College basketball: Times, live streams, previews for every March Madness game today
Here are today's game previews, live streams and television times as March Madness continues with eight more college basketball games in the NCAA men's Division I tournament.
Game previews (all times Eastern)
No. 7 Iowa vs. No. 2 Villanova | 12:10 p.m. Eastern | CBS | Live stream
No. 2 seed Villanova had no trouble dispatching of UNC Asheville on Friday to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Its second-round opponent – No. 7 seed Iowa – needed overtime to reach the Round of 32. The Wildcats and Hawkeyes will square off on Sunday for a spot in the Sweet 16.
Players to watch: Hawkeyes forward Jarrod Uthoff led the team on Friday with 23 points while adding five rebounds and a pair of steals. He shot just 7-of-21 from the field, but hit on 7-of-8 free throws. Daniel Ochefu had a double-double for Villanova with 17 points and 10 rebounds on Friday. He shot 7-of-9 from the field and 3-for-4 from the free-throw line while also adding three blocks and four assists.
Key stats: Iowa has reached the Round of 32 in each of the last two seasons. The Hawkeyes haven’t advanced to the Sweet 16 since 1999. Iowa wing Peter Jok averages 16.2 points per game on 43.2 percent shooting. The Wildcats haven’t reached the Sweet 16 since 2009, when they advanced all the way to the Final Four. Five Villanova players scored in double figures and seven players made at least one 3-pointer on Friday. Josh Hart leads the Wildcats in scoring with 15.5 points per game.
No. 14 Stephen F. Austin vs. No. 6 Notre Dame | 2:40 p.m. Eastern | CBS | Live stream
No. 6 seed Notre Dame overcame a 12-point halftime deficit against 11th-seeded Michigan to keep its dreams of a second straight Elite Eight appearance alive. The Fighting Irish will need to fend off another upset-minded squad when they meet No. 14 seed Stephen F Austin in an East region second-round battle. The Lumberjacks have won a nation-best 21 straight games after stunning No. 3 seed West Virginia in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in the biggest win in school history.
Players to watch: Two-time Southland Conference Player of the Year Thomas Walkup recorded his sixth 30-point game of the season with 33 points against West Virginia. The forward does it all for the Lumberjacks with 17.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game. Fighting Irish forward Zach Auguste is averaging 15.7 points and 11.9 rebounds per game over the last 15 games. The senior is shooting 54.9 percent from the field and has 20 double-doubles this season.
Key stats: Stephen F. Austin is 2-3 in its four NCAA Tournament appearances and has never made the Sweet 16. Lumberjacks guard Demetrious Floyd is averaging 13.8 points per game and has made a 3-pointer in all but one game this season. Stephen F. Austin has held its last 11 opponents under 70 points including eight under 60 points. In the comeback win over Michigan, the Fighting Irish snapped a 13-game losing streak when trailing at half time in NCAA Tournament games. Notre Dame guard Demetrius Jackson is averaging 15.5 points, 4.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game. Notre Dame is 20-4 when scoring 70 points four of its 11 losses have come by 4 points or fewer. The Fighting Irish are shooting 47.4 percent from the field while holding opponents to 42.6 percent.
No. 10 Virginia Commonwealth vs. No. 2 Oklahoma | 5:15 p.m. Eastern | CBS | Live stream
No. 2 seed Oklahoma survived a scare from CSU Bakersfield to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament opposite VCU. The Rams, who are a No. 10 seed, pulled off a minor upset over No. 7 seed Oregon State.
Players to watch: Oklahoma guard and national Player of the Year candidate Buddy Hield averages 25.0 points per game. On Friday, he hit 8-of-14 field goals including 3-of-6 3-point shots to finish with a game-high 27 points. He added five rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocked shots. JeQuan Lewis led the Rams on Friday with 21 points and shot 7-of-11 from the field, 3-of-5 from 3-point range and 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. He added seven rebounds and a team-high eight assists in the win.
Key stats: Oklahoma is vying for its second consecutive berth in the Sweet 16. Sooners coach Lon Krueger has guided four programs to the Sweet 16. Hield has scored 25 points in 17 games, which is the most in the nation this season. The Rams haven’t been to the Sweet 16 since 2011, when they advanced to the Final Four. Virginia Commonwealth’s win on Friday was its first in the NCAA Tournament since 2013. Mo Alie-Cox also scored 20 points on Friday and shot 7-of-8 from the field for VCU; he added a team-high eight rebounds and three blocks.
Middle Tennessee vs. Syracuse | 6:10 p.m. Eastern | TNT | Live stream
No. 15 seed Middle Tennessee recorded one of the biggest upsets in NCAA Tournament history and busted a lot of brackets with its first-round stunner over No. 2 seed Michigan State. The Blue Raiders will now try to reach the Sweet 16 against traditional power Syracuse, which beat Dayton to clinch its berth in the Round of 32.
Players to watch: Reggie Upshaw Jr. led the Blue Raiders past Michigan State with 21 points and shot 8-of-14 from the field and 3-for-6 from 3-point range. The junior added four rebounds, four assists and three blocks in the victory. Malachi Richardson led the Orange on Friday with 21 points while shooting 5-of-12 from the field and 8-of-9 at the free-throw line. The freshman added four rebounds and three assists in the Syracuse victory.
Key stats: The Blue Raiders hadn’t won an NCAA Tournament game before Friday since 1989. Middle Tennessee has never been to a Sweet 16. Giddy Potts leads the Blue Raiders in scoring with 15.0 points per game. Syracuse last reached the Sweet 16 in 2013, when it advanced to the Final Four. The Orange have reached the Sweet 16 on 21 different occasions in program history. All-ACC forward Michael Gbinije leads Syracuse in scoring with 17.8 points per game on 47.7 percent shooting.
No. 13 Hawaii vs. No. 5 Maryland | 7:10 p.m. Eastern | TBS | Live stream
After picking up the first NCAA Tournament win in school history on Friday against California, No. 13 seed Hawaii now turns its attention to No. 5 Maryland in round two. The Terrapins squeaked by No. 12 South Dakota State to reach the second round, as they’ve done in each of their NCAA appearances since 1997.
Players to watch: Hawaii forward Stefan Jankovic had 16 points against California despite being limited to 18 minutes due to foul trouble. He leads the Rainbow Warriors at 15.7 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. Maryland forward Jake Layman led the team with 27 points in Friday’s win over South Dakota State, hitting 5-of-8 3-point shots and 8-of-9 free throws.
Key stats: Maryland has reached the second round in its last 12 NCAA Tournament appearances, but has not reached the Sweet Sixteen since 2004. Maryland has not won consecutive games since a five-game winning streak from Jan. 28-Feb. 9. The Rainbow Warriors are outscoring opponents by 11.1 points per game. Hawaii is 4-0 in neutral-site games this season. Guard Melo Trimble leads Maryland with averages of 14.5 points and 5.0 assists. Maryland shot 51.1 percent against South Dakota State and hit 24-of-27 free throws. Hawaii shot 51.9 percent in the first round and hit 20-of-25 from the free-throw line.
No. 11 Northern Iowa vs. No. 3 Texas A&M | 7:40 p.m. Eastern | truTV | Live stream
While many were anticipating an all-Texas matchup in the second round, the Panthers spoiled the reunion by downing the Longhorns on Paul Jesperson’s last-second miracle shot. Into the second round for the first time since 2010, the Aggies have not advanced to the Sweet 16 since the 2007 NCAA Tournament.
Players to watch: Northern Iowa guard Wes Washpun led the team with 17 points in Friday’s first-round win, and averages a team-high 14.3 points per game on the season. Texas A&M guard Danuel House hit 8-of-12 field goals in the team’s opening-round win over Green Bay to lead the Aggies with 20 points. He leads the team with an average of 15.6 points per game.
Key stats: Three of Northern Iowa’s last five games have been decided by 3 points or less, and the Panthers have won all three. The teams have met only once, on Dec. 28, 1996, with Texas A&M winning 82-70. The Aggies shot 56.1 percent from the field in their opening-round victory. Dating back to 2010, three of Northern Iowa’s last four NCAA Tournament victories have come by 3 points or less. The Panthers have held 14 consecutive opponents under 70 points, and are 13-1 in that stretch. Texas A&M’s 27-point margin of victory was the fourth-highest of the opening round, behind only Oregon, Virginia and Villanova, who all won by at least 30.
No. 7 Wisconsin vs. No. 2 Xavier | 8:40 p.m. Eastern | TNT | Live stream
Despite a season-low scoring effort, No. 7 seed Wisconsin edged No. 10 Pittsburgh in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to keep its hopes for a third straight Final Four appearance alive. The Badgers will need a better offensive performance against No.2 seed Xavier. The Musketeers sailed past No. 15 seed Weber State to move within a game of their sixth Sweet Sixteen appearance since 2008.
Players to watch: Badgers forward Nigel Hayes is stuffing the stat sheet with a team-best 16.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. The senior has nine 20-point performances but is 0-for-12 from beyond the arc over the last two games.Musketeers guard Trevon Bluiett is averaging a team-high 15.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. The sophomore has scored in double figures in all but two games.
Key stats: In its 47-43 win over Pittsburgh, Wisconsin became the first team since Butler in 2003 to win an NCAA Tournament game when scoring fewer than 50 points. Of Wisconsin’s last 15 NCAA Tournament games, 11 have been decided by single digits, including six by 5 points or fewer; it is 11-4 during that span. Badgers forward Ethan Happ finished with 15 points, nine rebounds and three assists against Pittsburgh and has scored in double figures in five straight games. The Badgers have held five of their last six opponents to fewer than 60 points. No school has more NCAA Tournament wins (24) without a Final Four appearance than Xavier. Musketeers forward James Farr recorded his second straight double-double with 18 points and 15 rebounds against Weber State; the senior is averaging 11 points and a team-best 8.0 rebounds per game. Xavier has scored 80 points in eight of its last nine games and is 18-2 when doing so this season.
No. 8 Saint Joseph's vs. No. 1 Oregon | 9:40 p.m. Eastern | TBS | Live stream
No. 8 seed Saint Joseph’s survived its first-round West region matchup against Cincinnati thanks in part to replay showing the Bearcats’ game-tying, buzzer-beating dunk was late. The Hawks’ bid for a third Sweet 16 appearance since 1981 faces a huge challenge in No. 1 seed Oregon. In an upset-filled first round, the Ducks felt like an outlier with their 39-point win over seed Holy Cross.
Players to watch: Hawks forward Isaiah Miles is averaging a team-best 18.4 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. The senior is shooting 52.9 percent from the field, has made a team-best 65 3-pointers and has scored in double figures in 37 straight games dating back to last season. Dillon Brooks is stuffing the stat sheet for the Ducks with 16.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. The forward is shooting 47 percent from the field and has 11 20-point performances.
Key stats: Of Saint Joseph’s last six March Madness wins, five have come by 5 points or fewer. Hawks forward DeAndre Bembry finished with 25 points, six rebounds and five assists against Cincinnati and is averaging 17.5 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game. Saint Joseph’s is 20-3 when scoring at least 75 points and 7-1 in games decided by 4 points or fewer. Oregon scored 91 points against Holy Cross, a point shy of its NCAA Tournament record set in 1992 against Wake Forest. Ducks forward Chris Boucher scored a team-best 20 points against the Crusaders; the senior is averaging 12.1 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Of Oregon’s last seven NCAA Tournament wins, five have come by double figures; its last six losses have come by single digits.