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NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Open Thread

The tournament field is down to the Sweet 16, which means the busted brackets are piling up in dumpsters across America. On the bright side, you can talk tournament basketball and lament your bracket with us.

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After all the upsets and last second winners in the round of 32, the Sweet 16 splits the college basketball viewing public into three separate categories:

  • Those still clinging to their improbably perfect bracket choices, hoping that their luck holds out until the final game.
  • People who are watching the tournament out of spite and hate because their team was eliminated, their bracketis busted or both. These people are waiting for baseball season or spring football to start
  • Confused TBS viewers wondering why college basketball is cutting into their American Dad/Family Guy/Seinfeld reruns.
With the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders eliminated in the round of 32, Underdog Dynasty is now without a blog-supported team. However, as true believers in anarchy we do love us some upsets.

For those taking part in the Underdoggy Style Pool, you can follow all the action in the link to the left.

Thursday's slate of games will see Miami try to get to their first Elite Eight in program history and Texas A&M try to continue their climb after an improbable comeback versus frequent Cinderella Northern Iowa.

The later games include Duke, who will try and use Cobra Ki understudy Grayson Allen to sweep the leg on Oregon, and a Kansas versus Maryland Matchup that upset lovers will be pressed not to follow

NCAA Tournament: Sweet 16 Schedule

Thursday, March 24th

Tip (ET) Network Site Region Game Play-by-Play/Analyst//Reporter
7:10p CBS Louisville South (2) Villanova Wildcats vs. (3) Miami-Florida Hurricanes Jim Nantz/Grant Hill/Bill Raftery//Tracy Wolfson
7:37p TBS Anaheim West (3) Texas A&M Aggies vs. (2) Oklahoma Sooners Verne Lundquist/Jim Spanarkel//Allie LaForce
TBD CBS Louisville South (1) Kansas Jayhawks vs. (5) Maryland Terrapins Nantz/Hill/Raftery//Wolfson
TBD TBS Anaheim West (4) Duke Blue Devils vs. (1) Oregon Ducks Lundquist/Spanarkel//LaForce

Looking at Thursday, Wisconsin will look to continue their run of good luck against Notre Dame after advancing on a buzzer beater versus No. 2 Xavier. The Fighting Irish are not without their own run of good fortune, as they rallied from five points down with  against 12 seed Stephen F. Austin to avoid an upset.

The rest of the slate is also worth a watch, including a late matchup between high seeds Gonzaga and Syracuse out of the Midwest division and potential upset material between top seed North Carolina and No. 5 Indiana.

Friday, March 25th

Tip (ET) Network Site Region Game Play-by-Play/Analyst//Reporter
7:10p CBS Chicago Midwest (1) Virginia Cavaliers vs. (4) Iowa State Cyclones Kevin Harlan/Reggie Miller/Dan Bonner//Lewis Johnson
7:27p TBS Philadelphia East (6) Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. (7) Wisconsin Badgers Brian Anderson/Steve Smith//Dana Jacobson
TBD TBS Philadelphia East (1) North Carolina Tar Heels vs. (5) Indiana Hoosiers Anderson/Smith//Jacobson
TBD CBS Chicago Midwest (11) Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. (10) Syracuse Orange Harlan/Miller/Bonner//Johnson

While all of this week's games being at night won't allow you to procrastinate at work (We're sure you'll find another way to), you will be able to talk trash and react to the games in the comments below.