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Middle Tennessee's Jaqawn Raymond (10) celebrates after making a basket during the first half of a first-round men's college basketball game against Michigan State in the NCAA Tournament, Friday, March 18, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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2016 NCAA Tournament: Sunday’s Tip Times, Channel Guide and Announcer Pairings

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Second Round Games
Sunday, March 20

12:10 p.m., CBS, Brooklyn
No. 2 Villanova vs. No. 7 Iowa (Verne Lundquist, Jim Spanarkel, Allie LaForce)

2:40 p.m., CBS, Brooklyn
No. 6 Notre Dame vs. No. 14 Stephen F. Austin (Verne Lundquist, Jim Spanarkel, Allie LaForce)

5:15 p.m., CBS, Oklahoma City
No. 2 Oklahoma vs. No. 10 VCU (Carter Blackburn, Mike Gminski, Jaime Maggio)

6:10 p.m., TNT, St. Louis
No. 10 Syracuse vs. No. 15 Middle Tennessee (Brian Anderson, Steve Smith, Dana Jacobson)

7:10 p.m., TBS, Spokane
No. 5 Maryland vs. No. 13 Hawai’i (Spero Dedes, Doug Gottlieb, Ros Gold-Onwude)

7:45 p.m., truTV, Oklahoma City
No. 3 Texas A&M vs. No. 11 Northern Iowa (Carter Blackburn, Mike Gminski, Jaime Maggio)

8:40 p.m., TNT, St. Louis
No. 7 Wisconsin vs. No. 2 Xavier (Brian Anderson, Steve Smith, Dana Jacobson)

9:40 p.m., TBS, Spokane
No. 1 Oregon vs. No. 8 St. Joseph’s (Spero Dedes, Doug Gottlieb, Ros Gold-Onwude)

Tournament Snacks: Recapping a great day in NCAA tournament action

Iowa State forward Georges Niang, left, drives for the basket as Arkansas Little Rock forward Roger Woods, center, and guard Kemy Osse defend during the first half of a second-round men's college basketball game Saturday, March 19, 2016, in the NCAA Tournament in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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GAME OF THE DAY: No. 5 Indiana 73, No. 4 Kentucky 67

The Fighting Tom Creans put together one of their most impressive performances of the season, holding Kentucky’s powerhouse back court in check as they advanced to the Sweet 16 to take on No. 1 seed North Carolina in Philly. To think, Tom Crean’s job was in jeopardy as recently as December. Now, he’s the reigning regular season Big Ten champion and into the second weekend after second Kentucky and John Calipari home.

It’s incredible where this Indiana team is defensively when compared to where they were 107 days ago.

THIS ONE WAS GOOD, TOO: No. 4 Duke 71, No. 12 Yale 64

Here’s how weird this game was: Duke was up by 27 points at one point in the first half. The score was 46-19. Grayson Allen, Luke Kennard and Brandon Ingram were rolling. Yale came back and cut the lead to three points, which should be something close to a win in its own right. Instead, it feels like the Elis left a number of opportunities on the table, like they gave away a chance to win a game against Duke in which they trailed by 27 points. How weird is that?

HEY, LOOK WHO’S IN THE SWEET 16!: No. 11 Gonzaga

We counted out the Zags six weeks ago. That looks pretty foolish now, doesn’t it? Domas Sabonis and Kyle Wiltjer dominated both No. 6 Seton Hall and No. 3 Utah this weekend, cruising their way into the Sweet 16. And when you look at the rest of that region, might this be Gonzaga’s best chance at reaching a Final Four?


2016 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Bracket - 3.19.16


  • No. 11 Wichita State’s season — and the college careers of Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet — came to a close on Saturday against No. 3 Miami. I tried to put into perspective what those two did for the Shocker program.
  • No. 4 seed Iowa State steamrolled No. 12 Arkansas-Little Rock, cruising into the Sweet 16 where they will take on …
  • … No. 1 Virginia, who got challenged by No. 9 Butler until Malcolm Brogdon went into full star mode. Is there anyone in the country more underrated than Brogdon?
  • No. 1 Kansas advanced to the Sweet 16 with a blowout win over UConn.
  • And No. 1 North Carolina outlasted Kris Dunn and Ben Bentil en route to a Sweet 16 date with Indiana.



No. 11 Gonzaga is in the Sweet 16 after steamrolling No. 3 Utah

Gonzaga forward Domantas Sabonis, front, drives past Utah forward Jakob Poeltl during the first half of a second-round men's college basketball game Saturday, March 19, 2016, in the NCAA Tournament in Denver. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Eric McClellan had 22 points, Domas Sabonis and Kyle Wiltjer combined for 36 points and Gonzaga held Utah’s all-american Jakob Poeltl to a five point outing as the No. 11 Zags advanced to the Sweet 16 with an 82-59 win over the No. 3 Utes.

This performance came 48 hours after Gonzaga rolled over No. 6 seed Seton Hall, who was one of the hottest teams in the country when they rolled into Denver. The Pirates were coming off of a title in the Big East tournament and three wins over Xavier and Villanova in the span of eight days.

And here’s the best news of all: Gonzaga will face the winner of Sunday’s battle between No. 10 Syracuse and No. 15 Middle Tennessee State for the right to go to the Elite 8, and regardless of who they end up getting matched up with, the Zags are going to have the two best players on the floor in Wiltjer and Sabonis.

This has been one of Mark Few’s most impressive coaching performances in his 15-year tenure in Spokane.

Think about it.

This program lost two four-year starters in their backcourt, became a team built entirely around their big men and then lost one of their most important bigs to back surgery in December.

They’ve had to answer questions about point guard play, about perimeter shooting, about how they were going to play defense, about how they were going to be able to protect the rim. Where is their front court depth? Who can create a shot for themselves at the end of a clock?

To me, the difference of late has been the play of McClellan and Josh Perkins. McClellan has scored at least 20 points in three of the last five games, giving the Zags a legitimate perimeter scoring threat outside of Wiltjer. Can he keep playing at this level? Perkins averaged 16.5 points in wins over Saint Mary’s and BYU in the WCC tournament and has now scored double-figures in five of the last eight games.

The Zags needed to win the WCC tournament just to get into the NCAA tournament, and here they are, with their best chance to get to the Final Four since … ever?

Because if they can find a way to play 80 more minutes of basketball the way they’ve played the last 80 minutes, they very well could end up finding themselves on a plane to Houston.

Brogdon, No. 1 Virginia advance to Sweet 16 with win over No. 9 Butler

Virginia guard Malcolm Brogdon (15) and forward Anthony Gill (13) cheer their team during the second half against Georgia Tech in an NCAA college basketball game in the Atlantic Coast Conference men's tournament, in Washington on Thursday, March 10, 2016. Virginia defeated Georgia Tech 72-52. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
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Virginia advanced to the Sweet 16 on Saturday evening as the No. 1 seed Wahoos knocked off No. 9 Butler, 77-69, in a second round game in Raleigh.

The Bulldogs came out on fire, and by the Bulldogs, I mean Andrew Chrabascz. Butler junior big man scored 12 points in the first half and, early in the second half, had scored 23 of Butler’s first 37 points. That’s when Malcolm Brogdon was switched onto Charabascz and completely took the game over.

Virginia went small, with Brogdon essentially playing the four, and the best defender in the ACC took Chrabascz out of the game. He would score just two points in the final 16 minutes of the game as Brogdon would go on to score 14 of his team-high 22 — and of Virginia’s 54 second half — points during those final 16 minutes.

This isn’t the first time that head coach Tony Bennett has made a change like this to slow down an opponent that was on fire.

In Virginia’s win at Duke back in January, Brandon Ingram at one point made seven straight shots and scored 18 straight Duke points before Brogdon was switched onto him and slowed him down. The 6-foot-4 senior, a first-team All-American, is one of the nation’s most under-appreciated players for this very reason. He can take over a basketball game on both ends of the floor, and he showed off that ability on Saturday.

As good as Brogdon was, he wasn’t the only Hoo to go off in the second half.

Virginia missed just seven shots the entire second half, hitting 12 of their first 13 shots from the floor, en route to those 54 points. They got the offensive rebound on three of those seven misses and scored on each of those three offensive rebounds.

I wonder what people who think that Virginia can’t score will say about that?

More importantly, it’s evidence that the Hoos can fill it up when they need to, because Virginia will be facing off with No. 4 Iowa State in the next round in one of the most intriguing stylistic battles of the tournament. The Cyclones want to spread the offense out and play in transition. Virginia plays that Pack-Line defense and controls tempo better than anyone in the country.

What wins out?

VIDEO: Kentucky’s Crying Saxophone girl has March Sadness


Last year, Villanova’s Crying Piccolo girl went viral after she was spotted valiantly playing her piccolo through the trauma that was a loss to No. 8 N.C. State in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Kentucky’s Crying Saxophone girl was just as sad after the Wildcats were picked off by the Hoosiers:

Tears are always going to be a magnet for TV cameras:

The two of them could be twins, right?:

No. 5 Indiana advances past No. 4 Kentucky to reach Crean’s third Sweet 16

Indiana head coach Tom Crean reacts during the second half of a first-round men's college basketball game against Chattanooga in the NCAA Tournament, Thursday, March 17, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa. Indiana won 99-74. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

What a difference three months makes.

Remember when the Indiana Hoosiers went down to Durham and got totally and utterly embarrassed by Duke? They lost 94-74, but the game was never really that close, mainly because Indiana put on one of the worst defensive displays we’ve ever seen. The Indiana that we saw on Saturday afternoon, the one that advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 73-67 win over No. 4 Kentucky, may have had the same players, but that was a totally different basketball team.

107 days ago, Indiana allowed Duke to score 1.52 points-per-possession, the highest number that a high-major team had allowed to another high-major team in five years. On Saturday, against the team that entered the tournament as the nation’s best offense, according to KenPom’s adjusted offensive efficiency metric, to just 0.93 PPP.

If anyone tells you they saw this coming from the Hoosiers, slap them in the face and call them a liar.

Which is what makes the coaching job that Tom Crean has put together this season so impressive.

Tyler Ulis finished with 27 points while Jamal Murray chipped in with 16, but Kentucky’s dynamic back court finished a combined 17-for-38 from the floor while committing seven turnovers. They made some tough shots throughout the game, but for the most part the Hoosiers held them in check. There was never a point where either of them took the game over. The credit for that has to be given to Indiana’s perimeter players — O.G. Anunoby, Troy Williams, Yogi Ferrell, Nick Zeisloft, Robert Johnson. They did a fabulous job chasing Kentucky’s guards around.

Credit also has to be given to Thomas Bryant, who more than held his own defensively against a team that runs a myriad of ball-screen actions, a drastic improvement from where he was in November. He outplayed Skal Labissiere, Marcus Lee and Alex Poythress, finishing with a team-high 19 points and five boards while making five key free throws in the final seconds.

The Hoosiers did a terrific job limiting Kentucky other guys as well. They didn’t help off of guys like Derek Willis and Isaiah Briscoe, instead daring Kentucky’s guards to try and beat their guys 1-on-1.

Crean’s guys were up to the challenge, and when you consider that they were doing it against the nation’s best back court — a pair of all-americans — it’s a performance that really cannot be overstated.

Both from the players and the head coach.

Look, there was no guarantee that Crean was going to get off of that December charter home from Durham with his job intact. There’s no need to rehash the details at this point, but it’s true. There were fans that wanted him gone before the season started, and it didn’t help Crean’s case to lose to Wake Forest and UNLV before allowing Duke to remind the Hoosier faithful that Indiana is no longer one of the nation’s elite basketball programs.

And now look at Crean.

Not only did he win his second Big Ten regular season title in the last four years, but he’s now taken this team to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2013.

And he did it by beating John Calipari and Kentucky, the coach and the program that has been casting the biggest shadow over the Tom Crean era.

“I don’t want to stop coaching this team,” Crean said after the game in an interview on CBS.

There may be a section of the Indiana fan base that still wants Crean fired.

You can go ahead and slap them in the face, too.