If you're looking to erase the memories of a sour end to Northwestern's basketball season, or to rid yourself of the thoughts of the beatdown that Northwestern lacrosse suffered last night, there are a few games Friday night that might do the trick. Here's everything you need to know for tonight's Sweet 16 games.
UCLA is the lowest seed remaining in the Tournament, but because of those four letters, the Bruins are anything but a Cinderella. Their starting five is extremely talented, and Bryce Alford -- yes, coach Steve Alford's son -- is one of the most spunky players in college basketball. But Gonzaga is legit, and Mark Few has his strongest team yet. Is this the year the Zags' Elite Eight drought ends?
NC State pulled off the biggest shock of the Round of 32, legitimately outplaying 1-seed Villanova in a 71-68 upset. Now the Wolfpack come up against a Louisville team that has found its footing after a rocky end to the season. Chris Jones' dismissal from the program led many to forecast the Cardinals' downfall, but they've responded, and look like a legitimate Final Four threat.
There's been a lot of hype surrounding this game. Utah's Delon Wright is one of the best players in the country, yet somehow, there's plenty of people who still don't know about him. On the Blue Devils' side though, Jahlil Okafor might be the best player in the country. There'll be NBA talent all over the floor in Houston. Will Duke choke again?
According to the data compiled by FiveThirtyEight's Neil Paine, Tom Izzo is, by a significant margin, the best NCAA Tournament coach of the last 30 years. So it's pretty tough to bet against the Spartans, who are coming off an upset of 2-seed Virginia, and are now favorites against 3-seed Oklahoma. But the Sooners aren't getting the attention they deserve, and are my pick (and have been my pick) to make it to Indianapolis out of the East.