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On The Menu: 2016 NCAA Tournament Second Round Sunday

Saturday's Round of 32 games couldn't compete with the excitement of Thursday and Friday. Let's see if the last eight games of the final weekend can do better.

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Broadcast Teams by Venue

(Thanks to Fang's Bites.)

Brooklyn: Verne Lundquist/Jim Spanarkel//Allie LaForce (reporter)
Oklahoma City: Carter Blackburn/ Mike Gminski//Jaime Maggio (reporter)
St. Louis: Brian Anderson/Steve Smith//Dana Jacobson (reporter)
Spokane: Spero Dedes/Doug Gottlieb//Ros Gold-Onwude (reporter)

Streaming

All games are streaming on March Madness Live.

Afternoon Doubleheader

Iowa

Brooklyn: Barclays Center
SOUTH REGION

No. 7 Iowa Hawkeyes (22-10)
Big Ten at-large
vs.
No. 2 Villanova Wildcats (30-5)
Big East at-large and Regular Season Champion

Tip Time: 12:10 p.m.

Channel: CBS

Nova
sfa

Brooklyn: Barclays Center
EAST REGION

No. 14 Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (28-5)
Southland Regular Season and Tournament Champion
vs.
No. 6 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (22-11)
ACC at-large

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

Channel: CBS

ND


Villanova famously last made the second weekend in 2009, when they managed to get all the way to the Final Four. If the February-March version of Iowa shows up today in Brooklyn, the Wildcats should be on their way to Louisville. The second game at Barclays Center will be intriguing, simply because Stephen F. Austin is a more offensively potent version of the West Virginia Mountaineers squad they eliminated on Friday night. That could be trouble for an Irish team that will be bothered by the Lumberjacks' press.

Early Evening Tips

vcu

Oklahoma City: Chesapeake Energy Arena
WEST REGION

No. 10 VCU Rams (25-10)
A 10 at-large and Regular Season Champion (co)
vs.

No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners (26-7)
Big 12 at-large

Tip Time: 5:15 p.m.

Channel: CBS

okla
MTSU

St. Louis: Scottrade Center
MIDWEST REGION

No. 15 Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (25-9)
C-USA Tournament Champion
vs.
No. 10 Syracuse Orange (20-13)
ACC at-large

Tip Time: 6:10 p.m.

Channel: TNT

Cuse
haw

Spokane: Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
SOUTH REGION

No. 13 Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors (28-5)
Big West Regular Season and Tournament Champion
vs.
No. 5 Maryland Terrapins (26-8)
Big Ten at-large

Tip Time: 7:10 p.m.

Channel: TBS

UMD


In this window, double-digit seed will join the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the Sweet Sixteen, with another two having slightly longer odds. The key to VCU's virtual road game will be rebounding, particularly with how often Oklahoma fires from the perimeter. In St. Louis, Middle Tennessee clearly has the shooters to neutralize Syracuse's zone, so if the Orange have a rough day from the field, the Blue Raiders could become the second 15 seed ever to reach the second weekend. Out in Spokane, Hawai'i's athleticism will test Maryland, who cannot let their foot off the gas in the second half as they did against South Dakota State. The Rainbow Warriors have the offensive ability to really make the Terps pay if there's a repeat of Friday.

Viewing Picks

Hawai'i-Maryland, 7:10 p.m. (TBS)
Middle Tennessee-Syracuse. 6:10 p.m. (TNT)
VCU-Oklahoma, 5:15 p.m. (CBS)

Late Evening Tips

UNI

Oklahoma City: Chesapeake Energy Arena
WEST REGION

No. 11 UNI Panthers (23-12)
MVC Tournament Champion
vs.
No. 3 Texas A&M Aggies (27-8)
SEC at-large and Regular Season Champion (co)

Tip Time: approx. 7:45 p.m.

Channel: TruTV

tamu
wisc

St. Louis: Scottrade Center
EAST REGION

No. 7 Wisconsin Badgers (21-12)
Big Ten at-large
vs.
No. 2 Xavier Musketeers (28-5)
Big East at-large

Tip Time: approx. 8:40 p.m.

Channel: TNT

Xavier
StJoes

Spokane: Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
WEST REGION

No. 8 Saint Joseph's Hawks (28-7)
A 10 Tournament Champion
vs.
No. 1 Oregon Ducks (29-6)
Pac-12 Regular Season and Tournament Champion

Tip Time: approx. 9:40 p.m.

Channel: TBS

UO

The final three games of the first weekend feature a trio of top three seeds who are all heavily favored to get through. UNI might have the best shot at advancing because of their defense, but the Panthers aren't a great rebounding team, which could hand a big advantage to the Aggies if UNI's shots don't fall. In the nightcap in St. Louis, Wisconsin will not be able to eliminate Xavier if it's as offensively mediocre as it was in Friday night's win against Pittsburgh. In Spokane, Saint Joe's has the opposite concern. DeAndre' Bembry and company can score with Oregon, but I'm not sure they can get the stops needed to send the Ducks back to Eugene.

Viewing Picks

UNI-Texas A&M, approx. 7:40 p.m. (TruTV)
Wisconsin-Xavier, approx. 8:40 p.m. (TNT)
Saint Joseph's-Oregon, approx. 9:40 p.m. (TBS)

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