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No. 3 Florida vs. No. 14 Northwestern State
Records • Florida 26-7; Northwestern State 23-8
South Regional schedule
P Second round
Thursday, at Auburn Hills, Mich.
» No. 4 Michgan vs. No. 12 South Dakota State, 5:15 p.m., Ch. 2
» No. 5 VCU vs. No. 12 Akron, 30 min. following, Ch. 2
Friday, at Philadelphia
» No. 2 Georgetown vs. No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast, 4:50 p.m., TBS
» No. 7 San Diego State vs. No. 10 Oklahoma, 30 min. following, TBS
Friday, at Kansas City, Mo.
» No. 8 North Carolina vs. No. 9 Villanova, 5:20 p.m., TNT
» No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 16 Western Kentucky, 30 min. following, TNT
Friday, at Austin, Texas
» No. 3 Florida vs. No. 14 Northwestern State, 5:27 p.m., truTV
» No. 6 UCLA vs. No. 11 Minnesota, 30 min. following, truTV
Conferences • Florida, SEC; Northwestern State, Southland
Outlook • Balance has defined the Gators this year, helping them win the SEC regular-season championship with four players averaging double-digit scoring. The Demons hope they can become giant killers on the strength of being the nation’s No. 1 scoring offense behind best player DeQuan Hicks.
No. 4 Michigan vs. No. 13 South Dakota State
Records • Michigan 26-7; South Dakota State 25-9
Conferences • Michigan, Big Ten; South Dakota State, Summit League
Outlook • Those who love individual matchups should love this game. Nate Wolters versus Trey Burke may be the best pairing of scoring guards in the first round. Michigan has the upper hand, forged in the red-hot Big Ten this year. But the Jackrabbits played tough opponents, beating New Mexico.
No. 5 VCU vs. No. 12 Akron
Records • Virginia Commonwealth 26-8; Akron 26-6
Conferences • VCU, Atlantic 10; Akron, Mid-American
Outlook • When you think of March Madness, you think of VCU. Shaka Smart’s crew pressures and creates turnovers better than any team in the country, and the program has deep tourney experience. Zeke Marshall carries the torch for the Zips, but a suspension to point guard Alex Abreu hurts a lot.
No. 6 UCLA vs. No. 11 Minnesota
Records • UCLA 25-9; Minnesota 20-12
Conferences • UCLA, Pac-12; Minnesota, Big Ten
Outlook • The Bruins arguably boast the most talent of any team in the nation, starting with Shabazz Muhammad. But an injury to Jordan Adams has led to some concern for UCLA’s ability to make a run. The Gophers could be a tough matchup with their athleticism, but they have been incredibly inconsistent this season.
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