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On The Menu: 2016 NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen Thursday

After taking three nights off, the rollercoaster that is the 2016 NCAA Tournament is ready to set off on another loop. What thrills lurk in the corners of tonight's journey?

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All games are streaming on March Madness Live.

All broadcast info is courtesy Fang's Bites.

South Regional - Louisville

Channel: CBS
Broadcast Team: Jim Nantz/Grant Hill/Bill Raftery//Tracy Wolfson


No. 3 Miami Hurricanes (27-7)
ACC at-large
No. 2 Villanova Wildcats (31-5)
Big East at-large and Regular Season Champion

Tip Time: 7:10 p.m.


No. 5 Maryland Terrapins (27-8)
Big Ten at-large
No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks (32-4)
Big 12 Regular Season and Tournament Champion

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


The first night of regional action is loaded, with Maryland the only team not found on the top four seed lines taking the floor tonight, and the Terps spend a good portion of the season in the top five of the polls. Mark Turgeon's squad will have its hands full with his alma mater in the night cap. If Maryland doesn't play a full 40 minutes, as was an issue with both of its games in Spokane, they won't take the floor again on Saturday.

But the opener is not without its charms, particularly as Villanova put together a pair of performances in Brooklyn that indicate they're ready to shake off their reputation as March strugglers. Miami, on the other hand, didn't look convincing in dispatching Buffalo or, particularly, Wichita State, especially when you consider how the Shockers almost pulled off a comeback for the ages on Saturday afternoon. If the Hurricanes can clog up the key and force Nova to take a lot of perimeter shots, Miami will be in good shape. If not, look for the Wildcats to make their first Elite Eight trip since 2009.

West Regional - Anaheim

Channel: TBS
Broadcast Team: Verne Lundquist/Jim Spanarkel//Allie LaForce


No. 3 Texas A&M Aggies (28-8)
SEC at-large and Regular Season Co-Champion
No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners (27-7)
Big 12 at-large

Tip Time: 7:37 p.m.


No. 4 Duke Blue Devils (25-10)
ACC at-large
No. 1 Oregon Ducks (30-6)
Pac-12 Regular Season and Tournament Champion

Tip Time: approx. 9:57 p.m.


The doubleheader in Anaheim begins with an old Big 12 matchup between an Aggie squad that's only here because of perhaps the greatest el foldo act of all time and a Sooner outfit that was tested in a pair of de facto home games. Rebounding could be critical in this one, especially with Oklahoma's love of the three-ball. If Aggies can limit Oklahoma's second opportunities and perhaps generate some transition chances, the upset could be on the cards. But if Buddy Hield and company are on fire, it could be a long night for the SEC co-champs.

Is the finale at Honda Center the game where Duke's lack of depth is finally exposed? It's possible, but again, the perimeter game could be the great equalizer in this one, as the Blue Devils are stronger in this facet than the Ducks. Plus, Duke will be more disciplined than Saint Joseph's was late in Sunday's second round matchup. Oregon has the talent to move on, but they'll have to be more efficient on both ends of the floor than they were last time out.

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