The second week of play in the 2015 NCAA Tournament begins on Thursday night with four games. The night’s action includes two No.1 seeds and three teams seeded No.5 or lower that are trying to reach the Elite Eight.
Two teams playing on Thursday are seeded lower than West Virginia, but the Mountaineers have the most difficult task ahead of them. They are 13-point underdogs in their matchup with undefeated Kentucky. Even though John Calipari’s team is the heavy favorite to win the national championship, West Virginia believes they have a shot to pull off the upset. West Virginia guard Daxter Miles Jr. has made headlines by declaring that the Wildcats will end the night at 36-1.
No.1-seeded Wisconsin and No.2 seeded Arizona are scheduled to play back-to-back, possibly setting up a rematch of last year’s Elite Eight. The Badgers are riding an eight-game winning streak, while Arizona has won 13 consecutive games.
Even though Notre Dame is seeded four spots higher than Wichita State, the Fighting Irish are underdogs in Thursday’s opening matchup. The Shockers began the NCAA Tournament ranked just six spots behind Notre Dame in the AP Top 25 poll, and they’ve been one of the most impressive teams in March Madness. Wichita State defeated No.10-seeded Indiana and No.2-seeded Kansas. Notre Dame needed overtime to escape with a third-round victory over No.6-seeded Butler.
Kentucky, Arizona and Wisconsin were all in the Sweet 16 last year. All three teams advanced to their respective regional finals.
Viewers will be able to watch all four games, since the contests will be nationally broadcast on two different TV channels. Every game can also be seen for free online with March Madness Live.
No.3 Notre Dame vs. No.7 Wichita State at 7:15 p.m. ET, CBS
No.1 Wisconsin vs. No.4 North Carolina at 7:47 p.m. ET, TBS
No.1 Kentucky vs. No.5 West Virginia at 9:45 p.m. ET, CBS
No.2 Arizona vs. No.6 Xavier at 10:17 p.m. ET, TBS