The NCAA Tournament has come down to the Elite Eight, with two No. 1 seeds, a late-blooming No. 8 Kentucky squad, the highly efficient No. 4 Michigan State Spartans and No. 11 Dayton remaining as the sole Cinderella story.
All eight teams are vying for a shot at the Final Four taking place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Once again, some of the best coaches in college basketball are making an appearance in the Elite Eight. Billy Donovan and top overall seed Florida has now made the Elite Eight four straight years, and Kentucky’s John Calipari has led his teams to the Elite Eight for the seventh time in the last nine years.
The Spartans Tom Izzo makes his eighth appearance in the Elite Eight, and can reach a seventh Final Four in the last 18 years but must topple sharpshooting No. 7 Connecticut and rising star coach Kevin Ollie.
Below is a breakdown of all the vital information to enjoy the games, including players to watch and the TV schedules for the rest of the weekend.
No. 11 Dayton vs. No. 1 Florida
Players to Watch: Dayton’s sixth man Vee Sanford, sophomore forward Dyshawn Pierce, and junior guard and leading scorer Jordan Sibert. Florida’s seniors of Casey Prather and Scottie Wilbekin, as well as top rebounders Patric Young and Dorian Finney-Smith.
Time: Saturday, 6:09 p.m. EST
Point Spread: Florida -10
Over/Under: 132.5 points
No. 2 Wisconsin vs. No. 1 Arizona
Players to Watch: The Badgers Frank Kaminsky may be the most skilled big man left in the tournament, and he’ll be a key against Arizona’s young front line of athletic freshman forward Aaron Gordon and sophomore seven-footer Kaleb Tarczewski.
Time: Saturday, 8:49 p.m. EST
Point Spread: Arizona -3
Over/Under: 130 points
No. 7 Connecticut vs. No. 4 Michigan State
Players to Watch: Connecticut’s DeAndre Daniels remains hot from anywhere on the court, and Shabazz Napier is equally dangers for the Spartans defense. Michigan State’s Branden Dawson is shooting better than 65 percent and averaging nine rebounds per game in the tournament.
Time: Sunday, 2:20 p.m. EST
Point Spread: Michigan State -5.5
Over/Under: 139.5 points
No. 8 Kentucky vs. No. 2 Michigan
Players to Watch: Kentucky’s Julius Randle and Michigan’s Nik Stauskas may be the best NBA prospects on the floor, but the Wildcats could miss center Willie Cauley-Stein who suffered an ankle injury in the Sweet 16. Michigan will need big production from forwards Jordan Morgan and Glenn Robinson III.
Time: Sunday, 5:05 p.m. EST
Point Spread: Kentucky -2
Over/Under: 138.5 points