In the first contest, 7th-seeded UCONN returns to their Big Apple “home away from home,” where they will square off against the surging 3rd-seeded Cyclones of Iowa State. Fred Hoiberg’s team reached the regional semifinals on the heels of a pair of wins over foes from North Carolina: a 93-75 win over NC Central (in which they lost F Georges Niang) and an 85-83 win over the 6th-seeded Tar Heels in the third round. The Huskies reached the Sweet 16 by virtue of an overtime squeaker over St. Joseph’s and a 77-65 upset of former conference rival, Villanova.
In the late game, top-seeded Virginia will attempt to slow down the resurgent Spartans of Michigan State, who are making their sixth Sweet 16 appearance in seven years. The double champions of the ACC survived a second round scare from 16th-seeded Coastal Carolina before cruising past 8th-seeded Memphis in the third round. Finally healthy, Tom Izzo’s squad now appears to be playing like the team preseason poll voters originally expected them to be; the 4-seed advanced to New York after a dominating performance over Delaware State and a hard-fought victory over a gritty Harvard team.
Ian Eagle and John Thompson will have the call from New York.
(Listen to a preview of the action from Ian, as well as Bill Raftery–who will be providing color commentary for CBS)
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