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If you've recovered from last night's furious finishes, more fun is to come, though you'll be able to ease into the afternoon. It's time to set half of the Sweet 16 field.

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Broadcast Teams by Venue

(Thanks to Fang's Bites.)

Denver: Andrew Catalon/Steve Lappas//Jamie Erdahl (reporter)
Des Moines: Jim Nantz/Grant Hill/Bill Raftery//Tracy Wolfson (reporter)
Providence: Ian Eagle/Chris Webber/Len Elmore//Evan Washburn (reporter)
Raleigh: Kevin Harlan/Reggie Miller/Dan Bonner//Lewis Johnson (reporter)

Streaming

All games are streaming on March Madness Live.

Afternoon Doubleheader

WichitaSt

Providence: Dunkin Donuts Center
SOUTH REGION

No. 11 Wichita State Shockers (26-8)
MVC at-large and Regular Season Champion and First Four winner
vs.
No. 3 Miami Hurricanes (26-7)
ACC at-large

Tip Time: 12:10 p.m.

Channel: CBS

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yale

Providence: Dunkin Donuts Center
WEST REGION

No. 12 Yale Bulldogs (23-6)
Ivy League Champion
vs.
No. 4 Duke Blue Devils (24-10)
ACC at-large

Tip Time: approx. 2:40 p.m.

Channel: CBS

Duke


CBS starts Saturday with its now traditional nationally-televised doubleheader, originating from Providence this afternoon. In the opener, Wichita State will attempt to reach its third Sweet Sixteen in four years by shutting down a Hurricane squad that's one of the more efficient on offense nationally. In game two, the Blue Devils and Bulldogs meet in a rematch of November 25th's 80-61 Blue Devil win. However, each team's roster has changed significantly since that evening at Cameron Indoor.

Early Evening Tips

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Des Moines: Wells Fargo Arena
EAST REGION

No. 5 Indiana Hoosiers (27-7)
Big Ten at-large and Regular Season Champion
vs.
No. 4 Kentucky Wildcats (27-8)
SEC Regular Season (co) and Tournament Champion

Tip Time: 5:30 p.m.

Channel: CBS

Kentucky
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Denver: Pepsi Arena
MIDWEST REGION

No. 12 Little Rock Trojans (30-4)
Sun Belt Regular Season and Tournament Champion
vs.
No. 4 Iowa State Cyclones (22-11)
Big 12 at-large

Tip Time: 6:10 p.m.

Channel: TNT

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Butler

Raleigh: PNC Arena
MIDWEST REGION

No. 9 Butler Bulldogs (22-10)
Big East at-large
vs.
No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers (27-7)
ACC at-large

Tip Time: 7:10 p.m.

Channel: TBS

Uva


The atmosphere in Des Moines should be electric as the Hoosiers and Wildcats meet for the first time since March 23, 2012, when UK knocked IU out of the NCAAs, avenging the only regular season defeat the eventual national champs suffered that season. The Big Ten regular season champs will have their hands full shutting down the SEC co-champs. But considering how ruthlessly the Hoosiers dispatched of Chattanooga on Thursday evening, this should be a thriller.

Virginia's matchup against Butler might not be, but the Cavaliers' style, which limits possessions by nature, gives the Bulldogs an opening if they can be efficient on offense. However, with the Midwest bracket opened up, UVa won't want to let this opportunity get past them.

Iowa State's matchup with Little Rock looks like a toss-up, and since neither team is great at getting to the foul line, the few additional opportunities either team earns there could make a difference.

Viewing Picks

Indiana-Kentucky, 5:15 p.m. (CBS)
Little Rock-Iowa State. 6:10 p.m. (TNT)
Butler-Virginia, 7:10 p.m. (TBS)

Late Evening Tips

uconn

Des Moines: Wells Fargo Arena
SOUTH REGION

No. 9 UConn Huskies (25-10)
American Athletic Tournament Champion
vs.
No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks (31-4)
Big 12 Regular Season and Tournament Champion

Tip Time: 8:07 p.m.

Channel: CBS

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Gonz

Denver: Pepsi Arena
MIDWEST REGION

No. 11 Gonzaga Bulldogs (27-7)
WCC Regular Season (co) and Tournament Champion
vs.
No. 3 Utah Utes (27-8)
Pac-12 at-large

Tip Time: 8:43 p.m.

Channel: TNT

Utah
Prov

Raleigh: PNC Arena
EAST REGION

No. 9 Providence Friars (24-10)
Big East at-large
vs.
No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels (29-6)
ACC Regular Season and Tournament Champion

Tip Time: 9:40 p.m.

Channel: TBS

UNC

The other two top seeds in action tonight have differing challenges in the late window. North Carolina should be in good shape if they limit the effectiveness of the Friars' Kris Dunn and Ben Bentill. Kansas, meanwhile, looks like a clear favorite over UConn, but if the Jayhawks struggle from the perimeter and the Huskies can get themselves to the charity stripe more than usual, the favorite of many might end up heading back to Lawrence for the season.

In Denver, Gonzaga can earn itself an unexpected Sweet 16 trip by toppling Utah. This should be one of the most even games of the day, but if Jakob Poeltl and Kyle Kuzma can get some work done inside against Domantas Sabonis and Kyle Wiltjer, the Utes might be able to get past the Zags.

Viewing Picks

Gonzaga-Utah, approx. 8:40 p.m. (TNT)
UConn-Kansas, approx. 7:45 p.m. (CBS)
Providence-North Carolina, approx. 9:40 p.m. (TBS)

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