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North Carolina forward Brice Johnson (11) reacts after dunking the ball against Providence guard Jalen Lindsey (21) during the second half of a second-round men's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Saturday, March 19, 2016, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
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2016 NCAA Tournament: Sweet 16 Schedule, Channel Guide and Tip Times

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Thursday, March 24

7:10 p.m., CBS, Louisville
No. 2 Villanova vs. No. 3 Miami (Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, Bill Raftery, Tracy Wolfson)

7:37 p.m., TBS, Anaheim
No. 2 Oklahoma vs. No. 3 Texas A&M (Verne Lundquist, Jim Spanarkel, Allie LaForce)

9:40 p.m., CBS, Louisville
No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 5 Maryland (Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, Bill Raftery, Tracy Wolfson)

10:07 p.m., TBS, Anaheim
No. 1 Oregon vs. No. 4 Duke (Verne Lundquist, Jim Spanarkel, Allie LaForce)

Friday, March 25

7:10 p.m., CBS, Chicago
No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 4 Iowa State (Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Dan Bonner, Lewis Johnson)

7:27 p.m., TBS, Philadelphia
No. 6 Notre Dame vs. No. 7 Wisconsin (Brian Anderson, Steve Smith, Dana Jacobson)

9:40 p.m., CBS, Chicago
No. 10 Syracuse vs. No. 11 Gonzaga (Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Dan Bonner, Lewis Johnson)

9:57 p.m., TBS, Philadelphia
No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 5 Indiana (Brian Anderson, Steve Smith, Dana Jacobson)

VIDEO: Northern Iowa’s collapse condensed into two painful minutes

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If you are a Northern Iowa fan, do not watch this.

If you know a Northern Iowa fan, please go give them a hug. They need it. Because they lost to Texas A&M after leading by 12 points with 34 seconds left.

That’s an NCAA record, tournament or not.

Brutal.

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Here is that collapse, condensed into two minutes:

VIDEO: You have to see this angle of Bronson Koenig’s buzzer-beater

The Wisconsin bench celebrates a basket during the first half of a second-round men's college basketball game against Xavier in the NCAA Tournament, Sunday, March 20, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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The father of a Syracuse player that was seated behind the Wisconsin bench recorded the best angle of Bronson Koenig’s buzzer-beating three:

Awesome.

Koenig is literally in the bench mob when the shot goes down.

What a moment.

He wasn’t the only one that was fired up.

Former Badgers Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker were also quite excited about the bucket. Kaminsky’s slide was something else:

But Sam Dekker’s live-tweeting — and the shade he threw at Marquette — might have Kaminsky beat:

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Bronson Koenig’s clutch three beats No. 2 Xavier at the buzzer

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Bronson Koenig has been one of the nation’s best clutch shooters this season. He entered Sunday night having hit 14-for-29 from three in the final five minutes of the second half and overtime this season.

He did his damage in the final 15 seconds against No. 2 Xavier.

The No. 7 Badgers advanced to the Sweet 16 on Sunday night thanks to a pair of threes from their star point guard in the final 15 seconds. The first tied the game with 11.8 seconds left, and, after Zak Showalter drew a (super-floppy) charge on Edmond Sumner, this happened:

“I just tried to channel my inner-Steph Curry,” Koenig, who finished with a team-high 20 points, said in an interview after the game, right before his teammates drenched him with water and mobbed him.

The shot was the culmination of a comeback from nine points down in the final six minutes as Wisconsin closed the game on a 14-2 run, a fact that only makes Wisconsin’s appearance in the Sweet 16 that much more head-scratching.

[   RELATED: This angle of the shot, from behind the bench, is even better   ]

We’ve beaten this story to death, but it’s so crazy that we can’t help but tell it over and over again. The Badgers lost five of their top seven from last season, including a pair of guards that started for four years, a first round pick in Sam Dekker and the National Player of the Year in Frank Kaminsky. They lost Western Illinois, Milwaukee and Marquette at home and then Hall of Fame head coach Bo Ryan retired midseason. When the Badgers lost at Northwestern, they were 9-9 on the year and 1-4 in the Big Ten.

“The media didn’t believe in us,” Koenig said after the win, which isn’t entirely accurate. We did. We ranked the Badgers in the preseason top 25. Then they lost exactly half of their first 18 games. There’s a reason we all hopped off of that bandwagon.

I don’t say that to mock him.

I say that to drive home the point.

Wisconsin was a bad basketball team in the middle of January. I don’t even think Koenig would disagree with that. And now, after beating No. 10 Pitt and No. 2 Xavier, they’re headed to the Sweet 16 to take on No. 6 Notre Dame in a game that they very well could end up winning.

As of today, no one would be shocked to see Wisconsin one win away from the Final Four. If I would have suggested that to be a possibility on Jan. 13th, there’s a 50 percent chance I would have been fired for incompetency. That’s what makes this run special, and that’s why every Wisconsin fan should be celebrating this win the same way that Kaminsky is:

No. 5 Maryland advances past No. 13 Hawai’i to the Sweet 16

Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon instructs his team during the first half of a second-round men's college basketball game against Hawaii in the NCAA Tournament in Spokane, Wash., Sunday, March 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)
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Melo Trimble led four players in double-figures with 24 points as No. 5 Maryland avoided an upset at the hands of No. 13 Hawai’i, 73-60, advancing to the program’s first Sweet 16 since 2003.

The Terps did not play all that well on Sunday evening, particularly on the offensive end of the floor. They shot just 1-for-18 from beyond the arc and, with the exception of one four minute stretch midway through the second half, did not often look like the best team on the floor.

They were beaten to loose balls. They were beaten to rebounds. They couldn’t take advantage of their size or of their more talented back court. They trailed 39-36 at one point in the second half, a deficit that probably should have been more than Hawai’i been able to make a layup or willing to run an offensive set.

But Maryland’s transition game made the difference.

First, it was a layup from Rasheed Sulaimon. Then it was Sulaimon finding Diamond Stone for a lob, followed almost immediately by Sulaimon setting up Jake Layman for a dunk. Finally, less than a minute after Sulaimon’s first layup, Trimble hit the first and only Maryland three of the game, pushing their lead to 48-41. The Terps would eventually extend that lead to 53-41, and Hawai’i never really threatened again.

Maryland has been one of the biggest disappointments in college basketball this season. There’s really no other way to put it. This is a program with the talent on their roster to be considered one of the nation’s top three teams, but head coach Mark Turgeon still has not found a way to consistently get those pieces to fit together.

And on Sunday night, those pieces did not play like they fit together.

But here’s the thing: The Terps managed to find a way to beat a tougher-than-you-think Hawai’i team by 13 points on a night where they really struggled to make shots, where they spent a good 28 minutes getting outworked and beaten to loose balls.

That’s what makes them so frustrating. You see the ability in flashes. That 9-0 run happened in the blink of an eye. In 53 second burst, Maryland went from a team that looked like they were on the ropes to landing a punch that just about knocked the Rainbows out.

It was as quick of a turnaround as you’ll ever see.

But they’re going to have to find a way to be able to play at their best for more than two minutes at a time next weekend.

Because the Terps will be locking horns with No. 1 Kansas in the Sweet 16.

And if they play the way they did for the first 28 minutes against the Jayhawks, they’ll find themselves in a 20 point hole. Good luck digging out of that.

Buddy Hield’s 36-point outburst leads No. 2 Oklahoma past No. 10 VCU

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By the end of the season, the consensus National Player of the Year had shifted, and it only took Oklahoma guard Buddy 15 minutes on Sunday to make everyone that changed their mind regret it.

For nearly two months, starting somewhere between the time that he put on show after show in the Diamond Head Classic over the Christmas Holiday and the 46 points he had in the triple-overtime loss at Kansas in early January, Hield was that guy.

He was averaging better than 25 points, and before a late-season swoon that coincided with the Sooners falling off of the top seed line in the NCAA tournament, putting up an unheard-of 50/50/90 shooting split. He wasn’t just scoring a ton of points, he was doing it as efficiently as anyone we’ve ever seen.

Throw in the big shots he hit in big moments, and it seemed obvious that Hield was the guy … until it was obvious that he wasn’t. Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine averaged 19 points, seven boards and seven assists — something that had never been done before — and, once he returned to health, had the Spartans in a spot where they were the popular pick to win the NCAA tournament.

Then the Spartans lost their opener to No. 15 seed Middle Tennessee State.

And, after going for 27 points in the opener, Hield put on one of his most dominating performances of the season on Sunday. He scored 29 of his 36 points in the second half, including a stretch over the final 15 minutes where he had 26 of the last 31 Oklahoma points in an 85-81 win over No. 10 seed VCU.

Oklahoma will advance to take on the winner of No. 3 Texas A&M and No. 11 Northern Iowa in the Sweet 16.

The Sooners were up 44-31 at the break, but VCU was able to make a run that dented that eventually allowed them to regain the lead. That’s when Hield took over. When VCU hit a pair of free throws to take a 65-63 lead, Hield answered with a three on the following possession. After a Jordan Burgess layup put the Rams up 67-66, Hield answered with another three, following that up with a layup to push the lead back to four.

The Sooners were able to create a bit of separation after that, but VCU had one last run in them, cutting the lead to just three with three minutes left. Hield’s answer — a long two followed by his final three of the night.

The National Player of the Year Award only factors in regular season games, so regardless of what Hield does the rest of the tournament, the right decision was made — at least by NBCSports.com — to give Valentine the award.

And if Hield doesn’t slow down next weekend while Valentine has already started prepping for the NBA Draft, that decision is only going to look worse and worse.