NCAA Basketball: This Day in March Madness (3/23/14)

Associated Press/Frank Franklin II Syracuse's Tyler Ennis (11) reacts as Dayton's Kendall Pollard (22) and Devin Oliver (5) celebrate with teammates during the Flyers' upset win over the Orange in Buffalo, N.Y., Saturday.

Associated Press/Frank Franklin II
Syracuse’s Tyler Ennis (11) reacts as Dayton’s Kendall Pollard (22) and Devin Oliver (5) celebrate with teammates during the Flyers’ upset win over the Orange in Buffalo, N.Y., Saturday.

Stick with for more on the NCAA tournament, including an opening weekend recap on Monday.

Here’s each game for Sunday, their locations and their announcing teams and some commentary for select match-ups. All times are Central:


At Scottrade Center, St. Louis

Announcers: Jim Nantz, Greg Anthony, Tracy Wolfson

11:15 p.m.: No. 2 Kansas vs. No. 10 Stanford (South Region)

*1:45 p.m.: No. 1 Wichita State vs. No. 8 Kentucky (Midwest Region)

— The highest profile game of the day, featuring two drastically different test cases in how to get to be a high-profile college basketball team: major conference vs. mid-major, senior-laden vs. freshmen-led, well hyped and high-rated into the season vs. overlooked and underrated.

On paper, this game is a perfect fit for the “contrasting style” cliche from boxing on paper, but both will straight slug in the post with two of the most physical front courts in the nation. I’m expecting the best performance of the tournament from both teams and it’ll likely be either team’s best remaining performance — Louisville and Michigan are looking like the favs right now in the Midwest.

At AT&T Center, San Antonio

Announcers: Marv Albert, Steve Kerr, Craig Sager

*4:15 p.m.: No. 3 Iowa State vs. No. 6 North Carolina (East Region)


At PNC Arena, Raleigh, N.C.

Announcers: Kevin Harlan, Len Elmore, Reggie Miller, Rachel Nichols

5:10 p.m.: No. 11 Tennessee vs. No. 14 Mercer (Midwest Region)

— Mercer is my team the rest of the way — I covered the Bears’ Jakob Gollon his last two years in high school, back when he was just Jake. Its pretty amazing to think of this team’s success with or without a personal connection, but looking at their veteran roster and the program’s Atlantic Sun pedigree (same conference of Florida Gulf Coast), it makes sense to see Mercer on the verge of a Sweet 16 berth.

For more on Gollon, including fresh quotes after the Duke game, check these reports from his hometown newspaper, my former paper, the Stevens Point Journal.

*7:40 p.m.: No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 8 Memphis (East Region)


At Viejas Arena, San Diego

Announcers: Andrew Catalon, Mike Gminski, Otis Livingston

6:10 p.m. No. 4 UCLA vs. No. 12 Stephen F. Austin (South Region)

SFA’s presence in this tournament and its win over VCU Friday spawned a million “Stone Cold” jokes, I expect them to continue into next weekend. The Lumberjacks work hard on defense, hard enough I expect for them to be able to disrupt the guard-heavy Bruins on the ball — get out on the fast break enough times via the defense and hope that enough shots don’t fall for UCLA and we could see SFA advance.

Again, we’re talking about a mature mid-major team that isn’t likely to be rattled, that’s already proving to be a good commodity in this tournament.

*8:40 p.m.: No. 1 Arizona vs. No. 8 Gonzaga (West Region)


At AT&T Center, San Antonio

Announcers: Marv Albert, Steve Kerr, Craig Sager

*6:45 p.m.: No. 3 Creighton vs. No. 6 Baylor (West Region)

* – approximate time, game will start about 30 minutes after the conclusion of the earlier contest

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