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2017 NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen Thursday Viewing Guide

The Midwest and West Regional Semifinalists take the floor tonight.

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Not near a TV? You can stream each game on NCAA March Madness Live.

All times are Eastern.

Midwest Regional

CBS will air both games with Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Reggie Miller and Dan Bonner (commentary), and Dana Jacobson (reporting) on the call.

No. 7 Michigan Wolverines (26-11)* vs. No. 3 Oregon Ducks (31-5), 7:09 p.m.
No. 4 Purdue Boilermakers (27-7) vs. No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks (30-4), approx. 9:39 p.m.

Once again, Michigan finds itself in one of the most attractive matchups of a 2017 NCAA Tournament round, as there should be plenty of points when the Wolverines take on the potent Ducks. The nightcap pairs two balanced squads in Kansas and Purdue, along with two national player of the year candidates — the Jayhawks’ point guard Frank Mason and Boilermaker forward Caleb Swanigan. KU should have a sizable advantage, however, as they’ll be playing in their de facto secondary home arena in Kansas City.

West Regional

TBS will air both games with Brian Anderson (play-by-play), Chris Webber (commentary), and Lewis Johnson (reporting) on the call.

No. 4 West Virginia Mountaineers (28-8) vs. No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs (34-1)*, 7:39 p.m.
No. 11 Xavier Musketeers (23-13) vs. No. 2 Arizona Wildcats (32-4)*, approx. 10:09 p.m.

While you’d expect Gonzaga to struggle a bit against West Virginia’s pressing defense, the Bulldogs have recent success against the Mountaineers. The Bulldogs won a pair of early season meetings with Bob Huggins’ squad in 2012-13 and 2013-14, so Mark Few knows how to prepare for the matchup. The second game in San José sees Sean Miller meet his former program at this stage for the second time in three years. Back in 2015, Arizona defeated Xavier by eight, 68-60, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. It wouldn’t surprise me if the Wildcats ended the Musketeers’ surprising run by a similar score tonight.

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