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NCAA Tournament Open Thread: Third Round Sunday

The first weekend of the 2011 NCAA Tournament concludes with eight more Second Third Round games. The schedule is roughly the same as yesterday, which means games will extend late into the evening. The lone exception is that the 7:40 p.m. ET tip which aired on CBS Saturday, moves over the TruTV tonight.

Full details after the jump.


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

National Games

Charlotte (E)
No. 7 Washington Huskies vs. No. 2 North Carolina Tar Heels 12:15 p.m. ET CBS
Charlotte (W)
No. 8 Michigan Wolverines vs. No. 1 Duke Blue Devils approx. 2:45 p.m. ET CBS

My Picks: As both SEC teams swept the opening doubleheader Saturday, the top two teams in the ACC should take advantage of a friendly Charlotte crowd and do the same.

Early Evening Window

Cleveland (E)
No. 8 George Mason Patriots vs. No. 1 Ohio St. Buckeyes 5:15 p.m. ET CBS
Tulsa (W)
No. 5 Arizona Wildcats vs. No. 4 Texas Longhorns 6:10 p.m. ET TNT

My picks: The Buckeyes will get a game from the CAA regular season champions, but will ultimately prevail in their backyard. In Tulsa, the Longhorns will have too much firepower for the Wildcats.

Mid-Evening Window

Chicago (SW)
No. 11 VCU Rams vs. No. 3 Purdue Boilermakers 7:10 p.m. ET TBS
Cleveland (E)
No. 11 Marquette Golden Eagles vs. No. 3 Syracuse Orange approx. 7:45 p.m. ET TruTV

My Picks: The Rams will test the Boilermakers, but will just fall short at the end, while the Orange will avenge their regular season loss in Milwaukee

Late Evening Window

Tulsa (SW)
No. 8 Illinois Fighting Illini vs. No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks approx. 8:40 p.m. ET TNT
Chicago (SW)
No. 10 Florida St. Seminoles vs. No. 2 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 7:15 p.m. ET TBS

My Picks: The Illini's great performance against UNLV proves to be a blip, as they're unable to compete with the Jayhawks for 40 minutes. In the final game of the round, Notre Dame should have too much for offensively-limited FSU.

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