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NCAA Tournament Elite Eight Open Thread

Cinderella is dead. Now it's time for a bevy of blue bloods and other powerhouses to duke it out for a trip to Houston.

Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Spoiler Alert: The NCAA Championship game will have an ACC team.

The Sweet 16 had seven blowouts and one tight finish as traditional powers have risen up and taken control of the NCAA Tournament. Now it's a battle to see which hate-able programs will move on to the Final Four.

Even though your bracket is dead and buried, you can follow the Underdoogy Style Pool results to see how to pick a correct bracket.

Now sit back, relax and commiserate with fans of the 344 NCAA Division 1 schools who wish they were playing on this date.

NCAA Tournament: Elite Eight Schedule

Saturday, March 26th

Tip (ET) Network Site Region Game Play-by-Play/Analyst//Reporter
6:09 pm ET CBS Anaheim West (2) Oklahoma Sooners vs. (1) Oregon Ducks Verne Lundquist/Jim Spanarkel//Allie LaForce
8:49 pm ET CBS Louisville South (2) Villanova Wildcats vs. (1) Kansas Jayhawks Jim Nantz/Grant Hill/Bill Raftery//Tracy Wolfson


In the ACC-free side of the bracket, you have an all-chalk National Quarterfinals. You have Buddy Hield and the Oklahoma Sooners taking on "See, we deserved a one seed!" Oregon Ducks. Vegas had the Ducks as either a one-point favorite (the opening line) or a pick-em.

The second semifinal has a blue-blood match-up as "We should have been a one-seed!" Villanova takes on old man Perry Ellis and the Kansas Jayhawks. On the books currently, Kansas opened as a 2.5-point favorite and is hovering in that range.

BTW, anyone find it odd that the west-coast game is tipping off first? Should the games be the other way around?

Sunday, March 27th

Tip (ET) Network Site Region Game Play-by-Play/Analyst//Reporter
6:09 pm  ET TBS Chicago Midwest (1) Virginia Cavaliers vs. (10)Syracuse Orange Kevin Harlan/Reggie Miller/Dan Bonner//Lewis Johnson
8:49 pm ET TBS Philadelphia East (6) Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. (1) North Carolina Tar Heels Brian Anderson/Steve Smith//Dana Jacobson

The ACC semifinals starts with the quiet-but-impressive Virginia Cavaliers facing former bubble team Syracuse Orange. No doubt, Cavalier fans are happy to not be facing Michigan State in a regional final again, but the Orange pose a tough challenge. The only meeting between the two this year in Charlottesville ended up a 73-65 Hoos victory. Vegas feels strong about UVA as the Hoos opened as an eight-point favorite.

The second ACC semifinal is a rematch of the ACC Tournament semifinals as the North Carolina Tar Heels face the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The Irish knocked off the Tar Heels 80-76 in South Bend during the regular season, but UNC came back in the ACC Tournament semifinals with a 78-47 throttling. Vegas is bullish on the Tar Heels, opening them as a nine-point favorite.