The Sweet Sixteen begins tonight, meaning the first of the last two truly great college basketball days of the year is here.
And while two of the remaining three No. 1 seeds are playing tonight — Wisconsin against North Carolina, in a game that should feature a lot of points, and Kentucky against West Virginia, in a game that will either be a titanic upset or a massive beatdown — I'm most interested in Wichita State meeting up with Notre Dame.
The Irish have managed to get to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time in more than a decade under Mike Brey by beating two mid-majors by a total of seven points, and they've done it despite scoring under 70 points and well under the 1.2 points per possession they average. But those teams, Northeastern and Butler, weren't this March-made Shockers squad that simply stood taller than big brother Kansas last weekend, and I have no doubts that Wichita State could sock Notre Dame back to South Bend with a big win on this night.
And that would set up one hell of a Midwest Regional final, following undefeated Wichita State's unfair pairing with beaten but battle-tested Kentucky from the 2014 NCAA Tournament with the inverse — and a Final Four berth on the line.
Here's your television schedule for the night. Remember: For online streaming, March Madness Live is your friend, as long as you can validate your TV service provider.
|No. 3 Notre Dame vs. No. 7 Wichita State
|No. 1 Wisconsin vs. No. 4 North Carolina
|No. 1 Kentucky vs. No. 5 West Virginia
|No. 2 Arizona vs. No. 6 Xavier