certainly try their best to create another memorable day. Curiously, today's schedule features not one, but two matchups of teams sharing the "Wildcats" nickname.

The Bracket

If you're looking for a bracket to track tournament results or your picks, feel free to use SB Nation's printable bracket for 2014.

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The Announcers

Raleigh: Kevin Harlan, Len Elmore, and Reggie Miller with Rachel Nichols reporting
St. Louis: Jim Nantz and Greg Anthony with Tracy Wolfson reporting
San Antonio: Marv Albert and Steve Kerr with Craig Sager reporting
San Diego: Andrew Catalon and Mike Gminski with Otis Livingston reporting

If I was watching a set of games based on the announcers today, I'd go with San Antonio's combo of Marv Albert and Steve Kerr. Kevin Harlan calls an exciting game, but his cohorts, particularly Reggie Miller, didn't exactly cover themselves in glory in Dayton on Wednesday night. (At least based on what I read, the game was on mute where I was watching it.) Note that Greg Anthony replaces Clark Kellogg, moved into the studio, this season. Andrew Catalon also joins the commentary crew, alongside Tim Brando's longtime partner Mike Gminski.

Early Afternoon Window

All game times are Eastern.

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Raleigh (Midwest Region): No. 14 Mercer Bears vs. No. 3 Duke Blue Devils, 12:15 p.m. (CBS)
KenPom projected score: Blue Devils 80-67
San Antonio (West Region): No. 11 Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. No. 6 Baylor Bears, 12:40 p.m. (TruTV)
KenPom projected score: Bears 68-66
St. Louis (South Region): No. 10 Stanford Cardinal vs. No. 7 New Mexico Lobos, 1:40 p.m. (TBS)
KenPom projected score: Lobos 71-69
San Diego (West Region): No. 16 Weber State Wildcats vs. No. 1 Arizona Wildcats, 2:10 p.m. (TNT)
KenPom projected score: Arizona 72-55

While Mercer might be able to give Duke a game for a bit, the 12:40 and 1:40 starts will undoubtedly be the pair to watch in the first window. In San Antonio, a pair of former Big 12 rivals meet not all that far from Baylor's campus. Meanwhile, in St. Louis, two Western powers square off for the right to (probably) play Joel Embiid -less Kansas on Sunday.

Late Afternoon Window

Raleigh (Midwest Region): No. 11 Tennessee Volunteers vs. No. 6 Massachusetts Minutemen, approx. 2:45 p.m. (CBS)
KenPom projected score: Vols 72-66
San Antonio (West Region): No. 14 UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns vs. No. 3 Creighton Bluejays, approx. 3:10 p.m. (TruTV)
KenPom projected score: Jays 87-74
St. Louis (South Region): No. 15 Eastern Kentucky Colonels vs. No. 2 Kansas Jayhawks, approx. 4:10 p.m. (TBS)
KenPom projected score: Jayhawks 83-71
San Diego (West Region): No. 9 Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. No. 8 Gonzaga Bulldogs , approx. 4:40 p.m. (TNT)
KenPom projected score: Bulldogs 71-70

All four of these games have serious potential. Chaz Williams and UMass will attempt to handle a physical Tennessee squad that outmuscled Iowa on Wednesday night. Creighton's Doug McDermott -- one of college basketball's greatest all-time scorers -- squares off with ULL"s Shawn Long, a stat sheet stuffer without compare, in San Antonio. EKU will look to stun shorthanded KU in St. Louis. Finally, Marcus Smart and company will look to slide by Gonzaga in what should be one of the games of an already thrilling Round of 64.

Early Evening Window

Raleigh (East Region): No. 9 George Washington Colonials vs. No. 8 Memphis Tigers, 6:55 p.m. (TBS)
KenPom projected score: Tigers 73-72
St. Louis (Midwest Region): No. 16 Cal Poly Mustangs vs. No. 1 Wichita State Shockers, 7:10 p.m. (CBS)
KenPom projected score: Shockers 70-54
San Antonio (East Region): No. 11 Providence Friars vs. No. 6 North Carolina Tar Heels, 7:20 p.m. (TNT)
KenPom projected score: Tar Heels 75-71
San Diego (South Region): No. 12 Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks vs. No. 5 VCU Rams, 7:27 p.m. (TruTV)
KenPom projected score: Rams 70-65

The evening begins with three contests with thriller potential and Cal Poly attempting to make history against Wichita State. Memphis and GW could turn into another 8 vs. 9 classic in Raleigh. Providence's Bryce Cotton will attempt to carry his team to the Round of 32 against Marcus Paige and UNC. Meanwhile, in San Diego, Stephen F. Austin will attempt to make it three wins out of four for the 12 seeds against VCU, who will likely be without sophomore shooting guard Melvin Johnson, who has a knee injury.

Late Evening Window

Raleigh (East Region): No. 16 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers vs. No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers, approx. 9:25 p.m. (TBS)
KenPom projected score: Cavaliers 69-51
St. Louis (Midwest Region): No. 9 Kansas State Wildcats vs. No. 8 Kentucky Wildcats, approx. 9:40 p.m. (CBS)
KenPom projected score: Kentucky 69-64
San Antonio (East Region): No. 14 NC Central Eagles vs. No. 3 Iowa State Cyclones, approx. 9:50 p.m. (TNT)
KenPom projected score: Cyclones 76-70
San Diego (South Region): No. 13 Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs. No. 4 UCLA Bruins, approx. 9:57 p.m. (TruTV)
KenPom projected score: Bruins 77-71

After the final window of Friday, the field will be trimmed to 32. Obviously, the main attraction among the final quartet is the showdown of Wildcats in St. Louis, where UK will look to show that it was seriously underseeded as an eight. However, keep an eye on NC Central-Iowa State. The Eagles are a far superior team to the Norfolk State outfit that stunned Missouri back in 2012.

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