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2019 NCAA Tournament Viewing Guide: West and South Regional Semifinals; Thursday, March 28

Tonight’s Sweet Sixteen action features seven teams from the top four seed lines and an interloper, the 12th-seeded Oregon Ducks.

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All times are Eastern. You can stream all games on the NCAA’s March Madness Live. (I’ll have links for each game in these posts.)

Schedule at a Glance

West and South Regional Semifinals

Tip Time (ET) Site Matchup Channel with March Madness Live Link
Tip Time (ET) Site Matchup Channel with March Madness Live Link
7:09 p.m. West No. 4 Florida State vs. No. 1 Gonzaga CBS
7:29 p.m. South No. 3 Purdue vs. No. 2 Tennessee TBS
9:39 p.m.* West No. 3 Texas Tech vs. No. 2 Michigan CBS
9:59 p.m.* South No. 12 Oregon vs. No. 1 Virginia TBS

* = tip time is approximate

Announcers by Regional

West: Kevin Harlan/Reggie Miller/Dan Bonner with Dana Jacobson reporting
South: Brian Anderson/Chris Webber with Allie LaForce reporting

Historical data from College Basketball Reference’s Matchup Finder.

Early Evening Tips

Graphic by Chris Dobbertean using logos from

7:09 p.m., West (Anaheim) on CBS

March Madness Live link

No. 4 Florida State Seminoles (29-7, ACC at-large) vs.
No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs (32-3, WCC at-large)

KenPom predicted score: GU 79, FSU 72

Gonzaga will be looking for revenge against the FSU team that eliminated them from last season’s NCAAs at this stage, one county north in Los Angeles. Again, the Bulldogs are the higher seed and will be favored, though the Seminoles aren’t the plucky No. 9 seed that eliminated Xavier in 2018’s second round.

With a victory, Leonard Hamilton’s team will be in its second straight Elite Eight — one win a way from a first Final Four appearance since 1972. As for Mark Few’s Zags, they last reached a regional final and Final Four in 2017.

7:29 p.m., South (Louisville) on TBS

March Madness Live link

No. 3 Purdue Boilermakers (25-9, 16-4 Big Ten at-large) vs.
No. 2 Tennessee Volunteers (31-5, SEC at-large)

KenPom predicted score: PU 75, UT 74

Purdue and Tennessee have met sporadically over the years, with the last meeting taking place in November 2017, when the Volunteers edged the Boilermakers 78-75 in the Battle 4 Atlantis quarterfinals. Remember that Purdue routed tournament favorite Arizona on the final day of that event, in the seventh-place game!

While Matt Painter’s squad has now reached the Sweet Sixteen in three consecutive years, the Boilermakers have lost four straight times in this round. Their last Elite Eight appearance came in 2000. As for the Volunteers, their last trip to a regional final was just nine seasons ago, in 2010. Tennessee has never reached the Final Four, while Purdue last made it to the season’s ultimate weekend in 1980.

Curiously, both of these teams and Florida State will feature in November’s Emerald Coast Classic in the Florida Panhandle.

Late Evening Tips

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9:39 p.m., West (Anaheim) on CBS

March Madness Live link

No. 3 Texas Tech Red Raiders (28-6, Big 12 at-large) vs.
No. 2 Michigan Wolverines (30-6, Big Ten at-large)

KenPom predicted score: UM 62, TT 61

Michigan and Texas Tech meet for the first time since December 28, 1983, though the Wolverines will undoubtedly have a sense of deja vu considering they eliminated another Texas team, Texas A&M Aggies, in this round last year, also in Southern California. I don’t think Michigan will hit quite as many threes as they did in that contest, however.

Tonight’s winner will reach a second consecutive Elite Eight. In Michigan’s case, they’re looking for a fourth berth since 2013. Last season’s regional final appearance was Tech’s first ever.

9:59 p.m., South (Louisville) on TBS

March Madness Live link

No. 12 Oregon Ducks (25-12, Pac-12 automatic bid) vs.
No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers (31-3, ACC at-large)

KenPom predicted score: UVa 64, UO 54

Oregon and Virginia played a home-and-home series in the Decembers of 2010 and 2011, with Tony Bennett’s Cavaliers getting the better of Dana Altman’s Ducks on both occasions. Might the same result be on the cards tonight? (Particularly with Oregon being the lowest-seeded team left by some margin.)

Virginia is looking to return to the Elite Eight for the first time since 2016, though the Cavaliers’ Final Four drought famously extends to 1984. Oregon, meanwhile, last reached both a regional final and national semifinal just two seasons ago.

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