The NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament marches on with 16 games slated for Friday.
Thursday's games were marked by few upsets, as only Wichita State and UNLV were sent home early. However, talent-rich UConn fell to Iowa State, as the defending champions simply couldn't overcome a tough Iowa State squad.
Which eight teams will survive on Friday?
Here are the matchups, and how the game should end up:
1 Michigan State over 16 Long Island There has never been a No. 16 team to beat a No. 1 and Long Island has given no indication that they can buck the trend.
No. 9 St. Louis over No. 8 Memphis The Billikens don't turn the ball over much, and should prevent Memphis from going into an uptempo offense. Jay Bilas of ESPN has the Tigers fallling to St. Louis, as well.
No. 3 Georgetown over No. 14 Belmont Many people are predicting an upset as Georgetown has a recent history of under-achieving. But the Hoyas should win a tight one this time around as Belmont gives up a lot of points.
No. 14 St. Bonaventure over Florida State The upset of the day, as the Bonnies will take advantage of the Seminoles' cold spells. Florida State will need to play excellent defense to hold of St. Bonaventure.
No. 2 Duke over No. 15 Lehigh The Blue Devils are as steady as they come when the tournament roles around, and can expect to blow out Lehigh.
No. 7 Notre Dame over No. 10 Xavier The Fighting Irish are a little under-rated this season, and the Musketeers are a little over-rated. Expect Notre Dame's defenders to slow down Tu Holloway. Head coach Mike Brey would love to silence more critics who have questioned his success in South Bend.
No. 8 Creighton over No. 9 Alabama The Crimson Tide have struggled to score this season, and that will probably spell doom against a tough defending squad like Creighton. Also, the Bluejays lead nation in field goal percentage.
No. 6 Cincinnati over No. 11 Texas This should be a tight game, as the Bearcats may be suffering from fatigue as March has rolled around. The Longhorns shoot better from the field and from the free-throw line, but Cincinnati has experience on their side. Expect the Bearcats to inch away from Texas in the closing minutes.
No. 4 Michigan over No. 13 Ohio The Bobcats knocked off Georgetown two years ago, but don't expect a Cinderella story this time around, as the Wolverines have a scrappy squad with some solid talent. ESPN's Vitale: Trey Burke is a dynamite diaper dandy.
No. 2 Missouri over No. 15 Norfolk State Missouri's defense should hold off a Norfolk State team that lacks legitimate scorers. This game should be a blowout as the Tigers' bench should take over the game.
No. 7 Florida over No. 10 Virginia The Cavaliers don't match up well with the Gators, as injuries have really hurt the club's chances of advancing. The Gators have some solid guards that can expect to take over this game. Dick Vitale of ESPN has the Gators over Virgina, as well.
No. 6 San Diego State over No. 11 North Carolina State One of the most intriguing games of the day, as the Aztecs are talented but inconsistent due to a young roster. However, the Wolfpack are poor outside shooters, and have had some bad losses this season. This should be a very even game, and San Diego State should squeak out a win.
No. 1 North Carolina over No. 16 Vermont This game will be a blowout from the start. Don't expect the Tar Heels to have a poor shooting night while playing in their home state.
No. 5 Temple over No. 12 South Florida The Owls trio of guards matchup well with the Bulls, and the Owl defense is better than people think. Don't be surprised if Temple run away with this one. Dick Vitale of ESPN has Temple rebounding from their early A-10 loss, as well.
No. 10 Purdue over No. 7 Saint Mary's Though Saint Mary's has a team that could do damage in the tournament, Purdue should overcome their inside-game woes and make this a fierce battle under the boards. This will be a nail-biter, and the Boilermakers should contain the Gaels' attack. Most experts have St. Mary's but Purdue's Robbie Hummel will finally play in the tournament, and should make his presence felt.
No. 2 Kansas over No. 15 Detroit This game might be more competitive than people think, but the Jayhawks should buckle down in the end and hold off Detroit.