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2015 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight Saturday TV Schedule, Friday results, Game Thread

Why are these guys always so likable even when you don't want to like them?
Why are these guys always so likable even when you don't want to like them?
Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Last Night:

Let's be honest: there wasn't anything particularly thrilling last night. Only one of the four games was a blowout -- looking at you, Gonzaga -- but none of them was a one-possession game, either. Utah and Oklahoma put up valiant fights, but Duke and Michigan State did just enough to keep them beyond arm's reach.

Naturally, the most exciting conclusion wasn't on television. In the third of the four CIT quarterfinals, Northern Arizona missed two chances to win the game in the final seconds of regulation and was down by five with 41 seconds left in overtime. Two made freebies, a stolen inbound and immediate layup, and then a blocked shot and a basket in transition suddenly turned that into a one-point Lumberjack win.

Thursday's results, with green linked recaps courtesy our friends around the SB Nation college network. (Card Chronicle and The Only Colors each have extensive coverage of their teams' wins last night, but no traditional recaps, per se.)

NCAA DIVISION I MEN'S TOURNAMENT
ROUND RESULT HIGH SCORER
SOUTH REGION
SF (2) Gonzaga 74, (11) UCLA 62 Przemek Karnowski (GZG), 18
SF (1) Duke 63, (5) Utah 57 Justise Winslow (DUKE), 21
EAST REGION
SF (4) Louisville 75, (8) North Carolina State 65 Montrezl Harrell (LOU), 24
SF (7) Michigan State 62, (3) Oklahoma 58 Travis Trice (MSU), 24
COLLEGEINSIDER.COM TOURNAMENT
QF Northern Arizona 74, Kent State 73 (OT) Devareaux Manley (KSU), 25

Today:

The action starts this afternoon on CBS with the Division II Championship Game. After that, the Elite Eight takes over on TBS. Your rooting interest in the early game are patently obvious. The same can't be said of the late game, unless someone has a spare asteroid laying around. The final CIT quarterfinal is also in the cards, featuring everyone's favorite Division I Independent.

Yes, we know they're the only Division I Independent.

The schedule:

NCAA DIVISION I MEN'S TOURNAMENT
ROUND TIME (CT) TEAM - TEAM LOCATION NETWORK ANNOUNCERS
WEST REGION
FINAL 5:09pm (2) Arizona vs (1) Wisconsin Los Angeles CA TBS PBP: Kevin Harlan
Color: Dan Bonner
Reggie Miller
SLR: Rachel Nichols
MIDWEST REGION
FINAL 8:49pm (3) Notre Dame vs (1) Kentucky Cleveland OH TBS PBP: Brian Anderson
Color: Len Elmore
Chris Webber
SLR: Lewis Johnson
COLLEGEINSIDER.COM TOURNAMENT
ROUND TIME (CT) TEAM - TEAM LOCATION NETWORK ANNOUNCERS
QF 6:30pm Canisius vs New Jersey Tech Newark NJ College Insider PBP: Mitch Strohman
Color: Dave Brown
NCAA DIVISION II MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
ROUND TIME (CT) TEAM - TEAM LOCATION NETWORK ANNOUNCERS
FINAL 2:30pm (A3) Indiana (PA) vs (S1) Florida Southern Evansville IN CBS PBP: Andrew Catalon
Color: Steve Lappas

Last night:

One thing that's been a constant source of anxiety in providing these results on a daily basis has been the knowledge that, at some point, we might have to remind everyone of something painful and divisive and irritating. Arizona State's Katie Hempen scored exactly just enough points against Florida State last night to avoid placing us in that situation today, and for that she has our thanks. Unfortunately, with a chance to get off the final shot with one second left, ASU's Peace Amukamara was dispossessed by FSU's Maegan Conwright, so the risk still remains.

Another upset bid came up just short last night, as South Carolina required a Tiffany Mitchell drive to the basket with 4.1 seconds remaining to fend off North Carolina. Baylor and Notre Dame each won easily to advance to the Elite Eight.

Finally, the women of Division II are now done for the year. California University of Pennsylvania hoisted the trophy after a relatively angst-free victory over Cal Baptist. The Vulcans were in control the entire contest, and earned their second national championship, the first coming back in 2004. Results:

NCAA DIVISION I WOMEN'S TOURNAMENT
ROUND RESULT HIGH SCORER
GREENSBORO REGIONAL
SF (1) South Carolina 67, (4) North Carolina 65 Tiffany Mitchell (USC), 18
Alaina Coates (USC), 18
SF (2) Florida State 66, (3) Arizona State 65 Katie Hempen (ASU), 22
OKLAHOMA CITY REGIONAL
SF (2) Baylor 81, (3) Iowa 66 Sune Agbuke (BAY), 23
SF (1) Notre Dame 81, (4) Stanford 60 Lindsay Allen (ND), 28
NCAA DIVISION II WOMEN'S TOURNAMENT
FINAL (A1) California (PA) 86, (W5) California Baptist 69 Miki Glenn (CPA), 31

Today:

The only women's action today is the other half of the Sweet Sixteen, spanning the day on ESPN. The Big 12 starts the affair, although Texas is likely just the sacrifice at Connecticut's unholy altar. After that, two teams hoping to become Cinderella are in action, with seventh-seeded Dayton facing Louisville and 11th-seed Gonzaga tackling Tennessee on their own home court. Don't get your hopes up; this is where we point out that both Elite Eight games tomorrow are 1 vs 2 games, because that's how women's basketball still is.

The schedule:

NCAA DIVISION I WOMEN'S TOURNAMENT
ROUND TIME (CT) TEAM - TEAM LOCATION NETWORK ANNOUNCERS
ALBANY REGIONAL
SF 11:00am (5) Texas vs (1) Connecticut Albany NY ESPN PBP: Dave O'Brien
Color: Doris Burke
SLR: Holly Rowe
SF 1:00pm* (7) Dayton vs (3) Louisville Albany NY ESPN PBP: Dave O'Brien
Color: Doris Burke
SLR: Holly Rowe
SPOKANE REGIONAL
SF 3:30pm (4) Duke vs (1) Maryland Spokane WA ESPN PBP: Dave Pasch
Color: Debbie Antonello
SLR: Allison Williams
SF 5:30pm* (11) Gonzaga vs (2) Tennessee Spokane WA ESPN PBP: Dave Pasch
Color: Debbie Antonello
SLR: Allison Williams
* - time approximate; tip-off 30 minutes after previous game