After an uneventful first day of the Sweet 16, Friday’s games should feature a little more excitement. Two teams ranked No.6 or lower are guaranteed to reach the Elite Eight as the second half of the regional semifinal games conclude.
The most intriguing matchup on Friday’s schedule might be the contest between No.6 Notre Dame and No.7 Wisconsin. The Fighting Irish are favored by just one point, and both teams narrowly avoided losses in the second round.
The day’s action begins with No.1 seed Virginia against No.4 Iowa State. The top-seeded Cavaliers didn’t begin the 2016 NCAA Tournament with the best odds to win the Midwest region, but they are now the clear favorite to reach the Final Four. The winner of that game will take on the winner of the contest between No.11 Gonzaga and No.10 Syracuse.
Both the Bulldogs and Orange have had an improbable run to the Sweet 16. Not only did Gonzaga defeat a No.6 and No.3 seed, but they dismantled both teams. Gonzaga is the lower seed, but they are favored after beating Seton Hall by 18 points and Utah in a 23-point rout. Syracuse got by No.7 Dayton and No.15 Middle Tennessee State, who pulled off the biggest upset of March Madness by beating No.2 Michigan State.
No.1 North Carolina takes on No.5 Indiana in the final Sweet 16 game. The Tar Heels were expected to win their first two games, and only No.1 overall seed Kansas has better odds to win the national championship. Indiana won the Big Ten regular-season title, but they were underdogs in their second-round game against No.4 Kentucky, who was one of the favorites to win the tournament.
Every favorite advanced with ease on Thursday, with a pair of No.1 and No.2 seeds moving on to the regional finals. Oklahoma and Oregon had the smallest margins of victory, winning by 14 points. Villanova was most impressive with a 23-point drubbing of Miami.
Below is a look at the TV schedule for Friday’s Sweet 16 games. Every game can be seen online with NCAA March Madness Live.
Iowa State vs. Virginia, 7:10 p.m. ET, CBS
Wisconsin vs. Notre Dame, 7:27 p.m. ET, TBS
Gonzaga vs. Syracuse, 9:40 p.m. ET, CBS
Indiana vs. North Carolina, 9:57 p.m. ET, TBS