Thursday night's Sweet Sixteen games were largely anti-climactic and bereft of the type of shining moments the NCAA tournament is known for. But hey, it's another night, with another slate of action, to wit:
Friday, March 25th
|7:10p||CBS||Chicago||Midwest||(1) Virginia Cavaliers vs. (4) Iowa State Cyclones||Kevin Harlan/Reggie Miller/Dan Bonner//Lewis Johnson|
|7:27p||TBS||Philadelphia||East||(6) Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. (7) Wisconsin Badgers||Brian Anderson/Steve Smith//Dana Jacobson|
|TBD||TBS||Philadelphia||East||(1) North Carolina Tar Heels vs. (5) Indiana Hoosiers||Anderson/Smith//Jacobson|
|TBD||CBS||Chicago||Midwest||(11) Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. (10) Syracuse Orange||Harlan/Miller/Bonner//Johnson|
After a night of high seeds doing predictable things it's time for some of the schools who weren't supposed to be here to take the court. It feels perfectly normal to see Syracuse in the Sweet Sixteen, but not as a plucky #10 seed. Ditto their opponent Gonzaga, a team used to tournament runs who wasn't supposed to make it this far this year. A similar tone could be struck regarding East region opponents Notre Dame and Wisconsin, schools which have been highly seeded very recently and apparently aren't as down as the committee may have presumed.
As always, this is the spot for discussing the action specifically or the tournament generally. Or, again, Jim Boeheim jokes. We'll take those, too.